Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has officially launched the powerful Honor 8 smartphone in the U.S. market at an event held in San Francisco this last Tuesday, August 16. The handset starts at $399 and it is readily available for pre-order.
The launch of the Honor 8 follows a long streak of successful product releases in its homeland, China, but its introduction to the American market promises more success given its attractive design, rocking specs, and affordable price. Huawei first launched the Honor brand back in 2014, with an online-based business model in mind targeted at a younger public.
The Honor 8 looks very similar to the iPhone 6
One of the main features of the newly launched Honor 8 is its design. Despite being a sub-brand, Honor has managed to pack some solid specs on a very good-looking phone.
Available in three different colors in the U.S., the 8 bears a striking resemblance to the latest iPhone 6 with its rounded metallic edges and front-face design, where it sports a sleek-looking “Honor” logo. However, the Chinese manufacturer “powered by Huawei” has added its own mark with a 15-layer shiny glass-coated back.
While the Honor 8’s back is certainly interesting and unique, the fingerprint scanner on it is even more exciting. The scanner not only supports phone unlocking but it also has customizable app-launch support with three different triggering gestures: single-tap, double-tap, and long-press.
The dual lens 12 MP camera on the Honor 8 works two sensors: one is for standard color pictures and the other one is monochrome for black and white. On the front, the Huawei subsidiary included an 8 MP camera with LED flash, in contrast to the 5 MP selfie camera on the iPhone.
Honor has crafted a robust smartphone truly “For the Brave”
The Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, powered by a fast-charging, non-removable 3,000 mAh battery. The device supports USB type-C connection for data transferring and charging.
Huawei’s Honor goes domestic with the processing chipset, packing its very own 2.3 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 and 4 GB of RAM. Base storage on the Honor 8 is 32 GB, with a 64 GB version also available and both variations supporting expandable memory through microSD cards up to 256 GB.
With a $399 and $499 price tag on the 32 GB and 64 GB models respectively, the Honor 8 is a solid mid-size device that could easily compete against the signature flagship smartphones from Apple or Samsung.