Huawei's New Honor 8 Pro Is Like An S8 On A Budget

By Holly Brockwell on at

Huawei brand Honor has just unveiled its shiny new smartphone, and it's a beauty.

The Honor 8 Pro will retail for £474.99 (that's quite a lot for an Honor, which are usually in the £2-300 range) and is kind of a flagship of a flagship: a premium version of the existing Honor 8.

The phone includes some very impressive specs, some better than the new Galaxy S8, but at a much lower price.

The most exciting thing for us is the whopping 4,000mAh battery, which promises up to two entire days of use on a single charge (challenge accepted). It uses SmartPower 5.0 for quick charging, has a 5.7-inch quad-HD screen, and comes with a cardboard VR headset to make the most of it.

It's also got 6GB of RAM, like the Huawei P10 and OnePlus 3T.

Here are the specs:

  • 5.7 inch, quad-HD display (2560 x 1440), 515 PPI
  • Kirin 960 octa-core CPU (4 x 2.4 GHz + 4 x 1.8 GHz)
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64 GB storage with microSD up to 128GB
  • Android 7 (Nougat) with EMUI 5.1 overlay
  • Dual 12MP main cameras (monochrome and RGB) with wide aperture range:  f/0.95–f/16

While Huawei and Honor's EMUI Android overlay isn't one of the most popular, it has recently re-added the app drawer option (finally!) and the new version comes with some interesting features. For instance, if it notices you usually open Facebook at around 8am, it'll load it up in advance so you don't have to wait even a second for your friends' humblebrags to load.

The main camera shoots in 4K, using the H.265 codec for smaller filesizes. There's also a new feature called Highlights, co-created with GoPro, that "intelligently organises photos by category and automatically generates video stories that are easily customisable."

Wilkin Lee, Sales and Marketing Manager for Honor UK, said:

"We know that a big bugbear for smartphone users who live an always-on fast-paced life is often the battery of their device cutting out at a pivotal moment, whether they are reaching the climax of a film, on the verge of completing the top level of a game or capturing a winning shot on holiday. We’re a power reliant generation.

With the Honor 8 Pro, we’ve gone to great lengths to make sure our users are equipped with the best battery performance so they can make the most of the handset’s other impressive capabilities and maximise online experiences."

As with the 8, Honor's skipped the usual black/silver/white options and gone for a gorgeous deep navy blue. It's not for everyone, but it does make the phone stand out in a sea of black rectangles.

The Honor 8 Pro will be available for £474.99 on Amazon UK from the 20th of April, but you can preorder now at Honor's VMall direct sales site.

What do you reckon, is this a contender to the S8? It's cheaper, in some ways it's better, and it's more of a hipster choice than big-brand Samsung. Do you want one? Let us know in the comments.

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