Honor held an event in San Francisco on this fine evening and unveiled to the world the company’s newest smartphone, the Honor 8. This device is not designed to be a budget smartphone by any means yet it does have a lighter price than most high-end phones. But without further ado, let’s dive right in.
The Honor 8 is actually a beautiful smartphone, resembling a mix between a Samsung Galaxy S7 and Nexus 6P. On the back of the device, you will find a glass pane, which Honor is pretty proud of, that gives off reflections similar to the back panel of a Galaxy S7. Around the perimeter of the device is aluminum instead of plastic, giving the device a more premium appearance and feel in the hands. Other notable physical features of the device include a dual-camera set-up and a fingerprint reader, both located on the rear of the device. We will talk about both of these in a bit more detail later on.
Sure, the Honor 8 looks good, but let’s be honest, a lot of you out there want to talk specs. In this department, the Honor 8 is definitely no slouch. Here is a detailed list of the Honor 8’s specs:
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Huawei Emotion UI 4.1
- 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080p display (423 PPI)
- Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 32 or 64GB of storage
- MicroSD expandable storage up to 128GB
- Dual 12MP rear cameras (monochrome + color)
- 8MP front camera
- 3000mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.2 LE
- 4G LTE (VoLTE capable)
- 3.5mm headphone jack
So those are the specs, but you’re probably asking yourself what’s up with that dual camera on the back of the Honor 8. Apparently, they are both 12MP shooters, one being color and the other only being monochrome. According to Honor, this lets the camera capture about three times more light than other smartphone cameras currently on the market. Whether or not this reigns true will remain to be seen until some testing is done.
Then there is the fingerprint reader, which is located where virtually all fingerprint readers on Android smartphones are these days, on the back of the device. This is another aspect of the device that the folks at Honor seemed proud of. Particularly because of just how fast the fingerprint scanner is able to both read your fingerprint, wake the device, and unlock it. This all takes place on an average of just 0.4 seconds. That’s pretty fast if you ask us.
The Honor 8 will be available in four colors; Midnight Black, Pearl White, Sapphire Blue, and Sunrise Gold. Honor did mention, though, that the Sunrise Gold color would only be available in a select few markets. Pre-ordering will open up on August 17th and run through September 3rd at a handful of retailers. Honor also mentioned that the Sapphire Blue color will be available exclusively through Best Buy for the first 60 days.
Pricing for the Honor 8 will start at $400 for the 32GB model and go up to $450 for the 64GB model. Like mentioned above, pre-orders open up tomorrow so get in early if you want to get your hands on the Honor 8!