Choosing a good entry-level phone has never been easier. Aside from a limited budget, the number of smartphones competing in this category is also high, which makes it even harder.
Now that the new Honor 8s enters the entry-level arena, let’s see if it is worthy to be on your list.
The Honor 8s has a very interesting back cover. It comes in a dual-texture finish; the smaller left part of the cover on the camera module column has a smooth semi-matte texture while the larger right part has a vinyl-like texture. This kind of back cover is very new to us and you cannot find it on the other smartphones.
We also like its curved edges which makes it even comfortable to grip. Since it has a compact form factor, you can also use the device in just one hand.
On the front, the thick side bezels, specially the top and the bottom bezels, are very noticeable.
Ports and buttons positioning are still just straightforward. The power button and volume rockers are on the right side while the tri-slot tray is on the left side.
It has the audio jack port on the top with a noise-canceling microphone while it has the micro-USB port, microphone, and loudspeaker grill on the bottom portion.
The Honor 8s has a 5.71-inch display with an HD resolution with 720 x 1520 pixels. On top, it has a water-drop notch for the selfie camera.
Like what we’ve mentioned above, the sides and top/bottom bezels are noticeably thick. But what can we expect from an entry-level phone, right?
In terms of display colors, sharpness, and brightness, the Honor 8s will surely satisfy most consumers on its price point.
Powering the device is a quad-core Helio A22 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. Simple tasks such as web browsing, using social media app, and typing run decently. You can feel some delay specially if you have been using a mid-range smartphone before. But if this will be your first smartphone or you are upgrading from a super old android device, the overall performance might be just enough for you.
Good thing, you can still play Mobile Legends, PUBG Lite, and other low-to-medium graphics games.
The recent software update with around 2.01GB of size brings better phone browsing and the latest Android Security patch as of July 2019.
This device has a 13MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture. Day-light shots are good but during low-light or cloudy weather, shadows on the photo are more evident. The 5MP selfie camera can produce acceptable images.
The Honor 8s’ 3,020 mAh battery is just enough for your everyday tasks. Since it has a low-resolution display, the battery is not draining too fast when using it. Video loop test resulted in around 10 hours and 45 minutes on a 50% brightness and 50% volume. That’s an impressive playback time on a phone with this amount of battery juice.
The Honor 8s is a good phone for the price. It has good built quality, bright display, capable cameras, and all-day battery life. But if we will compare it to other entry-level devices such as the Realme C2, the Honor 8s’ specifications are one step behind.
Honor 8S specs:
- 5.71-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1520 pixels)
- Mediatek Helio A22 2.0 GHz quad-core processor
- PowerVR GE8320 graphics
- Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9
- 32GB ROM expandable via microSD up to 1TB
- 2GB RAM
- 13MP f/1.8 rear-facing camera
- 5MP f/2.2 front-facing camera
- Dual SIM, 4G/LTE
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth v5.0
- Sensors – Accelerometer, proximity
- 3,020 mAh battery
- Price: PHP 5,490
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