Honor 8 Pro: Predecessor Gets a Steroid Boost

Thomas Wellburn
April 6, 2017

Honor has officially announced a much larger and powerful variant of the Honor 8, dubbed the Honor 8 pro.

The Honor 8 Pro comes in a new metal matte finish which will no doubt please many users of the original Honor 8. While the glass body was nice on its predecessor, the design was a fragile fingerprint magnet that slid around surfaces uncontrollably. If you’ve used an iPhone 7 Plus, things should feel quite familiar here.

It ships with the latest Kirin 960 processor, a chip which surpassed the Apple A10 and topped benchmark tables last year. A massive 6GB RAM is also included, in addition to 64GB internal storage. This is expandable via microSD.  It also boasts a huge 5.7-inch QHD screen, putting it firmly in the position of phablet. The device can be charged via s USB-C connector on the bottom, which also has fast charging capabilities.

A 12-megapixel camera can be found on both sides of the device. The rear shooter is a dual-lens system similar to what was seen on Huawei P10 and standard Honor 8. The company has said has been improved over its predecessor, though it seems like the device uses the same sensor. All content generated by the camera is then organised in a ‘Highlights’ reel, which was developed in partnership with GoPro.

The Honor 8 Pro features a 4,000 mAh battery that can last ‘up to two days’ and an included VR cardboard headset. The handset ships with a dedicated  Jaunt VR application that allows consumers to immediately enjoy the experience.

The handset will run Android 7 Nougat with the latest EMUI 5.1 software on board. Honor claims that an AI-based technology shipping inside the Honor 8 Pro will optimise the OS to allow faster app loading. The device will learn which apps you use most and free up memory accordingly to make space for these.

The latest iteration of the Honor 8 flagship series retails at £474.99 and will be available for purchase on Amazon from April 20.


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