Huawei Honor 8 Pro review
Born for speed
Our Huawei Honor 8 Pro review unveils a high-performance smartphone that is set to launch in the UK soon. The Huawei Honor 8 Pro will go on sale at £474 as handset only, with contract pricing yet to be confirmed.
If you are searching for a razor thin phone with a dual camera, then read as this mobile phone review is for you.
We have already mentioned that the performance is top-notch and this is delivered by a Kirin 960 2.4GHz octa-core processor with 6GB RAM. In comparison to the last Kirin processor, processing speeds have been boosted by 18% while graphics rendering speeds are up by 180%.
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We can compare this processor with the one used in the new Samsung Galaxy S8, which is 2.3GHz with 4GB RAM.
The 5.7” Quad HD display also offers high performance with a resolution of 2560 x 1140 pixels. Combine this with high levels of colour accuracy and the fact that the Huawei Honor 8 Pro is equipped with Cardboard (the phone’s box) and the Jaunt VR app, and you have a great device for experiencing Virtual Reality.
The most noticeable design element is just how thin the Huawei Honor 8 Pro is. At just 6.97mm thick, the ultra-thin metal body is easily one of the slimmest around. The front face is covered by durable 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 3.
The Honor 8 Pro can be purchased in either Navy Blue, Platinum Gold or Midnight Black, all of which look equally good.
Phone Set Up
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro can accommodate plenty of content, with its 64GB internal memory. So, transferring contacts and media from your old smartphone should be no issue at all.
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Security is easy to set up and there is a fingerprint scanner conveniently placed on the rear of the phone.
User interface and OS
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro has Huawei’s unique EMUI 5.1 user interface. This has a nice clean look with a white and blue colour scheme, which is Aegean inspired. Whatever you wish to do is typically easy, with 90% of phone’s features no more than three clicks away.
Operation is further improved with knuckle gestures, for doing things like capturing screenshots. Split screen mode can be used to, for example, watch a video while also scrolling through your social feed.
The operating system is Google’s Android 7.0 Nougat, which allows you to download apps from the Play Store. If you use the phone in the evening, then you can reduce eye strain by using the eye protection mode, which filters out the blue light that causes this.
Camera & Video
We have seen dual cameras becoming more commonplace in 2017 but it is a little rarer to see two lenses with the same power. The Honor 8 Pro offers this with a 12MP monochrome lens sitting next to a 12MP RGB (red, green, blue) lens.
The dual lens system offers wide aperture mode for photographing objects or subjects close up. Once captured, you can adjust the focus to blur the background. There is also a monochrome mode for capturing photos in black and white, with increased contrast and detail.
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Video recording at 4K quality is possible and Huawei has pre-loaded compressing technology for saving it, without taking up huge chunks of memory. You can also play around with slow motion recording and time lapse photography.
The 8MP selfie camera has a 77 degrees wide angle lens and you can save your personal perfect selfie settings, so that they can be applied to every photo you take, without having to manually adjust them.
High density battery
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro has a super high density 4,000mAh battery. This is one of the largest, if not the largest, smartphone battery that you are going to find today.
SmartPower 5.0 tech helps to deliver two full days regular use or 1.5 days of heavy use. Fast charging is offered through the reversible USB Type-C charging point and with the fast charger that is supplied in the box.
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Written by: Michael Brown