Huawei Honor 8 needs no introduction; the great design, dual camera, amazing processor and a good battery. Imagine Honor 8 has a baby brother and that is my friends, the Honor 8 Lite. The Honor 8 lite resembles everything that the big brother is but in a smaller way. The device is now fits inside a smaller chassis making it more comfortable to hold. The fancy dual camera is replaced with a 12MP shooter. The catch is, the processor is best in class, the battery back-up is good and the design! Oh, Boy! it’s a head turner. I used Honor 8 lite as my primary device for more than 1 week and this is an in-depth review of the same.
The Honor 8 Lite reminded me a lot of Google Pixel, the folks at Honor has worked assiduously to come up with this ‘great design’ and yet, purposely placed ‘Honor’ right in front of the device. As if they have patented it with their name. Sarcasm aside, I loved the device. In fact, I fell in love with the design and the way it fits snugly in my hands. I was very much reluctant to give back the device when I was done with the review.
The first boot was like; connecting to the Wi-Fi, choosing between account restore or set up as a new device, signing up for Honor account (optional), adding fingerprint (only one, you can add more later from settings).
Design and Build quality
Without any doubt, the Honor 8 Lite has a great design. The Water Droplet Design, that’s what honor calls it, is stunning and an attention seeker. Though it resembles the Google Pixel but, the price difference give you a huge relief. This doesn’t mean you must compromise on the fit and finish. The Honor 8 Lite comes with dual 2.5D glasses, 12 Layer glass back and the brushed aluminum finish chamfered edges. Hmm! I smell premium in there.
The unibody design feels solid and the back-glass panel adds a premium finish. This, at the same time, made me to snap on the back cover as soon as I took it out of the box. For those of you who doesn’t like using phone cases, I must say, if you don’t handle with proper care be prepared to end up having some scratch marks on that shiny back, or at the worst, a crack!
Honor 8 Lite dimensions are 147.2 x 72.9 x 7.6 mm, thin profile and comes in Black, White, Gold and Blue colors. The curved edges and fluidic design shares the same DNA that of iPhones.
On the front, there are no buttons just ear piece grill and selfie camera. There are no capacitive buttons and of course, these are handled by on-screen navigation buttons.
I WISH THERE WAS NO ‘HONOR’ BRANDING ON THE FRONT OF THE DEVICE. THIS IS QUITE DISAPPOINTING AND SAD TO WITNESS.
On the left, SIM card slot which supports dual SIM or SIM and microSD card. On the right, volume and lock button. Up top, the 3.5mm headphone jack and bottom speaker grill, USB port.
On the back, where the important thing is located, the fingerprint scanner. I got to be honest, this is the first device which I have used where the fingerprint scanner is on the back. Learning curve took few days and I am already reaching the back for unlocking. The finger print sensor is fast, I mean 0.3 seconds, super-fast and very accurate. And of course, one more Honor branding on the back side of the device. Why Honor? Why did you do this?