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CNET First Look
The Honor 8 has dual cameras for extra-sharp photosCNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look at the latest phone from Huawei.
[MUSIC] The Honor 8 is essentially a rebranded Huawei P9, with some slight tweaks. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. It has that same beautiful metal and glass design, with a unique dual camera setup on the back. The phone feels nice in hand, and is very pocketable. Although it is a magnet for fingerprints and smudges. When you flip it over, you will find a fingerprint sensor. Which is nice and speedy. But more impressive was the new smart button feature. The sensor is actually a programmable button. So you can set it to launch specific apps with a single or double tap. Another cool feature is the knocking gesture. You can double tap the screen with your knuckle to tap a quick screenshot, or double tap it with two knuckles to begin recording the screen. These are features we've seen other Huawei devices, but it's the first time they'll arrive in the US. And lastly, you just can't forget about the camera. There are two 12 megapixel rear shooters. One is monochrome and the other's RGB. This setup helps deliver more vivid colors and greater detail. It also lets you change the depth of field to give your shot more of a DSLR look. As per spec, the Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch full HD display with a Huawei made octa-core processor paired with 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot to add even more space. There's also a 300 non removable battery with fast charging through the phone's USB port. Other goodies include an IR blaster, NFC, and yes there is a 3.5 millimeter head phone jack. Pricing and release information wasn't finalized when we first saw the phone but we will have it in our full write up over at T-Net.com.