Review

Published on April 10th, 2017 | by Jugal Parekh

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Huawei Honor 8 Lite – Review

Everyone deserves a good smartphone. Basic should not mean slow, unresponsive and under-featured; and that is exactly this phone’s philosophy  – redefining the basic offering. With the Honor 8 Lite available at only AED 799, Huawei is giving an awful lot for an extremely reasonable price. Read on to find out more.

To set the context for this review, I am on a break in the UK, am using this phone with my primary UK contact number, and I am very satisfied with how the phone performed. I’m using apps like Booking, Google Maps with offline sync, Apple Music, Yelp, Whatsapp, Gmail, Chrome, and Netflix a lot! Constant travels also mean that I don’t have access to routine charging points, and I haven’t been disappointed.

Design and Style

This is a good looking phone no matter what way you look at it. It’s available in blue, black, gold and white; the review unit is blue and I feel it is a treat to the eye. Although a little slippery, the phone is still very comfortable to hold and use. The buttons are extremely easy to reach. The build feels solid and well assembled. It’s a double-edged sword to have a phone look so good with mirror finish – unfortunately,  it does  pick up a lot of fingerprint marks.

Performance

This thing is zippy! The 3GB RAM and the octa core processor definitely show their presence. Apps open up quick and you can switch between them at your will without having to wait or get frustrated with. Huawei has implemented its EMUI 5.0 to work alongside the hardware to ensure that your frequent apps are further optimized to open a lot faster. You start seeing the difference after a week of use.

The camera works really well. Like their more expensive models, Huawei has loaded the pro features to augment your photography. A nifty addition that I have come to love is double-press the lower volume button from the phone’s sleep to take an image of where you have the camera pointed at, in about 1 second! I have shown a demonstration in the images below. The resulting image was actually very clean. Very handy for the parents out there who always miss out on that special moment trying to open the phone camera.

 

The fingerprint scanner does what it should, and well. The location choice is debatable. Although it is easy to reach, it is too easy sometimes to touch it even when just holding the phone, especially because of the indent causing multiple phone unlocks.

The battery life is good, considering it is a 3000 mAh. I never faced any major issues throughout the trip, and as you can see the EMUI’s smart power system can help you extend the life by hours. Huawei claims that on a full charge, Honor 8 Lite gives users unto 93 hours of music playback or 15 hours of video playing on a full charge, or 11 hours of 4G internet surfing.

Huawei has really worked on their proprietory EMUI – it is easy to change settings, and very intuitive to use. They do claim that 90% of the functions can be accessed in 3 steps/ clicks or less, and I would not bet against that claim! However, I am not a big fan of the extra apps that come with EMUI – I just put them all in a folder in the far corner of the screen. It does block your onboard storage space of about 16gb. However, you can simply pop in a micro SD card to boost your storage up to 128GB.

This phone proves that we have arrived in 2017 where the flagship models have to work a lot harder and innovate a lot faster to prove their worth. The competition is out there, and suddenly you feel that this is a very hot category. Something like the “mid-size sedan” in the automotive industry.

Huawei Honor 8 lite is available at all leading electronic retailers for AED 799. It will fit your purpose, whether as your primary, or secondary phone at this budget. Personally, I simply cannot flaw this phone at this price.


About the Author

Jugal Parekh is professionally involved with product & services design & development, with special focus on healthcare. He is passionate about information – whether technological, philosophical, or business related. Currently, his setup combines Apple’s hardware with Google’s cloud, oh, with Windows 7 on Parallels (for the mac).



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