Huawei Honor 8 Review- “The sleek, stylish and lightning fast beast”
Rs. 29, 999
• Beautiful design
• Beautiful camera
• Sharp and bright display
• Fast performance
• Glass body receives scratches
• No FM radio
Crossing a bar of 30k might give Goosebumps sometimes if it comes to smartphones. The market is crammed with mid range devices that can get all the multitasking done at a much cheaper price. So, the question boils down to whether you should spend 30K or not on a smartphone when you can get the same specifications at a fairly cheaper price? Even if you make up your mind to spend such a big amount, one thing that bothers you is, of choosing the right smartphone. The very popular big brands being one of the top choices in a high price segment might lose the battle sometimes against the not-so-big One Plus, but on a different platform, android. Then there are other big brands that give you the same specifications but might fall short of the devices manufactured by the companies mentioned above.
Do you really need to spend 30K for a smartphone if a cheaper device can get all your tasks done? Well, the answer depends on ones requirements. Even if a company is working hard, delivering and manufacturing a high specifications product at a much cheaper price compared to the costly ones. There is no comparison between the two. What you get in a premium smartphone is a blend of specs and shine to make your smartphone stand out of the crowd.
Huawei, a Chinese brand introduced long time back is still not a much known brand in India. The company is a renowned brand in China as well as in global market. The most popular Huawei devices are P9 smartphone and also the one we’ve reviewed, Honor 8.
Talking about the smartphone, well, we only received the smartphone and no box or charger came with it for review. That’s of least importance because the moment we saw the smartphone, we couldn’t stopped admiring its design. My colleagues and I were looking at the finely crafted body of the smartphone that may look like an iPhone. But I would prefer an Honor8 over the Apple iPhone just because of its form factor; it looks more charming than any other smartphone in sapphire blue variant.
Before we directly jump to the performance, let’s talk about its design, a lot.
Craftsmanship at its best
Design is one single aspect that can steal a devoted customer of a specific brand to a different manufacturer. If a device newly launched with a pleasant design, and somehow you manage get the in hand experience of it, you get an idea about the overall performance of the product. This happened with me as well.
I was reviewing the new Honor 8 smartphone and at the same time I had a couple of devices with me as well, including my own personal smartphone. I started using the Honor 8 and chose it to be my primary device just to check the reliability of smartphone.
The form factor of Honor 8 is admiring. The buttons are finely crafted and nicely fixed in their space; the glass on the back shines and gives the smartphone a premium appearance. The metal around the edges is robust and feels tough.
Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 423ppi. It has a curved glass both on front and back that makes the smartphone look striking. It sports a premium metal top, side and bottom build with a single speaker grill on bottom. Next to the speaker grill, it has a USB-typeC port for charging with a 3.5mm headphone jack placed adjacent to it. Type C USB port is not very popular in India which makes it difficult charging the smartphone in case we forget carrying the charger with us. Honor 8 features a selfie camera on front with some sensor and a calling speaker grill placed adjacent to it.
The fingerprint sensor on the Honor 8 is placed at the rear that also can also be used as a slider for notification panel, switching photos in gallery and answering phone calls as well. The volume and lock/unlock key is placed on the right side of the smartphone. However, there are no buttons on the right side of the smartphone apart from the sim card tray.
Spending 30K should never leave you in despair. And Honor 8 excels when it comes to performance. Starting with the specifications, Honor 8 is loaded with a HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa core processor that handles multitasking as easy as pie. High end games such as Asphalt Xtreme, Modern Combat 5, WWE immortals and Nova 3 run like charm on the smartphone.
The smartphone comes with a bunch of new features that most of the mid-segment phones did not offer. Honor 8 offers you an Eye comfort mode that gives the display a yellowish tint that could save your eyesight. It comes with a one- hand mode, Gloves mode, plenty of fingerprint sensor features that also include using the sensor to control notification panel.
Honor 8 offers you an incredible multimedia experience. The display is bright and easily visible at acute angles. Colors reproduction is vibrant. It can play 4K videos along with High resolution 1080p videos. The display is visible even in the strongest sunlight. The phone offers a DTS audio experience on earphones that is decent but not too impressive. The speaker on the bottom offers average sound output, but is loud enough to watch a movie with friends.
Honor 8 highlights its dual camera feature, even in the launch event in India they did a side to side comparison of a photograph captured by an Honor 8 with that of the same captured from an iPhone 6 camera.
The 12MP dual cameras of the Honor 8 feature colour and monochrome sensors with an aperture of f/2.2. The colors are very accurate in photos captured from the rear camera. Hue levels are accurate in the images captured from the rear camera. Good amount of detailing is also present on the photographs captured from the Honor 8 camera. Apart from its usual f/2.2 aperture, you can take it one step forward with the Wide aperture mode that offers you an aperture of f/0.95 to f/16. The feature does a decent job but sometimes the subjects could be less detailed around the edges.
What impressed me the most in the camera is Light painting feature of the Honor 8. It did a spellbinding effect on me during the Diwali season. You can see what it can do with its light painting feature. Apart from its capability of performing long exposure photography, the level of details in the photographs is unbelievable.
In the camera app, all the controls are placed in an easy to access position. The pro mode is available for both photos and videos. It also includes HDR, light painting, beauty mode, panorama, slow motion and time-lapse feature.
Videos captured from the rear camera have good amount of detailing in them with precise colors and the audio captured via the microphone is also quite impressive. However, direct recording from the microphone is just average. It can capture the videos in only 1080p resolution, so you don’t have the 4K recording option available just like some high end smartphones.
As mentioned above, we did not received Honor 8 in a box packed condition. So, measuring the actual charging time from Honor charger was not be possible. However, we somehow managed to charge the smartphone. Honor 8 easily lasts for a day even in heavy use. The ROG battery saver is very effective; it switches the screen resolution to 720p for battery to last longer.
After using the Honor 8 for nearly a month, we can say that its one of the best smartphones available at a price tag of 30K. However, there are just a couple of things to mention. There’s no FM radio, no VoLTE. But, Honor 8 will never leave you in despair. On the other hand things are getting tougher as One Plus 3T has launched in India. Huawei has to make a big step this time and soon.