The Honor 8 launches in China with dual-camera setup, Kirin 950 processor and up to 4GB of RAM

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Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor, doesn’t stand still when it comes to launching new handsets. So far this year, we’ve seen the budget-minded handset maker launch the Honor 5X, 5C, 5A, the V8, and now the Honor 8 that boasts a dual-camera set-up similar to the one seen on the V8 and the Huawei P9. Join us after the break for the rest of the specifications.

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The Honor 8 has a metal frame and a glass rear, with a 2.5D curved glass display with Full HD resolution. While it’s a fraction thicker, longer and wider than the Huawei P9 that it takes so much inspiration from, the Honor 8 is still only 145.5 x 71 x 7.45mm big, and weighs 153g.

Under the hood there’s a HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU providing the grunt. As you would expect, there’s a few variants of the Honor 8, with one version managing with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the other two models both sport 4GB RAM with a choice of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. All three models support MicroSD cards (up to 128GB) and have Dual-SIM connectivity via a hybrid SIM tray. On the rear of the device is a fingerprint scanner, which, if it’s anything like the one found on the 5X or the P9, will be fast and accurate.

On to the cameras, and on the rear of the device you can see that there’s a dual-camera setup, with both sensors being of the 12MP variety, featuring laser auto focus and f/2.2 aperture. There’s an 8MP camera on the front of the handset on selfie duty.

Much like the Huawei P9, a 3,000mAh non-removable battery stores the juice for the handset, and there’s also a USB Type-C charging port present. As you might expect, the Honor 8 runs Huawei’s EMUI custom overlay (version 4.1) on top of the Android base operating system, which is Android 6 Marshmallow in this case.

The Honor 8 can be preordered directly from Huawei’s online store, vMall, in China from 1,999 Yuan ($298) for the 3GB/32GB variant, the 4GB/32GB version is 2,299 Yuan ($343), while the 4GB/64GB model comes in at 2,499 Yuan ($374).

What do you think of the Honor 8? Would you like to see it launched in your region? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).