Survey: Is the Honor 8 master of mid-range smartphones?

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Technical sheet

Design

Screen

performances

Software

Camera

Autonomy

Price

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The Honor 8 has just been announced in China with a very muscular specs and a price very attractive launch. While the phone is expected to be launched in France a few weeks, it is interesting to know now what are its main competitors. In other words, the Honor 8, like the Honor 7 last year, is already the new standard of mid-range smartphone?

File updated on August 24 after the French presentation.

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Technical sheet

Model

8 Honor

OnePlus 3

Google Nexus 5X

Samsung Galaxy S6

OS version

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

N / C

Interface

Emotion UI

OxygenOS

N / C

TouchWiz

Screen Size

5.2 inches

5.5 inches

5.2 inches

5.1 inches

Definition

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

1920 x 1080 pixels

2560 x 1440 pixels

pixel density

424 dpi

401 dpi

424 dpi

576 dpi

SoC

Kirin 950 2.3GHz

Snapdragon 820 2.2GHz

808 Snapdragon to 1.8GHz

Exynos 7420 2.1GHz to

Processor (CPU)

Cortex-A53, Cortex-A72, Octa-core

Cortex-A72 Quad-core

Cortex-A57, Octa-core MSM8992

Cortex-A57 Quad-Core & Quad-core

Graphics chip (GPU)

Mali-T880-MP4

Qualcomm Adreno 530

Qualcomm Adreno 418

Mali-T760MP2

random access memory (RAM)

4GB

6GB

2GB

3 GB

Internal memory (flash)

32GB, 64GB

64 GB

16GB, 32GB

32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

MicroSD

Yes

No

N / C

N / C

Camera (dorsal)

Double sensor 12 Megapixels

16 Megapixels

12.3 Megapixels

16 Megapixels

Camera (front)

8 Megapixels

8 Megapixels

5 Megapixel

5 Megapixel

video recording

N / C

4K

4K

1080p

Wireless

802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

Bluetooth

4.2

4.2

4

4

networks

LTE

LTE, HSPA, GSM

N / C

N / C

supported bands

N / C

HSPA, GSM / HSDPA / LTE

N / C

N / C

SIM

2x nano SIM

2x nano SIM

N / C

N / C

NFC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ports (inputs / outputs)

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

USB Type-C

microUSB

Geolocation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Drums

3000 mAh

3000 mAh

2700 mAh

2550 mAh

Dimensions

145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

153 grams

158 grams

136 grams

138 grams

Colors

Pink, White, Blue, Black, Gold

Grey, Gold

White, Blue, Black

White, Blue, Black, Gold

Price

398 euros

439 euros

237 euros

34 euros

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Which smartphones confront Honor 8? If it is based solely on price, comparison is difficult since we do not yet know exactly the price in Europe. In China, the phone will be sold between 300 and 375 euros depending on its RAM (3 or 4GB) and storage space (from 32 to 64 GB). With us, Honor 8 is proposed to 399 euros in its 32 GB version and 449 euros for the 64GB version. In one case as in the other, the memory is 4 GB of RAM.

We have therefore chosen to compare the Honor 8 to champion value of the moment, the OnePlus 3, sold 399 euros. We also compared the Nexus 5X (currently sold about 300 euros), another great value of time and the Galaxy S6, that can be found around 400 euros.

Design

It’s almost a first for a smartphone Honor, the Honor 8 abandons any metal to be inspired by the new high-end smartphones from Samsung. The phone should still have metal sliced ​​but enjoy this time of a back glass. Two points are noteworthy: the Honor 8 has a fingerprint sensor (round) in his back and features a USB Type-C in its bottom edge. As for its facade, it is a pure and simple return to that of Huawei P9. A phone with which it also shares a lot of similarities. Finally, remember its dimensions: 145.5 × 71 × 7.45 mm and weighs 153 grams.

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Opposite, the only phone to boast to display all arguments of high-end smartphones is the OnePlus 3. Between port USB Type-C, its hull entirely in metal and its fingerprint sensor, it has a sleek design. This is much less the case for the Nexus 5X whose hull is entirely made of plastic and touch disappointing, but that has a USB Type-C. Finally, the Galaxy S6, one of the best smartphones of last year has a very high design – mixing glass and metal – but does not have a micro-SD card port.

The Honor 8 have a USB Type-C.

Screen

Huawei – Honor the parent company – has always been clear on the subject of screens that equip its phones no question of equipping its 2K screen phones (or QHD), displays judged both unnecessary and too greedy. therefore not surprising to find a screen “only” Full HD (1920 × 1080) IPS LCD and 5.2 inches on the Honor 8. A similar configuration to that of Huawei P9. Hopefully Huawei has retained the ability to adjust the color rendering on the screen.

In competition, it is also more or less the same. The OnePlus 3 as the Nexus 5X feature a 1080p display. For the first, it is an AMOLED screen colors a bit saturated, but OnePlus recently corrected. For the second, the display is one of its weaknesses as the brightness is a bit tight and the color rendering tends to pull on the yellow.

Finally, concerning the Galaxy S6, it is surely the best screen in this roundup. It features a Super AMOLED QHD display (2560 × 1440 pixels) and excellent color rendering. It is perhaps not as controlled as the Galaxy S7, but it was one of the finest displays of last year. It also has a strong point that does not possess the Honor 8: its qHD screen makes it an ideal smartphone for testing virtual reality.

performances

Under his shell, the Honor 8 embeds a worthy specifications of high-end smartphones this year. Specifically it has a SoC Kirin 950 eight-core (4 × Cortex-A72 + 4 × Cortex A-53) and 4GB of RAM.

This configuration, already encountered at the beginning of the year on another smartphone: Huawei Mate 8. And if we are to believe our benchmarks, this is one of the most powerful smartphones of year, especially in demanding games. The phone therefore embeds a “future-proof” configuration and should be able to hold a few years without rowing.

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In front, are also high-end configurations. Moving quickly on the case of the Nexus 5X. The latter has a high-end configuration of 2015, but is far enough away performance of OnePlus 3 and Galaxy S6. Both devices have indeed very good chips. For the first it features a Snapdragon 820, the benchmark for high-end chips from Qualcomm, with 6 GB (!) Of RAM, while the second has a Exynos 7420 and 3GB of RAM. In performance, both devices are almost neck and neck.

PC Mark

Mate 8

7186

OnePlus 3

7204

Galaxy S6

5000

Nexus 5X

4316

If we stick to the benchmarks, we can also expect similar performance between 8 Honor and the Galaxy S6, but slightly down compared to the OnePlus 3. Obviously we will wait to have the camera in hand to judge optimization.

Software

Honor the software side 8 is certainly the point where we least expect some surprises. And because Honor uses the Android 6.0.1 interface and Marshmallow EMUI 4.1 which is found on all Android smartphones and tablets Huawei. This interface, we have already met during our test of Huawei P9. If one were to summarize, it seems that this is a highly inspired by iOS and comprehensive interface. However, it is quite far from what we know about the classic Android smartphones.

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