Honor 8 Pro Is Official - Killing The Flagship Killer!

Huawei-backed Honor has launched the successor to the very popular Honor 8- the Honor 8 Pro in India. With the new smartphone, Huawei aims to continue giving the customers flagship-grade specs at a relatively mid-range sort of price tag. Does this phone deserve your attention? Can it manage to outperform its most obvious competitor- the OnePlus 5? Let's find out.

The Honor 8 Pro was launched in China as the Honor V9 earlier this year. For the spec-fanatics, the smartphone runs Huawei's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor clocked at a max frequency of 2.48GHz coupled with the Mali G71 MP8 GPU. On the storage front, the phone comes loaded with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB using a micro-SD card on the hybrid dual nano SIM slot. All the regular connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band WiFi, NFC, GPS and GLONASS are also present.

The phone is extremely slim at just 6.9mm, although it packs a massive 4000mAh battery inside. The phone supports some sort of Fast Charging via the bundled charger. It also packs a 5.7" QuadHD (1440p) IPS display that offers brilliant colors and sharp visuals at 551 PPI. Regarding extras, the phone preserves the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and thankfully, also the IR blaster on the top.

On the optics front, the Honor 8 Pro features dual rear cameras, either being 12MP f/2.2 lenses, equipped with PDAF. One of the two cameras on the back is a monochrome sensor while the other one is a color sensor. This helps the phone to capture more details and a better dynamic range. The rear setup is also accompanied by dual tone dual LED flash and laser autofocus. The software makes proper use of the hardware and allows the phone to take a variety of type of shots like portraits, long exposure, light painting and so on. It's also worth mentioning that the software allows the user to dip the F-stop to about F/0.9 which helps the phone gain that excellent depth of field (bokeh) effect. There's also a Pro Mode that allows the user to take complete control over different parameters like ISO, Exposure and Focus Point. The rear cameras can capture videos up to 4K at the standard 30FPS. Though the hardware misses out on OIS, the software implements some sort of stabilization. On the front, there's a wide-angle 8MP camera for selfies and groufies. 

In terms of Software, the phone runs Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 skin. There's a planned upgrade to Android 7.1 on the cards as well. EMUI provides various tweaks and features in itself to enhance the user experience. Also, there is some bloatware in the software, but thankfully, most of it can be uninstalled.

Now that we're out of the spec world, let's focus on what the phone can do in the real world.

Looks are subjective, but we find the Honor 8 Pro beautiful, especially in the Matte Blue shade. The phone looks a bit like the iPhone 6S from the rear, but that's not a bad thing. It feels excellent in the hand, despite being a bit too wide. You can literally feel the sleek body while you hold it in your hands. In short, the Honor 8 Pro will turn heads and grab some eyeballs, especially if you manage to grab the Blue color variant.

The phone is built from anodized aluminum, biding adieu to the glass back of the predecessor. That's actually good because the rear now will look a lot less smudgy. 

Coming to the display, it's a beautiful and vibrant panel, offering punchy colors and high contrast. The viewing angles are excellent too. The display features an 'Eye-comfort mode' that filters out the blue light to reduce strain on the eyes; and it can go pretty bright, so there should be no problems in using it outdoors. The upgrade from 1080p to 1440p should make the phone ideal and comfortable for VR stuff. We feel the use of an OLED panel would have made the deal even more lucrative, but that would also have resulted in the increase of manufacturing costs, so let's settle for the provided one.

Up next, let's talk about the performance. Early reviews say that the phone flies through its elements without any signs of slow down or stutter, and that's exactly what we've come to expect from flagship internals. Memory management has also improved in EMUI, so the phone should be able to hold all your apps and games without breaking a sweat. It wouldn't fare near the Snapdragon 835 in benchmarks (Ahem), but real world usage shall be pretty close.

Next, those cameras. This is the real highlight of the phone. People who have had a chance to use the phone for a while have already shared a few pictures taken with the device, and let's admit, they look outstanding. Excellent dynamic range, beautiful colors & saturation, and well-detailed sharp pictures. Well, have a look here & decide for yourself!

Picture Credits- Chetan Bhawani from GizmoTimes, no conditions apply!
As can be seen, the phone is capable of shooting exceptionally great photos, and videos alike. Also, it doesn't hurt that the front snapper can capture some decent shots as well! From what we see, the photos turn out better than the OnePlus 5!

The phone has a larger capacity battery than the OnePlus 5, meaning it should comfortably last a full day without any issues and Fast charge support means it would top up quick as well. Also, the IR blaster is a welcome feature. 

The Verdict

For Rs. 29999, the Honor 8 Pro has turned the game upside down. It has quite comfortably outperformed the OnePlus 5 in the key areas (Display, Cameras, Battery & Build), keeping the price tag under 30K. For now, users who haven't bought the OnePlus 5 can go with the 8 Pro and save some bucks. Also, Mi is yet to launch its 2017 flagship- the Mi 6 in India, making the competition even dense. Till then, the Honor 8 Pro seems to be the best bet under the 40K INR price bracket.
The Honor 8 Pro goes on sale from 6 PM of 10th July 2017, exclusively on Amazon India.

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