As of now, Honor Note 8 is available only in China but Samsung would be hoping for the phone to stay there, for the pricing of its variants is expected to be half as much as that of Galaxy Note 7 which releases tomorrow. That being said, Honor Note 8 isn't just a large device that may woo tablet lovers, but also comes with a brilliant spec-list that would rival any premium smartphone available in the market, and that includes the upcoming Galaxy Note 7.
The 6.6" display is an AMOLED one, qualifying the device for Google's Daydream VR project and other VR headsets, and comes with a resolution of 2,048 pixels. Its internal specifications include the latest Kirin 955 SoC which also powers the Huawei P9, 4GB of RAM, a 4,400 mAh battery and internal storage options of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. This way, Honor Note 8 offers double the storage compared to 64GB that Galaxy Note 7 may come with.
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In terms of camera prowess, Honor Note 8 brings in a 13-megapixel rear camera and, like the Honor 8, an 8-megapixel front snapper. The cameras feature optical image stabilization to let you capture clear pictures even when taken while travelling. While Honor 8 featured dual-rear cameras, Honor Note 8 makes do with just one.
Even though Honor Note 8 ticks all the boxes when it comes to premium specifications and capabilities, what it lacks is a Stylus pen which adds so much functionality in Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. This may impede users from writing notes, drawing pictures and performing many other tasks which the S Pen in Galaxy Note devices allow them to do. However, we would prefer to give the phablet a hands-on trial before drawing conclusions on its capabilities.
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In terms of pricing, the Honor Note 8 is unbelievably competitive. Considering that the 6.6-inch form factor may scare away a lot of buyers who prefer one-handed usage, the phone's prices have been kept quite affordable compared to other contemporary phablets. While the 32GB variant of Honor Note 8 costs RNB 2299 (£262), the 64GB one costs RNB 2499 (£285) and the 128GB one costs RNB 2799 (£319). However, given that the recent Brexit decision had an impact on the pricing of OnePlus 3, we wonder if the price points of Honor Note 8 variants would remain the same if the phablet is released in the UK.