First of all, if we talk about the design of the phone, then the design of Honor 8 Lite is similar to Honor 8 smartphone. This smartphone looks attractive, especially the black color variant. We spent time with the Black color variant only. There are 2.5D curved edges on the front and rear of the phone surrounded by a metal frame and it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy A-series. The makers have used glass to give a premium feel to the device and the Honor 8 gives the same feel. The rear of the phone is not very quickly marked like the front, but fingerprints remain on it. Overall, the phone feels sturdy due to the metal frame, the physical buttons feel a bit disappointing.
The volume rocker and power button are given on the right side of the phone. While on the left is a hybrid dual-SIM tray. Users can choose from two nano SIM or one nano SIM and one microSD card option. The design of the phone has changed somewhat compared to the Honor 8. For example, the Honor 8 Lite has two speaker grilles at the bottom and a 3.5mm audio socket on the top. While the Honor 8 had a speaker grille and connector at the bottom.
Being the ‘lite variant’ of the Honor 8, some features have been reduced in the phone, such as the fingerprint sensor on the rear, which does not act as a physical button when double tapped. Apart from this, instead of dual rear cameras in the phone, there is a single camera.
With a thickness of 7.6 mm, the phone feels comfortable in the hand and feels easy to hold. However, for some users, the glass rear may be the reason for the phone to slip. Weighing in at 147 grams, the Honor 8 Lite smartphone is slightly lighter than the Honor 8, and shouldn’t be a problem for a full day of use. We will reserve our decision on the convenience and build of the phone till a detailed review of the phone.
When we reviewed the Honor 8, we liked its full HD display. And the Honor 8 Lite didn’t disappoint us either. The new device sports a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080×1920) display, like the Honor 8, and we liked its colours. Eye Comfort Mode has been given in the new version of EMUI, which gives a yellow feel to everything. According to the company, this makes the screen feel comfortable for the eyes.
Honor 8 Lite runs on EMUI 5.0 which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. The phone has Huawei’s octa-core Kirin 655 processor, which comes with 4 GB RAM. This phone has 64 GB of storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. We found the UI quite simple in the short time we spent with the handset. We did not face any problem while switching apps and all the apps ran smoothly. However, sometimes the device does not recognize the touch such as when increasing or decreasing the brightness. The fingerprint sensor is very fast and many times you will find that you have accidentally unlocked the phone.
Huawei has made some design changes in EMUI 5.0, making working on the phone clearer and easier than ever before. It has a cool blue theme. The biggest change is the app drawer option. This will come in very handy for those who don’t want to see all the icons on the home screen in one visit. Apart from this, the phone also has some performance and security upgrades. Swiping left opens Highboard, a Flipboard-like service that lets you see app suggestions and a universal search bar with stories from the day.
Along with this, the phone has SOS calling feature specifically for India, which can be contacted in case of emergency. Apart from this Hindu and Islamic calendars have also been integrated in the English calendar app.
The Honor 8 Lite packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and autofocus. The phone has an 8-megapixel selfie camera that comes with a 77-degree wide-angle lens and aperture F / 2.0. In the photos we took, those taken in natural light came with good detailing, but some colors looked brighter while some were washed out. Autofocus also didn’t work as fast as we expected. The front camera also takes good outdoor shots and is helped by the wide angle lens. We will reserve our judgment regarding image quality and camera performance until a detailed review.
Swiping right in the camera app will show you modes and filters. In Pro Mode, you can change the ISO value and the settings of your choice. Swiping left lets you set resolution, frame grid and timer, among other things.
3000 mAh battery is given in Honor 8 Lite. We couldn’t test the phone’s battery life in a short amount of time, so you’ll have to wait for our detailed review.
Looking at the specifications, the Honor 8 Lite should be priced under Rs 20,000. The phone will compete with Moto G5 Plus and Vivo V5S. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 to read a detailed review of the Honor 8 Lite’s performance, build, camera quality and battery life.