Huawei’s latest mid-range phone, Honor 8 Pro, outdoes the competition in many ways. It’s a complete package with spectacular camera, beautiful design, solid build and incredible specs. But one key aspect holding all its high-end features together is its flawless performance.
The lion’s share of credit for the great performance goes to the potent system on chip(SoC) or chipset that Huawei employs within. At the heart of the Honor 8 Pro, you will find Huawei’s own Kirin 960 octa-core CPU, which is the same chipset that Huawei uses in its high-end flagship phones like Mate 9 and P10. The SoC primarily includes 4 Cortex –A73 cores ticking at 2.4GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 cores that clock at 1.8GHz.
The Cortex-A73 cores in the performance cluster are 30 percent more power efficient than last generation Cortex-A72 cores. The Honor 8 Pro not only tops benchmark chart but everything on the handset flies by. The chipset is very powerful and naturally the Honor 8 Pro can handle whatever you throw at it without breaking a sweat.
Moreover, the SoC is paired with more than adequate 6GB of RAM and 128GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage which shall ensure that it doesn’t slow down and the performance remains in pristine condition even after months of active usage. Huawei also allows users to add up to 128GB of secondary storage using the second SIM card slot.
For graphics, there is the flagship grade Mali G71 MP8 GPU and it can handle QHD (2K) display resolution with perfect ease. The GPU can also crunch pixels for VR apps and purposes without any difficulty.
Since Huawei designs both the EMUI 5.0 software and the chipset for its phone, both are extremely well optimized. As a result, the chipset and software are both light on system resources and, more importantly, on the battery.
The 4000mAh battery can easily last for about 2 days of moderate days and that’s certainly impressive considering the sharp display and high-end features it has to fuel. The Chipset also facilitates fast charging. You can charge it fully in little more than an hour using a 9V/2A charger.
The Kirin 960 is also thermally efficient, which is to say that the Honor 8 pro runs super cool even with extensive gaming. The temperature is always under control and thus there is no speed throttling even after you have been pushing it to its limits for a significant time.
The EMUI 5.0 software on the phone has been designed to preserve the performance of the handset in the long run. The software monitors junk files and apps that injudiciously hog system resources, and warns users regarding them. All options that you would frequently use are at most three taps away. There is absolutely no discernible lag in UI transitions. New apps open in no time and you can also switch between multiple apps efficiently.
Other performance aspects are equally immaculate. The phone has LTE advanced modem that supports Cat 12 LTE. We didn’t face any connectivity issues on the phone while streaming content or while mirroring the phone’s display on bigger screens. Call quality is also excellent in our area.
Overall, Huawei has used nothing short of flagship grade hardware on its Honor 8 Pro and reflects in the overall performance of the handset. This is particularly impressive considering the aggressive price of 30K. Huawei has somehow managed to descend high-end hardware, software, dual camera and experience to an under 30,000 INR price point, something that no other manufacturer has been able to accomplish yet!
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