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Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has today announced its latest smartphone, the Note 8. Not to be confused with Samsung’s lineup of flagship smartphones, the Note 8 brings a massive display, impressive specifications, and all for the affordable price tag of the equivalent of $345, for China anyway…

The Note 8’s 6.6-inch display is the largest the company has ever released on a smartphone, but it also includes a resolution of 2560×1440. That display is also a SuperAMOLED panel which Honor says covers 105% of the NTSC color gamut with a contrast ratio of 70000:1. To cut down on the phone’s physical size, Honor also has a screen-to-body ratio of 80%. The device is also just 7.18mm thick and has an all-metal design.

Under the hood the Honor Note 8 packs the Huawei-made, octa-core Kirin 955 chipset alongside the Mali-T880 GPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage. The camera around the back is a 13MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and an RGBW sensor. The front facing camera comes in at 8MP.

Alongside that also comes a fingerprint sensor on the rear, support for two SIM cards, a 4,500 mAh battery with USB C, and several of the gestures found on the Huawei Mate 8.

The Note 8 is set to release in China on August 8th for CNY 2,299, which is about $345 USD. Details on any international release have not been announced yet, but I wouldn’t expect this one to leave the Chinese market anytime soon. That said, the Honor 8 will likely be announced later this month for US — and that phone is looking great.

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