Huawei Honor 8 Dual Camera Unlocked Phone 64GB - Sapphire Blue - GSM - US Warranty
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- Innovative Bionic 12MP Dual lenses allow you to capture crisper, more detailed photos
- Wide Aperture mode allows you to redefine the focus even after the photo has been taken
- Secure fingerprint access that can unlock your honor 8 as fast as 0.4 Seconds
- Smart power 4.0: 1.77 day battery life for normal usage and Fast-charging technology to reach 50% charge in just 30 minutes
- Powered by an Octa-Core CPU at 4x2. 3GHz and 4x1. 8GHz built on 16 nm architecture, along with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM to enable seamless multitasking. Please Note: Kindly refer the User Guide before use.
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You have the power to push culture forward. That's why Honor created a phone for you- the new Honor 8. It's the smartphone that opens your eyes to a world of possibilities. The innovative Bionic 12MP Dual lenses of the Honor 8 are your eyes to the world. One lens allows for rich color and the other lens is Monochrome to give you more light and increased sharpness. Together they help you capture crisper, more detailed photos day and night. Plus, the Fusion focus technology of laser, depth, and contrast helps you take the best pictures- even under the most challenging conditions. The premium, slick body of the Honor 8 is made with heavy Dual glass- front and back. Its aluminum alloy, 15-layer craftsmanship, and light-catching glass finish makes you Stand out from the crowd. Supported by smart power 4.0, the Honor 8 has maximum long-lasting battery life that lasts all day and fast-charging technology to reach 47% power in just 30 minutes. So when you're out there changing the world, Honor 8 has you covered- with up to 10 hours of nonstop video playback and a speedy recharge. The Honor 8: beautiful design, top-flight Specs, game-changing camera technology, and maximum power. Honor 8 - eyes to the world.
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Operating system Android™ 6.0
UI Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
CPU Model Hisilicon Kirin 950
CPU Cores Octa-core
CPU Frequency 4*Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4*Cortex A53 1.8GHz + i5 co-processor
SIM Single nano-SIM (4FF)
Update Huawei OTA (HOTA)
Dimensions 145.5 mm (L) x71.0 mm (W) x7.45 mm (T)
Colors Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black
Weight About 153 g (including the battery)
Input Method Android keyboard, Swype for Huawei
Size 5.2 inch LTPS, 16:9
Touch Screen Multiple-point touch-sensitive screen, auto rotation
Resolution 1920*1080, 423 PPI
Screen Colors 16,700,000 colors, NTSC – 96%
Main Camera Dual 12.0MP (monochrome + color)
Front Camera 8MP, with delayed shooting and panoramic selfie support
Sensor Type CMOS
Flash LED light-compensating lamp (double color temperature)
Aperture Main f/2.2, Front f/2.4
Video Main camera & secondary camera support 1080P (1920*1080, 30fps) FHD video recording
Zoom Mode Digital zoom
Other Features Screen-lock snapshot, digital zoom aperture shooting, Night shot, Professional Mode, Beauty mode, Food mode, Panorama, HDR, Watermark, Light painting, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Audio note, Document scan, Capture smiles, Touch to capture, Sound Snap, Delayed Shooting, Face Detection
ROM 32GB / 64GB
Type MicroSD (TF) expandable to 128GB
Battery Type 3000mAh(typical), 2900 mAh (rated ), lithium-polymer battery
Estimated Usage Approximately(depend on the user operation and network condition): - ~360 hours of standby time - ~28 hours of 2G talk time, - ~15 hours of 3G talk time - ~11 hours of VoLTE talk time. - 9-hour online video streaming, 24 hours for online music
Charging Time About 100 mins for a full charge thru 9V/2A fast charging technology. Honor 8 only supports 9V2A charging when used with the factory-provided charger. Charging time may vary depending on the charger used, battery level at the time of charging and the ambient conditions. ** Data based on Honor laboratory tests, actual times may vary.
4G Network LTE FDD/ HSPA+
3G Network WCDMA
2G Network GSM
Technology LTE FDD/ WCDMA/GSM
Network Frequency LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20, WCDMA: B1/B2/B4/B5/B8, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Data LTE FDD Category 6: 51.0 Mbit/s (UL), 301.5 Mbit/s (DL)， WCDMA: 384 Kbit/s (UL), 384 Kbit/s (DL)， HSPA Category 24: 5.76 Mbit/s (UL),42 Mbit/s (DL)， EDGE Class 10: 118.4 Kbit/s (UL),236.8 Kbit/s (DL)， GPRS: 40 Kbit/s (UL), 60 Kbit/s (DL)
Connect And Share NFC, infrared remote control, OTG, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, VoLTE (for T-Mobile network)
Other data Slot1 nano-sim, slot2 micro-SD card
Interband CA B2-B17,B5-B4,B5-B2,B2-B12,B2-B4 Intraband Continuous CA: B2
Fingerprint Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Gyroscope, Infrared Sensor, NFC, Hall
Video decoding H.265 (decoding only), H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, VP8
Video file format 3GP/MP4/WMV/RM/RMVB/ASF
Audio decoding MP3, AMR-NB, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM
Other formats mid, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, 3gp, mp4, aac, wav, ogg, flac,
Sound effect DTS sound processing technology, Dual-microphone noise reduction, Hi6402 audio chip, 24bit high-fidelity audio file support, integrated sound chamber
Headphone ports 3.5MM standard interface
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Hotspot up to 8 devices
Wi-Fi Feature 2.4G/5G Wi-Fi Dual-band automatic switchover
Bluetooth BT 4.2 BLE
USB USB 2.0 with USB Type C Interface
Cellular Network Positioning Yes
Wifi positioning Yes
Other data 2.4G/5GWiFi Dual-band automatic switchover
Voice Functions CSFB, VoLTE (for T-Mobile network)
Knuckle sense Taking a full/partial screenshot, Screen recorder, Scrolling screenshots
Smart Control 4.0 use as a remote to control 232,740 appliances
3D Fingerprint with Smart Key Fingerprint ridge-depth support, 0.4 second unlock, Customizable app launch with sm
I got into the Android world only recently with the Nexus 5X (I had only used iPhones before) and immediately grew to like it through the stock Android experience. I wasn't very pleased with the speed of the Nexus 5X and how sluggish many apps would run, but I didn't want to upgrade to the 6P (also made by Huawei) due to the larger size.
Enter Huawei's Honor 8, which seems to be the perfect upgrade for me.
+The phone is very solidly built and put-together perfectly. It feels more expensive than it is
+The design is slim and fits in your pocket easily. Unlike my Nexus 5X with the same screen size of 5.2", the Honor 8 fits perfectly in my car's cupholder
+This phone runs fast! Everything seems immediate with practically no discernible lag, from web browsing to playing music (Apple Music, to be exact) to even unlocking using the fingerprint reader
+Battery life is better than my Nexus 5X. The Nexus would last me 8-9 hours on a charge through the day, the Honor 8 seems to be going at least 12 hours and more before I need to plug it in
+Speaking of charging, the fast charge feature is no joke. I've found the phone to go from almost empty (3%) to 100% fully charged in little more than an hour! The phone also charges fast with any regular 2.1A USB charger, such as the Anker Powerport. (The Nexus 5X will only rapid charge with its included charger)
+Forgot to mention call-quality: the phone does support VoLTE calling, which is indicated by a "HD" icon. VoLTE calls sound so clear that it is hard to believe you are on a cell phone. Non-VoLTE (or non-HD) calls aren't as clear, but are still pretty good quality. Of course, it all depends on your network and reception (I'm on T-Mobile, and usually get their LTE or 4G HSPA network most of the time).
+The Camera takes some great NIGHT shots. Try taking a picture of the Moon using the Honor 8 and an iPhone 6; the Honor 8 will render the Moon clearly, while it appears as a white blob in the iPhone's shot. For daytime pictures, I honestly couldn't tell much of a difference between an iPhone 6 vs Honor 8's shots of the same subjects. That is not to say the Honor 8 still takes impressive daylight pictures, but I'm not sure that the dual-lens function has much bearing on the quality of them. The camera app is super-fast and can be ready to take a shot in a couple seconds, unlike the Nexus who's camera app is very slow and not good for trying to catch quick one-of-a-kind moments.
-Very simply, the software out of the box is so different from what I was used to with stock Android. I don't like many of the tweaks and visual flair that Huawei put into their version of Android (called EMUI). It is obvious they are trying to make their version of Android look and run very much like Apple's iOS.
However, after much tweaking with the settings and installing some other applications, I've been able to make this phone feel a lot more like what I was used to. I've listed my tweaks below under "Tweaks to Consider"
-As part of my tweaks, I tried to disable or at least hide many of Huawei's stock applications in favor of the Google apps. But one Huawei app in particular, HiVoice, keeps nagging me to give it permissions to access my content and what not. There is no way to disable that app and as much as I've tried to neuter it, I still get a random pop-up for it that annoys me. If any Huawei software engineers are reading this review, PLEASE give us the ability to disable or uninstall HiVoice. Or at the least, stop it from nagging constantly to gain permissions
-The phone does heat up after several minutes of use. This is regardless of whether you are just browsing the web, listening to music or playing a game
-Display and Resolution: On its own, the Honor 8's screen seems brilliant and renders text and images well. But compared side-to-side with the Nexus 5X, it seems to be pale in comparison. I've included pictures where I show the two devices side-by-side. I set both screens to display at 75% brightness; the Nexus screen (on the left) is obviously brighter than the Honor 8 (on the right). You will also notice that the Honor 8's screen doesn't display as much information or screen real estate as the Nexus does.
+- Huawei will not win any awards for original design of the Honor 8. Just like the software, the phone itself is very much a copy of the iPhone 6/s, from the rounded edges to the glass screen to even the speaker holes. The back of the phone, however, isn't like the iPhone as it is glass. But then, I'd say Huawei was "inspired" by the iPhone 4/s or the Galaxy S7 for this aspect of the design
+- Since the phone was just released, there aren't many cases or specifc accessories out yet. But I'm sure the selection will expand very soon
TWEAKS TO CONSIDER:
The biggest advantage of Android over iOS is the ability to tweak the software to your liking. If you are someone who is used to the stock Android experience from a Nexus phone, then consider the following tweaks I made to get the Honor 8 to a similar, if not the same, type of experience:
-Launcher: (GOOGLE NOW LAUNCHER) I downloaded and installed the Google Now Launcher from the Play Store. This is the exact launcher that the stock Nexus devices use
-Lock Screen: (MICROSOFT NEXT) I hated the fact that I couldn't get some notifications to disappear from my lock screen without having to unlock the device (in particular, I may want to keep a message from a friend visible to remind me to respond, but I want a spam email notification to go away).
The solution I found was to download and install Microsoft's Next Lock Screen app from the Play Store. While it doesn't fully replicate the stock Android lock screen, it has pretty much the same functionality. In addition, you gain some useful quick shortcut icons on the bottom to open frequently-used apps. Most of all, you can keep the Next Lock Screen enabled and use the fingerprint-reader to still unlock the phone
-Visual Voicemail: The Nexus supports Visual Voicemail within its Dialer app, but the Honor 8 doesn't. The only substitute is to download your carrier's own app for Visual Voicemail (I have T-Mobile and their app works almost seamlessly. AT&T also has an app in the Play Store)
-Remove Bloatware: Huawei does ship the Honor 8 with a few bloatware apps, such as Booking.com, Facebook, Twitter and Lyft. But you can uninstall the apps you don't use
-Other apps downloaded: I installed the Google versions of Gmail, Calendar, Clock and Photos to replace the Huawei versions. Although, the Huawei versions are simple reskins that still run the Google apps underneath, so this isn't a necessary tweak. I did this just for my own comfort and familiarity, simply as I am used to the Google versions.
Additional Note: If you prefer to use Google's Clock app as your alarm clock, make sure to enable ALL notification permissions for that app (like Priority Notifications, Lockscreen notifications, etc.). Let's just say I didn't initially do that, and almost was late for work the first day I tried using this phone as my alarm...
If I had rated this phone immediately after using it in its stock form for an hour, I would have given this 3 stars (for excellent hardware and terrible software out of the box). But after using this phone for several days and making the tweaks I described above, I have grown to like this phone enough to rate it a solid 5 stars. I like it enough that I have put away my Nexus 5X in a drawer and will be using the Honor 8 for the foreseeable future. I do recommend this phone for the power Android user and anyone else who is comfortable making tweaks, as well as someone who doesn't care about their software experience but does want a high-quality, fast and powerful phone. If you are someone new to Android who wants an inexpensive phone and can tolerate some sluggishness, I'd suggest getting a Nexus 5X instead. Or even a cheaper Android phone such as Blu. I don't believe the extra cost for the extra features of the Honor 8 will be worth it to the latter type of users.