We saw the Honor 8 last year which was pretty impressive for what it offers, but Honor wanted to keep it more affordable for people who already liked the Honor 8 and thus, Honor 8 Lite launched. The most and the obvious reasons why the Honor 8 got a lite variant is the pricing, the Honor 8 Lite is available for ₹17,999. The 20K price bracket seemed to be craving for Honor devices. We got our hands on with the Honor 8 Lite, check it out.
Honor 8 Lite Specifications
- Model: PRA-AL00X
- Display: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS Display (1920 x 1080 pixels resolution)
- Software: EMUI 5.0 based on Android 7 Nougat
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, at the back, Gesture-based
- CPU: Up to 1.8 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, Kirin 655 SoC
- GPU: Mali-T830 MP2
- Memory: 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Storage: 64 GB internal storage, MicroSD on SIM2 (up to 256 GB)
- Main Camera: 12 MP f/2.2, single LED flash, 1080p video @30fps, slow motion 480p @120fps
- Front Camera: 8 MP f/2.0, 1080p video
- Connectivity: Micro USB, USB OTG, 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- Cellular: 4G LTE network, Dual nano SIM GSM, MicroSD on SIM2 slot, VoLTE-enabled
- Battery: 3,000 mAh (non-removable)
- Weight: 147 grams
- Colors: Black, Blue
- Price: ₹17,999
The Honor 8 lite looks a lot like Honor 8, but since it’s Lite, what has changed in it are a series of things including the inferior design (non-metallic), single camera, mid-range CPU, no USB type-C and without the Smart Key on the fingerprint scanner.
It is quite unusual to hear that Honor 6X equips a dual camera while the Honor 8 Lite with a little hike in the price lacks the dual camera setup as seen on its bigger brother Honor 8. Nevertheless, the looks are appealing, it does feel like you are holding the Honor 8, just that it is plastic, not metal. Anyways.
As inspired by the Honor 8 design, the Honor 8 Lite packs glass on both sides that look premium and it clearly beats many devices in the looks. The phone itself has a slim form factor, it is as slim as 7.6 mm and weighs around 147 grams. It feels light in weight and easier to hold and get a grip.
On flipping the phone, I saw there is just one camera not two and a fingerprint scanner with no Smart Key found on it. I think we don’t want to forget it’s a trim down variant of the Honor 8, so we can’t expect everything from its elder sibling. Coming to the camera, there is one 12 MP f/2.2 camera on the back with LED flash and on the front, there is an 8 MP f/2.0 selfie camera with wide angle lens. We would talk more about the camera in the full review on the Honor 8 Lite.
The Honor 8 Lite looks very identical to the Honor 8, it comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display (1920 × 1080 pixels resolution) with 2.5D curved glass on the front and the back. Powered by the mid-range Kirin 655 SoC that equips a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor combined with a 4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The storage can be extended further up to 128 GB. It fits a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery.
We reviewed the Honor 6X with same hardware and specifications, and the performance should be smooth and justified for the price given.
The Honor 8 Lite shares the Honor 8’s ergonomic design, the volume control and power button are on the right, its hybrid SIM tray is on the left. It supports 4G LTE network and VoLTE calling. You can put MicroSD on SIM2 slot else use it as a dual SIM, it can hold two nano SIM cards both GSM.
Moving to the bottom and the top area, the Honor 8 Lite has two grills in which the right one is the actual loudspeaker while the left one holds a microphone. Further, there is a Micro USB port, not the type-C port at the bottom and a 3.5 mm earphones jack as well as another microphone on the top. No IR Blaster has been found on the phone.
The Honor 8 Lite looks beautiful from the outside, and we are yet to review the device completely. Stay tuned for the Honor 8 Lite review. Till then, share your views in the comments below.