Branding aside, the Honor 8 is a purebred Huawei sharing much of the P9 DNA. It was created to fill the blanks left by the P9 by attending to markets and price tiers beyond the reach of the Leica co-branded flagship.
Honor 8 has its own take on design, but keeps the internals pretty much intact. There is the same 5.2″ 1080p display and Kirin power core. Even better, both 32 and 64 GB storage options come with 4GB of RAM.
The most interesting bit, of course, is the dual-camera setup lifted from the P9 – put in a clever setup together for better low-light selfies and bokeh effects. Missing the Leica branding meant you lose the exclusive film modes, including the monochrome one, but Honor found a clever way around that.
Honor 8 key features
5.2″ 1080p LTPS capacitive touchscreen, 423ppi
HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset: octa-core CPU (4xCortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz plus 4xCortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz), Mali-T880 MP4 GPU; 4GB of RAM
Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Huawei EMUI v4.1 overlay;
Dual 12MP camera with hybrid AF, color and monochrome sensors, f/2.2 aperture; 1080@60fps video recording
8MP front camera, f/2.4 aperture; 1080p video recording; wide selfie
Hybrid DualSIM/microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
Cat. 6 LTE (300/50Mbps); dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.2 LE; NFC; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou; USB Type-C
3,000mAh Li-Ion battery, Rapid charging
No 4K 2160p video recording
No direct access to the monochrome sensor for B&W photos
Hybrid DualSIM/microSD card slot limits options on the dual-SIM model
Lacking the option to shoot with the monochrome sensor only is gone with the Leica branding, while the Kirin chip means no 4K video recording. The B&W camera is still used but only for shooting in low-light conditions to enhance the final photo, though so it’s not just sitting there. Plus the rest of the features we saw and loved in the P9 is all here and it all comes at a fraction of the price so it looks like a great deal.
Then again, we’ll have to carefully check if the Honor 8 cut any other corners to stay on budget so we won’t rush to any conclusions. We are starting with the hardware inspection right after the break.