The new Honor 8 compares with the much-acclaimed Huawei P9 in many respects, so much so that picking up an Honor 8 would be a lot like getting the P9 on the cheap. To begin with, Honor 8 comes with the same dual rear camera setup with Monochrome and RGB sensors for which P9 has been hailed as among the best smartphones of 2016.
Honor 8 also arrives with an octa-core Kirin 950 processor which brings in 100 per cent more CPU power, 125 per cent better GPU performance and 70 per cent greater power efficiency than its predecessor, the Kirin 935. While the P9 was available with only 32GB of inbuilt storage, you will be able to choose your Honor 8 from a choice of 32GB/4GB and 64GB/4GB storage options.
The battery in Honor 8 has a capacity of 3,000 mAh and we expect it to last quite long given that the phone's 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080p won't be as power-consuming as other displays with Quad HD resolutions. At the same time, Honor 8 will also feature a slew of Huawei's proprietary battery saving features as well as battery-saving tools in Android 6.0 Marshmallow which should let you extend the battery life by a few more hours.
Among the best new features that Honor 8 comes with is the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. The sensor has a Smart Key function and will let you tap, double tap or tap and hold to start a range of third party apps. The sensor will also have a short reaction time of just 0.4 seconds, offering you the comfort of unlocking your phone seamlessly at the touch of a button.
In terms of design, Honor 8 features a complete glass body with 2.5D curves but for its sides which are layered with lightweight Aluminium. Unlike a square rear camera slot just above the square fingerprint sensor on the back of Honor 7, Honor 8 comes with two cameras on its back which look a lot like the cameras in the P9. The designers have also saved some valuable space in the handset by turning one of the SIM slots into a MicroSD slot.
Honor 8 brings in twin rear cameras which work as a tag team, bringing in clarity, detail and crispness to images, especially low light ones. Each of the dual-cameras, namely the RGB and the monochrome ones, specialize in bright colour and black and white imaging respectively. When both cameras work together, the resulting images are a mixture of vivid colours and lovely shades, saving you the effort of searching for photo-editing apps to beautify your raw pictures. You can even takes pictures using each of these cameras as standalones and choose between Standard, Vivid and Smooth colour modes.
You will be able to purchase an Honor 8 handset of your choice at https://www.vmall.eu/uk/ and will be able to choose from Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sunrise Gold and Sapphire Blue colour options as well as between 32GB and 64GB storage variants. Apart from VMall, retailers like Amazon.co.uk, Three, Darty, Conrad and Cyberport will also make the handset available for pre-orders shortly. While the 32GB variant of Honor 8 will be priced at €399 in Europe, the 64GB on will cost €449.
Display: 5.2-inch Full HD
Processor: Kirin 950 chipset in flagship-grade 16 nm FinFET production
Storage: 32GB, 64GB
RAM: 3GB, 4GB
Battery: 3,000 mAh
Rear camera: 12MPx2 main dual camera with separate RGB and monochrome sensor
Front camera: 8-MP