Huawei Honor 8 Review

The Huawei Honor 8 occupies an interesting space. Cheap Chinese knockoffs of the iPhone have been on the market for years, but Huawei seems to be evolving into its own now. Though the Honor 8 clearly takes a lot of inspiration from the iPhone, it’s not a direct copy, and it manages to balance between Android and iOS quite well.

Whether you like the Honor 8 or not will mostly come down to personal preference. If you’re a stock Android devotee, it won’t be for you, but if you have a soft spot for the iPhone but want something a little cheaper and more customizable, the Honor 8 is perfect.

Huawei doesn’t have a large following in the US, but the Honor 8 is certainly worth your time. And here also have some details about its hardware and software review. Okay, now have a look at below short video review of the Huawei Honor 8.

 

Hardware

Huawei Honor 8

Physically, the Honor 8 is just a bit smaller than most other flagship devices thanks to its 5.2″ screen (whereas most Android phones come with a 5.5″ screen nowadays). It’s a 1080p display that’s bright, colorful, and just looks great.

Huawei Honor 8 case

Navigation keys are included in the software, so there’s no physical home button. The power key and volume rocker are on the right side, the SIM/microSD card slot is on the left, and the headphone jack, USB Type-C port, and speaker are along the bottom.

Huawei Honor 8 hardware

The speaker gets reasonably loud, but its placement makes it a little difficult to hear unless you’re watching a video in landscape and cup your hand around it. On the back side, you’ll find the dual camera lenses that Huawei says results in crisper photos, along with the fingerprint scanner.

Huawei Honor 8 back

The fingerprint scanner actually doubles as a button, dubbed the Smart Key — it has a nice satisfying click when you press it. Unlike other fingerprint sensors that really do nothing except unlock the device, the Honor 8’s Smart Key can be used to swipe the notification tray up or down or swipe between photos in the gallery app.

You can also set it to take a screenshot, turn on the flashlight, or open an app. You can have up to three of those actions assigned since it can differentiate between a single click, double click, and long press.

Huawei Honor 8 side view

Overall, the Honor 8 feels premium in your hand, albeit extremely slippery. The curved 2.5D glass feels great and definitely puts it in the same class as the Pixel and the iPhone 7. It certainly took a bunch of design cues from both.

 

Software

While the Honor 8 might technically be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s a heavily tweaked version called EMUI 4.1 that looks nothing like stock Android. In fact, is has a lot more in common with iOS 10.

Software

There’s no app drawer here. All your apps are just out on the home screen. The icons for apps made by Huawei (like Phone, Messaging, Gallery, and Files) are all rounded and colorful. There’s even a built-in theme engine for changing them all at once.

The notification shade blurs out the background and has two tabs: Notifications and Shortcuts. The shortcuts can be easily rearranged and customized.

Software

Where EMUI really shines, though, is in the extra features. While most Android skins tend to feel like nothing more than bloat, EMUI actually adds quite a lot of value.

Software

For instance, the Smart screenshot function allows you to take a screenshot of just a portion of your screen — a feature that I really wish existed in stock Android.

You can also customize the navigation bar, choose what the Fingerprint scanner does, and toggle a Windows 10-style Simple home screen.

Software

And that’s barely scratching the surface of some of the features buried in the Honor 8’s settings. It has one-handed controls, voice controls, and motion controls as well. You can toggle a Floating dockoption or schedule times for your phone to turn on or off. In the Battery manager, you can adjust your power plan and get fine-tuned controls for what apps are running in the background.

There are also a bunch of Huawei-designed apps that I’m less enticed by, but which are nonetheless pretty useful and add to the overall aesthetic.

Software

Apps like Phone, Files, and Music look nothing like they do on stock Android, but if you like the look the Honor 8 offers, this could be a positive. This theming runs throughout the rest of the built-in apps as well, leading to a rather consistent interface.