Huawei’s latest edition to their smartphone lineup, the Honor 8, has officially been unveiled. And by the looks of it, this smartphone is simply an all-glass P9 with a 50% discount.
Yup, that’s pretty accurate.
First off, the body of the Honor 8 is, like I said, all glass. It’s obviously not glass on the sides, but on the front and back much like an iPhone 4s. An aluminum frame encloses the glass front and rear and creates an extra layer of grip-ability so no slips or drops occur. This frame also comes color matched to whatever color you choose, so if you opt for the Rose Gold (or Pink Gold as some might call it) look, you’ll get an aluminum frame that matches.
Next up is those specs which are basically identical to the P9’s. Take a look at a full list below in comparison with the P9 (via Android Police).
|Processor||Kirin 950 (4 x Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)||Kirin 955 (4 x Cortex A72 2.5GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)|
|Memory & Storage||3GB/32GB, 4GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB|
|Screen||5.2″ 1920×1080 LTPS LCD (423 PPI), 96% NTSC color reproduction|
|Camera (rear)||12MP, F2.2, dual lens (1 B&W, 1 RGB)|
|Camera (front)||8PM, F2.4|
|SD Card||Hybrid microSD (dual nano SIM or nano + SD)|
|Software||EMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0|
|Measurements||145.5 x 71 x 7.44 mm, 153 g||145 x 70.9 x 7 mm, 144 g|
|Build||“2.5D” glass front and back, metal frame||All metal unibody construction|
|Colors||White, Gold, Black, Pink, Blue||White, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Gray|
As you can see, the only difference between the Honor 8 and P9 (besides the slightly bigger dimensions and color options) is a very slightly slower processor, with the Honor 8’s clocking in at 2.3GHz while the P9’s is at 2.5GHz. Other than that, the same camera setup, the same fingerprint sensor, the same batter, the same 5.2-inch screen, the same software, and the same storage configurations are all present. But if you only looked at the Honor 8 and P9’s looks and price, you wouldn’t know they were so similar. Here’s why…
Not only is the Honor 8 made mainly out of glass while the P9 is made of metal, their prices are completely different. The P9 normally goes for around $450 depending on where you pick it up which, while isn’t very bad for a smartphone with these specifications and build quality, is about twice as much as the Honor 8 goes for. Yes, you read correctly. This means that the Honor 8 will sell for (starting July 19th) CNY 1,999 ($298 USD). That’s really low for such a smartphone, however by paying this you’ll get the lower end variant with 32Gb of storage and 3GB of RAM. For 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, you’ll need to pay CNY 2,499 ($373 USD) which still isn’t expensive whatsoever. All in all, this is a very capable smartphone with flagship-level specs at a midrange price.
Like I said previously, starting July 29th is when you’ll be able to pick up the Honor 8. Unfortunately, it’s only known at this time that the smartphone will launch in China, however this may change in the future when international rollout plans may come into action.
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