NOTE: This model is discontinued and may no longer be available to purchase new. See the latest mobile phones or compare used prices.

Huawei Honor 8 review

8.1/10 AVG.
RATING



8.1/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 8 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Beautiful 15-layer glass back offers unique patterns
  • Snappy performance
  • Good low-light camera performance

What's bad

  • Tends to slide on uneven surfaces
  • Auto-brightness adjusts even in steady lighting
  • Screen color on the cool side

Huawei’s Honor lineup is meant to bridge the gap between budget and flagship phones. While the Honor 8 doesn’t offer quite as much of a discount as previous generations, it does manage to offer a premium experience for a lower price tag. Rather than offering plastic like many budget phones, it has metal sides and glass front and back. The back has a 15-layer glass design, which refracts light to what reviewers describe as a “shimmering pattern.” Huawei boasts each Honor 8 catches the light differently, so no two phones are exactly alike. Despite the materials, the rounded corners and slightly curved back provided them with a good grip though the add it does tend to slide around on uneven surfaces.

The 5.2” 1080P LTPS display might not have wowed experts, but it didn’t disappoint them either. For the most part it offered them with excellent sharpness and punchy colors. Although they noticed it tended to be a bit on the cooler side, colors were mostly accurate. Their only complaint was with the auto-brightness setting. It would often adjust screen brightness even if the ambient lighting didn’t change. As well, it often took several seconds to brighten the screen when waking up the phone.

An octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM keeps the Honor 8 running smoothly. Experts had no issues with lag and found it was very responsive and smooth even when multitasking. Gaming performance was just as good although they mention it might not be as futureproof as flagship phones. In terms of battery life, they were able to get around a full day of use with moderate use. Heavy users might see the batteries drain much faster – around 4 hours – but it luckily comes with quick-charging capabilities.

Although the Honor 8 does come with dual-sensor camera, the Leica lens are gone replaced with Sony RGB and monochrome 12MP sensors. So why two lens? The RGB captures the color while the monochrome captures more light for better detail. On paper, this should provide punchy pictures with plenty of detail. In comparison to the Huawei P9, reviewers noticed photos were a bit soft and washed out. Still, on its own they were quite impressed with the good contrast, dynamic range and low light performance. And thanks to the ability to adjust the aperture, they were also able to capture decent depth-of-field in their pictures.

Overall, critics were impressed with how much the Honor 8 offered at its price range. Android Authority states “…the Honor 8 is indeed a great value for the money…” The Guardian adds, “The Honor 8 is an excellent smartphone that balances a premium look, feel and performance.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TechRadar

The Honor 8 is the fanciest-looking Android phone yet out of China, with an awesome, light-refracting glass design and high-end specs, but other less shiny budget phones offer better value.

- Matt Swider, TechRadar
Make Use Of

With premium hardware and unique software features, the Honor 8 manages to offer a lot of value for a low price. It’s a fantastic option for anyone who wants a flagship smartphone without breaking the bank.

- Riley J. Dennis, Make Use Of
Talk Android

So, for all intents and purposes, the Honor 8 is just a rehash of the Huawei P9, right? Wrong. While it shares many of the same components, the Honor 8 is an improvement on the P9 in my eyes. I enjoyed using the camera more and felt I achieved better results with it. I also found the actual experien...

- Peter Holden, Talk Android
Digit

Overall, the combination of an ergonomic design and the powerful Kirin 950 make for a great gaming device. Add to this the 3000mAh battery and the Full HD display, and you got yourself a very good gaming smartphone.

- Digit team, Digit
Android and Me

The Honor 8 is a fantastic bang-for-your-buck smartphone. Almost every aspect of it is exceptional and flagship-level, though some of the specs show where things had to be scaled back to meet a price point. Despite this, the overall package is exemplary and a joy to use.

- Dima Aryeh, Android and Me


Prices (Where to Buy)





Resources


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Share / Embed

Maybe one of your friends will find this review helpful? Please help us spread the word.


Quick view

Screen Size
5.2"

The Huawei Honor 8's screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 900 minutes, 518 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 8 Specs

Overview
Release date August 17, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/850 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 8.0 Nougat)

Compare Android Smartphones

Processor HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.5 W/kg
Body: 1.69 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Standard Battery, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 450 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 518 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 900 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Pearl White, Sunrise Gold, Midnight Black, Sakura Pink, Sapphire Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.6 x 7.1 x 0.7 cm (5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 153 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), HDR, Time lapse, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, ASF, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
Related Links Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Manual (PDF)
Huawei Honor 8 Reviews
Where to buy Huawei Honor 8
Suggest a correction