The new phablet could either be a more premium version of the Honor 8 or could be a separate device altogether with its own design and specification make-up. While Honor 8 is expected to field a 5.2-inch Full HD display, the leaked device will come with a 6.6-inch Quad HD display, a spec that makes it sound more like a mini tablet rather than a large smartphone.
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As per available leaks, the device will also feature an octa-core Kirin 950 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and an industry-leading 4,400 mAh battery. Honor 8 will launch with two rear cameras, but available leaks suggest there will be only one 13-megapixel camera on its rear, along with an 8-megapixel front camera.
Even though the phablet is larger and features a more powerful battery, it does not match Honor 8's internal storage capacity not does it come close to the existing Honor 7's 20-megapixel camera. With such a large device, it is natural to expect users to consume a lot of media and play HD games as well, so the lack of a 64GB variant as well as just 3GB of RAM makes us feel that Huawei could have given the phablet a bit more respect.
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The phablet will run the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS and may feature Huawei's Emotion UI as well. The leaks on China's TENAA website are quite limited so we do not know yet if there will be a MicroSD slot, a fingerprint sensor or even NFC capability in the phablet.
Late last year, Huawei set for itself an ambitious target of selling 140 million handsets in the current calendar year. Recently, a report in the South Korean Electronic Times revealed that Huawei sold 28.3 million handsets in the first quarter of the year, and is well shaped to achieve its target by the end of the year. Apart from launching the P9, P9 Plus and the Honor 8, the company will do well to launch larger devices which will compete well with premium priced competitors like iPhone 6s Plus or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
According to Gizmo China which leaked news of the impending launch of Honor 8, Honor 8 will arrive with a fingerprint sensor, an infrared port and dual SIM support. It will be officially launched later this month and the cheapest variant should cost around £225 when released in the UK. If the larger phablet also finds its way into the UK smartphone market, we won't expect it to cost any more than £350.
Images via Gizmo China.