honor has unveiled its latest smartphone, the honor Note 8, in China today. Although it’s classified as a phablet, the Note 8’s huge 6.6-inch display certainly makes it feel more like a tablet than a smartphone. To top it off, as is the case with many of honor’s devices, the Note 8 is priced very competitively.
Powering the honor Note 8 is none other than Huawei’s very own HiSilicon Kirin 955 processor; the very same chipset powering the Huawei P9. Other than that, just like the honor V8 (which will not be launched in Malaysia), it is packing a sharp 2560 x 1440 display, although it’s a bigger and more vibrant 6.6-inch AMOLED panel.
However, oddly enough, the Note 8 does not have a dual-camera setup. Instead, it has a conventional 13MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation along with an 8MP front-facing shooter. Other than that, there is also a fingerprint sensor on the back of the metal device.
Rounding out the specifications of the Note 8 are 4GB of RAM, three choices of internal storage (32GB, 64GB and 128GB), support for microSD cards up to 128GB, a USB Type-C port, as well as a 4,500mAh battery. For a device as big as the Note 8, some would argue that it can be equipped with a bigger battery, although a 4,500mAh cell is still quite sizeable.
The honor Note 8 is definitely a capable smartphone, and what makes it even more appealing is the device’s retail price. The most affordable 32GB variant is priced at 2,299 Chinese yuan (about RM1,395), the 64GB model at 2,499 yuan (approximately RM1,515), while the highest-end variant with a generous 128GB storage will go for 2,799 yuan (around RM1,695). As usual, it remains to be seen if the honor Note 8 will be officially available in Malaysia.