The Honor 8 is Huawei's newest offering announced yesterday from China. It seems to compete with Huawei's own recent flagship, the P9, on every dimension except two: build quality (glass back vs. unibody construction) and price (this one is about 30% cheaper). We covered the P9 back in April, and the Honor 8 really is almost identical as you can see from the specs:
|Processor||Kirin 950 (4 x Cortex A72 2.3GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)||Kirin 955 (4 x Cortex A72 2.5GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.8GHz + always-on I5 coprocessor)|
|Memory & Storage||3GB/32GB, 4GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB|
|Screen||5.2" 1920x1080 LTPS LCD (423 PPI), 96% NTSC color reproduction|
|Camera (rear)||12MP, F2.2, dual lens (1 B&W, 1 RGB)|
|Camera (front)||8PM, F2.4|
|SD Card||Hybrid microSD (dual nano SIM or nano + SD)|
|Software||EMUI 4.1 on Android 6.0|
|Measurements||145.5 x 71 x 7.44 mm, 153 g||145 x 70.9 x 7 mm, 144 g|
|Build||"2.5D" glass front and back, metal frame||All metal unibody construction|
|Colors||White, Gold, Black, Pink, Blue||White, Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Gray|
As far as I can tell, except for being ever so slightly slower, bulkier, and cheaper with the glass back, these two phones are almost identical. The same B&W/RGB dual camera setup, the same multipurpose fingerprint reader / button, the same RAM/ROM options, the same GPU, etc.
The biggest difference is definitely the price, with the Honor 8 starting at ¥1,999 ($299), significantly less than the P9 which is available for around $450 on Amazon.
The Huawei Honor 8 is currently available for pre-order in China (Mandarin-only links on the official product page below).
What do you think, is the metal unibody worth an extra $150? Or would you rather have the same phone with a glass back for 30% less?