• Huawei Launched Honor 8 in US, Starts at $400 for 32GB

    Posted on August 19th, 2016 Echo Brown | No comments

    Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer, announced the availability of its Honor 8 smartphone in the US. The device was first launched in China last month. The price of the phone begins at $400 for the 32GB version and $450 for the 64GB version. The metal and glass phone will feature a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which the company claims will unlock the device in 0.4 seconds.

    Huawei Honor 8 features 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1080×1920 pixels. The phone runs Android 6 Marshmallow on a HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, with a 2.3 GHz octa-core CPU with a 16nm architecture. The phone has 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage (expandable to 256GB). The phone supports NFC, P2P transfer, and SIM/HCE-based mobile payment. The phone also features a smart file-processing system.

    The phone is the latest in the growing set of device offerings to feature dual rear cameras. While Huawei’s P9 had Leica branded dual rear cameras, Honor 8 ditches that branding in favour of a modest dual camera setup. Honor 8 features 12MP dual rear cameras and an 8MP front camera. One of the two rear camera sensor shoots images in monochrome, for more light and sharpness, and the other sensor captures the image in colour. The combined outcome of both cameras, according to Huawei, is a much crisper and detailed photo.

    The phone comes with a 3,000 mAh battery that supports fast charging and USB Type-C port. The company claims that the phone will give two hours of phone-call time for a 10-min charge. Honor 8 can charge to 47 per cent in 30 minutes.

    Xiang Ligang, telecom expert and CEO of the industry website cctime.com, said: “Honor 8 mirrors Huawei’s cutting-edge technology. It is quite rare for the company to hold such a big ceremony in the US to launch its products. This is a major push,” Xiang said.

    Honor 8, priced from $399.99 in the US, is more expensive than the same models sold in China, which starts from $346. The phone is now available for purchase with most e-retailers in the US.

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