Huawei subsidiary Honor US launched its Honor 8 in the country last year, and now it’s bringing the successor to Europe. The Honor 8 Pro, also known as the V9 in China. While both are technically the same, but the Honor brand takes some of the best bits of Huawei’s smartphones and packages them up in new devices that originally take not much of a bite out of your bank account. Here are the full details on what’s new in the latest upgraded version of Honor 8 Pro, as well as specs, price and availability timescale to know about.
Honor has added a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, alongside using Huawei’s own updated Kirin 960 Octa-Core processor, 6GB of RAM, and a gorgeously large 4000mAh battery. Everything inside are a bit changed, we’ll go through all the internals and of course externals just after this jump.
Only a camera remains the same as the Honor 8, with a 12-megapixel dual-camera system on the back, where, one captures images in RGB color, and the other in monochrome. Now, you shoull say hello to the truly ‘smart’ device Honor 8 Pro with Honor VR cardboard glasses inside the retail Box.
Let’s unwrap the nitty gritty now. Trucked away inside the Honor 8 Pro is Huawei’s best homegrown chip: the Kirin 960 with four 2.4GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. With a 6GB of RAM memory and 64GB of expandable storage backing that up. It’s also running the latest version of Huawe’s EMUI (5.1), built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat platform. It brings with it improvements which are better blue light filter and new camera feature co-developed with GoPro called Highlights, which automatically creates video stories from what’s available in the gallery (similarly like HTC’s old ZOe highlights feature).
Essentially, the new Honor 8 Pro is a slightly better in terms of hardware keys found on Huawei P10 at a much lower cost (around $590). Like some other Huawei-made devices, the Honor 8 Pro uses machine learning to optimize performance, predicting your daily Facebook checks so the app loads even faster than it would do otherwise. Algorithms, on the other hand also promise to delay the inevitable slowdown of the device as file fragmentation and other forms of wear and tear take their toll. Apparently, you can expect the device to still function at 80 percent efficiency after 500 days of use. Great!
This time around, Honor has opted for rounded corners and a matte aluminum finish on the 8 Pro instead of a glass back, and the feel looks a lot like the iPhone 7 Plus hands-on. Even the footprint of the device is a bit similar if you compare them side-by-side. Nevertheless, it feels more comfortable to hold than the regular Honor 8, predecessor, even with the large display.
Speaking about how generous the Honor 8 Pro is, then. While the predecessor, Honor 8 was clad almost entirely in glass, but the Pro is mostly metal – that’s barring the Gorilla Glass 3 covering the display. The avy blue model is somewhat catchy and visually appealing ways, this will be the only color available at launch, but black, gold and potentially more hues are in the pipeline. However, Honor 8 Pro looks seriously like a premium device, that has soft curves in all right places. With antenna bands running horizontally close to the top and bottom ends of the handset, there’s no denying the Honor 8 Pro gives off strong iPhone a boom.
Well, there’s still a downside to this beautiful body and that is it’s a bit on the big side, though it is still nice and thin at 6.97mm deep, meaning that there’s enough space for a massive 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. More importantly, though, still there is room for two days of regular use. Although there’s place for a vibrant, stunning 5.7″ QHD (2560-by-1440) resolution display. To showcase this tricking screen, the Honor 8 Pro comes with the Haunt VR app preinstalled, and the device box actually converts into a cardboard VR viewer. Amazing! It’s not that particularly comfortable, but it’s nice touch to include this accessory as standard, and that too in a clever way.
Another cool and decent feature you will get on the Honor 8 Pro is that it allows users to generate films with the GoPro Quik app and relish it through the glasses. The pre-loaded GoPro Quick inclusions are a bit advanced in editing. The GoPro feature endlessly unless you are using the Google Cardboard glasses in the rain and it support for quick charging so you can charge the phone fully in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Now, the P10 does have the Honor 8 Pro beat in the camera department, though, at least in paper. Honor 8 Pro boasts of 12 MP+ 12MP dual-rear facing camera modules, still you are getting an excellent dual 12-megapixel camera setup (f/2.2 on both) on the new Honor device that takes some delightful photo shots, as well as an 8MP shooter up front for selfies. In wide aperture mode, you can play around with focal point and background blur, as one of the two sensors is monochrome, you can snap native black-and-white pictures. Low-light performance is also very impressive as far as a brief experience with Honor 8 Pro.
- 5.7-inch (2560 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD LTPS 2.5D curved glass display, 515 PPI
- Octa-Core 4 x CortexA53 (1.8GHz) + 4 x ARTEMIS (2.4GHz) Kirin 960 processor with Mali G71 Octa-core GPU
- 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
- Android 7.0 (Nougat) with Emotion UI 5.1
- Hybird Dual SIM (nano SIM + nano SIM / microSD)
- 12MP (Monochrome) + 12MP (RGB) Dual rear cameras, dual-tone LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 4k video recording
- 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
- Dimensions: 157 x 77.50 x 6.97mm; Weight: 184g
- 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
- 4000mAh (typical) / 3900mAh (minimum) battery with fast charging
Unlike the Honor 8, the Pro model launched today won’t become available in the US. Honor only has plans to sell the 8 Pro across Europe right now. The Honor 8 Pro is available to pre-order in the UK from Huawei’s vmall store for the introductory price, including various accessories, of £474 (549 euro). Amazon will start shipping the Honor 8 Pro on April 20th, and it will be available in platinum gold, midnight black, and navy blue.
Note: In any case, the Honor 8 Pro heads to the market of India, launch anytime soon, then the price will be like this: at Rs. 38866.