Huawei Honor 8 Lite Review
Specifications: The Honor 8 Lite sports a 5.2-inch display with a full-HD resolution, which makes for a high pixel density. Colour reproduction is neutral but there is an option to tweak the colour temperature. If you aren’t a fan of punchy colours, you’ll like the display. It has good viewing angles but isn’t very easy to read under direct sunlight.
Powering the Honor 8 Lite is Huawei’s own Kirin 655 SoC. It is an octa-core processor with two sets of four ARM Cortex-A53 cores. One set is clocked at 1.7GHz while the other is clocked higher at 2.1GHz. It has an integrated Mali-T830 GPU, as well as a co-processor called i5 which handles sensor input when the main cores are in standby, to save power. The Honor 8 Lite also has 4GB of RAM which in our opinion is more than enough to run all kinds of apps. There is dual-SIM connectivity and the device supports 4G and VoLTE. The hybrid dual-SIM design of the Honor 8 Lite means that you’ll need to choose between a second SIM and storage expansion. With 64GB of storage onboard, chances are that you won’t need more. In case you do, the phone accepts microSD cards of up to 128GB.
Honor 8 Lite comes with Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi b/g/n and USB-OTG support. This phone sadly misses out on support for WiFi 802.11ac and NFC, which would have helped it score some more points in terms of hardware. In the box, Honor provides a clear case for the phone, which we recommend you use to prevent the rear panel from getting scratched.
IN THE BOX🀄:
1.HONOR 8 LITE
4.Quick Start Guide
Design: As the name suggests the Honor 8 Lite is a toned-down version of the Honor 8 and has a lot of similarities. There’s a plastic frame in the centre sandwiched between two slabs of 2.5D glass. The front is dominated by a 5.2-inch display and has on-screen buttons. There’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera above the screen, along with a metallic earpiece. The Honor 8 Lite is quite good to look at thanks to its glass back, but this unfortunately is a fingerprint magnet and makes the phone slippery as well. We saw it sliding when placed on a non-flat surface. The black colour makes smudges very evident and you’ll have to keep wiping this phone.
The 12-megapixel camera and LED flash are positioned towards the top left corner of the rear. On the bottom, there is a Micro-USB port with grilles on either side. The right grille houses a speaker while the left only has a microphone. A better position for the speaker would have helped, as our hands muffled it while playing games. The secondary microphone and 3.5mm headphones socket are on the top.
Camera: Honor claims that the camera on this phone can deliver professional results. For it to do so, there’s a 12-megapixel sensor with 1.25-micron pixels. There’s a single-LED flash instead of a dual-tone LED flash like other smartphones in this segment. The Honor 8 Lite relies on phase detection autofocus (PDAF). The camera app is quite simple and easy to use. There are lots of modes to choose from before you take a photo. It has a dedicated Pro mode for photos and videos that lets you take control of all shooting parameters, so if you know your way around cameras you can set your shots up just right.
Huawei Honor 8 Lite Captured Images
In daylight, the Honor 8 Lite’s rear camera focuses quickly and the output is good. Even if you leave it set to Auto mode, the phone manages quite well. It focuses quickly and colours in photos are quite accurate. We found that the results weren’t as accurate in low light, and quality improved quite a bit when we adjusted the exposure manually. Macros were good, and the full-HD display does make photos pop.
The camera app misses out on a dedicated night mode. To compensate, it detects low light and sharpens images. Photos taken at night are good but you can see that corrections have been applied. A dedicated night mode would have been helpful instead of replying purely on the phone to figure it out. In terms of video, the Honor 8 Lite can record at up to full-HD resolution. You also have the option to record slo-mo videos, and take panoramas and timelapses.
For selfies, The Honor 8 lite packs an 8-megapixel front facing camera. There is beautification mode in the app which lightens skin tones. The phone misses out on a front flash but can use the screen as a flash which is somewhat helpful in low light. Photos taken with the selfie camera are good enough to go up on social media. You can also record HD videos using the front-facing camera.
In terms of benchmarks, the Honor 8 Lite returned 54,929 in Antutu, as well as 821 and 3,361 for GeekBench’s single-core and multi-core tests respectively. In comparison, the Moto G5 Plus (Review) which sports a Snapdragon 625 with similar architecture, scored 63,855 in Antutu, and 771 and 2,976 in Geekbench.
My Final Words:
Considering its price of Rs 16k the Honor 8 Lite does quite a few things well. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat with Honor’s latest EMUI custom skin on top, which is easy to use. The camera performance is good, all what you need. Just go for this smartphone, you surely going to love it.