Honor 8 Pro Review, Best Flagship?
Honor 8 Pro is a flagship package at a less than flagship prices. The Honor 8 Pro packs more flagship specs than most of the flagships out there in the market. All this with the look that feels like the phones that cost a couple of bucks more. Though it might look like iPhone 7 plus, but the design cues are taken from Honor V8 and P10 and it looks gorgeous.
To the front, we have a front 8MP shooter with f2.0 aperture. A notification LED on the earpiece. A massive qHD resolution 5.7” screen covered by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 followed by Huawei branding.
The back of the phone houses dual 12mp cameras (12mp monochrome + 12mp RGB sensor) with dual tone dual led flash, some antenna lines, followed by fingerprint scanner and some more branding at the bottom. The fingerprint is nice and fast and supports Huawei’s navigation gesture and also locks apps and files.
On the bottom, there’s a single speaker with a USB type-c port for charging and data transfer. Also present is a 3.5mm headphone jack. (Design is not taken from Apple then?)
On top, there is an IR blaster and on the right-hand side lives the volume rocker along with the textured power button. All this comes with a matte metal chassis that is 7mm thick and comes in 3 different colors, Navy Blue, Midnight Black & Platinum Gold.
Under the hood.
Powered by Kirin 960, found in Mate 9 and P10 series. This is backed up by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage which can be expanded thanks to the hybrid SIM card tray. A 4000mAh battery keeps the device running and also supports quick charge. Huawei claims that Honor 8 Pro will learn your usage habits and this helps to open your favorite apps more quickly.
The twin 12mp shooters, monochrome for details and RGB for color. There is no Leica branding but the image processing is similar nonetheless. The result? This is an excellent camera on a more affordable smartphone. There’s a wide aperture mode that lets you fake that fancy bokeh effect on the background the DSLR’s are capable of. This might not be perfect but can provide some pretty impressive results on occasion. You can also change the focal point after taking a shot. The wide aperture mode also works on video recording and provides shallow depth of field on the video. The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is capable of recording video at 4k but the image stabilization works only in 1080p @30fps.
Coming to the software version of the phone, the phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. The user interface feels same as Huawei Mate 9 and P10 anyone who has used Huawei phones recently would be familiar with it. Overall the phone is snappy, clean, fluid and very well equipped and also has app drawer and Google assistant.
At a pricing of 29,999, this is an excellent buy and a worthy alternative to Oneplus 5. The large 4000mAh battery with qHD display and 128GB internal storage and microSD expansion makes it a good deal.
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