Huawei’s reasonably priced dual camera wonder, Honor 8, isn’t a one trick pony. Besides the innovative camera setup, ample raw horsepower and beautifully crafted casing, another Honor 8 feature that impressed us is its battery efficiency. The phone comes with a 3,000 mAh battery.
Huawei’s Kirin 950 SoC powers the Honor 8. The 16nm FINFET process based chip surprised everyone with its power efficiency when it first debuted with Mate 8. The chipset is one of the best implementation of ARM IP and deserves the lion’s share of credit for Honor 8’s remarkable battery performance.
The Cortex-A72 and Cortex-A53 cores of the SoC are accompanied by an always on i5 coprocessor that prevents main cores from waking up from standby for trivial purposes.
Another point worth mentioning here is the battery consistency. The Honor 8’s battery doesn’t drain out haphazardly as is the case with many current gen smartphones. You won’t register sudden shocks by a red battery indicator out of the blue.
You can further prolong the battery backup by toggling between different power modes of the chipset. The Balanced Mode is what the phone is running in default mode. The performance in this mode is quite decent and will suffice for all basic usage.
For more demanding tasks you can switch to ‘Performance Mode’ and for critical times there, is Ultra Power Saving Mode, which restricts the OS to most basic of functions.
In our time with the device, we could easily stretch the usage to up to 2 days with up to 15 percent remaining in the tank with moderate usage. We had all popular social media apps synced, were on 4G LTE for more than 2 hours, and had several apps pushing notifications.
Our usage also involved couple hours of multimedia and music playback. On weekends, when we don’t use our phone that vigorously, the Honor 8 managed to retain up to 25-30 percent of battery by Monday morning.
In an age where no amount of battery capacity can be deemed enough, 1-day battery backup is considered to a great feature. Considering that Honor 8 Provides more than 1 day of battery backup we can easily say it has an impressive battery life.