Used it for 1 month already. This phone is great price for its feature. It survives after a few drop tests.
The good: fast and responsive, good looking screen, visible under sunlight, good sound quality, good voice call quality, good reception.
The not so good: Too many Huawei software to delete, cannot get Google contact to sync, fingerprint sensor at the back is not convenient, black edge is too wide, no black color, no NFC, camera focus is slow, heavy.
Anonymous, 21 Feb 2017does it?Not yet the tracking no# says shipped to NYC for one week now !
Trawri , 08 Feb 2017Still waiting for aliexpress to deliver it to NYC . Hopefully it will work with MetroPCS does it?
alfredchinombo, 16 Feb 2017I downloaded the google play and google services apk's from www.apkmirror.com and i think they... moreYour info sounds reassuring. Thanks
With all the reading online, I wanted to avoid having to flash a new rom just to suit our region (never done it & didnt want to mess up). With your info, it sounds good. I'll probably have to manually download updates when they become available then.
Did you get your phone online? It's a pity huawei doesn't bring the honor range to SA, overall they look good and worth the price overseas compared to what's offered in SA.
Anonymous , 16 Feb 2017Thanks for the reply.
Okay I see, in regards to it being a Chinese @ first, when you insta... moreI downloaded the google play and google services apk's from www.apkmirror.com and i think they were the international versions not specifically the SA version. However, when i log in, i access the international version of the store and am not stuck to the Chinese version.
When i started using the phone, i set SA as the region and a day after i got one OTA update for the OS while using 4G on my mtn line. Since then i haven't received any further updates and am not sure whether its because they have not issued additional ones or that the region has locked me out. but in terms of the play store and app updates everything is working perfectly.
I would have to check a few forums on Honor Note 8 to see if there are any additional OTA system or security updates that i haven't accessed yet.
alfredchinombo, 15 Feb 2017The Phone i got does not have the international firmware so almost all stock apps are in Chine... moreThanks for the reply.
Okay I see, in regards to it being a Chinese @ first, when you installed google playstore, does it recognise the IP address & give you the SA version of the store? Reason i ask is because im thinking of getting the honor 6x (bln-22) from india, so dont want to be stuck with an India version of the playstore.
Also in terms of updates & security patches, do you receive any via OTA? (On initial setup, what region did you choose, Africa, SA?). I read online, the region/country stuff & it's confusing. Or do you manually have to download & install?
Thanks again! Appreciated
Interested , 10 Feb 2017When you say tweaking, what did you do? I'm interested in getting the honor 6x but not sure if... moreThe Phone i got does not have the international firmware so almost all stock apps are in Chinese and the phone did not have the default google apps installed (gmail, google services, play store, calendar...) So i had to disable a few of the Chinese apps including the defat Huawei app store and install google apps including the play store. Syncing contacts and calendar details needs to be facilitated by installation of additional apps. So thats the minor tweaking i meant.
Trawri, 09 Feb 2017Do you get 4G or 3G in S Africa i get 4G for both MTN and Cell-C networks
Maskarade, 13 Feb 2017I have a Note 8. The smartphone is fantastic, but I have to talk about two problems that I onl... moreThe boarder outside display is a jimmick for low bezel view...
You can download SwiftKey keyboard for best input experience.. Spell check, auto correct suggestions, auto fill suggestions, and lot more..
I have a Note 8. The smartphone is fantastic, but I have to talk about two problems that I only noticed when it arrived. It has a black border inside the screen that I do not know what it's for, but that does not make it take full advantage of the 6.6 inches, this left me very disappointed. The other point is that it is not possible to do spell checking or word suggestion, nor is it possible to insert a dictionary in the language of your country. This makes it very difficult to use the keyboard when typing fast. It only has support in China. Apart from this it is very fast, stylish and long battery life. Up to two and a half days without carrying on moderate use.
Alfie Chinnozz, 09 Feb 2017Have been using this phone in South Africa for a month now and i love every bit of it. I had t... moreWhen you say tweaking, what did you do? I'm interested in getting the honor 6x but not sure if it will work in SA and also if it will be able to receive updates? Hope you can provide some insight, much appreciated
Have been using this phone in South Africa for a month now and i love every bit of it. I had to do several tweaks (without rooting) because mine is not an international version but everything works fine. The only thing am missing is the english version of the music and video apps)
Still waiting for aliexpress to deliver it to NYC . Hopefully it will work with MetroPCS
Just 5mp of secondary camera?? is this a joke? or it is a different type of camera? someone explain me
I have one of these superb looking phones being delivered (with luck) tomorrow. Currently following it's progress on the DHL tracking system. I've found a couple of decent reviews.
I like this guy's style on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN9Gn1XYHHo
Also a review in German but Google Translate does a good job.
Lawrence Wong, 02 Feb 2017It depends, the Honor 8 has the dual camera system and smaller screen size but also has a smal... moreShould I buy this from aliexpress to use it in India what about Google services and lte bands compatibility are these sets secure for using payment apps
Anonymous, 28 Jan 2017Which is better It depends, the Honor 8 has the dual camera system and smaller screen size but also has a smaller battery and slightly older processor (Honor 8 has the HiSilicon Kirin 950 with 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53 vs the 4x2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53 HiSilicon Kirin 955 in this phone). In my opinion if you're more of a camera person or prefer a smaller phone then get the Honor 8. If you want a larger phone with slightly better specs and a larger battery then get this phone