Huawei just pulled the wraps off the Honor V8 flagship at a launch event in China. The smartphone brings some Huawei goodness to the Honor sub brand, namely the top-end Kirin 950 chipset and the dual-camera setup on the back (though no Leica branding here).
The Honor V8 sports a 5.7-inch display and you get to choose between FullHD and QHD resolution - Huawei finally caved in, after long refusing to go beyond 1080p. Both variants use IPS panels and have a 2.5D glass on top.
The Kirin 950 chip we already mentioned comes with an octa-core CPU (4xCortex-A72 + 4xCortex-A53 clusters). RAM is set at 4GB, and the QHD display is coupled with 64GB of storage, while the FullHD flavor gets half that.
The dual cameras on the back of the Honor V8 look an awful lot like the equipment of the Huawei P9 - 12MP each, 6-element lenses with f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash and laser autofocus. The big absentee is the Leica badge. On the front you're getting an 8MP f/2.4 cam, the P9 says "hi" once again.
Connectivity is well covered, with all models supporting LTE, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS. The base model does lack support for NFC though. The metal-clad smartphone measures 157x77.6x7.75mm and weighs 170g. Battery capacity is listed at 3,500mAh, and charging takes place via a USB Type-C interface.
Price has been set at CNY 2,299 (about $350) for a carrier-specific base model with a FullHD display, 32GB of storage and no NFC. Wider network support and NFC will set you back an additional CNY 200, while the top-specced version will go for CNY 2,799 ($439).
I asked Gizok.com if their V8 is international or chinese version... They replied that it is Chinese version, so it means that it is without google play, so what can we do to have google play in the phone? We cannot just install google play into chin...
This phone is a direct competitor of the mi5. No wonder, Huawei took over Xiaomi number 3 biggest phone maker title.I am getting fedup with the marketing strategy of xiaomi.
Gizok.com have them preorder too, I believe the prices are quite similar. Waiting for Gsmarena to do a review on them, but Im hoping that the camera will have a slightly different algorithm that give the picture slighly more exposure than the P9...