Smart beauty with dual-camera and fingerprint sensor
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.