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Honor 8
  • 8.5/10
    Design & Materials - 8.5/10
  • 8/10
    Software - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Connectivity - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Screen - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Specifications - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Camera - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Battery - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10
8.9/10

Summary

Honor 8. Right off the bat, it’s a great phone. May be the one and only smartphone at 5.2-inch size with flagship specs too. Although the camera is a toned down version from the Huawei P9, it still manages to perform the fantastically. The only minor letdown for me is the battery usage. It didn’t last as long as the ASUS ZenFone 3, but it can still last for a day without a sweat. For all these features at such a price point, it’s just fantastic.

Battery life

Let’s talk about its 3,000mAh battery. Even for my intense usage throughout the day, the Honor 8 can survive soldier through the day without any significant issue. There was just one odd day where I unplugged and went about my day. I managed to get it down to a mere 15% left after 20 hours unplugged. That’s actually very good!

However, although it has the same capacity as the ZenFone 3, I can quite confirm that the Honor 8’s battery life isn’t as long-lasting as the ZenFone 3 (which we reviewed here).

The reason might be:

  1. Kirin 950’s 16nm process vs. Snapdragon 625’s 14nm process
  2. Software optimization
  3. Operating voltage (talked about it here)

It might be one of the above or the combination of any. I don’t really mind, since the battery life on the ZenFone 3 is already good enough to last a day for me – and I regard myself as quite a heavy phone user.

Charger

Huawei’s little charger adopts the familiar collapsible third prong to make it flat and compact. This is for one obvious reason – packaging. It saves them a lot of space in logistics. But I digress.

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The charger here has the usual 5V 2A output or it can be adapted to a much higher 9V 2A output. With that 9V 2A output, it means that the Honor 8 supports quick charging, correct?

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And the answer is yes – yes it does. I was able to charge the entire Honor 8 from about 30% to 98% within an hour. As described earlier, the battery is quite difficult to drain – so you can essentially get many hours of battery life out of an hour of charging.


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