Review of Honor 8

The new smartphone, Huawei Honor 8 refers to the average price segment. However, many new attractive moments borrowed from the flagship Huawei P9. She also collected in the casing with a metal frame, is built on a high-performance processor of Kirin, is equipped with a fingerprint sensor and the main "chip" mentioned the flagship - the two main cameras. But is at new smartphone and other features, which we describe in this review. Read: user manuals for Huawei smartphones

Specifications of Honor 8 (FRD-L19)

  • Screen: 5,2 ", IPS, 1920x1080, 423 ppi
  • Processor: eight-Huawei Kirin 950, up to 2.3 GHz
  • Graphics Accelerator: Mali-T880 MP4
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 + EMUI
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Internal memory: 64 GB
  • Memory card support: up to 256 GB microSDXC
  • Communication: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz || UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 MHz || LTE 1, 3, 7, 20
  • SIM: nano-SIM + nano-SIM (combined slot)
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2,4 / 5 GHz), NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 LE
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Cameras: Home - 12MP 2 (flash, laser autofocus), front - 8 megapixel (fixed-focus)
  • Sensors: lighting, proximity, direction, accelerometer, compass, microgyro, fingerprint scanner, an IR emitter
  • Battery: 3000 mAh non-removable
  • Dimensions: 145,5x71x7,5 mm
  • Weight: 153 grams

Appearance

Design Honor 8 completely flagship: pretty slim metal body (7.5 mm) with smooth contours, decorated on both sides 2,5D-glass, frosted rounded sidewalls. The device is available in several colors: gold (Sunrise Gold, came to us for a test), black (Midnight Black), pink (Sakura Pink), white (Pearl White), and blue (Sapphire Blue). Assembled body perfectly, it is not deformed and does not creak when you try to twist or bend.


Front and rear panel is almost completely covered with a 2,5D-glass. However, in the top of the front glass has a narrow slit for the earpiece grille. Beneath it is hidden on the right LED indicator events. Screen frame laterally thinner than 1 mm, and the top left and bottom fields to 13 mm. On the ground in the middle there is the logo of the brand Honor, and on the upper left of the earpiece are the front camera lens and sensors.

The glass on the rear surface of the case completely covers the two main lenses of cameras and laser focus window system, but it has a slot for the adjacent dual flash and a fingerprint sensor located below.

Both glass moderately slippery and have an oleophobic coating, from which the fingerprints remove one stroke does not work - lovers ideal of purity, it seems, will have to get a microfiber cloth.

The sides of the body rounded, with a matte surface. From the front and rear glass separates them milled chamfer and thin plastic frame. For operation of the antennas made usual plastic inserts - two sidewalls in the upper portion and two - on the bottom.


On the right side of the body are the volume rocker and the power button. The latter has a raised pattern.

On the left side of the top is opened using the "paper clip" tray, where two cards form factor nano-SIM or a "sim" and the microSD card can be placed.

At the bottom end is located in the center of the port USB Type-C, left - 3.5 mm audio jack, and the right - the main speaker grille in the form of a family of seven holes.


At the top end is an IR emitter and a microphone.

Ergonomics

In the big man's hand smartphone is very comfortable. Due to the moderate size of the screen (5.2 inches), a small body thickness and rounded sides easy to press buttons and a thumb with a small interception turns to reach almost any point on the screen. For those users who do this may cause problems in the menu it is possible to activate the on-screen "smart" button, which causes the mini-menu. We also offer screen shift function and the keyboard.

Android-button "Back", "Home" and "Menu" screen here. The order of the them can be set in the menu, and add another, the call notification panel, which will facilitate the management of your smartphone with one hand.

the volume and turn the adjustment buttons are familiar, they are easy to blindly pressed gently and precisely. The fingerprint reader is also located in a classic place, it is easy to use with either hand.

Screen

The screen diagonal of 5.2 inches is made on IPS technology, it has a FHD resolution (1920x1080) and a density of 423 ppi. Small parts are smooth. The screen picture is a clear, high-contrast and accurate color reproduction.

White Balance if you wish, you can quickly adjust with two presets ("warm" and "cold"), or more precisely - with the help of the color wheel. Furthermore, there is the protection mode of in which the blue component is filtered backlight.

Backlight brightness adjustment range from large smartphone. At the maximum value of the picture is visible and on a sunny day, and the minimum is so low that, for comfortable reading in a dark room optimal level of about 10%.

The viewing angles of the screen at maximum long: even when viewed at an acute angle color rendering does not change, the picture almost does not tarnish. Auto Brightness works adequately, but slowly. Mul takes up to ten simultaneous touches.

Interface

The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 with a proprietary shell EMUI 4.1, which significantly transforms the interface design. For example, elements of one of the brand (background, buttons, standard application icons) on the color scheme match the colors of the shell.

Screen Lock, in addition to the usual elements (notifications, provider name, icon of the active compounds, the battery status and hours) may contain information on the application "Health" - the number of steps. In the lower right corner is an icon to quickly start the camera.

Swipe from the bottom opens the curtain with four applications (in the range of user), as well as the registration screen lock setting options are: start or stop auto mode covers change every time the screen is turned on, the restriction of the list of exchangeable images, the choice is constantly displayed cover at stop "slideshow" view all available skins. They can add their own photos and screenshots from the gallery.

By moving your finger on the screen is locked, the letter C, E, M and W, you can call the four pre-assigned applications. Initially, this "camera", "Browser", "Music" and "Weather". Also useful are rapping his knuckles - for example, to take a screenshot.

In the standard (normal) style of all the applications available on the desktop or grouped into folders, applications menu is not available. The main screen for the layout is standard: the clock and calendar, the Google search, application icons, including four or five in a "basement". The style of the work screen can be changed to a simple large tiles.

Also available firmware application "Health", which allows you to set itself the goal of weight-loss, and using navigation on GPS - track the distance traveled and calculate the calories burned.

Telephone dialing panel is made in a conventional flat design.

Branded island keyboard for typing quite comfortable and beautiful. Supports Swype function for continuous text.

Fingerprint Sensor in Honor 8 confidently recognize fingerprints. In total they can store up to five pieces. Their initial recording (registration) as always duplicated for secure input of PIN-code or password.

Fingerprint reader 8 in Honor multifunctional. Adjust the touch button can be and for photography, answer calls, turn off the alarm, open the notification panel and scrolling images in the gallery.

Apparatus in the work

The main "filling" in Honor 8 worthy champions: 64-bit, eight cores Hisilicon Kirin 950 (4 Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.3 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 core - 1.8 GHz), the graphics - Mali T- 880 MP4, 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal (users about 53 GB available).

This is quite sufficient for many users of flash memory capacity can be expanded using microSD cards up to 256 GB. But in this case the problem is painful choice "second SIM-ka or memory card" becomes not too relevant.


Performance at the highest smartphone, no hint of the latency of the interface, applications and scrolling gallery. No friezes and parallel operation of multiple applications, browsing and "rewind" video, surfing the Internet.

Smartphone can easily handle HD-video viewing and broadcasting to online resources, and when reading from memory.

Game of the test kit as expected did not create any problems. In the Doodle Jump DC Super Heroes showed himself perfectly microgyro in Lara Croft: Relic Run and the picture was perfect and did not let touch control delays the reaction.

In the Godfire: Rise of Prometheus is also not the slightest problem with the speed. World of Tanks: Blitz pleased with the high values of fps: in the region of 60 - at low to medium graphics settings, 50-60 high, with short-term drawdown of 30-40. In the two "heavy" games smartphone body noticeably heated, especially at the top.

The results in benchmarks, confirmed the high, but not a record by today's performance Honor 8.

Sound tract novelty implemented at a good level. Location headphone jack bottom not everyone seems comfortable. Music plays in the low-impedance headphones with high quality, significantly strengthen its expressiveness helps DTS mode. For most compositions sufficient volume of 70%. The main speaker and loud sounds without distortion even at maximum volume, but usually, and 80%. The earpiece with communication software to cope without comment.

Camera

In terms of photo and video Honor 8 is equipped with almost the same as Huawei P9 - the two main camera with 12-megapixel sensor Sony IMX286, one of which captures images in color, and the second record information about the brightness only. software images are then combined in the resulting files. Lenses have an equivalent focal length of 27 mm, and the aperture ratio of f / 2.2. Autofocus there are two types - laser, and contrast, making work function of depth of field assessment and shooting distance in the special mode "Wide aperture."

In tandem with the main camera, dual LED flash works. She knows how to highlight your subject in both pulsed and continuous operation. In the front chamber applied eight megapixel sensor and a lens with a fixed-focus, which has an equivalent focal length of 26 mm, and the aperture ratio of f / 2.4.

On the main screen of the app in portrait smartphone flash settings are located on top of the icon, go to the aperture adjustment mode, filter effects menu button, change the camera (the main / front). Bottom left icon to enter the gallery, the middle - round shutter button on the right - the mode button stills and movies.

Swipe from the left edge of the screen to a screen with multiple shooting modes, and swipe from the right - the main settings menu.

"Pro" mode offers basic settings still image that is displayed in the form of semi-circular scales at the bottom of the screen. Among them: the type of metering, sensitivity (the ISO), shutter speed, exposure compensation value, the type of focus, white balance (presets and color temperature scale).

A bunch of the two main camera provides high-quality shooting in daylight outdoors. This also applies to areas with enough bright lighting, which will scale auto white balance. At night, the smartphone gives pictures with a properly balanced and rich colors. Knowledgeable photographers using the regime "Pro" will be able to achieve more impressive results, but, by itself, without equipment such as a clip and a tripod is not always as at shutter speeds slower than 1/25 of a second is required to fix the smartphone safely.

Examples of images taken under different conditions:

Autofocus is fast and confident - a combination of the laser system at close range and contrast at the far clearly benefited. When daylight shooting on a sunny day, the main camera well with the transfer of contrasting scenes and HDR mode in most cases can not be used. But he proved to be very useful when shooting at night, not only in the expansion of the range of tones transmitted, but also in improving the sharpness of fine details.

Mode "Wide aperture" allows after shooting to images marked characteristic icon, set the focus on the front, middle or the background.

In the appropriate mode Honor 8 can shoot panoramas with high resolution in which individual frames well "cshity" in terms of exposure, in the absence of fast-moving objects - and from the perspective of joining all the details. Of course, the accuracy of the photographer also plays a role.

In the low light conditions, you can use the backlight.

The maximum video quality when shooting the main camera - Full HD at 30 frames per second. At any time of the day provided a good color, a sufficiently bright light no complaints and definition pictures, but in all conditions, there is a lack of optical stabilization feature images.

Wireless interfaces

Smartphone Honor 8 works with two SIM-cards nano-SIM format. In the telephone conversations mode, problems are noted, the connection quality. C data transmission over 3G networks and LTE difficulties also arose. To speed up the data transfer device offers a feature Wi-Fi + - the combined use of LTE networks and Wi-Fi. Supported by the rapid transfer of the 802.11 data on Wi-Fi ac dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz). Communication stable, fast resume when returning to the coverage area of a known access point. Bluetooth also works flawlessly.

For navigation software has all the conditions: supported GPS system GLONASS and Beidou. During the initial 15 seconds of searching for a smartphone it is up to 20 satellites. When "hot" start it spent no more than three seconds.

Battery life

In the smartphone uses a non-removable battery capacity of 3000 mAh. In the daily use, the battery power is consumed rather sparingly. When intense load (according to the benchmark PCMark) charge lasts for 7 hours 30 minutes, which promises quite saturated battery life throughout the day.

In the continuous video playback mode with Full HD resolution on the maximum brightness of the screen smart phone is able to last more than 9.5 hours. One hour in the game WoT: Blitz when on the Wi-Fi on the average brightness spent about 28% of the charge. We add that the smartphone supports fast charging (the adapter 9 V / 2 A).

Results

Smartphone Honor 8, although refers to the average price segment, its appearance gives the impression of a flagship device. And e "stuffing" and functionality it is almost as good as, for example, the flagship Huawei P9. The device is really fast (though the results of the benchmark - not the champion) and easy to handle. Quality FHD-screen high-definition pleased and correct color. In terms of photo and video smartphone acts at the level of the said flagship Huawei. Indicators of autonomy - is quite competitive for the device with a thin body. Perhaps not everyone will like the rear glass surface, which is to maintain the gloss requires constant care, but this is partly offset by the wide choice of colors. In general, Honor 8 - very decent choice, especially for those who like to take your money and wants to get the flagship opportunities in the machine lower price category.

Pros:

  • Modern high-performance "stuffing";
  • good image quality;
  • multifunctional fingerprint reader;
  • high-quality screen.

Minuses:

  • lack of image stabilization while shooting video;
  • to save a presentable kind of body requires care.