Honor – a smartphone maker that is brave enough to innovate


Honor, Huawei’s e-brand has launched many innovative products in just 2 years of its existence. The first flagship phone under Honor band was the Huawei Honor 6 which was released in 2014, followed by the release of Huawei Honor 7 in 2015 and the Huawei Honor 8 recently.

Honor, with the tagline “For the brave”, is clearly aimed at millennials or digital natives.

These are people like you and me who have grown up using gadgets and have relied heavily on the internet and smartphones. In the past, we have seen that Honor offers top-end specs in an affordable handset, ideal for the students and young crowds. This time around also Honor has disrupted the market with Honor 8. A device that offers dual camera setup that matches the performance of its much-acclaimed sibling Huawei P9 and the coveted iPhone 7 Plus.

All of these 3 devices are a photographers delight thanks to their dual lens setup. But as for iPhone 7 Plus is concerned the audience is very niche – as firstly its super expensive, then it’s a huge phone and is really not as handy as the P9 or Honor 8, lastly an Android lover would never buy an iOS device.

For me using both the P9 and Honor 8 have been a cherishable experience thanks to their fantastic cameras, slick design and powerful performance.

Being an iPhone user, there are very few Android smartphones that I can easily switch to without missing my iPhone 6s. But, with an amazing battery life, excellent cameras and superb build quality and design both P9 and Honor 8 made me forget about my iPhone.

In fact, once you use either of the devices, you’d actually want to switch to Android 😉

Before, I get the Android Vs iOS war started. Let me get back to the brand Honor and share my point of view the brave brand. Honor as a brand is for the brave and by the brave. For the brave, because it’s for people who want the best of things but not at an exorbitant price. And by the brave because, when Huawei launched the brand in 2014, other smartphone makers were just making newer devices without innovating.

But Honor showcased industry leading innovation with each new smartphone it launched in the market. Be it the Honor 6 Plus with dual cameras or the latest Honor 8 with dual lens setup in such a slim design that even Apple or Samsung couldn’t make. I think, Jony Ive should take inspiration from the Honor 8’s flushed dual lens cameras and come up with a similar design for the iPhone.

Honor 8 Design

For Apple, now innovation means ‘courage’ – removing ports and playing safe. On the other hand, with Honor 8 users get a smartphone that offers the following ports/expansions –

  • USB Type-C
  • 3.55mm Audio Jack
  • MicroSD card Slot
  • IR Blaster

Honor 8 Dual Cameras

Apart from all these ports, Honor 8 has the following key features at half the cost of an iPhone 7/7 Plus or the Google Pixel/Pixel XL

  • 5.2″ 1080p LTPS capacitive touchscreen, 423ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset: octa-core CPU (4xCortex-A72 @ 2.3GHz plus 4xCortex-A53 @ 1.8GHz), Mali-T880 MP4 GPU; 4GB of RAM
  • 4 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM | Expandable Up to 128 GB
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Huawei EMUI v4.1 overlay;
  • Dual 12MP camera with hybrid AF, colour and monochrome sensors, f/2.2 aperture; 1080@60fps video recording
  • 8MP front camera, f/2.4 aperture; 1080p video recording; wide selfie
  • Cat. 6 LTE (300/50Mbps); dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct; Bluetooth 4.2 LE; NFC; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou; USB Type-C
  • 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery

Honestly, I’ve not come across a smartphone designed with such finesse in years. It’s simply sexy! Each time I see Honor 8’s back – ‘I am bringing sexy back’ starts playing in my ears.

Social Media Evangelist | Gadget Guru | Model | Photographer | Ex- BlackBerry Boy - Now iOS | WP8 | Droid. Founder and Chief at ‘The Unbiased Blog’. I breathe in WiFi zone, prefer LTE over LIT. Ex MSFT, MCP, A+ and coder. I like news to be served to me on twitter.

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