The difference in specs between mid-range and high-end phones is getting harder to differentiate, and the new Huawei Honor 8 is one of the phones blurring that distinction. At $399.99 (minus $50 if you register early), this phone has features you are more likely to find on flagship phones by the biggest global brands.
As the sister company of Huawei, Honor has access to world class smartphone technology, and it looks like they have come together to put as much of Huawei’s P9 flagship phone features in the Honor 8 as possible, without the $700 price tag.
Huawei Honor 8 Details
The first thing that may interest business users about the Honor 8 is the fact that it will soon be available in the US as an unlocked phone, so you don’t have to have a friend in China or order it by mail to get one. But once you get your hands on it, there are other features cost conscious business users may respond to.
The body of the phone has two curved 2.5D glass panels incased in an aluminum alloy body coming in at a thin 7.5 mm and weighing 185 grams. The rear of the phone reveals the bionic 12MP camera with dual lenses, one for color and the other lens for monochrome to deliver better quality images under macro, black light, low-light and complex conditions. The back of the phone also has a 3D fingerprint sensor, Iris scanner, and dual-LED flash that are recessed.
The front of the camera has a 5.2-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS LCD screen and an 8MP front facing camera to capture high quality selfies.
The Honor 8 is powered by an octa-core Kirin 950 processor with four powerful, 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 chips and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32/64GB of storage and up to 128GB with a MicroSD card. In order to increase processing speeds, response times and battery life, the CPU chipset has an i5 co-processor, which works with the Kirin 950 to deliver these results.
According to the company, the 3000mAh battery can give you up to 10-hours of non-stop offline video games — because who can work 24/7? And when you need to charge it, the 9V/2A fast charging technology will give you 47 percent charge in just 30 minutes.
The connectivity features include, Smart dual-band WiFi switching that supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz bands, NFC, infrared remote control, WiFi Hotspot for up to 8 devices, and Bluetooth 4.2 BLE.
Honor 8 Joins the Ranks of So-Called Flagship Killers
The Honor 8 joins the ranks of midrange phones with high-end specs that have been dubbed “Flagship Killers.” Others in the category include the ZTE Axon 7  and OnePlus 3.
For small businesses or a business person looking for a full featured phone without the hefty price, the Honor 8 is one possibility. The phone offers video communication capabilities, connectivity, mobile wallet capability and very high quality image capture technology while being economically priced.