Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Dual camera becomes a hit in 2016. More and more manufacturers equip their smartphones dual module. One of these gadgets become Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Dual camera becomes a hit in 2016. More and more manufacturers equip their smartphones dual module. One of these gadgets become Huawei Honor 8, released in July 2016. Price trends, which we found at the time of this writing, ranged from 350 (for the younger version 3 GB RAM / 32GB ROM) to $ 460 (for the version with 4 GB RAM / 32GB ROM). For the money the buyer gets the middle-class device equipped with eight cores and dual camera.

The unit received a performance close to the flagship, but a bit not up to the tops of the year. However, some features are characteristic of the smartphone more expensive devices. To find out what it is, and to clarify the pros and cons of Huawei Honor 8 – read the review.

In terms of the characteristics of the device is in the middle between the upper and middle classes. In his paper, the specifications look great, but in reality – let’s find out.

Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Huawei Honor 8: Design, body materials, dimensions and weight

Housing Huawei Honor 8 more characteristic of the category champions. The fact that most of the elements made of glass. And not an ordinary glass, and composite: it consists of several layers, allowing different beautiful play of light.

Smartphone weighs 153 grams and dimensions are 14.6 x 7.1 cm and a thickness of up to 7.5 mm.

Rear panel – glass, placed it on the fingerprint scanner in a silver frame, two lenses, a laser rangefinder and a window flash. More functional elements behind there.

Speaker imposed on the lower end, there are located port USB Type C and 3.5 mm jack. By the way, the side frames are made of metal with plastic inserts. On the left side – slot card, on the right – the power / lock button and rocker to control the sound.

The front panel is covered 2,5D glass on it too, no special items. Standard speaker, a camera and a sensor on, and all. buttons below the screen there, there is a black frame around the screen, but it is thinner than 1 mm, for not distracting.

Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Huawei Honor 8: CPU

Powered smartphone based HiSilicon Kirin 950. It chipset – Huawei own development in 2015 was the flagship chip, but in 2016 by giants Qualcomm and Samsung are already lagging behind. It contains 4 core Cortex A72 (2,3 GHz) and 4 Cortex A53 (1,8 GHz). According to the processor of the no-claim and impressive performance during operation of the brakes is not at all.

However, Huawei engineers have made the same mistake as the developers of MediaTek: they chose different CPU cores, but mediocre graphics. The chip is equipped with a graphics core Mali T880 MP4, the same as that of MTK Helio X20. It is weak, for this class, and powerful enough for CPU standards. As a result – about 90 thousand points, which “pulls” the processor and graphics becomes a bottleneck. Games at maximum graphics go, but in the most demanding of them slight drawdown FPS.

Huawei Honor 8: Memory

RAM from your smartphone 3 or 4 GB, it recruited LPDDR3 chips. At the start freely around 1800 or 2500 MB, depending on the version. This is more than enough for everyday use of the device. There will be no problems in demanding games.

The volume of the built-in storage, depending on the version, is 32 or 64 GB. The memory card slot is, it is combined and integrated with the socket of the second SIM cards. It supports memory up to 256 GB.

Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Huawei Honor 8: Battery

The capacity of the non-removable battery is 3000 mAh smartphone. The device demonstrates good endurance, and with moderate use is able to last up to 2 days. Heavy Games like the same Pokémon, put the battery in approximately 4.5 hours. View online video drain your smartphone for 7-8 hours when playing from a memory card charge will take hours for 9-10.

Huawei Honor 8 supports fast charging technology. Complete network adapter is able to recover up to half an hour to 50% capacity of the battery. A full charge takes about 1.5 hours.

Huawei Honor 8: Cameras

The main camera at Huawei Honor has 8 as much as 2 pieces. It comes with a pair of 12-megapixel sensor size 1 / 2.9 “with 1.25 micron pixels auto-focus camera has a laser are the same as in P9 models, but the Leica logo is nowhere question arises… But whether the German company anything to do with the development of the flagship camera? After all, the Huawei Honor 8, in similar modules, no one mentioned it.

The cameras are different in that one is black and white, and the second – color. Shooting is conducted on the basis of the HDR, but slightly modified. Monochrome matrix is responsible for the clarity and contrast, color – for the overall image. The data from both arrays are arranged, whereby the achieved and clear, and vivid, and lifelike images. The pictures have an excellent dynamic range, natural color, high-quality detail and focus.

The disadvantages of the camera Huawei Honor 8 can be attributed not always the correct operation of the focus. Sometimes it is not a smartphone zamylivaet background and the main subject, with an emphasis on the environment. But in the twilight charms double matrix become apparent. Monochrome sensor has a higher sensitivity (which is why night vision cameras are often black and white), because captures more details.

Huawei Honor 8 review: glass smartphone with dual camera

Video recording is also smart enough quality. Get a normal video can be both day and night. The main disadvantage – is the lack of stabilization. Because of this, the picture is recorded on the move, trembling and lubricated. But if you switch to HD or FullHD to reduce FPS from 60 to 30 – it starts to operate electronic stabilization defects become less pronounced.

The front of the smartphone camera – 8 MP, with f / 2,4 maximum aperture. It differs increased to 1.4 micron pixels, and is very similar to the once flagship Sony IMX179. Frontalka makes great selfie, which look at the screen or monitor nice. “A spoon of tar” makes filter Adjustment skin texture. It is intended to rid the face of pimples and other minor defects, but a side effect of the skin becomes blurry.

Huawei Honor 8: Screen

Huawei Honor 8 display has a diagonal of 5.2 “, it was created by technology IPS matrix resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, pixel density -. 423 ppi maximum viewing angles, brightness enough to read in bright sunlight, and color rendering close to natural fact.. as for the color temperature and white is not Shinichi and yellow.

Smartphone screen is covered with tempered glass edges 2,5D. It supports up to 10 simultaneous touches well and accurately fulfills them. Oleophobic layer is present, it is rather qualitative, but the prints still remain. They are especially noticeable on a dark body.

Huawei Honor 8: Communications

Slots for SIM cards from two smartphone, one the MicroSIM, second – NanoSIM, combined with the MicroSD slot. It supports GSM network, 3G and LTE, frequency no compatibility problems. Wi-Fi dual band, supports frequencies 2.4 GHz and 5 and 802.11ac standard. Bluetooth-module applies to version 4.2 and has a reduced power consumption. Navigator supports the American, Chinese and Russian navigation system.

A nice addition is NFC and infrared. Last occur only in rare flagship massively install it only Xiaomi. The interface port is USB Type C, and supports USB OTG format.

Huawei Honor 8: Sound

On a dedicated DAC manufacturer says nothing, but the internal sound processor chipset supports stereo sound with DTS standard. This achieves clarity, depth and richness of sound in normal headphones. On the dynamics of the sound loud and clear, but a little dryish. However, this applies to almost any smartphone, because the restrictions imposed are not DAC, and the speaker. FM-radio from the Huawei Honor 8 no.

Huawei Honor 8: Operating system

The smartphone runs on Android modification to shell 6 EmUI version 4.1. Differences from the stock Android is very important, the interface is radically overhauled. Applications menu is not all labels are placed on the desktop. This – the only point at issue in the rest of the shell looks nice and it is convenient to use. Shoals and shortcomings characteristic of Chinese software, the device was found.

One of the features of the Huawei Honor 8 is a fingerprint scanner. He not only takes the touch pad, but also works as a physical button. For each type of press (short, long, single or double) can be given its function in the settings. The second feature – a special glass structure, through which cover a very nice glare when light enters.

Pros and cons of Huawei Honor 8


  • powerful processor;
  • good camera;
  • high-quality sound;
  • excellent design;
  • quality display.


  • The only obvious disadvantage is only soiled body.

To fit the smartphone

Huawei Honor 8 – Smartphone universal and will fit a broad category of users. Gamers will appreciate the decent performance and sane autonomy. Fans photo will be satisfied as the main and the front camera. Those who need a device for communication and web surfing, appreciate a good screen and work quicker and smarter. People who choose the device in appearance, too, will be happy with a smartphone. Do not like the device only “hunters for parrots” because the model Snapdragon 820 gaining almost 50 thousand points more.

Our review Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8 The survey revealed that the smartphone has turned out to be very successful. He has a beautiful appearance, powerful modern hardware and excellent camera. The only negative – Marco body, but easy to fix, if worn with a cloth and wipe the device periodically. The smartphone has enough performance for any task, the real backlog from the same Xiaomi Mi5 (and it is – the closest Chinese competitor) no. If Chinese origin does not bother – the device can safely take.

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