The impressive features of Huawei’s Honor Note 8 behemoth could give the Galaxy Note 7 a run for its money. With a 6.6-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED panel and thin metal body, this is a true phablet built for those who use their mobile handset as their primary computing device. At nearly half the price of Sammy’s latest flagship, the Note 8 could be a viable alternative when it reaches the United States.
Huawei’s sister company Honor showed off its Note 8 specs earlier this month, and they are huge. The new handset boasts a healthy 6.6-inch 2K resolution screen and 4500mAh battery. Both of which are significantly larger than the 5.7-inch display and nearly 3500mAh battery found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The Honor Note 8 comes integrated with an octa-core Kirin 955 processor and a Mali-T880 GPU. It also comes equipped with a 4GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage with the ability to add up to an additional 256GB via microSD.
On the backside of the Huawei Honor Note 8 you will find a 13-megapixel camera with a lens aperture of f/2.0, optical image stabilization and a dual-LED (dual tone) flash. The other camera up front has 5-megapixel sensor with a lens aperature of f/2.0.
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You might notice the device does not feature a dual-camera system like the Huawei P9, but other features includes dual-SIM support, a rear fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C connector.
The device also sports a powerful eight-core Kirin 955 processor and 4GB of RAM – hardware that can keep up with the US/China Note 7’s Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM. Keep in mind that the Note 7 everywhere else in the world is equipped with Samsung’s faster Exynos processor.
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Huawei is known for manufacturing affordable smartphones with flagship specs, so expect we that the Honor Note 8 will come in a much lower price compared to rival Galaxy Note 7.
Just to compare, the 32 GB Galaxy Note 7 sells for $850+ and the 5.5 inch iPhone 6S Plus starts at $749 for its low-end 16 GB model with a weaker battery and only half of the RAM found in Huawei’s Honor Note 8.
Huawei says the price for the Honor Note 8 starts at ¥2,299 (about $346, £262, AU$457) for a 32GB model and goes up to ¥2,599 (about $421, £319, AU$557) for the high end 128GB version – that’s half the price of the 64GB Note 7. It’s a true bargain if you’re looking for a massive handset with decent hardware specs.
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Huawei gained 5.3 million reservations for the Honor Note 8 since its first flash sale announcement, which is surprising considering Chinese brands usually get few pre-orders for each of their devices.
If you are considering buying this phablet, it has now finally been put up for sale in the United States at an introductory price of $349 for the unlocked, SIM-free version. The Honor 8 has an MSRP of $399 and the $50 discount will only be available for a limited period of time.
The phablet can be bought directly from Huawei’s online store, HiHonor.com, use the promo code H8PREREG to get your $50 discount on Huawei’s latest smartphone.