Honor 8 Smart first impressions: promising but unjustifiably pricey

“The Honor 8 Smart is a compact and stylish mid-ranger from the company”


Honor, at its Honor 8 (review) launch event, announced two more smartphones, catering to different sets of users. While the Honor 8 Smart is a mid-ranger at Rs 19,999, the Holly 3 (first impressions) takes the company’s budget portfolio forward and is priced at Rs 9,999. These are our first impressions of the former.

Talking about the specifications first, the Honor 8 Smart is a compact 5.2-inch smartphone with a full HD display. The phone is powered by an octa-core Kirin 650 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. The in-built storage is rated at 16GB. The phone gets a 13MP primary camera, an 8MP front camera, and is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The metal-clad smartphone also sports a fingerprint scanner.


Handling the Honor 8 Smart was a breeze since the phone flaunts a sleek metal build with a matte finish on the back. Both the finish and the girth work together to offer great grip. The glass inlay along the top edge on the rear panel adds just enough accessorisation on the phone and overall, the Honor 8 Smart looks like a subtle yet stylish handset.

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The display on the phone looked sharp and vivid. Since we were indoors while checking out the phone, we can’t comment on the sunlight legibility, but a reflective display and average brightness suggests that you might have issues operating the phone under bright sunlight. We tried opening apps and switching between them and the usage session was definitely snappy. We’ll be stress testing the engine and tell you more about the performance in our full review.


The EMUI v4.1 atop Android Marshmallow is nothing new. The phone, however, comes with almost no bloatware, which is a welcome sight.


The camera app comes pretty loaded with more shooting modes than you can use, but the UI remains minimal. We clicked a couple of pictures and the camera seemed to perform decently, but we’ll be testing it out in different shooting conditions before putting out our final verdict.

The phone had a few performance modes which can be chosen according to the phone’s battery status and in our opinion, a 3,000mAh battery should be enough to drive the device a whole day on a single charge.

At its price, the Honor 8 Smart competes directly with the Lenovo Z2 Plus (first impressions), which is a heavily loaded smartphone featuring an SD 820 chip and up to 4 gigs of RAM. The Honor 8 Smart does not bring a lot to the table when we consider just specs on paper. However, real life use might differ from what we expect, which is why we’ll be reviewing the smartphone very soon to see if it can change our opinion.

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