The Honor 8 also steps up build quality considerably compared to earlier Honor phones, with the brand moving to a glass-backed chassis with "2.5D" tapered glass. Combined with a metal trim, this gives the impression of a premium design similar to many modern Samsung Galaxy phones.

Western buyers won't have to wait too long for the Honor 8: it is launching in early September in the U.S. and Europe, and prices will be $399 for the 32GB version and $449 for the 64GB model.