Smart beauty with dual-cam­era and fin­ger­print sen­sor

The Sun (Malaysia) - - TECH TODAY -

THE HUAWEI honor 8 comes with a dual-glass panel de­sign that is quite re­mark­able. At 7.5mm thin, the rear’s 15-panel light-re­fract­ing glass com­po­si­tion is a real beauty, al­though han­dling can be a bit of a chal­lenge due to its slip­pery pro­file.

Weigh­ing only at 185g, the de­vice looks solid. The tac­tile power and vol­ume but­tons can both be found on the right edge of the phone. There is an in­fra-red blaster at the top which can be used to con­trol TV and other house­hold ap­pli­ances. The honor 8 has a 5.2in 1080p LTPS dis­play, which of­fers

ex­cel­lent sharp­ness and con­trast, even in bright light. Colour re­pro­duc­tion is re­mark­able.

The de­vice is pow­ered by HiSil­i­con Kirin 950, of­fer­ing smooth and re­spon­sive per­for­mance. Thank­fully, there is 4GB of RAM, that al­lows for mul­ti­task­ing as well.

The honor 8 in­cludes dual-SIM card sup­port. One of th­ese SIM slots can also be used for a mi­croSD card to in­crease the phone’s 32GB stor­age up to 128GB.

The de­vice also sup­ports du­al­band WiFi, LTE, and Blue­tooth 4.2 Low En­ergy. There is a USB Type-C charg­ing port that is ac­com­pa­nied by the head­phone jack on the left, and a sin­gle speaker on the right. De­spite hav­ing just one speaker, the sound qual­ity is pretty de­cent. The fin­ger­print sen­sor at the back is min­i­mal­ist. It’s en­cir­cled by a thin strip of metal that al­most blends into the glass back­ground. Since the reader also doubles as a tac­tile but­ton, or a ‘smart key’, you can pro­gram dif­fer­ent short­cuts for ac­tions such as tap, dou­ble tap, and hold, for func­tions like flash­light, screen­shot, or voice record­ing. You can also have it open apps. Tap­ping twice in quick suc­ces­sion launches the cam­era app, for in­stance, and tap­ping once while view­ing a photo gallery takes you to the next photo. The honor 8 comes with a 12MP dual-cam­era con­fig­u­ra­tion with an f/2.2 aper­ture and hy­brid aut­o­fo­cus (laser as­sisted). One of the lens cap­tures colour, while the other is monochrome.

It’s a great shooter over­all. The monochrome can be used in­de­pen­dently to snap black-and­white pics.

The honor 8 also sports Huawei’s Hy­brid Fo­cus, which uses laser depth data and phase de­tec­tion to fo­cus on sub­jects, and a wide-aper­ture mode that lets you cre­ate bokeh and depth-of-field ef­fects.

The cam­era app is fairly good, and of­fers some very use­ful man­ual con­trols.

There are three bat­tery pro­files out of the box: per­for­mance, smart, and ul­tra.

While the de­fault smart mode does seem to marginally im­prove bat­tery life, it also pre­vents many of the apps from send ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Heavy users may need to charge up the 3,000mAh bat­tery more than once a day.

Thank­fully, the honor 8 sup­ports 9V/2A fast charg­ing with the fac­tory sup­plied charger, let­ting you charge the phone from zero to about 42% in 30 min­utes.

Also, if you ac­ci­den­tally crack the honor 8 within the first three months of own­ing it, honor Malaysia will re­pair it for free.

This is a great pro­tec­tion to have, be­sides the war­ranty for the de­vice for a year. All in, it’s a com­pelling pack­age.

The colour op­tions in­clude pearl white and mid­night black stan­dard vari­ants that come with a 4GB RAM and 32GB stor­age space, priced at RM1,699.

The pre­mium sap­phire blue and sun­rise gold vari­ants with 4GB RAM and 64GB stor­age space are priced at RM1,899.

The phone is avail­able on­line and at re­tail stores.

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