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NEW DELHI: Honor, the sub model of Huawei, has been attempting its finest to make a mark with its choices such because the Honor 6X, Honor 8 and extra. However the firm appears to be dealing with powerful competitors from rivals similar to Motorola and Xiaomi, Oppo and others within the finances and mid-range section.
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To realize extra traction in India, which additionally occurs to be one of many largest smartphone markets on the planet, Honor few months again tried to deliver the flagship Huawei P9 to extra reasonably priced market within the type of Honor 8. Now, to deliver the Honor 8 to customers with extra tight pockets, the corporate has launched its Honor 8 Lite. Being the stripped down model of the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Lite is priced at Rs 17,999. The sacrifise can be seen within the spec-sheet.
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However primarily based on the worth tag is it actually bang for the buck? We used it for per week and here is what the excitement is all about.
Design and show
Do not anticipate the Honor 8 Lite to be lightweight because it sports activities a combo of metallic and glass, which supplies a ‘fake’ sense of premium-ness. Taking part in on the identical design profile because the Honor 8, the handset’s again is roofed with a layer of glass whereas the entrance has the 2.5D corning Gorilla Glass coating. These, when added up with the brushed metallic aspect panels and 7.6mm skinny profile would not simply make the handset look extra elegant but additionally fragile on the identical time.
There is a rear digicam on the highest left nook with LED flash, a fingerprint sensor on the centre and an organization branding beneath. There are two speaker grilles on the backside, of those only one is the principle speaker whereas the opposite mirrors the audio coming from the principle speaker. A micro USB port lies in the midst of the speaker.
The quantity and energy buttons are on the best aspect and inside a thumbs attain however sadly not as tactile as we have seen in another handsets. The SIM card and microSD card slot lie on the left aspect bezel, whereas the front-facing digicam lies on the speaker grille positioned above the show. There may be additionally a multi-colour LED notification mild for alerting customers.
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Whereas the Honor 8 Lite’s design is value appreciating, its show was underwhelming. The handset has a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) show, a mixture that’s used broadly throughout a number of smartphones within the mid-segment. The show is coated with 2.5D curved glass. Though we just like the curved glass coating, it additionally means straightforward selecting up of minor scratches on the show from the corners.
The show is vibrant and crisp however not the very best one seen within the smartphone in a given worth vary. Like different mid-rangers, this too has a Blue Gentle filter, which you’ll be able to activate manually or set a schedule for. A few of the different choices that should not come as a shock for you’re the font dimension change, themes, textual content type choices, display saver and color temperature adjustment. The smartphone’s display manages to make itself readable below vibrant daylight conditions.
Nonetheless, one of many drawbacks is the omission of the oleophobic coating, which makes it susceptible to even slightest of smudges and fingerprints. We would like you to use a display guard on the Honor 8 Lite. Apart from this minor problem within the display, it’s first rate.
Efficiency and digicam
Efficiency is without doubt one of the departments the place the Honor 8 Lite falls wanting impressing us. Though it’s the identical processor (Kirin 655) that powered the Honor 6X, which was a formidable handset in itself, it fails to make the Honor 8 Lite run fluently. We encountered lags in sure locations whereas taking part in heavy video games and multitasking. For example, we tried the newly-launched graphic-heavy Injustice 2 and the system hanged each single time. Taking part in full-HD movies from the storage was no downside per say.
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The octa-core processor (4+4 Cortex A53 cores with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU) is supported by 4GB RAM, which is probably going the saving grace for the handset’s processing efficiency. We ran each Antutu and Geekbench on the Honor 8 Lite and as anticipated obtained low scores of 57739 and 816,3348 (single-core, multi-core) respectively.
Android OS and the consumer interface on prime additionally performs an essential half within the efficiency part. After utilizing the smartphone for someday together with our expertise with earlier Honor gadgets, we will say that Huawei has carried out a formidable job with its EMUI. The Honor 8 Lite runs the identical model as we noticed within the Honor 8 – EMUI 5.zero, which has the comparatively new Android 7.zero Nougat as its base. EMUI does appear a unique initially with its overlayed choices and extra. However it’s straightforward to search out your means round.
A ton of options and customisations might be discovered when you dig the Settings choice deep sufficient. You may allow/disable 4G calling, swap the house display type together with app layouts and grid customisations, choose a mixture of navigation keys which can be positioned on the backside of the show, customise the fingerprint sensor to take photographs, reply calls and extra. Much like Honor 8, the Honor 8 Lite additionally allows you to customise the fingerprint gesture to point out the notification panel, browse photographs and extra, a perform we’re a giant fan of.
The fingerprint sensor labored with accuracy everytime throughout our use. We largely used it for unlocking the system.
For higher productiveness you may activate a floating dock, swap to one-handed UI design, activate movement management options similar to flip to mute as properly. Honor has its personal HiBoard while you swipe to the intense left on the principle dwelling display. For these unaware, HiBaord is Honor’s means of letting customers seek for content material from each inside and out of doors the system. It may be deactivated by lengthy urgent on the house display and navigating to the ‘Settings’ choice.
The twin-SIM smartphone comes with a hybrid microSD card slot. So you may both have two SIM playing cards activated without delay or a single SIM activated with additional storage functionality.
Digicam is just not the very best within the section however is spectacular sufficient to fullfill the wants of majority of consumers. The Honor 8 Lite comes with a single 12MP rear autofocus digicam with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. The color are properly saturated and the pictures shot in each daylight and synthetic mild circumstances are spectacular. The photographs shot in low mild are equally good with a lot lesser noise ranges as in comparison with others throughout low-light photographs. There may be one-touch entry to many of the frequently-used options similar to video capturing, switching between entrance and rear cameras, filters, Magnificence mode, gallery and the allow/disable flash choice.
Swiping in direction of left gives you the digicam and video settings the place you may change the side ratio, and toggle contact to seize, smile seize and different options. On the best there are totally different capturing modes to select from. There may be an 8MP front-facing digicam with wide-angle lens, which makes taking selfies simpler.
Battery, being one of many deciding elements in a smartphone, will not allow you to down. The Honor 8 Lite makes use of a 3000mAh battery, which in our day-to-day utilization ran for over 9-10 hours continually on a daily use. Gentle customers will be capable to stretch the working time to over 12 hours simply.
Honor has thrown in a few battery-saving options in its 8 Lite as properly. You may activate the Energy Saving Mode, which like seen in different handsets with comparable choices, limits the background app exercise, reduces or disables visible results and sounds, disables background e-mail retrieval and extra. There may be additionally an ‘Extremely Energy Saving’ choice that runs solely choose apps. What’s nifty is the handset’s fixed reminder every so often in regards to the apps that hog energy within the background.
The shortage of fast-charging does pinch a little bit.
Honor 8 Lite does go away impression within the battery, OS and digicam division. These three elements does make it one of many potential contenders within the explicit worth level. Design, to some extent, is first rate however nothing that you just aren’t acquainted with. It does include helpful options baked proper contained in the UI and the apparent new options that include Android 7.zero Nougat. However not every thing is spectacular with Honor 8 Lite.
The smartphone’s show is nearly common and smudge-friendly, which may very well be bothersome for customers. The processor, although being one of many newest ones, was not in a position to deal with heavy duties similar to multi-tasking between heavy apps or easy dealing with of video games. It, nevertheless, will be capable to get many of the job carried out. A few of the alternate options value trying out are Moto M, Moto G5 Plus, Vivo V5 and Oppo F1S.