Based on the top of the line €649 ($734) Huawei P9, the Honor 8 has a 5.2 inch, 1920x1080px IPS display, rear mounted fingerprint sensor, and a USB-C charging and data port with 9V/2A quick charging support.
The SOC is the octa-core Kirin 950 from Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon. It has four 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 CPU "big" cores plus four 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 CPUs "little" cores and a Mali-T880 Graphics processing unit.
The camera setup on the Honor 8 is unusual in that there are two 12 MP rear cameras. One camera shoots in color and the other in black and white. According to Honor, the phone's software uses data from both cameras simultaneously to improve picture quality and low-light performance. There's also an 8 MB front facing selfie camera.
The OS is Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's "Emotion UI" (EMUI) skin. EMUI is not everyone's cup of tea, it seems to be trying to look like iOS, including no app drawer. If you don't like EMUI, you can easily install an alternate launcher like Nova or the Google Now launcher to provide a more Android like UI.
Physically, the Honor 8 has a high end look and feel. It's slim at 7.5 mm. The metal frame and and slightly curved glass screen with matching glass back reminds me a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
The Honor 8's launch price is $399.99 for the 32 GB model and $449.99 for the 64 GB version. Pre-orders open tomorrow, Aug 17 at hihonor.com and also at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, or Newegg. Customers who preorder between Aug 17 and Sept 3 will receive a free $50 gift card.
Like the rest of the Honor line, the Honor 8 will be sold online, unlocked, rather than through carriers. It supports quad-band GSM, UMTS/HSPA+ bands 1, 2, 4 and 5 and LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12 and 17 for compatibility with AT&T and T-Mobile. There's also VoLTE support and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G&5G). According to TMONews, T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling is not supported.
All in all the Honor 8 looks like a worthy competitor to the similarly priced One Plus 3 and the sone to launch Nexus Sailfish.