honor’s smartphones have always blown my mind. It is amazing what you can do with a phone you can get, for a price as low as around AED800. Today we look at honor’s latest honor 8 Lite.
According to the official release notes, the honor 8 Lite’s design is “inspired by the mesmerizing scenes of the Antelope Canyon”. Now I agree the phone does look good, but I just don’t see the inspiration of a canyon on a blue phone.
The phone is relatively slim, with a 7.6mm body. On the front, you get a 5.2 inch screen with FHD and a 2.5D glass on top of it. The back side houses the camera, flash and the fingerprint sensor, which has become a norm with most Honor devices as well as parent company Huawei’s. The back side of the phone also rocks a fantastic mirror like finish. This looks great, but it's also a magnet for smudges and fingerprints. So if you are someone who likes to keep your phone clean, you might have some trouble with that. Both the front and the back have an honor branding as well.
Moving along the edges, the left edge houses the SIM card and memory card tray. The bottom edge houses the microUSB charging port and speakers, while the right side houses a slim power button and volume rockers. Finally on the top, we have the mic and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Overall there is not much to talk about design, but that does not mean its bad. The honor 8 Lite is a good looking phone at the end of the day. However my major issues with the design is the fact that the phone is too slippery and light. The phone sure fits in my hand well, but it never stays there as it always ends up slipping from my fingers, or even on the table, which could have been avoided by working a bit on the edges of the phone. I know a phone being light is a good thing, but the honor 8 lite is a bit too light for me. While driving, a sharp turn can send the phone flying across the seats, something I am not okay with.
The honor 8 Lite rocks a pretty decent display. The phone has a 5.2 inch screen, that comes with a FHD resolution and a 2.5D glass on top of it. I wasn’t really able to tell the difference of the 2.5D screen, but generally speaking, the color production and overall display is surprisingly good.
Speaking of the OS, once again honor has gone with the Emotion UI on top of Android 7. This OS is smooth and super fast, however it still bears a lot of resemblance to the iOS. There is no app drawer, and a lot of icons and menus look identical to that of an earlier version of the iOS. One thing I do like is every time you go to the lock screen, there is a new wallpaper. A feature that I have liked even in previous honor devices.
The camera, in terms of specs, is not something major, but it does perform quite well. The honor 8 Lite comes with a 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera. The front camera also packs a 77 degree wide lens. The highlight of the camera however, is not in its specs, its the features. The camera gives you a ton of features built in, such as Pro photo, Pro Video, Time Lapse, Watermark, Audio Note, Document Scanning, Light Painting etc.
The phone also rocks a fingerprint sensor, which like most of the new Huawei and honor devices is located at the back of the phone. The fingerprint sensor is quite fast as well. The reason I brought up the fingerprint scanner, is that when you go to the option of setting up a fingerprint, the other alternative security methods shown are either PIN code or password. It struck me as strange why there was no Pattern, because that is always the one i opt for.
The honor 8 Lite comes with a powerful Kirin 655 Octa-Core CPU, 3GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 16GB ROM with external memory (expandable up to 128GB). All of this plays together to deliver an impressive performance. The phone was able to score 57709 on Antutu benchmarks, which is actually even higher than the Nexus 6P.
The phone also has an amazing battery life. It managed to last for a couple of days with minimal use, however, extended use did give me almost two days. The phone will also notify you when some apps are consuming more battery, which is a good touch. However, thanks to EMUI, frequently used apps will eventually start using less power. This is done by the OS learning the usage pattern and then optimizing it for users.
Overall, the performance of the honor 8 Lite is quite stunning, and the battery life as well.
The honor 8 Lite is quite an amazing phone. Sure there are some minor flaws here and there, but you should remember that this is a phone that costs AED 749. For that price, I dont think there is a better phone out there.