Specs summary


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


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


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.
32 GB

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


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 900 minutes (2G), 900 minutes (3G), 518 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

This well-crafted, midprice handset takes good photos with its double cameras, while saving you big bucks.

- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet 

The Honor 8 is great value and doesn’t feel like a budget phone.

- Samuel Gibbs , The Guardian 

Reviews summary

Based on 26 reviews

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.

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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.”

Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

Talk Android

A mid-range beauty with substance

from 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 experience of using the Honor 8 much slicker, whether it’s simply because of the extra gig of RAM it has over the Huawei P9, or because it’s better optimized, I couldn’t tell you. But it feels quicker. And that is sometimes enough... Full review

A gaming powerhouse

from 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... Full review
What Mobile

Good performance, beautiful design

from What Mobile

The Honor 8 is a great device that performs above the asking price. With an improved camera and much better design, it looks like a premium handset you’d be proud to show off… even if can’t stay still on a flat surface. Our only real peeve lies with the Emotion UI, which still feels like a cheap Apple imitation at best. The OnePlus 3 is really the only handset that trumps the Honor 8 in this price range when it comes to value-for-money, which is surely testament to what you’re getting. If you fancy a decent mid-range device that ticks all the boxes, you can’t... Full review


More gimmicky than practical

from Digit
The Honor 8 is a good smartphone on standalone terms. However, the OnePlus 3 (besides being cheaper) outperforms it in almost every aspect. Unless you really want a smartphone with two cameras at the back, the Honor 8 provides little or no exceptional abilities.. Full review
The Mobile Indian

Gets most of the elements right

from The Mobile Indian
If you want to buy a smartphone which can be flaunted and delivers consistent performance on the camera front, go for Honor 8. It offers a smooth performance and at Rs 29,999, it is not that costly for a high-end device. Yes, lack of VoLTE may disappoint a few but considering its other highlights, the phone should be in your shortlist... Full review
Fone Arena

Stunning design with good ergonomics

from Fone Arena

The Honor 8 probably best summarized as being a Huawei P9 in newer and fancier clothing. However, it doesn’t just stop at that. The Honor 8 brings in more RAM, the clickable fingerprint sensor, an even better battery life and more at a more affordable price. If the price was the only reason that put you off from buying the P9 then this is a no brainer, the Honor 8 will definitely impress you. For others, the Honor 8 is a really great smartphone that combines great hardware with great software. Sure, there are a few kinks but perhaps those are things that you can live with considering... Full review


A great all-rounder

from NDTV
the Honor 8 is nearly as good as it looks on paper, with the only exceptions being the lack of VoLTE support (for now), the missing FM radio, the slippery body, and slightly underwhelming low-light camera performance. However, on the whole, it’s very compelling... Full review
Android Guys

The midrange champion

from Android Guys
The Honor 8 is an excellent value for the money. With build quality, camera, display and battery life punching way above its weight, you could easily pick one of these up instead of a flagship from LG, HTC or Samsung and be perfectly happy... Full review

A smooth, dual-camera phone for less

from Cnet
The Huawei Honor 8 is a likable midprice phone with some extra perks, but its short battery life holds it back... Full review

Attractive design, compact, decent price

from GottaBeMobile
If you’re looking for an alternative to the Galaxy phones or the iPhone, the Huawei Honor 8 offers a compelling choice, especially for people who don’t want to pay more than $400. It has a nice design that holds up to normal wear and tear. The battery life makes us wonder why the established players can’t keep their phones running as long... Full review

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