Honor goes upmarket with the launch of the 5.7-inch Honor 8 Pro

    Honor today announced the arrival of its latest, and arguably most impressive phone yet: The Honor 8 Pro. It marks the start of a new line of phones from the trendy startup that’s part of Huawei’s ever growing empire. Jonathan Morris of published the following:

Some of you will already be well aware of this phone, as a rebrand of the Honor V9 that went on sale in China earlier this year. It was always pretty likely that it would make an appearance here after a while, and here it is.

Think of it is as cross between the current flagship Honor 8, and the Huawei Mate 9 – with some of the software features from the latest Huawei P10.

Honor 8 Pro: The phone built for speed

Rather than waffle on, let me list the highlights:

  • A 5.7-inch QHD LCD display, designed for immersive VR experiences – and made possible to enjoy straight away because the Honor 8 Pro box itself converts into a Google Cardboard VR headset.
  • A 4,000mAh battery. Take note Samsung!
  • The same Kirin 960 chipset as powering the Huawei Mate 9 and Huawei P10, which has a GPU that offers a staggering 180% performance increase over the Kirin 955 used in last year’s flagship Huawei P9.
  • A 12-megapixel f/2.2 dual-camera, with wide aperture mode, and now offering a standalone monochrome mode like the Leica-branded Huawei models
  • 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a memory card slot
  • Available in three colours (blue at launch)
  • £474.95 retail price


All of that represents a lot of phone for the money, and alongside the Honor 8, a personal favourite of mine, Honor now has something to suit those who found a 5.2-inch screen too small, but perhaps didn’t want to sacrifice performance and functionality for the cheaper Honor 6X that had a 5.5-inch display.

While the Mate 9 and Honor 8 Pro aren’t entirely separated at birth (the Huawei phone having a 5.9-inch screen and a pseudo-stereo sound system in landscape mode), there are still many similarities and, like the Honor 8 vs the Huawei P9, the Honor phone actually offering more functionality in some areas.

Take the Mate 9 with a Full-HD display on all but the more expensive Pro models, whereas Quad-HD is standard here. Likewise, 6GB is standard on the Honor, compared to 4GB.

What the Mate 9 does offer over the Honor 8 Pro is a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor coupled to a 12-megapixel colour sensor, but the Honor 8 camera is still a great performer to this day and can hold its own to a lot of the competition.

The Honor 8 Pro supports fast charging (9V/2A), whereas the Huawei models supports even faster ‘super’ charging. The other thing to note is that, for now at least, no UK network will be stocking the phone. The only way to get one is direct from Honor’s online store itself.

The Honor 8 Pro can be pre-ordered from today, in platinum gold, midnight black or navy blue. Take my advice and get the blue. It may not have the wonderful shimmering effect on the back, but it’s still the most stylish of the three.

To help make up your mind, there’s no need to wait for a review as it’s already here!

The Honor 8 Pro should start being delivered to customers around April 20th.


More info: Honor 8 Pro Store


This article was originally published by Jon on his website and is copyright to Jonathan and his website

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Unfortunately a lot of people (including me, if I'm honest) are going to buy from a "big" brand when you're talking £500.

At £300ish they might give the budget makers a go...

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I had been a huge advocate of Honor as the 7 is (was) a great device. Once I found out it couldn't be upgraded to Android 7 because if some weird GPU quirk that greatly disappointed me as it was around a year and a half old. Maybe things like that are the difference between the Samsung and Honors of this world. 

As above I don't mind dropping £250 on a budget handset from these guys but it seems there are drawbacks and they're not reliable enough to spend big money on yet. 

Honor also seem to be whacking up thier prices considerably too. Just like Kia & Hyundai did with their cars once the brand was established. 

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Promise guaranteed support and updates for 2+ years, and take my money. This to me is worth far more than the latest hardware or cheapest price. Huawei (Honor) are a large company but not an established brand, and they could differentiate on support (while embarrassing the big boys) by promising the kind of support that most Android vendors fall down on. Nokia/HMD have realised this already. When will others follow?

If you've seen the recent remote-code execution exploit for Broadcom WiFi chips (in pretty much all Android and iOS devices, many laptops, and off the chart in terms of ease & severity) you don't want to connect your phone, tablet or laptop to a public WiFi network unless you've got the latest security updates. Apple released their fix yesterday. Unfortunately, most Android devices will never get any fix, security or otherwise, leaving many Android users wide open to attack.

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Honor now promises 24 months support. Not sure why the Honor 7 didn't get updated, but I think they started their promise with the Honor 5X or the Honor 8.

Not a lot of consolation for older users. Mine is now sitting in a window acting as an Alfred CCTV camera!

I really like the Honor 8 Pro. It's a very nice package, with a lovely large screen and - despite only having the single speaker - excellent boomy sound too.

In my review, I stated less than stellar battery life - but I've since done a reset and think I identified an app that was causing problems because yesterday I was out at a meeting in Croydon (from Hertfordshire) where I left at 7am and got home at 8pm and I was still on 55%! I did enable the power management feature in the morning, but never charged it as I was trying to see how long it could do.

I am going to update my review once I can get some timings and see how it goes the next couple of days.

(Plus EMUI 5 is now really nice. Thank God they changed things, as I was getting tired of having to try and defend the old version. Yes, it was something you could live with - but most people hated it. It's pretty hard to detest the new version as it's very similar to normal Android).

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