Huawei Honor 8 Released in Pakistan

The Huawei Honor 8 is now officially available in Pakistan. Huawei’s Honor series is known for its affordability, this phone however falls short of that.

The all glass Honor 8 is by no means a mid range phone. It has similar specifications as the Huawei P9 with a different price tag.

Display and hardware

On the outside the Honor 8 features a 5.2″1080p (1920 x 1080) display. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back which doubles as a button with upto 3 different shortcuts. You can either click it once, twice or hold for different functions. The capacitive buttons on the front can be switched around, the back button option for example can be either assigned to the left button, the right button or the middle button if you want.

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It contains Huawei’s Kirin 950 octa core chip and 2 variants with 32GB and 64GB storage. Both of the models come with 4GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s custom Emotion UI on top. This phone is dual SIM by default with a hybrid SIM/microSD card slot in addition to the default slot.

Camera

On the camera side of things this phone carried over the Leica setup found on the Huawei P9. You have a dual lens camera setup, developed together by Leica and Huawei, with one being a regular lens and the other only capturing in monochrome (black and white). This allows for detailed shots because the monochrome lens captures more light than a regular lens. The only downside about the camera is that it can record videos at upto 1080p (1920 x 1080) with no 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording option available.

Battery and Price

The battery capacity stands at 3,000 mAh with Huawei’s Smart Power 4.0 fast charging tech. It can charge your phone upto 47% in 30 minutes. A reversible USB-type C port is used in this phone which is becoming the norm these days.

The 32GB model is priced at Rs. 48,499 in Pakistan which is Rs. 8,499 above the international price ($399). You will also get unlimited 3G data courtesy of Mobilink Jazz on the purchase of this phone.

Huawei Honor 8 Specifications

  • CPU: 4x Cortex-A72 2.3 GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 1.8 GHz
  • GPU: Mali-T880 MP4
  • Chipset: Huawei Kirin 950
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Emotion UI 4.1
  • Supported Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, dual-SIM
  • Design: Glass body with Aluminum Frame
    • Dual Camera Setup
    • Rear Fingerprint scanner
  • Display:
    • 5.2”  LTPS IPS display with 1080p resolution (423 PPI)
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4 GB
    • Internal: 32/64 GB
    • Card slot: Yes (uses second SIM slot)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: Dual 12 MP, f/2.2, laser autofocus, dual tone LED flash/1080p (1920 x 1080) video recording @60fps and @30fps
    • Secondary: 8 MP ,f/2.4 /1080p (1920 x 1080) video recording
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS with GLONASS/AGPS, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Colours: Pearl White, Midnight Black, Gold, Sapphire Blue
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh battery with Smart Power 4.0 (47% in 30 mins)
  • Price: Rs. 48,499 (32GB)

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    • how is a 4GB RAM phone mid-range? $400 is reasonable for new launch.
      Specs are comparable to S7 and Oneplus 3.

      • Specs alone don’t make a phone. The fact that Android lags even with 4GB RAM is laughable at best. I’ve lost all interest in catching up with this shitty tech race. When a phone is being intentionally crippled despite offering flawless functionality, its pretty obvious its being done to force users to upgrade to a newer phone every year. The current Pixie phones by Google are “proof” of that.

        • True. Google started this nonsense by giving their Nexus series only 18 months of support. iOS does provide greater optimization for its hardware and keep supporting it. Xiaomi and Oneplus also provide greater lifetime for their products, OP is under constant development and still works same (or better) even after 2.5 years of launch and those running MIUI global version are also content with their phones.

      • Having 4 gigs of RAM doesn’t make a phone high-end.
        How are the specs comparable to S7 or OP3?
        Does it have best on any smartphone display like S7? (QHD sAMOLED )
        Does it have a SoC as powerful as SD820?
        Does it have arguably the best camera in the market like S7?
        It it charge crazily as the OP3 does? (63% in 30 min)
        The worst part is that you can get either S7 or OP3 (10/10 used) for the same price.

        • 1. Well, all the flagships past year seem to have this much juice.
          3. Display of S7 is top notch – no arguments here, OP3 not so much, tad brighter but not revolutionary. Chinese phones still locked up at 1080p, but has better PPI due to smaller size.
          4. Performance is comparable: check link
          http://cnoemphone.com/UpFiles/2015-06/blog/processor-benchmarks-comparison-geekbench-scores.jpg
          820 no doubt has more features but do you really think having LTE Cat 12 (>150 Mbps) makes a difference here?
          5. P9 leica camera would have beaten S7, not Honor 8’s. OP3 result would be similar though.
          6. It has quick dash charge as well.
          7. Starting price was $700 at least for S7 and was genuinely right. With a glass and metal build, $400 is reasonable. Honor 7 and P8 also started at 45,000 but are now around 35k I think (and nobody buys them now!)

          • 1. OP3 has a far more superior AMOLED display.
            2. SD820 is a better SoC, because Qualcomm releases kernel source for their SoC which mean Custom roms & stuff, other than that apps are better optimized.
            3. It’s funny too see how people get fooled by the branding, P9 uses Sony IMX286 sensors they aren’t made by Leica. Camera on S7 is better than P9 too.
            4. The quick charging is of an unknown kind, not comparable with OnePlus Dash Charging.
            5. There are ton of smartphones available with 4GB of ram available for about $200 or even less, does that make them high-end too?
            Amount ram doesn’t make a phone high-end.
            6. The Chinese flagship using 1080P displays have far more superior specs than Honor 8. For example at $345 Xiaomi Mi5s offers SD821, it has the best camera in the market (theoretically, IMX388, also used in Google Pixel), Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, 3D touch etc.

  • Companies should tries to sell refurbished phones so all can get in cheaper prices. Instead of 48.4k 30k will be a good deal with full warranty

    • I dont know when huawei will opt for QHD. 2017 is around the corner and huawei still insist for FHD. LG samsung motorola are using QHD screen from 2-3 years now.
      What a shame Rs.48000 phone and its screen is already outdated (talking about flagships only). I know FHD is enough for day to day use but still its behind the competition

      • Not much difference when I have compared FHD and QHD screens. 1080p is still very good battery consumption wise and overall performance. iPhone still has 750p and 1080p no on plus model.

        • Bro huawei is not competing directly with apple. Their competitors are from android like HTC Samsung LG Sony moto etc.

  • Don’t know why huawei launched at high price rate in pak international price is 399$ and they selling at 480$ in pak same with p9 lite official rate is 28500 so after one month it is easily available at 23 to 25k in market and online sites it will happen with this set also

  • I don’t know why people are calling it a mid range phone and that the price should be 30-35 (seriously).
    I am using the set now and believe me it’s so fluid and doesn’t lags (I’m on Android N). The camera is a pure beast and it’s depth focus gives you DSLR like focus effects thanks to the dual camera setup. You’ve got IR Blaster, NFC, Fast Charger (charges my phone too 100% in about an hour), fingerprint scanner. Sure it is a little pricey but only 3-4k. For me 45k would have been a reasonable price for this set.
    Believe me, it’s the most brilliant Honor set I’ve ever used.


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