Honor 8 owners and who are members of the XDA community have signed up for the EMUI 5.0 beta and those who were accepted in the program have started to receive the build beta of Nougat. Until the official release of the new software, applicants will be able to test the early version and the new features, and if they will discover bugs, they will report them to the developers.
EMUI 5.0 already made its debut on the Huawei Mate 9 and although it looks similar to previous versions, it comes with some fundamental differences, such as an app drawer that’s disabled by default, but which can be easily enabled, by flipping a switch in the settings menu. The default homescreen has been polished and it’s less laggy, and Huawei’s applications have a new design, which focuses on nature, using azure with white and blue color accents inspired from Aegean Sea. The lockscreen animation is pretty cute, but it becomes annoying if you unlock your phone twenty times in a day.
Huawei has also included the rest of native Android features such as multi-window (but tweaked with the addition of Knock Knock support, which allows you to launch multi-window by swiping across the screen with your finger), Google Now on tap, quick app switching and many more.
The Honor 8 was launched in July with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. It has a 5.2-inch LTPS screen with a Full HD resolution, it’s powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53) processor that’s backed by 4GB of RAM and it’s available in two variants of internal memories of 32GB and 64GB, which are expandable up to 256GB with a microSD. On its back, it has a dual 12MP camera with laser autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash and its front camera has a resolution of 8MP. Under the glass back, the Honor 8 houses a non-removable 3000mAh battery.