Huawei Honor 8 Pro review

Huawei Honor 8 Pro UK


‘Honor’ is Huawei’s online-only and rather exclusive brand of smartphones and the Huawei Honor 8 Pro is the latest high-spec offering.


This dual camera phone is all about performance, so let’s get on with our Huawei Honor 8 Pro review.




We will start with the processor, which is the Kirin 960 2.4GHz octa-core processor with a massive 6GB RAM. Compared to the last Kirin processor, we see processing speeds boosted by 18% and graphic rendering exceeding 180%.


To make a comparison, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 has a 2.3GHz processor with 4GB RAM.


The display isn’t shy either with a large 5.7” surface that shows off Quad HD resolution. That works out at 2560 x 1140 pixels and high levels of colour accuracy shine through the 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3 surface.


Huawei Honor 8 Pro


The Honor 8 Pro is equipped with Cardboard and the Jaunt VR app, making VR just one step away. There is also an eye protection mode for night owls.


Dual camera


The Huawei Honor 8 Pro has a 12MP plus 12MP dual camera. This places monochrome and RGB lenses next to each other for creating stunning wide aperture mode effects.


The camera can also shoot 4K video and the Honor 8 Pro uses new compressing technology, for saving it without taking a hefty chunk out of the 64GB memory (expandable with a microSD card).


Huawei Honor 8 Pro dual camera


On the opposite side, there is an 8MP selfie camera with a 77 degrees wide angle lens, for group selfies.


Design & features


The design of the Huawei Honor 8 Pro uses an ultra-thin metal body that measures just 6.97mm thick, which is thinner that the latest iPhone. This Huawei phone will be available in Navy Blue or Platinum Gold, with a Midnight Black variant following later on.


On the rear of the phone is a fingerprint sensor and this authorises its owner to access the EMUI 5.1 user interface. This has a clean white and blue colour scheme that is Aegean inspired.


EMUI 5.1 organises the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, so that 90% of phone’s features are no more than three clicks away.


Finally, the Huawei Honor 8 Pro boasts a really high density 4,000mAh battery. In fact, you can count on one hand the number of phones that have a battery of this size or larger.


To make the most of this already boastful recourse, SmartPower 5.0 tech helps the phone to offer two full days regular use or 1.5 days of heavy use. Charging is made easy with a reversible USB Type-C charging point.


The Huawei Honor 8 Pro has already been released in China, under the Honor V9 branding. This happened in late February, so the UK won’t have been that far behind on this occasion.


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