Honor, the sub brand of Huawei, has been coming out with a lot of products to make a mark with its offerings such as the Honor 6X, Honor 8 and more. But the company seems to be facing tough competition from rivals such as Motorola, Xiaomi, Oneplus and others in the low to mid-range segment.
To gain more traction in India, which is one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, Honor few months back tried to bring the flagship Huawei P9 to more affordable market in the form of Honor 8. Now, to bring the Honor 8 to users with more tight pockets, the company has launched its stripped down version basically called as the Honor 8 Lite. The Honor 8 Lite is priced at INR 17,999. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat.
You can’t expect the Honor 8 Lite to be light-weight as it sports a combo of metal and glass, which gives thefeel of premium-ness to it. Playing on the same design profile as the Honor 8, the handset’s back is covered with a layer of glass while the front rocks the 2.5D corning Gorilla Glass coating. These, when added up with the brushed metal side panels and 7.6mm thin profile doesn’t just make the handset look more elegant but also fragile at the same time.
There’s a rear camera on the right side and within a thumbs reach but unfortunately not as tactile as we’ve noticed in some other handsets. The SIM card and microSD card slot lie on the left side bezel, while the front-facing camera lies on the speaker grille placed above the display. There is also a multi-color LED notification light for alerting the users.
Performance is one of the departments where the Honor 8 Lite falls short of impressing us. Although it is the same processor (Kirin 655) that powered the Honor 6X, which was an impressive handset in itself, it fails to make the Honor 8 Lite run fluently. We encountered lags in certain places while playing heavy games and multitasking. For instance, we tried the newly-launched graphic-heavy Injustice 2 and the device hanged every single time. Playing full-HD videos from the storage was no problem.
The eight core processor (4+4 Cortex A53 cores with Mali-T830 MP2 GPU) is supported by 4GB RAM, which seems to be the saving grace for the handset’s processing performance
The dual-SIM smartphone comes with a hybrid microSD card slot. So you can either have two SIM cards activated at once or a single SIM activated with extra storage capability. That’s left to you, the customer.
Honor 8 Lite does leave a good impression in the battery, OS and camera department. These three factors on their own cannot attract the customers. Design, to some extent, is decent but nothing stands out. It does come with useful features baked right inside the UI and the obvious new features that come with Android 7.0 Nougat. Not a great phone.