Huawei announces Honor 8 with dual rear cameras for 270 Euros
Huawei has unveiled the Honor 8 as the direct successor to the Honor 7 with immediate availability in China. Its standout feature was already leaked well in advance: All three SKUs will come with dual rear cameras on the back just like on the higher-end Huawei P9 and Honor V8 smartphones. Thus, it appears that Huawei is intent on bringing this particular feature to its mainstream lineup as well.
The three SKUs differ only in terms of internal storage space and RAM at 3 GB RAM/32 GB eMMC, 4 GB RAM/32 GB eMMC, and 4 GB RAM/64 GB eMMC. Core specifications for the model include:
- 5.2-inch 2.5D FHD panel
- Octa-core Kirin 950 SoC
- Integrated Mali-T880 MP4 GPU
- 12 MP Rear Sony IMX 286 sensor w/ dual-tone Flash, laser auto-focus, f/2.2 aperture
- 8 MP front camera w/ 1.4 µm pixels
- 7.45 mm thick
- NFC, GPS, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
- Fingerprint sensor, IR sensor
- USB 2.0 Type-C w/ OTG
- Dual-SIM (second shared w/ MicroSD)
- LTE bands 1, 3, 4, 7, 38, 39, 40 and 41
- Android 6.0 w/ EMUI 4.1
- 3000 mAh
The display promises to cover 96 percent of the NTSC standard. Like the pricier Huawei P9, one of the two rear cameras will have a RGB sensor while the other is a pure B/W sensor. Unlike the P9, however, these will not be Leica-branded lenses and are expected to offer inferior picture quality. Recording up to 1080p is supported on both the front and back cameras while slow motion 120 FPS recording is available in 720p for the rear. 4K recording is not supported and a dedicated European model will be needed to support local LTE bands.
Five different colors will be available: Sapphire Blue, Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sunrise Gold, and Sakura Pink. Retail prices are 2000 Yuan (270 Euros) for the lower-end SKU, 2300 Yuan (310 Euros) for the middle SKU, and 2500 Yuan (340 Euros) for the higher-end SKU. While availability in other regions have not yet been announced, an August time frame is expected based on last year's launch of the Honor 7.