After launching the Honor 8 smartphone in China, Huawei has confirmed that it will soon be launching the smartphone in India, sometime in the second week of October. Successor to last year’s Honor 7, the Honor 8 smartphone brings a host of improvements over the previous generation. The company recently showcased the smartphone to journalists and bloggers at its event to highlight its core features. The smartphone comes with a metal frame and 2.5D front and back glass, adding a touch of premium look and feel to it. However, one of the key highlights of the smartphone is the dual-camera setup at the back with one RGB sensor and one monochrome sensor, similar to what we have already seen on Huawei’s P9 flagship smartphone. Also Read - Huawei P50, P50 Pro with OLED display, HarmonyOS launched: Price, features
The Honor 8 shares similar specifications with the flagship P9 smartphone, such as the display size and resolution, storage and RAM, dual-camera setup and Android OS. The P9 sports a better and faster chipset and Leica co-engineered dual camera setup, which makes it a little expensive at Rs 39,999. However, the Honor 8 is expected to carry a mid-range price tag. In China, the smartphone was launched for RMB 1,999, which is approximately Rs 20,500. If Honor can bring it around the same price range, it will compete with the likes of Lenovo’s recently launched Z2 Plus, Xiaomi’s Mi 5 and LeEco’s Le Max2, all of which are priced under Rs 23,000. Also Read - Huawei Band 6 launched to take on Mi Band 5, brings SpO2 monitor at budget
Honor 8 specifications
The smartphone flaunts a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display covered with 2.5D corning gorilla glass display. At the heart of the Honor 8 runs Huawei’s homebrew Kirin 950 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Paired with 4GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot (hybrid SIM tray) is also present for further expansion up to 256GB. Also Read - Jio 5G service: Reliance Jio, Intel partner to develop 5G network for India
In the photography department, you get dual 12-megapixel cameras at the back of aperture f/2.2, pixel size of 1.76-micron, and dual LED flash. The setup will allow you to capture good quality photos even in low light conditions, Huawei says. Up front, is an 8-megapixel camera of aperture f/2.4 for video calling and selfies.
With connectivity options such as dual-SIM cards (hybrid setup), 4G LTE support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and a USB-Type C port for charging and data transfer, the smartphone is armed with a 3,000mAh non-removable battery. On the software front, it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow 6.0 wrapped under Huawei’s EMUI 4.1.