Honor 8 review: Shining Knight

Shining Knight

GSMArena team, 08 September 2016.

The gallery

The Honor 8's gallery app offers a Timeline view, which sorts your images by the date you've taken them. Alternatively, you can opt for the standard Album view with all of your images sorted in different albums.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you some basic sharing options (including streaming it over DLNA).

The info icon up top gives some pretty detailed information about the image, including a histogram. Pulling down from anywhere on the screen lets you take a quick photo without leaving the gallery. The image comes out in a square 1:1 ratio at 2,976 x 2,976.

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Album view chronological view viewing an image detailed info camera quick access

You can also go into a more capable editor with options for light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), filters and beauty enhancements. You can adjust levels and add individual watermarks for time, location, weather, food and mood.

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The image editor is quite capable

Video player

When it comes to playing videos, the Honor 8 default player is pretty basic. Its sole option is playback speed.

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Simplistic video player with few options

Music player

The Honor 8 comes with Huawei's custom music player app. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your playlists, too. The background of the app changes dynamically to match the album art, which is a nice little touch.

The Now Playing screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics. There are no equalizers to speak off, but the app does have a few extra features. It would try to pull album art, song info and lyrics automatically for you.

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The music player

The Honor 8 lacks FM radio.

Audio clarity is perfectly clear, nicely loud

When used with an active external amplifier the Honor 8 delivered perfectly clean output. The volume levels are higher than average too (and better than what the P9 offers), so it's a great showing overall.

Stereo crosstalk worsens by a tiny amount when you hook a pair of headphones, but it's the only affected reading. Loudness remains good, if not great, so it's really an impressive result by the Honor flagship.

And now here go the results so you can do your comparison.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Honor 8+0.09, -0.04-98.398.50.00500.010-97.3
Honor 8 (headphones attached)+0.07, -0.04-98.098.90.00520.025-75.5
Huawei P9+0.01, -0.04-97.398.50.00530.0090-96.2
Huawei P9 (headphones attached)+0.32, -0.02-93.097.90.00660.167-65.5
LG G5 +0.01, -0.04-92.692.60.0051 0.0096-93.3
LG G5 (headphones) +0.05, -0.01-92.292.30.0029 0.037-50.7
Xiaomi Mi 5 +0.01, -0.03-95.395.10.0034 0.0065-95.1
Xiaomi Mi 5 (headphones)+0.01, -0.03-95.295.10.0027 0.013-71.5
Samsung Galaxy S7 +0.01, -0.04-92.592.60.0027 0.0078-92.7
Samsung Galaxy S7 (headphones)+0.05, -0.05-91.992.10.0044 0.063-73.4
Sony Xperia Z5+0.01, -0.04-95.589.50.00330.012-94.8
Sony Xperia Z5 (headphones attached)+0.22, -0.24-95.189.50.00570.212-59.8
Apple iPhone 6s+0.03, -0.04-93.593.50.00160.0075-73.2
Apple iPhone 6s (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.06-93.893.90.00300.101-68.2

Honor 8 frequency response
Honor 8 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Why,what is the problem of this phone?,,Drop your comment here

  • jacob

I have bought my honor 8, using it in Angola it doest let me to registar in HUAWEI account becuse my country is not listed on it, finding it hard to use, is there anyone who can help?

  • Mg Naidu

Tell me that update process