Honor 8 Lite First Impressions

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The latest addition to Honor’s smartphone range in India will be the lighter version of Honor 8, the Honor 8 Lite. The online-only Chinese sub-brand of Huawei is all set to launch the Honor 8 Lite tomorrow. Here is our first impression of the phone.

Design, Display and Cameras

Since it is only the ‘Lite’ version of Honor 8, there hasn’t anything changed in terms of design. The Honor 8 Lite is as good looking as the Honor 8. The front sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display and back also has the glossy 2.5D glass with fingerprint sensor located in the upper center half.

We have got the Black colour variant and it looks stunning. However, you’ll get irritated with fingerprint marks because entire body is glass with thin metal rim around. The glass is highly glossy and quite slippery. The display otherwise looks neat. We don’t think you’ll have a problem there. The three touch buttons (back, home and recents) are within the display. The shiny Honor logo sits right below the screen.

The Honor 8 Lite features a single 12-megapixel rear autofocus camera with f/2.2 aperture, unlike Honor 8 dual-rear camera setup (monochrome + colour). The front has an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and f/2.0 aperture.

Processor, RAM and storage

The Honor 8 Lite is not yet launched in India, so we don’t know if there will be any other variant, but we got the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant for testing. The processor is from Huawei and it is an octa-core (1.7GHz x 4 cores + 2.1GHz x 4 cores) Kirin 655 SoC. In our limited time with the Honor 8 Lite, the overall performance of the phone seemed satisfactory and there was no noticeable lag.

Specifications

5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display | Kirin 655 octa-core processor |

Mali T830-MP2 GPU | 4GB RAM | 64GB of internal storage | 4G VoLTE, Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD) | 12MP rear camera with LED flash | 8MP front-facing camera | 3000mAh battery |

Fingerprint sensor

EMUI 5.0

Huawei is rolling out its latest Emotion UI update and Android 7.0 Nougat to a number of Huawei as well as Honor-branded smartphones. Apparently, Honor 8 Lite is their first device to get the final stable software out-of-the-box, although the same is also rolling out to Honor 6X globally. But that rollout will take some time to complete.

The new EMUI 5.0 is up from EMUI 4.1 and Huawei has addressed quite a few issues/ missing features in this update. We recently visited Huawei’s Banaglore R&D facility for the EMUI 5.0 briefing and going by what we experienced then and now in Honor 8 Lite, we must say that Huawei is moving in right direction for software. Some of the most asked for features like ‘app drawer’ and ‘lock screen notifications’ are the welcome addition in version 5.0.

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