Huawei Honor 8 (huawei-frd)

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The Huawei Honor 8 has been updated to Android 8 in some regions, while others are stuck on Android 7.0. Android 8 uses a different partition layout and kernel. This port is based on Android 7.0 kernel and probably won't work on devices updated to Android 8. If you have a device that got the Android 8 update you might need to make a port based on the Android 8 kernel. Take a look at huawei-warsaw for information on dealing with the Android 8 partition layout.

Huawei Honor 8
Honor 8 running xfce4 on framebuffer
Honor 8 running xfce4 on framebuffer
Manufacturer Huawei
Name Honor 8
Codename huawei-frd
Released 2016
Category testing
Original software Android 6.0 (upgradable to Android 8.0 in some regions and to 7.0 in others)
Hardware
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 950
CPU 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Mali-T880 MP4
Display 1080x1920 IPS LCD
Storage 32 GB
Memory 4GB
Architecture aarch64
Features
USB Networking
Works
Flashing
Partial
Touchscreen
Works
Display
Works
WiFi
Xwayland
FDE
Mainline
Battery
3D Acceleration
Broken
Accelerometer
Audio
Bluetooth
Camera
Broken
GPS
Mobile data
SMS
Calls
USB OTG
Works
NFC



Contributors

  • Sandelinos

Maintainer(s)

  • Sandelinos

Users owning this device

Unlocking the bootloader

Huawei has stopped providing unlock codes for their devices so you'll need to pay for a code from a 3rd party or use PotatoNV, which requires removing the back cover with a hairdryer. See Bootloader#Huawei. PotatoNV overwrites your fastboot with a generic one and causes 'fastboot boot' and flashing the boot partition to not work.

How to enter flash mode

With the device powered off, hold Volume Down and plug in the USB.

Installation

  1. Unlock the bootloader.
  2. Follow the Installation guide to flash rootfs.
  3. (optional) install TWRP
    1. Flash TWRP to recovery partition
      • fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.1.1-1-frd.img
    2. Boot into TWRP and install twrp to boot partition (We'll overwrite recovery with postmarketOS kernel later)
  4. Flash the kernel to the recovery partition
    • The boot partition is just 32 MB, while the boot.img we get from pmbootstrap is ~35 MB.
    • If you unlocked your bootloader with PotatoNV fastboot won't be able to flash to the boot partition even if it fit.
    • pmbootstrap flasher flash_kernel --partition recovery


See also