You can be forgiven for not being familiar with Huawei (pronounced "wah-way"). Other than the Nexus 6P, the Chinese company hasn't had much presence in the US. Despite mostly not dealing with the United States, Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world and the third-largest smartphone OEM behind Samsung and Apple.
At the beginning of this year though, Huawei finally started bringing phones to the US. Today we're looking at the value entry from Huawei's sub-brand, "Honor," called the "Honor 8." The Honor 8 occupies Ars' favorite $400 price point, which hits the (hopefully) perfect balance of high-end specs without all the often-gimmicky bells and whistles of $700-$800 phones.
SPECS AT A GLANCE: Huawei Honor 8
1920×1080 5.2" (423ppi) LCD
Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1
Eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 (four 2.3GHz Cortex A72 cores and four 1.8 GHz Cortex A53s cores)
32GB plus a Micro SD slot
802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
LTE FDD: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20
USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Dual 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm (5.73 x 2.8 x 0.29 in)
153 g (5.4 oz)
NFC, 9V/2A quick charging, fingerprint sensor, notification LED, IR blaster
Design and build quality
The Honor 8 can best be described as the Huawei P9's cheaper cousin. Huawei's more expensive phones, like the P9, get metal bodies, while the cheaper devices like the Honor 8 get glass backs with a metal frame. The Honor is basically built like a Samsung flagship, but for around half the price.