Big is in these days, it seems. Coming hot on the heels of its big competitor launching the Mi Max, Huawei’s honor division has launched the bigger and supposedly better honor Note 8.
How big are we talking about here? The honor Note 8 comes in with a display that measures 6.6″ diagonally, with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. This QHD resolution on such a large display give us a pixel density of 443 ppi. Needless to say, the screen is definitely the main draw here.
But that does not mean that the honor Note 8 skimps on the internal specs either. Underneath the giant display is an excellent HiSilicon Kirin 955 SoC, the same that powers Huawei’s current P9 and P9 Plus flagships. The GPU end of things is handled by the Mali-T880 GPU, which is the same configuration as on the P9 and P9 Plus, except that the display on both of these was still FHD resolution, so it’ll be interesting to see if the GPU holds up (keep in mind it’s less powerful than Qualcomm’s latest offerings). Moving on to the other specs, the honor Note 8 comes in with 4GB of RAM, options of internal storages at 32/64/128GB along with microSD expandability via the hybrid dual SIM slots. The camera setup on the device is a simpler affari with a single 13MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera — there’s no dual camera setup here.
How does the Note 8 stack against the competition, which mainly is Xiaomi’s Mi Max? For starters, the display on the Note 8 is larger (6.6″ vs 6.44″) and the resolution also receives a bump upto QHD. The effects of a larger screen include a larger body and more device weight, so the Note 8 is bigger and heavier than the Mi Max. The SoC on the device is theoretically more powerful, but the Snapdragon 650/652 aren’t slouches either so this area is something that isn’t entirely black and white for the average consumer. Very curiously, the battery on the Note 8 is smaller in physical capacity than the Mi Max (4500 mAh vs 4850 mAh), and with the bigger and more pixel-packed display, battery life is sure to have differences — but you never know, we might be in for a surprise.
The honor Note 8 goes on sale in China on August 9th, with the base variant costing CNY 2299 ($345), the 64GB variant costing CNY 2499 ($375) and the top 128GB variant costing CNY 2799 ($420). Pricing and availability for the rest of the world is unknown at this stage, but the device will likely reach the markets that honor targets its products in.
With a tablet this small phone this big, a sensible thing to do would be to try out the product in hand before you purchase it. Giant screen phones are not for everyone, and most users would be uncomfortable handling a phone of this size. Try one before you buy it, trust me!