Huawei under its Honor brand has launched recently the company’s flagship smartphone – Honor 8 in India at a price tag of Rs. 29,999. This phone is available in White, Sapphire Blue and Gold colors, which according to the company is attracting the attention of the consumers. The company has claimed in its press statement that they have sold out the whole lot of phones in just 48 hours in India.
We reproduce below the quote of Mr. George Zhao, President, Honor :
“We are overwhelmed with the response we have received for our Honor 8 smartphone. Being sold out within 48 hours of its sale showcases that Honor brand connects very well with the youth, basis the unmatched value Honor offers of latest technology, design and features. Further, we are excited with the rating received from our partner Flipkart and see this as a great opportunity to provide customers with a very promising product.”
To verify the above claim, we had approached the company and requested them to share the exact numbers being sold out. Unfortunately, we could not elicit the response from the company despite our repeated reminders by emails.
Of late, other Chinese brands such as Coolpad and Xiaomi have also claimed to sell good number of their smartphones in India but their statements are backed with exact numbers. If a brand claims to have tasted so much success within 48 hours of launch of their product then they should not shy away from sharing the figures with the media and the consumers.
Merely by saying that their product has been sold out in few hours, in our opinion, is taking the consumers for a ride. What is the definition of Sold Out claim? If a brand sells, say 500 units in 48 hours and make noises from the roof top that they have sold out, then we would like to say that this bragging is not worth the consideration.
We are not publishing this story with any malafide intention but to apprise our valuable readers that do not follow blindly the figures quoted by a brand to arrive at a decision of purchasing a particular product but on the contrary, evaluate a device by its merits and support system in place.
If brand Honor is ready to inform us exact number of Honor 8 Units sold so far then we are prepared to add their figures here and will update our story accordingly. Merely by saying that they have received pre-orders of around 2,50,000 units does not make much sense as anybody can pre-register the phone on web portal which anyway is free of charge exercise. What matters most is the exact boxes shipped.
For your information, the Honor 8 comes with 5.2-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. It is powered by an Octa-Core Kirin 950 processor which is paired with Mali T880-MP4 GPU & 4GB of RAM. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with EMUI 4.1 on top of it and it has 32GB in-built memory which can be expanded further up to 128GB via microSD card. The Honor 8 comes with dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, one with monochrome and other with color sensor to capture crisper, more detailed photos. There is a 8-megapixel front-facing camera with f/2.4 for selfie & video-calling. It’s a single SIM variant and comes with connectivity features like 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C. It packs 3000mAh battery which claims to offer up to 8 hours of online video streaming & 24 hours for online music streaming.
Just to mention that, the Honor 8 smartphone will compete with Lenovo Z2 Plus, LeEco Le Max 2, Xiaomi Mi 5, OnePlus 3 and few others. When compared, OnePlus 3 has far better features and is priced Rs. 27999