Honor 8 full review

The Honor 8 has a beautiful design and an impressive build quality. Launched in Paris on 24 August at £369.99, it's a £40 more expensve than the OnePlus 3, and £120 more than its predecessor, the Honor 7. However, its features justify the extra cost. Read next: Best budget smartphones 2016.

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Honor 8 review: Price and release date

In the UK the Honor 8 is available in three colours: Sapphire Blue, Pearl White and Midnight Black. A fourth Sunrise Gold version is available only in the Middle East and Russia for now.

The phone comes in 32GB and 64GB variants with up to 128GB of additional storage possible through micro-SD, though this card occupies the Honor 8's second SIM slot. Both have 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. Also see our dual-SIM buying advice.

Honor 8 review - Design

The 32GB variant is available now from vMall for £369.99, and is bundled with a free anniversary package worth £69.99 while stocks last. The phone will soon be available with a free Amazon Fire TB Stick on Amazon. (It's already available on Amazon US for $399.99, and in the EU you'll pay €399 for the 32GB version and €449 for the 64GB model.)

Select retailers including Clove, Ebuyer, Expansys and Three will stock the Honor 8 from 9 September, and Three has the UK exclusive at launch.

Trough vMall you’ll also be able to buy accessories including smart covers and soft protective shells, which will vary in price.

Honor 8 review - Screen

The phone comes with a one-year warranty. Read next: Best SIM-only deals 2016.

At this price the Honor 8 faces competition from the OnePlus 3, the Honor 7 and the BQ Aquarius M5. Read next: Cheapest 4G smartphones of 2016

Honor 8 review: Design and build quality

The Honor 8 has a 5.2in full-HD (1920x1080) IPS display with a pixel density of 423ppi. Also see: Best MiFi 2016.

The display is sharp, with clear text, and bright enough to be visible in sunny conditions. It can be calibrated in the phone’s settings too.

Honor 8 review - IPS display

We like the ‘Eye comfort’ mode, which reduces the amount of blue light emitted from the screen. This works like Apple's Night Shift and the Night Mode feature that was tested during the Android Nougat beta.

The display has a 96% NTSC colour coverage, resulting in accurate colours with good contrast. This is IPS tech, so you don't get the same oversaturated colours you get with AMOLED.

Honor 8 review - Build quality

The phone is just 7.45mm thick, but it's the Honor 8's all-glass design that makes it stand out from the crowd. Fifteen layers of glass are used to refract glass in different directions from the back.

The Honor 8 has one of the most unique and elegant designs we’ve seen in a phone, making it attractive for the young Millennials Honor is pitching it at. But we think it's a good-looking phone for users of all ages.

Despite all that glass, the phone weighs only 153g and measures 145.5x71.0x7.45mm.

Honor 8 review - Blue sunlight

The impressive craftsmanship is seen throughout the design, and without a protruding camera the phone sitting will sit flat on a table. Thin bezels and rounded edges make the Honor 8 feel nice in the hand.

On the right side is a power button and a volume rocker, while at the top there is a microphone and an IR blaster. The latter can be used to control home appliances using Honor’s Smart Controller app.

Honor 8 review - Jack

Interestingly, Honor has placed the 3.5mm headphone jack down at the bottom of the phone, where you’ll also find a USB-C connector and a downward-firing speaker.

On the left side is a SIM card tray, which doubles up as a micro-SD card slot. The Smart Key has been moved to the fingerprint sensor, which allows you to perform various click gestures. The new design is responsive and makes it easier to access your favourite app from the get-go.

Honor 8 review - Camera

A 12Mp dual-lens camera with a dual-LED flash and laser auto-focus is found at the rear. At the front you’ll find a single-lens 8Mp camera, plus a front-facing speaker and a proximity sensor. Unfortunately, Honor has dropped the front-facing flash, a feature we liked in the Honor 7. More on the cameras below. 


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