The Honor 8 Pro bridges the gap between Huawei’s Honor and P-series flagships. The new phone integrates quite a few improvements over the Honor 8 and has the same launch price in India.
We have been putting the new dual camera Honor handset through its paces and have marshaled our thoughts in this quick review. Let’s proceed.
Honor 8 Pro Specifications-
|Model||Huawei Honor 8 Pro|
|Display||5.7-inch QHD 2.5D Curved glass display|
|Processor||1.8 GHz Octa Core Kirin 960 processor|
|Camera||Two 12 MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Dimensions and Weight||157.00 x 77.50 x 6.97mm and 184 grams|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat based EMUI 5.1|
Design and Build
The Honor 8 Pro replaces the glass back on its predecessor with solid aluminum. You’ll instantly notice that this is an extremely slim phone (7mm), and surprisingly manageable for a 5.7-inch display device. The fingerprint reader is mounted on the rear and the dual rear cameras and associated paraphernalia are present on the top right corner. The camera sits flush with the metal back and you won’t have to endure or even out any ugly camera bump.
On the front, there is a 2.5D Gorilla glass shielding the sharp QHD panel. Huawei has shaved off bezels from the sides which, again, help with the handling part, but there are generous helpings on top and bottom.
The IR blaster and secondary mic are placed on the top edge, and the Type-C port, speaker, audio jack and primary mic are all present on the bottom.
On the whole, the Honor 8 Pro is cast from a single Aluminum slab, looks and feels extremely premium and is a solidly built phone.
Huawei is using an LTPS LCD panel here. The screen has deep blacks, high contrast, and excellent sunlight visibility. Colors are largely accurate but as is the case with Huawei phones, whites lean towards blue-ish tones. Needless to say, at 2K resolution, everything on the display appears super crisp.
Moreover, you also get the option to choose between different color profiles or tweak color temperature from the display settings. It is one of the best displays you will find in any smartphone in the market.
Camera and Imaging
Huawei Honor 8 Pro is equipped with two 12MP sensors on the rear with f/2.2 aperture optics, PDAF, Laser AF and dual tone LED flash.
One of these sensors is a monochrome sensor, which is to say that it doesn’t filter colors and thus can gather more light. The feed from both the sensor is mixed which enables the Honor 8 Pro to capture great details even in low light and even without OIS.
There is no Leica branding on image processing here unlike the P9 or P10, but you can still shoot true black and white shots directly from the monochrome sensor, something that was missing on Honor 8.
The image quality on the phone is very good, even in low lighting. The camera app is rich in feature and modes and is quite engaging. You can shoot in HDR, Pro mode, low light mode, light painting, and more.
Video recording quality is also quite good. You can shoot 1080p videos at 60fps and 4K videos (H.265 compression) at 30fps. The 8MP selfie camera has nothing fancy on its side but it manages to get the job done. Check out below sample images:
All said and done, the Honor 8 has got one of the best cameras in its class and that shall be its biggest strength.
Performance and Software
The handset is powered by Kirin 960 processor, that’s one of the most powerful and thermally efficient chipsets around. The high-end SoC has 4 Cortex-a73 cores and 4 Cortex-A53 cores, and is paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
It might not be on par with Snapdragon 835 phones in benchmarks, but the raw power that you are getting here is indeed flagship grade. All high-end games and day to day operations went on smoothly without any hiccups.
The Software on the phone is based on Android 7.0 Nougat based EMUI 5.1. Huawei’s custom skin isn’t exactly light but the Kirin 960 SoC is powerful enough to drive it smoothly. The software is loaded with features and allows you to customize every aspect of your phone. You can also add an app drawer. Huawei has been consistently improving it for the better and that was quite apparent in our experience with the handset.
We didn’t face any issues while doing heavy multitasking or while playing high-end games on the smartphone. Additionally, there is no heating issue with the smartphone so you can enjoy games without worrying about the device getting too hot.
Battery, Price, and Verdict
The 4000mAh battery on the phone can comfortably last for about 1.5 days with moderate to heavy usage. You can avail fast charging with a 9V/ 2A charger provided in the box.
Huawei has kept the pricing very aggressive. The 6GB RAM/ 128GB ROM variant will cost 29,999 INR in India which would make it a formidable rival to Samsung’s A series and the OnePlus 5.
The Honor 8 Pro is a premium phone with an effective dual camera and a high-end chipset, and it’s still cheaper than the competition. So, if you are comfortable with a big display phone, and are looking for something under 40K, the Honor 8 Pro is definitely worth considering.