Review of Honor 8 Pro

Huawei is slowly launching its devices in India under its sub-brand Honor. As part of its strategy, Honor has carved a niche for itself in almost all the price segments below Rs 30,000. Honor 8 (Review) is the company’s current flagship device and now the Honor 8 Pro will replace it. Honor 8 Pro has dual rear cameras and when it comes to the price, it will challenge the OnePlus 5. Today we will know what are the features of Honor 8 Pro and how it performs.

Honor 8 Pro Design
Compared to the previous Honor 8, the design of Honor 8 Pro is slightly different from this. The old variant had a glossy glass rear, while the Honor 8 Pro has a metal unibody. This phone is available in Midnight Black and Navy Blue color variants. The smartphone is quite thin and measures just 6.79mm thick and has curved edges. The surprising thing is that despite having a thin body, a 4000 mAh battery has been given in the phone.

On the front, the phone sports a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel with a super-slim side border. The top and bottom of the phone are thick and a Honor logo is given below the screen. Above the screen is the earpiece and an 8-megapixel selfie sensor along with the sensor. On the right side of the phone there is a power and volume button. The power button is easy to reach but to reach the volume button, you will have to struggle a bit. There is a SIM slot on the left side of the Honor 8 Pro. Honor has given a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom. Apart from this, the loudspeaker and primary microphone are also below. There is a secondary microphone and an IR ammeter on the top which can be used to control home appliances.


Talking about the most important features of Honor 8 Pro, it has two rear cameras and a dual-tone LED flash on the rear left corner. Unlike other phones, both the cameras are placed under a glass with the body of the smartphone i.e. there is no bulge. Being under the glass, there will be no scratches on the lens. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the rear and we think it would have been more convenient if it had been placed a bit higher. You have to move your fingers slightly or adjust the device in your hand to access the fingerprint scanner.

Honor has provided an 18W charger and a USB cable with the phone in the box. But the good news is that the box can be turned into a Cardboard-style VR headset. The phone comes with everything needed including the lens.

Honor 8 Pro Specifications
Attractive specifications have been given in Honor 8 Pro. The 5.7 inch display comes with a Quad HD resolution. The density of the screen is 515 pixels per inch. The front panel of the phone is equipped with 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. The colors on the display are brilliant and vivid. Some users may not like the vivid color reproduction and there is no way to reduce it. The user only has the option to change the color temperature as per his/her choice. Apart from this, there is also a night mode, which is claimed to give relief to the eyes when there is less light. We enjoyed watching the video on the display. The phone’s single speaker makes for loud noises but we think it would have been better to have stereo speakers at the front.


Huawei has given its Kirin 960 processor in Honor 8 Pro. The phone is powered by an octa-core processor that is powered by Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Compared to the Snapdragon 835 given in the OnePlus 5, it feels a bit old. 128 GB storage has been given in Honor 8 Pro with 6 GB RAM. Storage can be increased through microSD card. The phone sports a hybrid SIM slot. Up to 100 GB of storage remains free in the phone.

The phone supports Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi AC and NFC. Honor 8 Pro is a dual SIM device that comes with two nano-SIM slots. The phone has 4G, VoLTE and carrier integration.

Honor 8 Pro software and performance
The Honor 8 Pro has the company’s EMUI 5.1 skin, which is slightly newer than the Honor 8 Lite skin. The UI is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. And our review unit comes with the June security update pre-installed. With 6GB of RAM, the Honor 8 Pro didn’t face any issues while installing apps and games. Even when switching between apps, we found that they took less time to reload. After a day’s use, the phone had 3.5 GB RAM at all times, which is great.

Apart from this, the phone also has a one-handed mode which makes it easy to use the larger device. With the fingerprint scanner gesture, the notification shade can be pulled down and you can also dismiss the notification. There are a few apps that Honor has pre-installed on the phone but most of them can be uninstalled.


The software also has some battery saving options. There is a power saving mode which reduces background apps and auto-sync is disabled. Apart from this, Ultra Power Saving Mode turns off everything except the apps you have selected. We also noticed a screen power saving option, which is claimed to reduce the resolution of the display to save battery. This option didn’t work when we used it as our device always showed QuadHD resolution.

The phone has a voice control feature that works with a phrase ‘Dear Honor’. If you can’t find the phone, you can loudly follow the device to see where it is and the phone will respond with a loud tone and the flashlight will also go on. In addition, you can also use custom commands, but we noticed that most of them did not work, which did not prove the usefulness of this feature.

We tested the Honor 8 Pro on benchmarks. The phone scored well in the benchmarking test but the performance of the OnePlus 5, which comes with the Snapdragon 835 processor, was better. The phone lasted 10 hours and 19 minutes in our HD video loop test and we were able to last it for a full day under normal usage.

Honor 8 Pro Camera
The most important feature of Honor 8 Pro is the dual 12-megapixel rear camera given in it. Unlike the telephoto lens for the second camera offered in other smartphones, both these sensors have been used for RGB and monochrome. Honor claims that the monochrome sensor will give better pictures. Honor has given its camera app which has many modes. Auto mode is set by default, while for photos and videos you can take control using Pro mode. For a black-and-white picture, you can set the monochrome mode to use only the monochrome sensor. We found that the phone got hot while using the camera while it did not get hot while playing games and doing other things.

The pictures taken from the phone are very good and the detailing was also better than average. The colors came out accurate and we didn’t have any problem shooting against the light. Macro shots were also good, while there was a good difference between the subject and the background. In low light, we noticed that the camera tends to make the images sharper, which adds a bit of noise and lacks detail. Selfies are good and our camera app makes them more beautiful. By default, the camera app adds a watermark to the photos promoting the phone’s name. You can disable it, but this option is not found in the Settings menu. We hope that this default will not remain in the units received by the customers.

Honor 8 Pro can record 4K videos but does not have continuous autofocus. You can switch to 1080 pixels at 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second to enable autofocus. We did have some trouble with the viewfinder while recording videos but it didn’t affect the result.


our decision
Honor has given the best technology in its Honor 8 Pro smartphone, which is best according to the industry standards. Kirin 960 is the best processor currently available from Huawei but it is less than Snapdragon 835 processor. Honor 8 Pro runs on the latest version of EMUI. Compared to the OnePlus 5, you’ll get double the storage and more screen resolution at a lower price point.

The camera performance of the phone is very good and the dual camera function also gives great performance. The monochrome sensor helps and we loved the detail of each picture. Overall, we liked the pictures taken with the Honor 8 Pro.

It looks like the Honor 8 Pro is a great all-rounder. It may not be a perfect package but it is not far behind either. And of course it is less expensive than the Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro and Moto Z2 Play. With Rs 29,999, it is cheaper than the OnePlus 5 and has all the possibilities of a flagship smartphone.

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