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Honor 8 Lite

Colours:
BlackBlue
Memory:
64GB
RAM:
4GB
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 64 GB + 128 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano (Hybr...
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • USB OTG Support

Highlights from Expert Review

Pros
  • Stylish looks and compact size
  • Good cameras
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • Lacks fast charging
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Screen looks washed out in daylight

Specifications

General
Launch DateMay 12, 2017 (Official)
BrandHonor
Model8 Lite
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
Custom UIEMUI
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height147.2 mm
Width72.9 mm
Thickness7.6 mm
Weight147 grams
ColoursBlack, Blue
Display
Screen Size5.2 inches (13.21 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density424 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)69.3 %
Performance
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 655
ProcessorOcta core (2.1 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53 + 1.7 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53)
GraphicsMali-T830 MP2
RAM4 GB
Storage
Internal Memory64 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 49.9 GB
USB OTG Supportyes
Camera
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
SensorBack-illuminated sensor (BSI), CMOS image sensor
Autofocusyes
Physical ApertureF2.0
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash
Image Resolution4000 x 3000 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Battery
Capacity3000 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano (Hybrid)
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
VoLTEyes
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Multimedia
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionBack
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Honor 8 Lite is a very stylish and premium looking budget smartphone. It is not only stylish but it packs in robust hardware and software as well. We get an ergonomic design, premium built, vibrant Full HD display, good set of cameras, smooth interface and good overall performance. In terms of cons, there is no fast charging, dedicated microSD card slot and the phone is a bit slippery as well. We would definitely suggest you to purchase the Honor 8 Lite as it excels in most departments. In case if you want to check out the competition, then take a look at the Xiaomi Mi A1, Honor 6X and Moto G5S Plus.

Introduction:

In May 2017, Huawei's sub-brand Honor had launched the Honor 8 Lite in the Indian smartphone market. It is a more affordable variant of the Honor 8 but it retains the premium look. The Honor 8 Lite lacks the dual camera setup but it has a combination of good hardware and software along with great build quality and premium body. So let us have a look at the Honor 8 Lite review in order to find out if it is worth a purchase from this competitive price segment. However, quickly have a glance at the specifications of the mobile first.

The Honor 8 Lite is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core processor, that comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). The phone sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display and runs on Emotion UI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 12 megapixel rear camera along with a 8 megapixel selfie shooter. A fingerprint sensor is found at the back. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE and GPS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, ambient light and proximity sensor. Under the hood, there is a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Design & Display:

The Honor 8 Lite rocks a 5.2-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD). It is one of the best displays in this segment mainly because of its compact form factor as we mostly get Full HD displays in this segment. The display looks beautiful, even when it is turned off. It is vivid, crisp and bright. The viewing angles are great and sunlight legibility is decent. The colors are not over saturated and high-definition content look stunning on it. We also get a 2.5D curved glass on top of the display to protect it from daily wear and tear. However, it will not be able to save it from any physical damage, so always use a protective case and do not drop the phone.

The touch response of the Honor 8 Lite is very fluid mainly because of the 2.5D curved glass and smooth interface. Overall, the Honor 8 Lite has a gorgeous display that is meant for content consumption.

Performance:

The Honor 8 Lite is powered by a Kirin 655 octa-core processor clocked at 2.1GHz along with 4GB RAM. It is a mid-ranged chipset from the in-house brand of Huawei and it is certainly capable of handling all the basic day-to-day tasks easily. The most popular apps and games open very quickly since they are well optimized. The interface does not lag a bit. You can perform intense multitasking because of the 4GB RAM on board. When it comes to gaming, you can also play all the major high graphics intensive games but some of them might run at medium settings. The Honor 8 Lite comes with 64GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 52GB of free space. If you want more storage, you can also add up to 128GB by adding a microSD card but you will lose out on a SIM card since it has a hybrid slot. The fingerprint sensor placed at the back can unlock the phone very quickly and it is deadly accurate as well.

Now coming to the connectivity department, there is Dual SIM (nano) support but we get a hybrid slot. We also get 4G VoLTE connectivity and both the slot supports it. The battery capacity of the Honor 8 Lite is 3000mAh (non-removable) but there is no fast charging support and that is a bit disappointing. You will easily get up to one day of battery life with moderate usage.

Overall, the Honor 8 Lite is a great performer and is one of the best in its class.

Cameras:

In the camera department, the Honor 8 Lite may not pack dual lenses like the Honor 8 but we get a capable 12 megapixel primary camera at the back. It can capture very good pictures in natural day lighting conditions and we get a lot of details. The colors are accurate as well. Although, in low lighting and indoor conditions, the images had little noise but the output was better than most budget phones. The focusing mechanism is quick and accurate. Landscape pictures with HDR mode came out very well and macro shots had a lot of depth of field. On the front, we get a 8 megapixel selfie camera and it is also capable of clicking great selfies, specially in natural lighting. We get various live filters and beauty modes as well that help in enhancing the quality of the selfies.

The camera app of the Honor 8 Lite is very easy to use as it has a simple and intuitive interface. There are a lot of shooting modes including a pro mode but Auto mode is suitable for most of the situations. Both the primary and secondary camera can record Full HD videos and the quality is quite good. Overall, the Honor 8 Lite has a capable camera department.

Battery:

The battery capacity of the Honor 8 Lite is 3000mAh (non-removable) but there is no fast charging support and that is a bit disappointing. You will easily get up to one day of battery life with moderate usage. If battery life and fast charging are very important to you, you might have to look elsewhere.

 

Audio & Video:

The machine drilled speaker holes of the Honor 8 Lite are placed on the right bottom. There are two similar looking speakers on both sides of the microUSB port but we do not get a stereo setup here. The one on the left is the primary microphone while the other on the right is the actual loudspeaker. This is a design element and many smartphones have it. The sound from the speaker is quite loud and it is good in terms of quality as well. There is no distorting even at the highest volume levels. The default music app is good enough for local music consumption as it has a lot of features but you can download third-party apps like Saavn for streaming music.

The Honor 8 Lite can play both HD and Full HD videos with ease and can also play 4K videos but it stutters a bit sometimes. The phone comes with a pair of earphones but they are pretty basic and do not offer the best audio experience. Hence, you should use a good pair of earphones for the best audio experience while playing games or watching movies. Overall, the Honor 8 Lite offers great audio and video experience.

Software & Ui:

The Honor 8 Lite is one of the most premium budget smartphones of 2017. It is made up of metal and glass. The phone is quite compact as well as it comes with a 5.2-inch display. It is slim (7.6mm) and is quite light (147 grams) too. So you can easily use it with one hand and use it for longer duration without causing any stress to your hands. However, the phone is slippery due to a glass back and hence we would suggest you to use a protective case for sure. The edges have a brushed metal finish and the overall look of the phone is great. They are also slightly rounded and provides a good grip.

Starting with the front side, we get a 5.2-inch display panel along with the selfie camera, earpiece along with couple of sensors. There are on-screen navigation buttons and hence we do not get capacitive buttons. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are located on the right side, while the left side houses the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD cards. The 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top while the microUSB port, primary microphone and loudspeaker are located at the bottom. Moving on to the back, we get the primary camera with LED flash at the top left. The fingerprint sensor sits below the camera and the Honor branding is found at the bottom. The back cover is non-removable but a 3000mAh battery (non-removable) sits underneath. Overall, the Honor 8 Lite is a beautiful smartphone with premium built and good hardware.

Out of the box, the Honor 8 Lite runs on Emotion UI 5.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. It should get updated to Android 8.0 Oreo OS in the future as Huawei is known for providing major OS updates for couple of years. In the recent past, Emotion UI has evolved and has become a lot better. Earlier, it was not a preferred choice for Android users and it was ignored but the scene has changed completely. EMUI is now very stable and looks modern as well. It offers a lot of customizable features starting from built-in themes to gestures. You can change the look of the interface according to your preference. You also have option of App twin which enables you to log in to two different accounts for the same app at the same time. This is very useful for social media and messaging apps. There are a lot of pre-installed apps (bloatware) on the phone but you can easily delete them if you do not wish to use them. If you do not prefer EMUI or any custom OS, then you can simply download a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher to get stock Android look and feel.

Overall, the UI of the Honor 8 Lite looks very modern and is pretty stable as well.

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