Huawei Honor 8. High performance in a sophisticated body

According to old tradition, Huawei launches first top-end smartphone P series, and some time later begins sales of its flagship sub-brand Honor. No exception last year. The first users were able to appreciate Huawei P9. He was introduced to the public in April. And in the summer the stores got it «younger brother» Huawei Honor 8, partly inherited from his relative features and capabilities.

It should be noted that the model for «Board» can have 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. But the main difference of this model from P9 is much more throw and memorable design. What else is able to surprise users flagship brand Honor?

Technical characteristics Huawei Honor 8:

  • Display: 5.2″, 1920 x 1080 px (full HD) glass 2,5 D Gorilla Glass 3, 423 ppi;
  • CPU: 8-cores Hisilicon Kirin 950: 4x 2.3 GHz, 4x 1.8 GHz;
  • Graphics accelerator: Mali-T880MP4;
  • memory: 4;
  • Built-in memory: 32/64 GB;
  • External memory: micrоSD up to 128 GB (not included);
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, firmware EMUI 4.1;
  • Camera: back — two sensor module Sony IMX286 at 12 MP, aperture f/2.2, laser autofocus, dual led flash, 1080p video recording, front — 8 MP, f/2.4;
  • Battery: non-removable, 3000 mAh, fast charging;
  • Dimensions: at 145.5 × 71 × of 7.45 mm;
  • Weight: 153 grams;
  • Slots SIM: dual slot (one hybrid microSD or SIM);
  • Network interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP, LE, NFC;
  • Connectivity: 2G (GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G (WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8), 4G (FDD-LTE B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20);
  • Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou;
  • Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, the ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, the Hall sensor;
  • Optional: USB Type-C, a badge, a fingerprint scanner, IR port (it is possible to control appliances), 3.5 mm headset Jack;
  • Available colors: black, blue, white and gold;

Komplektatsiya. Along with the smartphone in the box you will find: charger (9V/2A) with support for fast charging, which can charge the phone 1.5 hours, USB cable Type-C, clip for SIM tray and documentation.

Bumper in the kit is not included and is sold separately.

appearance and ergonomics. Huawei Honor 8 – one of the most beautiful and stylish smartphones. Largely due to its graceful design and it has attracted users. Sidebar gadget is made of lightweight and ultrastrong aluminum alloy, and the rear surface – of the fifteen layers of film, covered with 2.5 D glass. It is, as the display is protected by oleophobic coating and very effectively shimmers in bright light.

At the rear side 8 Honor the manufacturer has placed two cameras, an led flash and a thumbprint scanner, which also works in mode custom buttons. She will respond to one, two and three touches, and perform the user-programmed effect.

Matte and slightly rounded side edges sheltered by the power button and the volume key (on the right) and the slot under «the Sims» or one nano-SIM and memory card up to one hundred twenty gigabytes (on the left).

The lower end is decorated with standard 3.5 mm audio Jack, a port for connecting a charging or data cable and external speaker. And on top of the housing was a place for the second microphone, and an infrared transmitter.

In spite of the smooth surface and light weight, the smartphone is not only conveniently fits in your hand but does not slip during operation. Due to the fact that the body is composed almost entirely of glass, on it constantly there are fingerprints and other traces of use. But quality oleophobic coating can quickly get rid of any impurities, after which the device again looks like new. However, to carry it still, preferably in cover, and not in a pocket with keys.

All the controls on the Huawei Honor 8 placed very well, making the smartphone comfortable to use even with one hand. The only negative is the fingerprint scanner located on the rear surface. If the device is lying face up, it is not possible to quickly unblock, not picking up and inverting. You get used to it and much discomfort this action causes.

Display. The gadget is equipped with 5.2-inch IPS-screen, which almost occupies the front panel. The display is covered with protective 2.5 D glass with high quality oleophobic coating.

Is too bright Huawei Honor 8 will not name, but even in the midday sun to work with him quite comfortably. In games and when watching videos the screen boasts rich, believable and rich color reproduction.

OS and interface. Works Honor 8 running Android sixth version with a very convenient and easy to use proprietary add-on EMUI 4.1. It differs from the underlying operating system.

Here are just a few of the unique pieces of the shell EMUI 4.1:

  • it comfortably allows to manage your smartphone gestures;
  • when holding a finger on the touch buttons on the front panel, the interface size is on the display «shrinks» up to four inches;
  • many menus and icons in them, the user can configure to your taste;
  • button fingerprint scanner can easily be set up to run three different applications.

Performance. Huawei continued to advance its chipsets and child Honor, so it is no surprise that its flagship is built on an 8-core Kirin 950. Also on Board the device there was a place four gigabytes of RAM, graphics chip Mali-T880MP4 and sixty four gigabytes for data storage. If desired, the built-in «flash» can be expanded with a memory card.

Works in mobile networks of the fourth generation. It is equipped with all the necessary modern man «bells and whistles». Even an infrared port that allows you to control your home appliances.

The camera. The main 12-megapixel camera with dual flash went to the smartphone from Huawei P9. But this time both its lens was created without the participation of the famous company Leica. However, you can create using Honor 8 high-quality images and vivid videos in Full HD. The only downside of the camera is the inability to record video in 4K. But a great many of its basic settings and features will amaze not only the average user, but advanced Amateur photographers.

The front camera with a matrix of eight megapixels is enough and to record a short video with me in the lead role, and for high-quality selfies (which can immediately be corrected in an already established advanced editor), and to communicate with loved ones through popular instant messengers. Flash for «frontali» replaces the display, which in some cases can be used as a flashlight.

Sound. The external device speaker is difficult to name a powerful. However, its volume is enough to hear the ringtone of incoming call even in a noisy place. When listening to music (with headphones and without) the sound is nothing special stands out. This is largely due to the lack of fine-tuning the standard player – if you want to increase the available default volume and adjust the equalizer to suit your preferences, you will have to install third party programs.


  • Good build quality;
  • Original and memorable design;
  • Productive platform and user-friendly software part;
  • the Presence of fast charging.


  • the Lack of video mode in 4K;
  • Not the best sounding headphones.

Summarizing. the creators of the Huawei Honor 8 proved once again that they know how to do the work on the bugs. If after frankly not the most successful sixth model of the brand was much more successful «seven», this time one of the most famous Chinese manufacturers of mobile devices have simply surpassed all expectations. And in smartphones from competitors practically does not occur so the successful combination of powerful platform and impeccable design.

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