The Honor 8, Huawei’s dual-camera smartphone with solid specs and a price far lower than its dual-camera brother, the Huawei P9, is now available in the U.S.
It’s a 5.2-inch device with a full HD LCD screen, Huawei’s Kiring 950 chip, 4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage (further expandable via a microSD card) and a 3,000mAh battery.
It also has a fingerprint scanner (which doubles as a programmable button), a USB Type-C jack, a headphone jack (yes, that needs to be highlighted these days), an 8-megapixel selfie cam and a set of dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back, one for color and one for monochrome photos, with the combined result (hopefully) resulting in crisper, sharper images. Though Leica is not mentioned anywhere on the device’s web page, the setup is very similar to the Leica-branded setup of the Huawei P9 see our in-depth look at that phone’s cameras here.
As far as design goes, Honor 8 looks like a shinier, more uniform version of the P9, replacing the metallic back side with glass. It also looks a lot like some of the alleged spy shots of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7, which is rumored to also have a dual-camera setup on the back.
The Honor 8’s most important feature, however, is the price. It starts at $399 (that’s for the 32GB version; the 64GB variant costs $449), and for the money it offers basically the same set of specs as the Huawei P9, which starts at $621 (but it’s not available in the U.S.).
The Honor 8 launches in the U.S. in three colors: Black, white and blue. Pre-orders start Aug. 17, and regular sale starts Aug. 26 on Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg and Huawei’s own site.