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The new Honor 8 phone. Design and camera review.

Honor8-launch-party-Paris-Molitor-hotel-photo-by-Little-Big-BellA fortnight ago, I was invited on a whirlwind press trip to Paris, to celebrate the European launch of Honor’s new mobile phone, Honor 8. It’s now available to be purchased from Honor’s vMall.

The Honor brand is owned by the Chinese company Huawei.

The launch party took place at the stylish Hotel Molitor.

Honor 8 has been promoted as the phone for the millennials, those who embrace a “For The Brave” spirit.

With its new technology and features, Honor 8’s aim was to cater for a generation not afraid of taking risks or making bold life choices, to achieve their goals.Hotel-Molitor-Paris-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-BellJournalists and bloggers from all around Europe were treated to cocktails and canapés by the poolside.

It was the perfect blue Summer sky day.

I must admit, I was tempted on numerous occasions to dive into the pool. Embrace the motto ‘For The Brave’ right?Yellow-and-blue-Molitor-Little-Big-BellLove how the blues and yellows match so well.Honor8-Huawei-photo-and-styling-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-BellIntroducing you to my Honor 8 phone in Sapphire blue. I couldn’t resist dressing it up to party.

The Honor 8 also comes in a Midnight black and Pearl white.

The design element of the phone itself is already a desirable pull.

It shines and reflects like a prism or cut Sapphire, because of its 15 layers of glass set into a diamond cut metal frame.Honor-8-mobile-phone-photo-by-Little-Big-BellDoesn’t it just fit in so well with all my possessions?Honor-8-mobile-phone-sapphire-blue-photo-by-Little-Big-BellIt goes well with all my girlie stuff, but after saying so, its design appeals to all. Just ask my husband, who is already eyeing my new phone to replace his old one.

Can’t blame him though, but mine is for keeps.Honor8-phone-styled-by-littlebigbellHow does honor 8’s motto ‘For the Brave’ resonate with me?

It actually does and here’s why:

Many of you may or may not know that my day job is a frontline medical doctor.

Before I started blogging 4 years ago, I never thought I could be creative, until I started styling and photographing my own images.

I took the leap into the unknown and my blog and social media has grown successfully since then. This was helped by the improved quality of my photos taken with my DSLR camera. The mobile phone photos were never totally up to scratch. Nowadays, tackling the manual functions of my DSLR camera has become an intuitive skill.

With the Honor 8’s dual 12-megapixel camera, I may well now come back full circle and start using my phone for blog photography again.  How could that be?  Well, the Honor 8’s Pro photo option has revolutionised taking photos with a mobile phone.

It has allowed me to control the camera functions of my phone like a manual DSLR. I can adjust for ISO, shutter speed, exposure, white balance, autofocus and even control for depth of field.

The Honor 8 has an RGB sensor to capture colour and a monochrome sensor that captures three times more light than usual so enabling greater detail

Below, I will show you the clarity and vibrant colours of the floral bouquet that I have styled, and then photographed using my Honor 8 phone.cofCrisp and clear photos of good resolution were possible with my Honor 8 without much need for editing.cofThe phone allowed me to adjust for a dark day. Creating light and bright images.cofFine detailing can be seen with clarity.cofIt’s as if the flowers are popping out of the screen don’t you think?cofHere, I show how I can control for image depth of field.

The pink rose is well defined compared to the light green blooms above.cofI can reverse this, so that the pink rose is now blurred and the green flowers sharpened back into focus.

So cool right? I couldn’t have done this with my old phone camera.cofA few more snaps, I couldn’t resist.cofThe final image with my Honor 8. What do you think?
Honor8-phone-photo-by-Geraldine-Tan-Little-Big-BellI have concentrated on design aesthetic and the camera functions in this post, but there are lots of other amazing features that comes with the Honor 8.  There is the fingerprint Smart key function, fast charging feature, fast processing speeds from its i5 co-processor and more.

From my perspective, this is definitely a phone for the creative millennial who loves social media and photography.

Hope you have enjoyed the post. There will be a lot more to come this week. Have a good day.

( All photography and styling are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. The mobile phone was given to me for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.)


  1. wow! truly stunning photographs. I am seriously impressed. I have definitely been feeling like I need to up my game on my blog photography recently and yes, I have been using my phone. The thought of paying for a decent camera though leaves me cold. Think this could be the solution x

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