Honor 8 Pro
Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to take a look at Honor 8 Pro. Honor, which is a Sub-brand of the Chinese company Huawei released a new phone, the Honor 8 pro in Berlin. If I could pick a smartphone as the best affordable smartphone of 2016, I’ll probably nominate the Honor 8. The Honor 8 Pro is now the latest model coming with a huge display and great specs for a low price. So, let’s get started—
The design is quite similar to an iPhone 7 Plus. We’ve got the metal to the back with Dual Cameras and a fingerprint scanner that can also be used as a shutter button. To the front, we’ve got 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 covering the display. It has also the LED notification light inside the ear piece. There are no capacitive buttons on the front and just a huge Honor logo at the bottom. And we’ve an 8-megapixel front-facing camera which is this time not like a branded but offers a good 84 degrees wide-angle field of view.
The other placements are as expected, the 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C port and a solitary speaker occupy the bottom. Power and volume keys are right. The IR blaster and the secondary noise cancelling microphone can be found up top. To the left, we’ve got a hybrid slot.
The design might come off as uninspired, the Honor 8 Pro does feel great. The metal build gives it a premium feel of sorts. The 7mm thickness means it feels very slim especially given that it’s a large phone with a 5.7-inch display and 184g it exceeds head.
Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch IPS LCD screen with 2K resolution support. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This bright and has good contrast level. The images and text are legible in the all lighting condition. It has good viewing angle. Apart from the eye comfort mode Honor 8 Pro gives you the micro-control on the colour temperature of the display. Auto-brightness sensor also works very fast. A 5.7-inch 2K resolution is best for VR experience.
It’s not a good like in the P10 but still quite nice for the price. They also got an RGB and the monochrome sensor but here both are 12-megapixels. It works the pretty much same like in the P series. So, two sensors equal more light and with the software, they can combine both information and get better contrast and punch.
However, it got f/2.2 lenses which are not like a branded but the features the same softer features like the P10. There’s also this wide aperture effect for impressive bokeh effect which is sometimes well bit too much and not really. But a really cool feature to get DSLR like pictures or some software magic. So, the overall image quality isn’t that good like is the P10 but I think it’s all quite good and also in low-light.
The 8-megapixel front-facing wasn’t that impressive and gets quite noisy in low light. So, if you’re a selfie fan you should definitely check out the P10 which has like a branded front-facing camera with also auto wide-angle mode. The phone is also capable of 4K recording @30fps and1080p on the front-facing camera.
Under the hood, just like the Huawei p10, the Honor 8 Pro is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chip. This is a powerful for A73 and for A53 combination that in terms of raw CPU performance it’s just below the Snapdragon 835. As far as the GPU goes we’ve got the Mali G71 MP8 handling duties here that should be comparable to Adreno 530 from the Snapdragon 821.
So, overall Kirin 960 chip somewhere between the Snapdragon 821 and the 835 and that’s a good thing, even with intense daily usage scenarios like gaming the Honor 8 performed great. The metal back means it does have a tendency to get a little warm around the cameras but it’s not really that bad. It’s also worth mentioning that we get 6GB of RAM on 128 gigs and 4GB of RAM on 64GB of onboard storage.
The phone runs Huawei Emotion UI 5.1 on top of Android 7 Nougat. The amount of bloat got bit reduced but still, some system apps are there like Vmall, TripAdvisor, booking.com and more games. It’s nothing to worry about you can easily uninstall them. The UI is very fast and Kirin 960 with 6GB of RAM makes multitasking very comfortable and smooth. The only thing that annoys me is that some of the apps have issues and also that I always to open the Facebook, camera twice to get it to work. So, Wi-Fi seems to be quite good and the phone comes also of NFC support.
Talking about the media consumption the audio via the single downwards firing—speaker is loud and crisp without any kind of distortion. But while playing games the speakers get easily blocked due to its location. A 3.5mm headphone jack is present and the output is sweet.
The phone comes with a 4000 mAh battery that can be charged from 0-100% in less than two hours. But I noticed that the phone gets quite warm while using it and charging it. There is no overheat but it felt too long for me. Well, that’s what we have to deal with when you put such a big battery in such a thin smartphone. The battery life is good, they said two days normal use. Well, for me it’s like a full day of heavy use with a lot of screen on-time and also GPS. So, I think two days of normal use for users could be true.
Overall, So about the things I like, I really like the design. I think it’s totally beautiful, a little bit inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus but it’s thin and it looks just great with the Note 7. Also really like the 2K screen and this is something which can use the virtual reality and it just looks beautiful. It has a great battery life. It has the same performance like the Huawei P10 but it’s like 50-100 dollars cheaper.
Now, let’s talk about the cons, so first of all the camera is not that good looking like the P10. So, if you’re into photography enthusiast or a selfie fan then you should probably get the P10. It’s like a little bit more expensive but you get the like brand cameras which have a way better aperture and also the sensors are better. Another thing is that it gets a little bit hot during charging and playing the game and also capturing much and many photos. I think it’s a nice phone for the price of around 500 dollars. But I personally recommend if you spent more money so I think you should go with the OnePlus 5 or Huawei P10.
Another thing is that it gets a little bit hot during charging and playing the game and also capturing much and many photos. I think it’s a nice phone for the price of around 500 dollars. But I personally recommend if you spent more money so I think you should go with the OnePlus 5 or Huawei P10.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Honor 8 Pro||Rs. 29,999|
|Honor 8 Pro||$ NA|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||157 x 77.5 x 7mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||LTPS, IPS, LCD, 1440 x 2560p (515 PPI)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Emotion UI 5.1
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual 12-MP, F/2.2, Phase detection and Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED flash|
|Front||8-MP, F/2.2, 1080p|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||HiSilicon Kirin 960|
|CPU||Octa-Core (Cortex-A73, Cortex-A53)|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB/6GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Gyro|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Others||Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC & Infrared Port|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|DTS sound enhancement
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
|BATTERY||Li-Po 4000 mAh|