Huawei is well known in Nigeria and we can boldly compare their awesome phones with the likes of Itel smartphones, Tecno and Infinix all being the top tiers in the Nigeria mobile market.
With the launch of many successful devices such the Mate S and Honor 7, Huawei is definitely an amazing mobile phone company to watch out for as they can always make more and more devices which are far more better than we expect.
Now, with the new Honor 8 smartphone, Huawei just didnt prove to everyone to be the best but also proved to us that they are capable of the competition. Well, we all know Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones now bursts into flames and this had affected the Korean maker.
This could at least pave the way for the Chinese company to better penetrate into the Nigerian market. Everyone of us wants something better and good looking.
Even without minding the price it will cost, we can surely understand that Huawei isn’t a small player in the mobile phone making.
Alright enough of appraisal. So what about the Huawei Honor 8? Well, there are lots and lots about the device. When Huawei launched this phone sometimes ago this year, we expected something of this level and well, the company delivered to us a nice 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD displays screen smartphone with an amazing rear camera of (Double) 2x 12MP; in case you know what that meant? It meant amazing and ultra sharp image capturing.
The front facing camera is 8MP at least we got something better for selfies.
Despite it’s amazing and sleek design which is flat and cool enough to fit right in our palms, then you understand this is going to be a big deal.
Apart from the good points, Huawei Honor 8 still can’t beat Itel’s IT1516 Plus with it’s 5000mAh battery. But then, it’s dual sim functionality is good enough for those looking to stay connected right all the time. Memory system is within the 32GB / 64GB.
This places the device in two editions which include one with the bigger memory and the lesser memory. With the 3 power stretching modes which includes Performance, Smart, and Ultra—all are made to effectively utilise the available resource with real efficiency.
Huawei might be telling us that they’re not trying to make this a brand for all.
A very good example of such setting would be some automakers that create some specific brands targeted towards a group of people of a particular setting. This might be in the case of Huawei’s Honor brand as a whole.
With that said, the Honor which is set apart from the normal Huawei is so cool and their luxurious phone lines are awesome enough to compete in the very big mobile market and especially in the Nigerian mobile technology market. The Honor 8 is a flagship and a device we can all trust to deliver pretty well as expected.
Hardware/Design: The Huawei Honor 8 is well designed to fit right into the hand also, the company never forget to still make it big enough for better visual experience.
One thing i personally like about the Honor 8 is the slimness of the device. It’s dimension of 145.5 x 71.0 x 7.45 mm makes it well fitting i the hand and yet, visible to passerby because of its length and breadth. Huawei maintains it’s style of mobile making since it’s Mate series making the device a buttonless one.
The entire front of the device lacks physical button which are provided as a touch feature right within the phone itself. Aside these, there are physical buttons by the side which are the volume up/down buttons and the power button for ease of control.
Also, the device’s base houses the USB port for charging and USB transfer. Also, few Millimetres away from the USB port is the Earphone port.
This makes the base to be the residence for at least three functionally important aspects of the phone which are the Speaker, the USB and Earphone ports.
Moving away from the base of the phone, the back of the phone is well fitted and flattened. With the logo of the company right below while at the extremely top of the phone resides the dual cameras and then the flash.
The Sim tray is right by the side of the phone which helps in the usage of dual sim functionality. Although dual sim feature isn’t totally witty as expected, the main purpose of the other or supporting sim slot is to place calls over GSM network while the first sim slot is the main task performer which makes connection over 3G/4G networks.
Despite its dual sim feature being something in support from the Chinese maker, the absence of physical memory card might be a deficiency to some users which might make some people opt for Samsung Galaxy S7.
But then Honor 8 isn’t finished yet. With the lavished features from the maker, we expected higher performances at a cool price which doesn’t break our bones.
Okay back to the hardware, the back of the phone houses the Finger print sensor for better security enhancement a good feature which is found in high end devices such as the iPhone mobile lineage.
Other physical features include an earpiece with built-in notification LED, an infrared port allowing the phone to act as a universal remote.
It has an aluminium bezel, metal trim and glass back. In China, Honor 8 is available in the following colors: midnight black, sapphire blue, sunrise gold, sakura pink, and pearl white. Some hardware versions are only available in select colors. In the United States, Honor 8 is available in midnight black, sapphire blue, and pearl white.
Honor 8 comes with a functional USB 2.0 /w Type-C Interface connector, and QuickCharge support. In addition to scanning fingerprints, the fingerprint sensor serves as a customizable “smart button”, enabling users to open apps or scroll up or down the screen.
Users can also tap their knuckles on the screen to take screenshots or recordings, or draw letters to open specific applications.
Well since Nigeria isn’t part of the countries Honor are directly trying to infiltrate, then device color will depend on whichever the end user order for.
Most cases, Nigerian specs include the available versions that works in the US or a normalized device with neutral features such as support for Wireless carrier such as Verizon, At&T. So this neutrality can make Huawei Honor 8 function right with our local MTN or Glo networks.
Software: Huawei Honor 8 was launched with the recent Android 6.0 making it t inherit lots of features from Google.
Applications such as the Google play store, Gmail, Google Search, Google play service, Google Map, Google Drive, YouTube, Hangout; all run already on the phone. The phone has a better processor of HiSilicon Kirin 950 4x Cortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz, Mali-T880MP4 @ 900MHz which are all powerful.
This makes the device to be very useful to those that want a very fast device that executes commands at a very high speed.
Unlike other Huawei smartphones, the Honor 8 is a high end user smartphone targeted towards those looking for something better with Android platform.
It’s 3GB / 4GB LPDDR4-2666 of RAM is very essential for better memory allocation for powerful or big games or service usage such as video streaming, quick typing, internet surfing with 3G or 4G network.
The Huawei Honor 8 comes with Bluetooth 4.2 LE and 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi thanks to the Broadcom BCM4345.
It therefore have a big support for maximum performance and amazing usage while still preserving it’s power over whatsoever connection you have chosen.
Honor 8 supports fast connectivity over Wi-Fi and data connection. With it’s faster processor, we expected something this good. Without a doubt, the device’s capacity is very awesome and we love it at Netgills.
Camera: The phone has in general 3 camera areas. One 8MP at the fore front which is meant to be used for Selfie videos and pictures.
The front facing camera records videos with a dimension of 1080*720 making it very powerful. Its rear dual camera feature works together with each camera doing different things just to enhance a balanced out photo quality.
The phone’s dual 12 megapixel (MP) camera setup is flush to the phone’s reverse side. One of the rear cameras has a lens to capture details, and the other has an RGB sensor to record color data. The two resulting images are then merged.
The camera app has a “Wide Aperture” mode, among others, which allows users to adjust the focus and depth of field after a photograph has been taken.
The resulting camera as expected is crystal clean and well enhanced with lots filters which users can apply by themselves without needing third party camera applications.
The Honor 8’s camera is well built especially for those of us who prefers the long usage of cameras either for photography or other important event capturing.
Camera can capture images from a long distant while still maintaining the image focusing power and it’s neatness.
Battery performance: The Honor 8 has a battery capacity of 3000mAh which powers up the device’s functionality.
Honor’s president admitted the device’s battery to be engineered towards its high performance processor. The battery is capable of powering up the phone for a long time of nearly 12 hours under continuous usage of internet access under 4G network.
We couldn’t expect better since the battery’s capacity is fixed. Under a standby mode, you can expect a longer time of availability ranging within 20hours and 36 hours. The Honor 8 is actually battery efficient considering its 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor.
The device’s 4 GB RAM is an excellent power manager but the Honor’s in built power management system which allow end user to switch from High performance mode to a lower performance mode will visibly elongate the battery life and capacity without further ado.
Huawei’s Honor 8 price is around the range of (USD $450) #130,000 NGN – #180,000 NGN. That price depends on the version that you purcahse (32GB/64GB) then your nearness to the market or market location also determines the price of the phone.
The Huawei Honor 8 is a very great phone which as a Nigerian, can be a very good buy. With it’s Pricing, we can actually see that it’s worth the price despite such a brilliant feature and outstanding design which the Honor brand had lavished all over the slim device.
This phone is very cool and will make a big deal for either a gift or for personal usage. It’s very useful for anyone in Nigeria and outside.
It’s longer power saving mode is a great feature developing countries dwellers will want since that settles the scores of power outage while still preserving your phone. The you wont need to take a powerbank along with you everywhere you go.
Honor 8 review
Powerful and smart device