Honor Note 8 Aims to Make Big Impression in Global Smartphone Market

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-02
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Honor Note 8 Aims to Make Big Impression in Global Smartphone Market

    Huawei is counting on its latest smartphone, the Honor Note 8, to stand out in both China and the U.S. Here's a look at what the big-screen phone has to offer.
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    The Screen Is Shockingly Large
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    The Screen Is Shockingly Large

    The screen built into the Honor Note 8 is surprisingly large. The device's display comes in at 6.6 inches and supports up to 16 million colors. The multitouch screen has a 2,560-by-1,440-pixel screen and a whopping 443 pixels per inch. In other words, it'll deliver an exceptionally attractive screen for those who want a big display.
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    Expect a Slightly Modified Android Experience
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    Expect a Slightly Modified Android Experience

    The Honor Note 8 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which allows it to support Google Play, Chrome and other Google apps. However, Honor has placed its own software skin atop the operating system to make it feel a bit different from competing Android devices.
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    The Battery Should Get the Job Done
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    The Battery Should Get the Job Done

    The battery sealed into the Honor Note 8 is downright huge at 4,500mAh compared with most other high-end Android devices, which have batteries around 3,000mAh. That means Honor's smartphone should be capable of lasting a long time on a single charge—assuming its components aren't hogging too much energy.
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    All Kinds of Sensors to Use
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    All Kinds of Sensors to Use

    There's no shortage of sensors in the Honor Note 8. The device has a fingerprint sensor for security and an accelerometer and gyroscope to track movement in health apps. Users will also find proximity and compass sensors for all their mapping needs.
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    The Octa-Core Processor Will Matter
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    The Octa-Core Processor Will Matter

    The octa-core processor built into the Honor Note 8 should make it a powerful option. According to Huawei, the smartphone will run on the HiSilicon Kirin 955, which features a 2.5GHz quad-core Cortex-A72 chip alongside a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex A53. That's not necessarily a top-of-the-line processor anymore, but it'll certainly handle most resource-intensive tasks.
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    How Storage Will Work
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    How Storage Will Work

    Customers will be able to choose from three internal storage options, ranging from 32GB to 64GB to 128GB. However, the company added that the smartphone will also support a microSD card with up to 256GB of memory. While more internal storage is always nice, the combination of 128GB internal storage and 256GB on a microSD card should be fine for most.
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    Huawei Left Out NFC Support
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    Huawei Left Out NFC Support

    Interestingly, the Honor Note 8 doesn't appear to come with a near-field communication (NFC) chip inside, meaning it won't support mobile-payment solutions. It's unclear why Huawei apparently opted against the NFC chip, since it's such a prominent feature in most other devices, but don't expect to use the Note 8 to make mobile payments.
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    A Look at the Device's Design
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    A Look at the Device's Design

    The Honor Note 8's design is similar to many other Android-based smartphones. The device has a big screen with a small bezel and a front-facing camera above it. On the rear, users will find a camera, flash and the now-ubiquitous fingerprint sensor customers find in so many other smartphones.
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    There's Hybrid SIM Support
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    There's Hybrid SIM Support

    In an odd twist, Honor's Note 8 comes with what can only be called hybrid SIM support. That means that the smartphone comes with support for two nanoSIM cards. However, if a user wants to use a microSD card, he or she will need to remove one of the nanoSIMs and input the microSD. It would've been nice to have support for two SIMs and a separate slot for a microSD card.
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    Here Are the Details on Pricing and Availability
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    Here Are the Details on Pricing and Availability

    According to reports out of China, the Honor Note 8 will start shipping on Aug. 9. The entry-level model will cost $345 in China and jump to $420 for the 128GB model. Huawei later asserted to the Engadget blog site that the Honor Note 8 will eventually launch in the U.S., though no pricing or availability has been released as of this writing.
 

The Chinese smartphone market has quickly become extremely sophisticated with international and domestic device makers offering their most advanced models to the nation's massive consumer base. The latest domestic entrant into that market is the Huawei Honor Note 8, a smartphone featuring a large display, an octa-core processor that delivers plenty of power and a big, 4,500mAh battery. While the device will premiere in China, Huawei has said that it'll launch the Honor Note 8 in the U.S. at some point in the future. When it's released to the market, it will be competing with several other attractive Android-based handsets featuring nice designs, powerful components and a relatively cheap price tag. It's unknown at this time how well it'll fare in the highly competitive U.S. and Chinese markets. But if anything is clear, Huawei is putting its best foot forward with the Honor Note 8. This slide show discusses in more detail the smartphone's features that Huawei believes will help it stand out in both China and the U.S.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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