[Tech & Gadgets]
Headed over to Nexus Bangsar South on 6 September 2016 for the launch of honor’s latest smartphone the honor 8. Now some of you might recall that I did review the honor 7 earlier this year – honor’s 2015/16 flagship model that the honor 8 is replacing. The honor 7 is already one very capable phone but the honor 8 is a whole new level altogether!
Within a span of only two (2) years, honor has developed quite a reputation for providing affordable yet powerful smartphones, with good design to boot, factors that meet the needs of digital natives aka the Gen Y and Z. honor has emerged as a smartphone e-brand leader registering USD6 billion in sales revenue and 40 million in shipments for 2015 alone. This is due to the fact that the brand (which is under Huawei) invests significantly in R&D to drive innovation and bring better experiences to customers.
Malaysian is one of the first countries to launch the honor 8, following its global launch in Paris less than a month ago. This new flagship from honor has a unique glass design on its back which reflects light beautifully, and taking the technology from its Huawei flagship cousin, has dual-lens colour and monochrome camera, powerful processor and long-lasting battery.
With a key focus on young digital natives, honor has engaged Brooklyn Beckham (son of footballer David Beckham), model and budding photographer, as the global ambassador for the brand.
At the launch in Kuala Lumpur, Allen An, E-Commerce Director of honor Malaysia, explained that the honor 8 keeps up honor’s promise for the brave.
“honor Malaysia understands the evolving demands of youth today. With the honor 8, we have gone further to ensure that our honor fans do not have to choose between a beautifully-crafted device and an all-powerful device. As a versatile device, the stunning and sparkling design of the honor 8 is a fashion statement on its own while being an accessory that packs hardcore performance to fit the lifestyle of digital natives.”
“honor goes beyond industry norms and market conventions with a high regard for aesthetic value. At the same time, we balance design with innovation, speed and connectivity, key features that young digital natives are looking for,” Allen said.
The honor 8’s sleek design emanates from its 2.5D glass body on both sides of the phone and diamond-cut aluminium alloy edges that create an ultra-narrow bezel. The 3D grate design and 15-layer craftsmanship on the back of the device, combines with the glass/metal back is able to reflect and create eye-catching light reflections.
For those who like snapping photos (like me!), there’s the dual-lens 12MP camera with advanced features such as dual ISP, 1.25μm, and F2.2 wide aperture to capture sharp images and you can even redefine the focal point after a picture has been taken. Girls especially will be happy with the 8MP front-facing camera with 1.4μm pixels and unique software suite such as the “Perfect Selfie” mode and Low Light Portrait mode.
The honor 8 runs on the Kirin 950 processor with an 8-core CPU up to 2.3HGz with 16nm FinFET architecture, coupled with 4GB of RAM should be more than sufficient for smooth performance for resource hungry apps while enabling multi-tasking without lag. Honor claims that this new flagship will provide 1.77 days of usage for normal users and 1.22 days for heavy users (depending on usage and network condition) out of this beauty, thanks to its 3,000mAh battery supported by Smart Power 4.0. It also comes with fast-charging ability gives 47% battery charge in just 30 minutes.
The new 3D fingerprint scanner does more than just unlock the phone and provides instant access to popular functions. The screen is a 5.2-inch FHD display equipped with 96% high-colour gamut, colour enhancement technology, and dynamic pixel-level contrast adjustment, and an eye-protection mode which lowers the level of blue light emitted by the screen in dim lighting.
The honor 8 comes in four (4) colour variants: Sapphire Blue, Sunrise Gold, Pearl White and Midnight Black. The Pearl White and Midnight Black standard variants come with a 4GB RAM and 32GB storage space, and is priced at RM1,699. The premium Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold variants come with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage space and are priced at RM1,899.
The honor 8 goes on sale on September 8, and is available via honor Malaysia’s official e-commerce partners Vmall Malaysia and Lazada Malaysia. You can also purchase the honor 8 at honor Malaysia’s official retail partners: DirectD (Federal Highway & SS15 outlet) and SenHeng.
List of SenHeng Stores carrying the honor 8:
- IOI City Mall (Putrajaya)
- Alamanda Shopping Mall (Putrajaya)
- Leisure Mall (Cheras)
- Aeon Seremban 2 (Seremban)
- Sunway Carnival (Ipoh)
- Ipoh Parade (Ipoh)
- Sutera Mall (Skudai)
- Aeon Kota Bharu (Kota Bharu)
- Cityone Magemall (Kuching)
- Karamunsing Complex (Kota Kinabalu)
honor Malaysia also launched the honor 5A which expands on the brand’s range of affordable smartphones. The device is powered by the Kirin 620 chipset with octa-core 64-bit high-speed CPU and comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage (microSD up to 128GB). The honor 5A runs on Android 5.1, and comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixel resolution and is powered by a 3,100 mAh battery.
The honor 5A has a 13 MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera, equipped with advanced modes such as Light Painting, Professional and Time-lapse. The device comes in Black and White, priced at RM599, while the Gold variant is priced at RM629.
You can purchase the Honor 8 online at these online stores:
VMall Malaysia: http://www.vmall.my
Lazada Malaysia: http://www.lazada.com.my/
For more information, head over to http://www.hihonor.com/my or www.facebook.com/HuaweiHonorMY