As we are eagerly anticipating for one of the company’s competing foreign firm with a device of almost the same name, the Honor Note 8 was unveiled and made official today in China. The high-end phablet is Honor’s flagship device that sits on the boundaries of smartphone and tablet devices.
Measuring at178.8 90.9 7.18 mm, the new Note 8 weighs around 219 grams and houses a huge 6.6-inch superAMOLED display and features a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 which brings the pixel density to 443ppi. The front panel display also feature a 2.5D glass lamination for a more premium feel.
As premium as it gets, the new Honor Mate 8 is powered by Huawei’s very own Octa-core Kirin 955 SoC with 4-cores of Cortex-A72 and 4-cores of Cortex-A53 processors with Mali-T880 MP4 Graphics processing unit and is couple to a plentiful of 4GB RAM and a choice of 32GB, 64GB or even the 128GB of storage space. Apart from what is allocated for your storage needs, the new phablet is equipped capable of expanding its storage space through microSD card support of up to 128 GB in capacity which will theoretically brings the total available amount of space to 256GB.
For a flagship device, it deserves a decent camera specs and it sure did have what it claims. For the main camera, there’s a 13 Megapixel sensor on-board and features Phase Detection Auto focus with Dual-Tone LED flash. Upfront, you’ll get an 8 Megapixel Selfie camera with wide-angle lens for better Selfie photos and high-resolution video calls.
Connectivity-wise, the handset is fully equipped with all the necessary communication needs including two SIM slot and supports 4G/LTE connection with legacy support for 3G and 2G networks but it’s pretty clear that it should be able to handle Chinese mobile carriers pretty nicely. Other than that, the new Note 8 is equipped with standard connectivity features including dual-band WiFi 802.11 a//b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with A-GPS/GLONASS/Beidou support. There’s a USB-Type C port but unfortunately it only conforms with USB 2.0 specifications
Driving the new Honor Note 8 phablet is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei’s proprietary EMUI 4.1 user interface on top. Keeping its system running, the handset is embedded with a large 4500 mAh battery which should be able to last more than a day of regular use in most cases.
As for its pricing, the Honor Note 8 starts atCNY 2,299 or around $345 for the 32GB base variant,CNY 2,499 / $375 for the 64GB variant and for the top end model with 128GB storage, it should cost CNY 2,799 or roughly $420. The handset is now available for pre-order starting today with sales to start on the 9th of August. While this becomes available in China next week, the handset is set to launch worldwide in the next few weeks.