In a bid to appeal to the mass market, Huawei has launched a brand new edition of their Honor 8 smartphone in India. Dubbed the Honor 8 Smart, it is basically a trimmed down variant of their flagship device. Considering that it’s an interesting choice to name it ‘Smart’.


Honor 8 Smart apparently seems to be an Indian exclusive product; at least that’s the case as of now. Neither US nor Huawei’s homeland China has this device. To keep the costs down, Huawei has got rid of the dual camera setup on the rear and the Kirin 950 chip on the inside. Instead, the Honor 8 Smart sports a Hi-Silicon Kirin 650 chip on the inside. It is basically the same 16nm chip found in the Honor 5C. It is, however, worth noting that the Honor 8 Smart sports the same 5.2-inch Full HD display upfront. The design of the smartphone however is quite diffrent fromt the Honor 8. It now comes with all metal unibody built with the 13MP camera located at the top right corner and the Honor logo to the bottom.


Coming to the cameras, the Honor 8 Smart rocks a 13MP Sony IMX214 powered rear shooter in place of the dual 12MP camera setup seen in its costlier sibling. That said, the IMX214 is a fairly capable sensor and is found in the last generation flagships like the Xiaomi Mi4, OnePlus One etc. Thus, the Honor 8 Smart is expected to capture decent quality images. It would, however, be interesting to see whether the camera app on the mid-range Honor would be as intuitive as its flagship edition. Up front, the Honor 8 Smart sports an 8MP front facing camera which is capable of taking selfies even in a dark environment all thanks to its display flash feature.


Powered by a 3000mAH battery on the inside, the Honor 8 Smart runs on Android 6.0 with Huawei’s own EMUI 4.1 on top. To appeal to a larger section of the audience, Huawei has priced the Honor 8 at Rs 19,999 thereby placing it against the likes of Lenovo ZUK Z2 Plus and LeEco Le 2 Max, which again keeps it on a slippery slope considering the spec-heavy competition it is up against. Much like its older sibling, Honor 8 Smart too will be sold offline and Huawei is probably hoping that’d do the trick as the number of quality options available offline are bare minimum. The Honor 8 Smart will be available in three colour options – Black, White, Gold – and will go on sale in India soon.

Honor 8 Smart Specifications

  • 5.2 inch Full HD (1920x1080p) IPS Display with 450 nits of Brightness
  • Hi-Silicon 16nm Kirin 650 Octa-core chip ( 4 Cortex A53 x 2GHz + 4 Cortex A53 x 1.7GHz) and Mali T830 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB eMMC Internal Storage + Upto 128GB of External Storage
  • 13MP f/2.0 Sony IMX214 Rear Camera with LED Flash
  • 8MP f/2.0 Front Camera
  • 3000mAH Battery
  • Fingerprint Sensor, 4G LTE Support, HiSilicon Hi6402 24-bit DAC, PA Amplifier
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, A-GPS
  • Android Marshmallow 6.0 with EMUI 4.1

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