Published On: Sun, Aug 20th, 2017

Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Powerful HiSilicon Kirin 960 Flagship with 6GB RAM & 128GB ROM – Priced Lower Than OnePlus 5

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is solemnly rising as one of a best contenders in a mid-range segment. Honor’s prior inclination have witnessed good responses in countries like India and China. The recently launched flagship from Honor, a Honor 8 Pro, is removing a lot of certain feedback from users in a regions where it has been launched. Many are comparing a phone with a recently launched OnePlus 5 (priced during $479) and in fact, trust that a Honor 8 Pro is improved than a OnePlus 5 per opening and pricing.

The Honor 8 Pro was launched during £474.99 in a UK (in April, 2017). It was after denounced in India for Rs. 29,990 that translates to $463. The association is nonetheless to announce a accessibility and pricing for a phone in a US, yet we are flattering certain that a pricing will be in line with a other regions.

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We motionless to exam a device ourselves and see if it is a flagship torpedo that we have been watchful for in a mid-range segment. But before going into a details, here’s a finish specs list of this well-rounded flagship phone.


Design and Display

The Honor 8 Pro comes with a steel unibody and is accessible in dual colors – Midnight Black and Navy Blue. We got a hands on a Midnight Black various of a phone. The device facilities a neat physique with winding edges and measuring 6.97mm in thickness.

Surprisingly, even with this neat and compress body, a phone managed to residence a 4000mAh battery. We won’t contend that a phone is lightweight, yet it is not massive and weighs usually around 184 grams. It feels good to reason a Honor 8 Pro, yet it can be a bit sleazy (not as many as a glass-bodied Honor 8, though).

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On a front, there is a 5.7-inch Low-Temperature PolySilicon (LTPS) 2K arrangement with skinny bezels on a side. There is an 8MP front-camera sensor on tip of a front row alongside earpiece and other sensors. On a right side, it has a volume rocker and a energy button. The left side houses a SIM container and during a bottom of a row we have a USB Type-C pier and a 3.5mm audio jack.

The arrangement row on a Honor 8 Pro looks beautiful and is resistant to scratches. The colors are clear and manifest even in splendid daylight, yet if we don’t like too many liughtness on a screen, afterwards we can use a “color comfort mode” that’s accessible in a settings menu. If a 5.7-inch shade is too large for we to handle, afterwards we can also capacitate one-hand usability mode by swiping left on a navigation row on a categorical screen.

DIY VR Headset

With a fortitude of 1440×2560 pixels, a Honor 8 Pro is a ideal fit for pairing with a VR headset.

Talking about a VR headset, Huawei has thrown in a gimmick: there is a rectilinear DIY VR headset that we will find inside a phone’s box, that is interconnected with a categorical box to emanate a finish VR box. Similar to other label VR headsets, this one also works utterly well.

Performance Hardware

Coming to a opening of a Honor 8 Pro, we were utterly tender with Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset. Paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB inner storage (expandable adult to 128GB around microSD card), we got flagship turn performance. We used a phone for a week (loaded it with apps and games, achieved downright multitasking) via all a activities, a Honor 8 Pro didn’t defect us and delivered seamless charge execution.

We also ran a few benchmark tests on a Honor 8 Pro, wherein it scored well. On AnTuTu, a phone scored 117,459 that is on a turn of any device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 or 821 chipset, yet a measure is somewhat reduction when we review it with phones regulating Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 chipset. The disproportion in measure is also due to a 16nm phony on a HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, that is reduce than a 10nm phony of a Snapdragon 835 SoC yet tighten to a 14nm Snapdragon 821 SoC.

Given the recent allegations on OnePlus 5 for tampering with benchmark scores, we can’t unequivocally review Honor 8 Pro with OnePlus 5 on a basement of benchmark graphs.

We played games like Asphalt 8: Airborne on a phone and a knowledge was fine. The graphics were on a point, yet it should be remarkable that after 20 to 25 minutes, a behind row of a device started heating up. High thermal levels done us consternation if a phone is usually good for multitasking and not continual gaming. Also, there is no waterproofing on a phone, that means that one has to be clever when regulating a device in a stormy deteriorate or nearby a pool. Not a understanding breaker in this cost range.

“Dear Honor” – Software and Honor’s EMUI 5.1 UI

The Honor 8 Pro runs Huawei’s exclusive EMUI 5.1 conceal that is a formed on Android 7.0 Nougat. Being a customized UI, Huawei has thrown in some additional facilities that one can’t find on batch Android. There is a built-in voice control underline in a phone that answers to a word ‘Dear Honor’ and comes accessible when we can’t find your phone. When we contend a word loudly, a phone responds with a shrill sound and flickering flashlight, that creates it easy to mark a phone. Fun times!

Besides, there are some built-in energy saving features, such as a Power Saving mode that restricts credentials apps usage. There is also a Screen Power Saving choice that lowers a shade fortitude so that your phone’s battery can final longer. Of course, there are some totally nonessential preloaded apps on a phone yet a good thing is that we can undo them.

Honor 8 Pro Dual-lens Camera

This is a shred where a Honor 8 Pro truly shines. The dual-lens camera setup on a back with a span of 12MP, dual-tone LED flash, and f/2.2 aperture, autofocus. The camera offers good opening in many conditions. Shutter loiter is low, and a final design comes out in a best quality. Given a pricing, a Honor 8 Pro’s camera can contest with a flagships like a HTC U11. The cinema clicked are bright, sharp, and in a right tinge tone.

There are many modes in a camera app (as we can see in a pictures) such as Monochrome, Pro, and more. The Honor 8 Pro comes with eccentric RGB and monochrome sensors rather than a telephoto lens that we have seen on other flagships. Huawei claims that a monochrome sensor captures some-more light, that formula in improved monochrome shots. Among a many modes accessible in a camera app of a phone, a Pro mode is good for holding still shots and videos.

By default, a camera app adds a “Honor 8 Pro” watermark to a images, yet we can mislay it by going into a settings of a app. Regarding a 4K video recording, there was loiter during a recording yet a final outlay was not influenced by it.

Camera Samples

Battery Backup

The battery opening of a device in complicated use is not that good yet isn’t too bad either. For a initial testing, we used a phone extensively and it still managed to final us for a day. The 5.7-inch arrangement and a QHD fortitude sucked many of a energy during a use along with some battery sucking apps. On low usage, a phone’s battery can final for some-more than a day, yet not as many as you’d design from a mammoth-sized battery.

The good thing is that a phone supports discerning charging, that means it can go from 0% to 100% in underneath a integrate of hours. The QHD arrangement comes opposite as a primary reason for diseased battery performance.

Our verdict

Overall, a Honor 8 Pro is a good device in a tier and competence usually infer itself to be a OnePlus 5 killer. Many have compared it to a high-end flagship phones interjection to a neat looks and a power-packed specs list, and a device is an absolute rockstar in a midst operation smartphone market.

The phone is suitable for bland work and handles multitasking flattering smoothly. Camera opening is on indicate too, yet battery life could have been done a tad bit improved along with a further of waterproof coating. The one shred that a Honor 8 Pro competence not be means to charm is a gaming community. At slightest a exam section gifted heating issues after enlarged gaming sessions. But, if we are looking for a phone with good performance, absolute features, high-end looks, and affordable cost tag, Huawei Honor 8 Pro will make we happy.

Huawei’s Honor 8 Pro justifies a cost tab with a beautiful looks, clever camera opening and absolute specifications. It emerges as a opposition to a OnePlus 5 by charity identical specs and opening during a reduce cost tag. An ideal buy for photography aficionados who wish absolute specs on a phone but removal their savings.

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