Honor 8, Honor 8 Smart are Huawei P9 in more affordable clothing

Huawei's offline-only offshoot brand Honor launched three smartphones - the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Smart and the Honor Holly 3 - in India on Wednesday. Two of these phones, the Honor 8 and the Honor 8 Smart, are basically the Huawei P9 in more affordable clothing while the third of the lot, the Holly 3 is Honor's first made in India smartphone.

While the Honor 8 has been priced at Rs 29,999, the Honor 8 Smart and the Honor Holly 3 will cost buyers Rs 19,999 and Rs 9,999 respectively. Clearly, the company is looking to target the lower budget, lower mid-level and upper mid-level market segments with its new phones, even as Huawei's premiere phones, the P9 and the 6P continue to offer something extra to buyers.

The Honor 8 and Honor 8 Smart - as mentioned earlier - are simply more affordable versions of the P9. Of the two, the Honor 8 is closer to the P9 in terms of functionality while the Honor 8 Smart is closer to it in terms of looks and feel. This means, while the Honor 8 has two cameras on the rear, the Honor 8 Smart shares the looks and comfy form factor of the flagship P9. Not that the Honor 8 is any less cute and comfy.

Honor 8 Smart: Looks so much like the Huawei P9

The Honor 8 Smart looks exactly like the Huawei P9. In fact, should you place the Honor 8 Smart and the Huawei P9 side by side, it would be very hard to tell the difference. The only difference -- which is actually, a major one - is that in the case of the P9 you get two rear cameras, while in the Honor 8 Smart you will get just one camera. The camera module however sits behind a rectangular strip of glass (in this case, not true glass, but plastic) just like it is in the case of the P9 (and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P).

It is only when you hold the Honor 8 Smart in your hands that you realise it is a lot less premium in comparison to the P9, which is quite obvious as the latter costs around Rs 39,999 which is a good Rs 20,000 price difference. The Honor 8 Smart is made almost entirely of plastic, but it's seemingly good quality plastic with a slight matte finish which feels good in the hands. The outer frame is meanwhile made of aircraft grade aluminum alloy. The phone weighs in at 147g and measures 7.5mm in thickness.

The Honor 8 Smart has a 5.2-inch 1080p display and is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Kirin 650 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. It sports a 13-megapixel camera (Sony IMX214 sensor) on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1 and supports 4G LTE connectivity. There is also a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on-board the device. The phone is further backed by a 3,000mAh battery. The Honor 8 Smart will be available in the colours: Black, White and Gold.

Honor 8: Works so much like the Huawei P9

Just like the P9, the Honor 8 has two cameras on the rear -- dual 12-megapixel with dualLED (dual tone) flash -- wherein one takes monochrome shots the other takes photos in colour (RGB). The camera lenses in the case of the Honor 8 are not Leica-certified though.

The phone's software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. The monochrome images can take in 300 per cent more light and 50 per cent more contrast than coloured photos, according to Huawei. So basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system, if the company is to be gone by.

Huawei's Honor took great pride -- at the launch event -- in boasting the fact that the cameras on-board the Honor 8 sit flush inside its glass body so there is no apparent camera bump.

The Honor 8, in addition, also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.

Unlike the Huawei P9's all metal unibody, the Honor 8 boasts of an all glass and metal body with rear mounted fingerprint scanner. It's beautiful and it's very compact at the same time. It comes with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM under the hood and 32GB of on-board memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery.

The dualSIM phone comes with NFC (for mobile payments), 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and comes with a smart key feature integrated right into the fingerprint scanner.

Holly 3: Honor's Holly 2 Plus successor is the company's first made in India phone

The Honor Holly boasts of an all-plastic body with a removable back cover. The battery, however, is non-removable. The Holly 3 features a 5.5 720p display and is powered by an octa-core Kirin 620 processor running at 1.2GHz. The Holly 3 phone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone sports a 13-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The phone packs in a 3,100mAh battery and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EMUI 4.1.

Wait, there's more
"Honor would be providing its customers with regular software updates to ensure access to latest and most up-to-date product experience," the company has reaffirmed.

Moreover, the company has also said that it plans to "expand its distribution network by partnering with more than 50,000 retail outlets by the end of 2016. This retail network will add to the existing 350 plus distributors in India to create a comprehensive, nationwide distribution system." The company currently has 200 plus service centers across India, it claimed.

The Honor 8 will additionally come with 2 years warranty and a touch screen replacement guarantee in the first three months.


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