Huawei Honor 8 Pro

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has announced its new flagship smartphone, the Honor 8 Pro in India. The phone has already been launched in China as the Honor V9. It is expected to be launched in India in the first week of July.

Honor is launching the 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage variant of Honor 8 Pro. Going by the specs, the price can be speculated between Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 35,000, which means it will give a tough fight to recently launched OnePlus 5.

After spending some time with the device, here are our first impressions of the phone.

Honor 8 Pro Specifications

Key SpecsHonor 8 Pro
Display5.7 inch LTPS IPS LCD
Screen Resolution1440 x 2560 pixels
Operating SystemAndroid 7.0 Nougat
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 960
ProcessorOcta-core:
4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUMali-G71 MP8
Memory6 GB
Inbuilt Storage128 GB
Storage Upgrade256 GB
Primary CameraDual 12 MP, f/2.2, PDAF, dual-LED flash
Video Recording2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps
Secondary Camera8 MP, f/2.0
Fingerprint SensorYes
NFCYes
4G/LTE Ready Yes
SIM Card TypeDual SIM (Nano)
WaterproofNo
Battery4000 mAh
PriceRs. 29,999

Honor 8 Pro Photo Gallery

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Physical Overview

To begin with the build of the phone, it feels premium with a delicate matte finish on the back. The metal unibody with rounded edges and thin borders make the phone easier to hold.

Honor 8 Pro

The Honor 8 Pro features on-screen navigation buttons. The volume and the power buttons sit on the right edge of the phone. The SIM tray placed on the left edge of the phone.

Honor 8 Pro dual camera

The fingerprint sensor placed on the back. Also, one of the highlights of the phone is there on the back- a dual camera setup. A good thing about Honor 8 Pro’s design is that the dual camera module doesn’t bulge out like the one on the OnePlus 5.

Other than that, the smartphone retains the 3.5mm audio jack and supports the USB Type-C port.

Display Overview

Huawei Honor 8 Pro

The phone’s 5.7 inch LTPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560×1440 Pixels comes as a delightful experience. The display is very responsive, with the sharpness and bright good enough to use in outdoor conditions. The resolution is quite good for video streaming and playing graph intensive games.

The Honor 8 Pro sports Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. It is almost bezel-less only with a small band of bezel on the top and bottom of the screen.

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Camera Overview

Honor 8 Pro dual camera

The camera is one of the highlights of this device, and it is impressive in real life too. The 12 MP dual camera setup at the rear is of Leica brand and has one RGB and another monochromatic sensor. The two sensors capture well-exposed color with extra richness.

The camera clicks amazingly sharp pictures in daylight with great contrast level. The Bokeh effect works really well and provides good depth of field. Another good thing about the rear camera is that it can also shoot 4K videos at 30fps. There is a wide aperture mode also for video shooting which lets you adjust the aperture.

Also, at the front, there is an 8MP camera which quite impressive. The selfie lovers won’t be disappointed. It has many filters and beauty modes.

Hardware and Storage

The Honor 8 Pro is powered by company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC. It is coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. The internal storage can be expanded by another 128GB using microSD with the hybrid card slot.

Software and Performance

Coming to the software of the smartphone, it runs on Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box, with Honor’s EMUI5 on the top.

If we talk about performance, the phone is snappy. The gaming experience on the phone was also extremely good. I played Asphalt 8 and the gaming was smooth and responsive and the phone didn’t lag a bit while playing.

Battery

The Honor 8 Pro is backed up by a massive 4000 mAh battery. In our testing so far, the phone performed well while gaming and video streaming. If you don’t play games, or watch a video or use navigation, you can get a day’s use easily.

Even after heavy including day constantly checking social media, web browsing, some gaming and streaming music, at the end the day anywhere between 20-30% of the battery was remaining.

Conclusion

Overall, at first impressions, the Honor 8 Pro feels quite impressive. But, how the Kirin 960 performs in comparison to Snapdragon 835 and what will be the pricing of the phone, will decide if it is worth buying or not. We will be testing the smartphone thoroughly over the next few days to give you a complete picture of how the phone fares in real life conditions.