Honor 8 Pro flagship smartphone released in the UK

by Mark Tyson on 5 April 2017, 12:01

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Honor has just launched a brand new flagship smartphone in the UK. The Honor 8 Pro is the latest addition to the Honor 8 series. Standout features of the Honor 8 Pro are its ultra-thin 6.97mm body, a 5.7-inch QHD screen, fast processing, abundant memory and storage, and a 4,000mAh battery said to provide up to two full days of run-time.

Honor describes the Honor 8 Pro battery as its highest performing to date. "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," said Wilkin Lee, Sales and Marketing Manager for Honor UK. "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."

Honor 8 Pro key specifications:

  • 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display, 515ppi
  • Kirin 960 octa-core (4x 2.4GHz + 4x 1.8GHz)
  • 6GB RAM, 64GB ROM
  • Android 7 (Nougat)
  • EMUI 5.1
  • 12MP + 12MP dual-lens camera
  • 184g

Listed above you can see the Kirin 960 processor is installed. This uses ARM Cortex A73 cores for high-performance and the low-power Cortex A53 cores during less taxing activities. A Vulkan-supporting ARM Mali-G71 is part of the SoC. The extra graphical grunt works well with the QHD display and bundled Google Cardboard compatible VR headset inside the smartphone box, says Honor.

'Smartphonographers' might be interested in the Honor 8 Pro as it packs a third generation 12-megapixel dual-lens (f/0.95–f/16) camera, and plenty of built in storage (64GB) plus microSD card support for cards up to 128GB. One of the sensors is RGB and the other is monochrome and together they work to create vivid images with an "incredible depth of detail". 4K video recording is supported by the device which uses H.265 compression for files "twice as small as its predecessor". In collaboration with GoPro, Honor has introduced 'Highlights' for auto-organisation of photos and auto-generation of video stories.

The Honor 8 Pro comes with Android 7 (Nougat) installed and Honor's EMUI 5.1 system. This latest version of EMUI is said to be smarter than ever for learning user behaviour and thus optimising its performance, minimising lag. For example, if it sees a user launches Facebook every morning at 8am - it will note this behaviour and pre-load the app in the background so it is ready.

In an email to HEXUS, Honor said that the Honor 8 Pro can be pre-ordered today from Honor's vMall.eu or purchased from Amazon from Thursday 20th April 2017. It will initially be available in Navy Blue. RRP has been set at £474.99.

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Those are interesting battery claims.
Not bad, I'm getting ready to upgrade my OPO, the OP3T looks very nice, but still only 1080p.

Will wait for some reviews, performance needs to be at the top of the table, and those battery claims need validating before I'd consider a purchase.
I still have the Honor 4X, purely because of the battery life. I use the phone as a SatNav in the van all day, with GPS, Bluetooth and Mobile data all enabled and I still have 50% left when I get home.

My HTC One and Nexus 5 both require charging before the end of the working day, when used in the same fashion. Admittedly, both are much higher spec phones, but they don't do the job any differently or better.
I bought the kids a couple of cheap UMI's a few years back and a Plus' last year. They've been great value for money so I think I'd rather go for a Plus E or Z Pro at less than half the price for a similar spec.
I still have the Honor 4X, purely because of the battery life. I use the phone as a SatNav in the van all day, with GPS, Bluetooth and Mobile data all enabled and I still have 50% left when I get home.

Bought the Moto X Play for a similar reason, 3600 mA battery with a mid range spec sheet gives a 2 day performance

Interested to see if this one become widely spread