NEW DELHI: Honor, the sub model of Huawei, has been making an attempt 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 robust competitors from rivals similar to Motorola and Xiaomi, Oppo and others within the finances and mid-range section.
To achieve extra traction in India, which additionally occurs to be one of many largest smartphone markets on the planet, Honor few months again tried to carry the flagship Huawei P9 to extra inexpensive market within the type of Honor 8. Now, to carry 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.
However based mostly 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 count on 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 facet panels and 7.6mm skinny profile would not simply make the handset look extra elegant but additionally fragile on the similar time.
There is a rear digicam on the highest left nook with LED flash, a fingerprint sensor on the centre and an organization branding under. There are two speaker grilles on the backside, of those only one is the primary speaker whereas the opposite mirrors the audio coming from the primary speaker. A micro USB port lies in the midst of the speaker.
The quantity and energy buttons are on the precise facet 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 facet bezel, whereas the front-facing digicam lies on the speaker grille positioned above the show. There’s additionally a multi-colour LED notification gentle 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 mix 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 choosing up of minor scratches on the show from the corners.
The show is brilliant and crisp however not the most effective one seen within the smartphone in a given value 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. Among the different choices that should not come as a shock for you’re the font measurement change, themes, textual content fashion choices, display screen saver and color temperature adjustment. The smartphone’s display screen manages to make itself readable beneath brilliant daylight conditions.
Nevertheless, one of many drawbacks is the omission of the oleophobic coating, which makes it weak to even slightest of smudges and fingerprints. We would like you to use a display screen guard on the Honor 8 Lite. In addition to this minor concern within the display screen, 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 similar processor (Kirin 655) that powered the Honor 6X, which was a powerful handset in itself, it fails to make the Honor 8 Lite run fluently. We encountered lags in sure locations whereas enjoying heavy video games and multitasking. As an illustration, we tried the newly-launched graphic-heavy Injustice 2 and the machine 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 high additionally performs an necessary 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 finished a powerful 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 distinct 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 if you happen to dig the Settings choice deep sufficient. You possibly can allow/disable 4G calling, change the house display screen fashion together with app layouts and grid customisations, choose a mix 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 enables you to customise the fingerprint gesture to indicate the notification panel, browse pictures and extra, a perform we’re a giant fan of.
The fingerprint sensor labored with accuracy everytime throughout our use. We principally used it for unlocking the machine.
For higher productiveness you possibly can activate a floating dock, change to one-handed UI design, activate movement management options similar to flip to mute as effectively. Honor has its personal HiBoard whenever you swipe to the intense left on the primary house display screen. For these unaware, HiBaord is Honor’s means of letting customers seek for content material from each inside and outdoors the machine. It may be deactivated by lengthy urgent on the house display screen and navigating to the ‘Settings’ choice.
The twin-SIM smartphone comes with a hybrid microSD card slot. So you possibly can both have two SIM playing cards activated directly or a single SIM activated with additional storage functionality.
Digital camera shouldn’t be the most effective 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 effectively saturated and the pictures shot in each daylight and synthetic gentle circumstances are spectacular. The photographs shot in low gentle are equally good with a lot lesser noise ranges as in comparison with others throughout low-light photographs. There’s one-touch entry to a lot 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 the direction of left provides you with the digicam and video settings the place you possibly can change the side ratio, and toggle contact to seize, smile seize and different options. On the precise there are completely different capturing modes to select from. There’s an 8MP front-facing digicam with wide-angle lens, which makes taking selfies simpler.
Battery, being one of many deciding components 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 continuously on a daily use. Gentle customers will have the ability to stretch the operating time to over 12 hours simply.
Honor has thrown in a few battery-saving options in its 8 Lite as effectively. You possibly can activate the Energy Saving Mode, which like seen in different handsets with related choices, limits the background app exercise, reduces or disables visible results and sounds, disables background e-mail retrieval and extra. There’s additionally an ‘Extremely Energy Saving’ choice that runs solely choose apps. What’s nifty is the handset’s fixed reminder now and again concerning the apps that hog energy within the background.
The dearth of fast-charging does pinch a bit.
Honor 8 Lite does go away a great impression within the battery, OS and digicam division. These three components does make it one of many potential contenders within the specific value level. Design, to some extent, is first rate however nothing that you just aren’t accustomed to. 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 could possibly be bothersome for customers. The processor, although being one of many newest ones, was not capable of deal with heavy duties similar to multi-tasking between heavy apps or easy dealing with of video games. It, nevertheless, will have the ability to get a lot of the job finished. Among the options value testing are Moto M, Moto G5 Plus, Vivo V5 and Oppo F1S.