“We give you the top five reasons to buy the Honor 8”
The flood of Chinese brands has brought about some big changes in our smartphone industry. Buyers no longer had to spend a fortune to buy a smartphone with great specs. While the OnePlus 3 might be the go to budget flagship for many, the recently-launched Honor 8 brings an arsenal of goodies to the table which is why, we give you the top five reasons why the smartphone needs to be in your pocket.
While everyone is busy casing their smartphones in metal frames, Honor has chosen to stand out from the crowd by constructing the Honor 8 using a blend of metal and glass. The result is a beautifully-crafted smartphone with 2.5D glass on the back and front and metal sandwiched in between. The use of glass not only elevates the device’s looks, but also gives it a sturdy grip. At 5.2-inches, the display of the Honor 8 hits the sweet spot as it is neither too small, nor too big. While one-handed usage for a phone with a 5.5-inch screen depends to a great degree on the device’s bezels, the same is not the case here. Reaching around the corners is a breeze with the Honor 8 and the slightly smaller display added to the screen’s pixel density making texts and images appear sharper.
Dual cameras, double the fun
The USP of Honor 8 is not its stunning design but the 12MP dual-camera setup at the back aided by laser autofocus and an LED flash. The Honor 8 uses the same camera hardware which powers the costlier Huawei P9 making its cameras one of the best in the sub Rs 30K price bracket. One of the rear-facing camera uses a RGB sensor to capture colour, while the other camera uses a monochrome sensor which captures light and contrast. As complicated as the engineering behind the camera setup might be, Honor has done a great job to keep the camera app in the smartphone fairly minimalistic and easy to use making capturing tricky shots a breeze.
Useful Software features
Honor has bundled the 8 with a host of interesting software features. The device runs Honor’s proprietary EUI 4.1 on top of Android Marshmallow which lets users customise the look of their device interface using pre-built and downloadable themes. The Health app on the smartphone makes use of an always on, low-power i5 co-processor which controls all the sensors on the Honor 8 and helps in tracking your daily step count. The phone also comes with a Smart Assistance section in settings menu which lets users change the layout of the navigation bar, enable a floating dock, turn on some motion control gestures and enable a one-handed UI. Integration of practical features like knuckle sense, which lets users knock on the phone’s screen to take a screenshot make for a much richer Android experience than stock OS.
Software is not the only front where the Honor 8 excels as the phone packs a punch in terms of hardware too. The smartphone is powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC octa-core processor which consists of two quad-core clusters clocked at 2.3GHz and 1.8GHz along with 4GB of RAM working in tandem. The device played every intensive game we threw at it without breaking a sweat and we didn’t notice any lag or stutters while playing the games or switching between apps.
Long battery life
What good is a high-end processor or a good display if the phone doesn’t stay on long enough for you to enjoy it? Honor tackled this predicament by furnishing the 8 with a whopping 3,000mAh battery unit which should last even the most avid users a full day. While several companies furnish their smartphones with a battery saver mode, Honor went above and beyond to make sure that your phone doesn’t drain out on you when you need it the most by offering an ROG power mode which lowers the display’s resolution to 720p in order to conserve battery.
In conclusion, Honor has taken the road less traveled and offered consumers a compact smartphone that doesn’t skimp on performance or other features. If you are in the market for a smartphone that competes neck to neck against the top dogs of the mobile industry without burning a hole in your wallet, look no further than the Honor 8.