Could the Honor 8 Pro be the next strong contender in mobile device industry?
Can you imagine a smartphone delivering maximum performance in a minimalist package with cutting-edge processing power, long lasting battery life, 5.7-inch Quad HD display and a dual-lens camera all packed into an impossibly thin body?
If your answer is no, you do not need to look any further as Honor has recently unveiled its super smartphone, the Honor 8 Pro.
As mentioned earlier, on paper, the Honor 8 Pro is truly an accomplished and well-rounded smartphone but does its form and function qualified to be in the same category with the more expensive and powerful flagships devices and in the mid-range category?
Let’s find out in the Honor 8 Pro review!
Design and Display
It predecessor, the Honor 8 was considered one of the best designed devices of 2016 and definitely the Honor 8 Pro could once again be a strong contender of the ‘design crown’ once again in 2017.
Honor has given the Honor 8 Pro a slightly different design compared to the Honor 8 as the latter has a glossy glass back, whereas the Honor Pro 8 gets a metal unibody.
At just 6.97mm thick, it is beautifully slim and its 184g weight is well spread out across the phone 5.7-inch body – hence, creating a device that is well balanced to hold.
Without doubt, it is a big phone, and it surely feels like one where some may find the Honor 8 Pro too big to use with one hand. Nonetheless, the smartphone will fit comfortably in your pocket.
Meanwhile, the Honor 8 Pro 5.7-inch boasts a 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD screen which it is quite stunning and offers a beautifully sharp 515 pixels per inch image density.
Powered by Huawei’s top-of-the-line system on a chip (SoC), Kirin 960 with Mali-G71 MP8 graphics processing unit and 6GB of RAM, the Honor 8 Pro has the capacity to handle both aggressive multi-tasking and gaming without breaking a sweat.
The 6GB of RAM provides fluid performances and the phone does not falter – no lags or stutters.
Heavy mobile games such as Asphalt 8, Mobile Legend and Sword Art Online – Memory Defrag ran without any hiccups. However, the smartphone has a tendency to heat up after playing a game for 30 minutes straight.
It is quite understandable with most smart phones in the market today; overheating has been one of the common issues.
That being said, in terms of battery longevity, the Honor 8 Pro performs outstandingly as it could it battery life could last up to two days. This is because of its 4,000 mAh battery and efficient software optimisations.
At the same time, the fast-charging feature helps heavy users like myself to get a quick boost and not worrying about running out of battery.
The bundled 9V/2A charger helps charge the phone to a third of the battery capacity in 30 minutes while zero to 100% would only take up two hours.
Additionally, the Honor 8 Pro comes in a box where it can be transformed into a Google Cardboard-style virtual reality (VR) headset, while there are already two VR apps pre-installed on the phone – Jaunt VR and Cardboard.
It is quite a simple task to assemble the VR headset but it is not something you would use to really heavily indulge in VR. Nonetheless, the lenses are pretty good but it is quite difficult to hold comfortably and finding the right viewing angle.
It is a good way to introduce VR app and games and if it something that you would love to immerse more into, consider getting a third-party VR headset for better experience.
The Honor 8 Pro boasts its dual 12-megapixel rear mounted cameras where the two are used as independent RGB and monochrome sensors.
Even without the Leica branding this time around, the outcome of the photos taken by the Honor 8 Pro have turned out really good where details were better than expected. Colours were on point and in low light settings, the camera would sharpen images which improve visibility but at the cost of noise and some loss of detail.
Selfies were also good with the front 8-megapixel camera alongside the camera app which ‘beautifies’ the images.
Meanwhile, the Honor 8 Pro’s camera has the capacity to record video at 4k but the continuous autofocus will be disabled. However, you can switch to 1080 at 30 or 60fps to enable the autofocus.