Latest Huawei Phone | Huawei Honor V8 – Quad-HD with the Fastest Huawei Chipset
The Huawei Honor V8 is the latest Huawei phone and it’s now available. This mobile phone is not just any other release from Huawei. It comes with excellent specs that I myself did not expect.
I initially thought it’s just another cheap phone since they already released the awesome P9 and P9 Plus last month, but it’s NOT.
Let’s try to compare this device with Huawei’s latest flagship mobile phones and be amazed yourself. Let’s also try to compare it with Huawei Nexus 6P, a similar cool 5.7-inch mobile phone that they’ve released last September 2015.
Device Type: Smartphone
Display: 5.7 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Hardware: HiSilicon Kirin, Quad-core 2.3 GHz + Quad-core 1.8 GHz, 4GB RAM
Battery: 3500 mAh
Price: US$ 552.49
Design and Display
The Huawei Honor V8 comes in two distinct display specs depending on the version. The 32 GB versions (KNT-AL10 and KNT-TL10) have a 5.7-inch Full HD display with 386 ppi pixel density.
The 64 GB version (KNT-AL20) is very similar to Huawei Nexus 6P which also has a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (1440 x 2560) resolution. Having a 515 ppi, it is 33% sharper compared to 32 GB version. It is even sharper than their flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus.
Is the 64 GB version better?
Not necessarily. According to Apple, even at 326 ppi, the individual pixels are already invisible to the human eye at a normal viewing distance, so a 386 ppi can be more than enough.
Also, both versions use IPS-NEO LCD display technology so color vividness, brightness, and viewing angles are also the same.
There are smartphones from other brands within the same price range that have the similar display qualities. These smartphones are HTC One E9+, Nexus 6, and LG G4.
When it comes to design, the Honor V8 has a metal frame which is normally a feature of flagship smartphones! Even if it has a metallic build, it is only 170 g which is almost the same with Nexus 6P.
When it comes to thickness, it is only 7.8 mm thin. It is slightly thicker compared to Nexus 6P, but it’s still thin because it is already close to the 7.3 mm iPhone 6s Plus.
You can also select from Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold color variants.
The 32 GB version comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset. It has a Quad-core 2.3 GHz + Quad-core 1.8 GHz CPU speed.
Surprisingly, the 64 GB version has the same CPU speed with Huawei’s latest flagship smartphones, the P9 and P9 Plus! It also uses HiSilicon Kirin 955 which has a slightly faster CPU with Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex + Quad-core 1.8 GHz clock speed.
The graphics processor of the 64 GB version is also the same with the P9 and P9 Plus. So this mobile phone have the fastest and the best graphics for games that Huawei can offer.
Both versions have faster CPU speed compared with Nexus 6P. They also have the same 4 GB RAM. This RAM size is what you can normally find even in more expensive flagship smartphones.
The overall hardware will allow you to run applications and games at super-fast speeds.
Despite having two internal storage variants, you can still use a microSD card up to 128 GB for both versions. You don’t have to worry about running out of storage space if you have huge movie files!
Both also runs on the latest Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS so expect the best user interface and power saving features.
It has a dual 12 MP rear camera without the Leica optics in the P9 and P9 Plus. The camera of P9 and P9 Plus is already the most advanced camera today, even better than the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge and iPhone 6s/6sPlus.
So it is okay not to have the Leica optics in the Honor V8 which is a less expensive smartphone.
But still, its dual camera also features two separate sensors, have the same pixel size (1.25 µm) and aperture size (f/2.2).
The front camera is similar to P9 with an 8MP resolution and f/2.4 aperture size. The high resolution will give you quality selfies and group photos.
Both rear and front cameras can record Full HD videos.
Battery Life and Other Awesome Features
It comes with a battery capacity which is close to the battery capacity of the P9 Plus. It is LTE-capable if you need to download at very fast internet speeds (LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps). It can also connect to Wi-Fi and can be used as a hotspot.
For tighter security, it also has a fingerprint sensor which is becoming common nowadays for upper mid-range and flagship smartphones. Other sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, and a compass.
It can also use GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and BDS which means it can use the US, Russian, and Chinese satellites for a more accurate location technology. Some smartphones can only use US and Russian satellites with GPS and GLONASS features, respectively.
Two versions (KNT-AL10 and KNT-AL20) can use NCF-support feature. You can also use Bluetooth connectivity for your wireless headsets and speakers.
The Huawei Honor V8 is an excellent upper mid-range smartphone with qualities almost near Huawei’s flagship smartphones such as Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. It has a metal build, excellent camera, huge RAM, and a fingerprint sensor.
There are two variants that you can choose from: 32 GB and 64 GB.
The 64 GB has an impressive Quad-HD display and a processing power similar to P9 and P9 Plus. The 32 GB comes with slightly lower specs and a lower price. Both can use a microSD card up to 128 GB.
With its features relative to its price, this mobile phone is definitely worth you bucks.