While here in the west are looking forward to the Honor 8 later this month, Huawei’s budget brand has just taken the wraps off the Honor Note 8 in China with a 6.6-inch 2K display, Kirin 955 processor, and 4GB of RAM. Join us after the break for more details on this monstrous handset.
Besides the monstrous 6.6-inch 2K AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, the Honor Note 8 has some high-powered components under the hood in the form of the same HiSilicon Kirin 955 octa-core processor that we saw in the Huawei P9. Powering the graphics is the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, and there’s 4GB of RAM on app-switching duty inside, whichever model you choose. As you might expect, the Honor Note 8 can be had with either 32GB/64GB or 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded upon by up to 128GB thanks to the MicroSD card slot. On the software side of things, the Honor Note 8 is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s EMUI 4.1 skin running on top, which naturally you can change to a third-party launcher if necessary.
There’s a single 13MP camera with LED flash and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the rear just above the fingerprint scanner, while on the front there’s an 8MP sensor with a wide-angle (85°) lens. There’s a non-removable 4,500mAh battery storing the juice for the Honor Note 8 along with a USB Type-C charging port. In case you were wondering, there is also a 3.5mm audio jack present on the top of the device.
Connectivity-wise, the handset supports LTE, has dual-SIM standby, and supports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz & 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, and Beidou.
On to the cosmetics, and it would seem that the Honor Note 8 takes most of its guidance from its smaller sibling, the Honor V8, with its metal body with 2.5D glass on the front. The Note 8 weighs in at 219 grams and has dimensions of 178.8 x 90.9 x 7.18mm, so it’s pretty thin despite its 6.6-inch display and hefty battery.
Finally, the Honor Note 8 will be available for purchase from August 9th in China in gold, silver, and grey. The 32GB version go for 2,299 Yuan ($345), the 64GB for 2,499 Yuan ($376), while the 128GB variant is priced at 2,799 Yuan ($421). For the moment, there’s no word on whether Honor will bring the handset to other regions.
What do you think of the Honor Note 8? Would you like to see it launched in your country?