Just got mine Chinese "big boy" last Wednesday here in The Netherlands. Had some time to get used to EMUI and install Google Play Store & other beloved Google apps. After mine previous Nexus 5 (2013) with pure Android 6.01 that was a little bit a struggle. But such a decent screen and specs makes this phone lovable for it's price, which is here ~400 Euro for 128Gb version (so long 800 Euro Pixel XL!). Made some comments on Cyanogenmod unofficial forum, to get a support of this phablet. We'll see, when it becomes popular enough.
As for benchmarks (Atutu and BasemarkOS II), Honor Note 8 lays in between Nexus 6P and Galaxy S7. But the screen, mmm! :) And the battery!
So far the connectivity in NL is working fine for Vodafone and KPN (dual sim). Though it shows 4G in the status bar, I am not sure if it's LTE or not. Don't really care. Speed test shows 82.25 Mbps download and 46.71 Mbps upload, which is twice bigger than mine home wifi!
Got mine from vopmart. Can anyone recommend a glass protector? One I got on Amazon doesn't fit right. Using mine on t-mo btw, all's good, really happy with it so far! Still needs to be de-Chinese-ified though
Frank, 17 Oct 2016Does anybody try it in Canada? I'm with Bell and I really want this phone, thanksUsing in the USA, works on AT&T HSPA+ which is 4G, but no LTE support; who cares the HSPA+ is fast enough for daily use.
Was looking for a phone like this for a long time and thanks to the Note 8 now I can finally stop the search.
Checking on frequencycheck.com shows this phone has all the bands for at&t LTE but its possible that a future firmware update will allow usage.
Anyways, if you want to use this phone in the US with AT&T or Straight Talk (blue att sim), go for it! it will not disappoint.
With its stats and a Mali 880 GPU + 4Gb ram and dual band AC WiFi it needs a micro HDMI out and would out pace most media boxes on the market, not sure how the CPUs Plural would compete with Octacore Arm S912 (doubt favorably) but hardware decoding of RV 9,10 & 265 format I bet it could do great. My Note 7 does even on mobile data 4G LTE
Techlover, 18 Oct 2016I cannot believe that Huawei does not release this phone in the USA. They would make so much ... moreIn USA at current. Using a recalled Note 7. THEY REALLY WANT IT BACK!!! I would love the screen size on the Honor 8. I would rather have the Mate 9 256/6Gb but with Honor 8 screen size. The dual SIM / Expandable memory would come in very handy moving from place to place & Pixel XL is only 5.5 inch with no Dual SIM
For those looking for roms and what not - here you go:
http://club.huawei.com/forum-2447-4102-1.html - Google Translate required for English readers.
If someone can find a way to make an AOSP rom and get rid of EMUI, that would be amazing. I'd do it myself but I do not know how.
Sam, 19 Oct 2016Hey, thanks for the help, will check the website, but have you heard if it will be released in... moreNot sure Sam. For me, I'll wait until Jarir or eXtra have their own stocks. It might take some time though because right now, they just started selling Honor 8. Hope before end of this month, Honor Note 8 will be available too.
Tuhog, 18 Oct 2016Hi! I think you should check the Honor webpage instead of Huawei. Huawei are for other Huawei ... moreHey, thanks for the help, will check the website, but have you heard if it will be released in KSA?
Techlover, 18 Oct 2016To add in my comment from the post that I made below (just before this post), that Huawei shou... moreI know is ridiculus they didnt produced the black version! I hate black bezel but love the phone! I just bought the gold version and bought a black tempered glass.. Ta..Da.. :)
To add in my comment from the post that I made below (just before this post), that Huawei should also release the BLACK version of the Honor Note 8. Why focus on other colors such as gold or silver when this phone has a thin border around its display when it is on. The black color would make the black border less visible.
I really need to talk to the person in charge of making and releasing this phone. I can give the company "common sense" ideas on how to make a lot of money on the Honor Note 8. I will give the "common sense" advices for FREE.
I cannot believe that Huawei does not release this phone in the USA. They would make so much money doing so because the Samsung Note 7 is no more and there are a lot of people that like big phone in the USA. If I was the head of the Huawei Honor Note division, I would focus more on the Honor Note 8 instead of the Honor 8. The Honor 8 is nothing special because we already have Samsung S7 and other high-end 5.5" Android phones (LG V20/Google Pixel, etc...)
The Gnostic, 18 Oct 2016Forum is up and running http://forum.xda-developers.com/general/general/huawei-honor-note-8-t3457185Thanks for the heads up.
Sam, 18 Oct 2016So its not officially available in the stores yet, i dont want to buy the chinese version, plu... moreHi! I think you should check the Honor webpage instead of Huawei. Huawei are for other Huawei model phones whilst Honor, is for Honor phones released. Anyways, still waiting as well here in KSA.
The Gnostic, 18 Oct 2016Hi, Using it in Vancouver Canada on both Rogers and Fido. I'm 4G'd no problemThanks a lot, I'm gonne order one this week
Gerald Damian, 18 Oct 2016In uae Jadopado is dealing this item from uae aed @1359 to 1999, but it's Chinese version, I h... moreSo its not officially available in the stores yet, i dont want to buy the chinese version, plus i dont trust buying it online, i was hoping it was officially released.No one seems to know about this phone which is pretty weird, even on their facebook page, Huawei always say refer to a retailer, and most of the retailers never heard of this phone. Shame since this phone is a beast, and it would would majorly sell in the middle east.
Sam, 17 Oct 2016Thanks alot,do you happen to know which stores it is available and for which price, i live in ... moreIn uae Jadopado is dealing this item from uae aed @1359 to 1999, but it's Chinese version, I hope they will...
smash14, 12 Oct 2016Mine is currently sitting in customs and will be delivered tomorrow! I see that someone was ab... moreForum is up and running http://forum.xda-developers.com/general/general/huawei-honor-note-8-t3457185
Frank, 17 Oct 2016Does anybody try it in Canada? I'm with Bell and I really want this phone, thanksHi, Using it in Vancouver Canada on both Rogers and Fido. I'm 4G'd no problem