Huawei’s P9 caused massive excitement when it launched this year, in April. It promised to fulfill any smartphone photographer’s wildest dream but as a flagship phone, not many could afford it. Now, Huawei is catering to those of us who don’t wan to spend 700 dollars on a smartphone with a similar device, the Honor 8 #mobilemagic
As you look over the specs, you’ll see we weren’t kidding when we said Huawei is trying to enter the good graces of those customers who prefer the mid-range. The smartphone has a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, just like the P9, and a dual-12 MP camera setup on the back, with f/2.2 aperture. As memory and storage goes, you can expect 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The only thing to remember is that, even though it’s dual-SIM, if you decide to put in a second SIM card, you’ll have to give up the microSD card, as they share the slot.
What about performance? Well, here’s where Huawei makes a difference between the smartphones, granting the Honor 8 an older Kirin 950 chipset. This has an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores that go up to 1.8 GHz.
If you’re more of a selfie shooter than a landscape photographer, rest assured, you’ll have a 8MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture. The smartphone comes in five colors – Pearl White, Sunrise Gold, Midnight Black, Sakura Pink, and Sapphire Blue -, has a fingerprint scanner on the back and a 3,000 mAh battery.
Honor 8 will be launched on July 19 on the Chinese site, where it will sell for CNY 2,499 ($373) the 4GB RAM x 64GB storage version. You can also go for a 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory for CNY 2,299 ($343).
In USA, the smartphone will hit market on August 16.