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Honor 8 Pro preview: A flagship competitor with best value for money

08 May 2017 0

Huawei' subsidiary brand Honor unveils Honor 8 Pro last month and the device is well appreciated by critics from day one. The device is bringing a number of goodies as being a Pro variant. It is featuring a slightly large display of 5.7-inches and on the rear side, its dual rear cameras proportion is pretty much similar like Cupertino giant's flagship iPhone 7 Plus. If you want to grab a gigantic Android phablet with top tier display, Honor 8 Pro could become your choice.

Despite the fact, it is the successor to mid-ranger Honor 8, the new Honor 8 Pro raises the stature to the next level. The Pro is not only the larger variant but it also brings a number of improvements in almost every department. The Honor 8 Pro is not only capable of competing well against latest flagships but also it will be giving tough time to company's own Huawei Mate 9 and P10 Plus. The device is bringing the same class of flagship at the much affordable price tag.

No doubt, on paper the Honor 8 Pro is an instant hit top-tier device but whether it will be amazing day driver or not. To check out Honor 8 Pro is a serious contender, we have to preview the device. Like always, we will be analyzing the device in depth so that we can provide all details to customers. We are pretty much sure our preview will certainly help out the customers to make a decision if they looking to purchase this device. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of the device.

77.5 x 157 x 7 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

The front facing design of Honor 8 Pro is much similar like predecessor Honor 8. That's why on the instant look, you will find Honor 8 Pro as the Plus variant of Honor 8. The rear side is where Honor 8 Pro is totally different. It is featuring the metal rear cover with matte finish. It is not as dazzling as Honor 8 but it also attracts fewer fingerprint imprints on the rear body.

The fingerprint scanner is once again placed on the rear side in middle. Huawei's smartphones are always appreciated because of their ultra-fast fingerprint scanner, same is the case with Honor 8 Pro, its circular fingerprint scanner is very responsive and unlocks the device in a blink of the second. However, unfortunately, the scanner of Honor 8 Pro doesn't act as a "Smart Key" like its predecessor.

The best thing about Honor 8 Pro is its slim metal chassis which is even slimmer than predecessor as well as iPhone 7 Plus. Honor tried to reduce the edge bezels as slim as possible. That's why despite the larger body, it is easy to hold Honor 8 Pro with the single hand. The device build quality is exceptionally good, it is well constructed and justify its price tag.

Although it does feature USB Type-C port for connectivity but it doesn't have the fast charging tech. Another good thing is despite its slimness, its 3.5mm headphone jack is still intact. One key area where Honor 8 Pro lacks behind is IP68 certification. Samsung's mid-ranger Galaxy A5 is water and dust resistant, In that case, we can blame Honor 8 Pro for not having this feature.

Display

The Honor 8 Pro is packed with a 5.7-inches display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display color saturation, vibrancy is pretty amazing thanks to 515 ppi pixels density. The display colors can be adjusted as per requirement, in night user can reduce the blue light to reduce the light effect on eyes. Apart from that, it is also pre-loaded with Eye comfort mode which tries to reduce the fatigues of eyes during the night.

As far as brightness is a concern, it is bright enough that even in direct sunlight user won't feel any dimness. The Honor 8 Pro display is VR ready, its high pixels density makes it a good choice for those buyers who would like to use this handset for VR. Its box is featuring the headset pretty much similar to Google's cardboard VR. Also, it is preloaded with Jaunt VR app but we have to admit that it is not as good as Samsung's Gear VR. The corning Gorilla Glass 3 is protecting the device display in case of accidental drops.

Specifications

The Honor 8 was not a flagship device but instead, it was an upper mid-ranger device but with the new Pro variant, Honor stepped up their game and challenged all flagships available in the market. The Huawei's latest chipset Kirin 960 is on board as SoC, it is accompanied with 6GB of RAM and built-in internal storage is 64GB.

With the latest SoC and 6 gigs of RAM, the Honor 8 Pro works fluently in sorts of games and apps. Overall-all experience with the Honor 8 Pro is top-notch. You can play hi-fi game without any glitch. So it won't be a problem if you are amongst those who like play games for a longer period.

The Honor 8 Pro performed extra-ordinary in Geekbench tests as well. On multi-core test, the Honor 8 Pro managed to achieve 6121 points whereas the iPhone 7 Plus multi-core test results were 5793 points and the Pixel XL points were 4152. However, it is slightly behind the P10 Plus which achieved 6237 points on multi-core test. No doubt, Huawei latest Octa-core Kirin 960 SoC is quite powerful.

Honor 8 Pro specs in tabular form

Specifications

Honor 8 Pro

Display

5.7-inch Quad HD (1440 X 2560 Pixels)

Dimensions

157 x 77.5 x 7mm

Weight

184g

SIM

Single

Operating system

Android Nougat with EMUI

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

Dual 12MP sensor with F/2.2 aperture

Fingerprint scanner

Rear side

Battery

4,000mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Processor Kirin 960
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB expandable
Software

The Honor 8 Pro is pre-installed with EMUI 5.1 based on Android Nougat 7.0. Huawei customized UI layer is usually not the best area of the company. All themes are not pretty good, however, the owners can install apps like WhatsApp and Facebook based on SIMs. The dual variant owner can have to accounts and certainly this feature is not available on many smartphones in the market. The Honor 8 Pro also learn so that it can bring optimum experience based on owner way of usage.


Battery

A gigantic battery cell of 4,000mAh is powering the device and its quite amazing performer. Although it doesn't support fast charging tech but it can be fully charged in 1 hour and 40 minutes. It can easily survive two days on normal usage. It consumes only 35% of battery on 16 hours usage. The EMUI 5.1 is highlight optimized and saves battery without opening unnecessary apps. No doubt, it brings the glory of having the best battery cell amongst all phablets currently available in the market.

Camera

The camera cell always plays a vital role in success or failure of the handset. Like most of the Huawei smartphones and predecessor Honor 8, it comes with the dual rear camera lens. The Honor 8 Pro dual rear cameras are not Leica certified like Huawei flagships but it does have the similar pattern as it has one color lens whereas the other lens is monochrome. Both the sensors are of 12MP. Both the sensors are capable of capturing in-depth images with bokeh effect.

Both the sensor's aperture size is F/2.2. It can capture enough light to snap good images in daylight. The user can also include melty background effect during video recording. It can record video of 4K quality. The good thing is Honor 8 Pro rear cameras can be controlled manually by just swiping from left to right when the camera is on, it will open up the menu for the Pro users.

The manual shooting mode can be reversed to standard mode via main camera screen anytime. For those who are not much aware of camera aspects, we will recommend keeping the standard mode as it works pretty awesome. The cameras are certainly not the best thing where Honor 8 Pro are on top. The sensors are not best in the class nor its autofocus is speediest but still considering its price tag, its one of the best package you can expect in this range. The EMUI 5.1 is once again very helpful as it brings a number of features to customize snaps and videos.

Price and Release

The Honor 8 Pro is currently the most expensive Honor branded smartphone available in the market. It brings the flagship challenger hardware specs sheet. It cost $590 which is £475 for the UK customers. It is significantly cheaper than most of the smartphones which it will be competition, for instance, the Huawei P10 Plus which cost £679 in the UK, $870 for the US customers. The iPhone 7 Plus can be grabbed in the UK at £719 and for the US customers, it is $769.

Although it is not the cheapest device but it certainly gives good value for customers money. At the moment, it is still in the dark when this device will be hitting the USA and Australian shelves.

Conclusion:

Before comparing it directly against the latest top of the lines flagships, it is important to mention that it is meant to attract those customers who would like to have a decent smartphone with top tier specs at an affordable price tag. With such kind of power and hardware on board, it can easily replace OnePlus 3T as being a flagship killer device.

However, no doubt the Honor 8 Pro is more traditionally designed considering the latest flagships including Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 which are more taller than wider. The company could give Honor 8 Pro the gloss finish like it predecessor but instead, the company opted the matte finish. The rear fingerprint scanner is a bit high on the rear which makes it hard to access for some hand whose hand are of normal size. The EMUI once again not the best-customized UI currently available in the market but instead, it is too promptly. However, we have to appreciate Huawei for much improving and EMUI certainly the best as opposed to its predecessor versions.

Those Android smartphone customers, who are planning to grab a large display smartphone with top-tier hardware and also being affordable on the same time, they could opt Honor 8 Pro. However, you should have wide hands to easily grasp it with the single hand. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts, Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the new Honor 8 Pro Preview in the comments section below.

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