Honor 8 smartphone delivers high-end specs for $400

Huawei's Honor smartphones are rapidly becoming entry-level favorites, and the company gave its budget lineup a boost last night with the Honor 8. This phone offers a glass-and-metal body, a dual-sensor camera system, and a HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core SoC for $399.99.

The Honor 8 gives Android 6.0 Marshmallow (with Huawei's EMUI skin) a 5.2", 1920x1080 AMOLED window to the world. Though it might not have Leica's DNA, the Honor 8's twin-camera setup sounds remarkably similar to the one on the Huawei P9. One of the 12MP sensors captures color data, while the other captures monochrome information. The phone blends the captures from both of these sensors to produce potentially more detailed images than a single sensor might.

The Kirin 950 SoC uses four Cortex-A72 cores running at 2.3 GHz and four Cortex-A53s running at 1.8 GHz to power the Android experience, while a Mali-T880 GPU pushes pixels. Huawei pairs the SoC with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The phone has a spot for 128GB of microSD storage, as well.

The Honor 8 gets its juice from a 3000-mAh battery. Huawei says that pack is good for 10 hours of non-stop video playback, and it offers fast-charge support should owners only have a moment at an outlet. The phone will go up for sale August 26, though the swift can register for a $50-off voucher now.

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