Huawei has refreshed their sub-brand Honor’s principal smartphone flagship lineup for 2016 with the new Honor Note 8 and a yet another budget handset, Honor 5 at an event in China. While the former dominates the specification sheet, latter is an entry-level product. They both inherit design languages from earlier generations flaunting minimal aesthetics alternation overall from the Chinese brand.


To start off, the Honor Note 8 features a massive 6.6-inch Quad HD 2.5D curved-glass Super AMOLED panel and an extremely elegant metal unibody. It is powered by an Octa-Core Kirin 955 processor with four cores clocked at 2.5Ghz and the rest at 1.8Ghz. Additionally, there’s 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 64GB / 128GB internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via a MicroSD card, Mali T880-MP4 GPU and a 4500mAh battery underneath with fast charging. The camera arrangement includes a 13MP rear facing f/2.0 lens, dual-tone LED flash, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a 8MP front shooter. Furthermore, the Honor Note 8 rocks the signature rear fingerprint sensor and supports Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and a USB Type-C port. Honor has provided EMUI 4.1 running over Android Marshmallow out of the box, however, it might receive the upcoming Nougat 7.0 update given the recent build leak.


Next up is the budget friendly Honor 5, it comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display up front and runs on a Quad-Core MediaTek MT6735P processor clocked at 1.3Ghz underpinned by 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory which is expandable, 2200mAh battery and Mali-T720 GPU for graphics. Surprisingly, the Honor 5 features the EMUI 3.1 Lite layered over Android Lollipop instead of a Marshmallow based skin. In terms of optics, it rocks a 8MP rear camera, Dual LED flash and a 2MP front-facing camera with a soft LED flash. Moreover, the phone supports Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE and Bluetooth 4.1. Lastly, there’s also an additional “easy key” on the left side which can be configured to launch apps and utilities using different settings. For instance, a long press can fire up WhatsApp but double tapping activates the flashlight. Unfortunately, a fingerprint scanner is missing here.


Now coming to the pricing, the Note 8 will be sold in Gold, Silver and Gray color variants at a price of 2299 Yuan ($346 / Rs. 23,110 approx.) for the 32GB model, 2499 yuan ($376 / Rs. 25,125 approx.) for 64GB and finally, the 128GB version will cost you 2799 yuan ($420 / Rs. 28,140 approx.). It will be available for pre-order through vmall and from today and sale will commence from August 9th. The Honor 5 will be obtainable in Black, White and Gold color variants at a price of merely 599 Yuan ($90 / Rs. 6,019 approx.) and will go on sale in China starting from August 2nd. No word on global launch as of now.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.