The smartphone market is flooded with Chinese-made budget handsets, which have all the specifications required to take on the major players (read Apple, Samsung and now Google). So much is the influx of these Chinese devices, that the budget smartphone category has been subdivided further. Now there is a low budget, a middle budget and a high budget class distinction. And Honor’s new entrant – the Honor 8 fits just in between the middle and higher budget categories. A stylish metal frame, decent cameras and a price tag of Rs 29,999 – Is it worth the investment? Here’s our detailed review of the handset.
The Honor 8 comes with 15 panels of light reflecting glass body and a fine metal frame which give it a premium look – one that’s easily comparable to high-end handsets. The IR sensor is located at the top while the USB type-C port is located at the bottom with a mono speaker grille and the headphone jack. The hybrid SIM-card slots are on the left edge while the volume rocker and the power button are on the right. The rear panel houses the dual (colour + monochrome) cameras with the fingerprint sensor placed right at the centre. Unlike other dual camera phones, the Honor 8 doesn’t have a protruding camera which actually compliments its design.
However, on the flipside, the metallic glass body is a fingerprint magnet. Apart from attracting smudges, the device is also slippery and hence it does get a bit difficult for one to get a firm grip without an anti-slip cover. Having said that, the device does seem to have a solid build quality; remaining intact even after a hard hitting fall from about 3-4 ft.
Performance and Camera
Sporting a 5.2 inch full HD (1080×1920) LTPS capacitive touch screen display, the Honor 8 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 with the company’s custom Emotion UI 4.1. The display is sharp, colours vibrant, and its user interface resembles an iPhone; along with a few interesting features, such as smart controller, and gesture-based controls.
The device is powered by the company’s home-grown HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor which performs equally well with heavy apps. We played some heavy games like the Immortals and the Justice League, no doubt the experience was brilliant without any heating issues. Although the device does support quick charge, it tends to heat up if kept on charge support for long.