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Honor 8 Pro: Not Pulling its Punches

Huwaei has built a formidable reputation of high-end specs at reasonable prices for its Honor line of phones. But the company has outdone itself with the launch of the Honor 8 Pro. They have packed in

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Huwaei has built a formidable reputation of high-end specs at reasonable prices for its Honor line of phones. But the company has outdone itself with the launch of the Honor 8 Pro. They have packed in everything except the kitchen sink into this sleek and lithe machine.

The premium phablet comes with the 4th generation dual cameras, super-fast CPU, a spectacular screen, a monster battery, sleek design and stunning build quality. Combine all this with a tantalizing under Rs 30,000 price point and the only real question left to be answered is: where can I get my Honor 8 Pro?

Design and Build

Without further ado,let’s get into the heart of the matter. The Honor 8 Pro follows the design cues of the Honor 8, this means rounded corners, a shimmering glass finish on the front and thin borders on the sides,making it easy to hold with one hand. Its metal unibody measures 6.97mm in thickness and while it isn’t the thinnest phone around, it’s surprisingly slim considering it packs a 4000mAh battery inside. The screen measures 5.7 inches and is the only phone to give a 2K resolution at this price point.

The back of the phone has a brushed metal finish that gives the phone a solid feel and also makes it more durable during the inevitable drops. The all-metal chassis is firm and feels like a premium phone. The phone comes with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so it can take a knock and keep going.

The fingerprint sensor is tucked away on the back making it easy to reach and use even when operating the phone with one hand. Honor has re-introduced sensor-based gestures on the Pro, so you will find yourself tapping it quite often. The sensor is lightning fast too, unlocking your phone as soon as your finger brushes it.The headphone jack, speaker and USB-C port can be found at the bottom of the instrument.

The phone comes in three colors Navy Blue and Midnight Black which add to the premium look and feel of the Honor 8 Pro.

Display

The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch quad HD (2560 x 1440) resolution display that is fantastic. Colors are super-vibrant, and at 515ppi (pixels per inch) the screen is razor sharp. The color temperature is adjustable. There is also an Eye Comfort mode to reduce blue light, which should reduce eye fatigue, especially during late-night browsing sessions.

The screen is amazingly bright, allowing you to view it even under bright sunlight easily. The 2K (quad HD)resolution also makes for great VR viewing. Those extra pixels really kick in with VR goggles. The phone comes pre-installed with the Jaunt VR app and the box has a basic VR headset to get you started in the world of VR.

Performance

Driving the Honor 8 Pro is Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 960 CPU. That’s an Octa-core processor that easily compares with the Snapdragon 850 processor driving the much more expensive Samsung S8. In fact, the Kirin 960 also powers Huawei’s flagship products the P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9.

So you know you are getting serious muscle with your phone.

The Honor 8 Pro has 6GB of RAM and 128GBof on-board storage that can be increased to 256 via the dual use micro-SIM slot. Huawei has not scrimped on the battery either. The phone comes with a massive 4000mAh battery which means you can go two days between charges. You should easily be able to last the day even with heavy use. Of course when you do run out of juice the QuickCharge USB-C port ensures you can be back in the game with just 30 minutes of charge.

Camera

The Honor 8 Pro comes with two 12MP sensors with f/2.2 lenses at the back which are protected by aluminium-reinforced glass. While one sensor is for black and white images, the other captures RGB data. Combined with some clever software, the two cameras merge the image delivering photographs that are full of details, vivid colors and depth.

There’s a wide aperture mode, too, so you can add bokeh and depth-of-field effects to your photos, similar to what you would get on a full-size DSLR camera. The camera is a pretty fast of the draw. It launches and focuses quickly so you have plenty time to capture the moment. The front has an 8 mega-pixel sensor for some striking selfies.

Conclusion

The Honor 8 Pro is everything you could possibly want from your phablet. It compares favorably with premium models from Samsung and Apple at half the price. It looks good. Is a genuinely strong performer. Has a camera that delivers stunning images and it has the power to ensure you enjoy its many features all day long, without looking for the nearest wall socket. Available at an amazing price of only INR 29,999 exclusively on Amazon.in, we strongly recommend you make this your next device.

Disclaimer: This is an article sponsored by Huawei and does not necessarily reflect the views of India Web Portal Pvt Ltd.

  • Published Date: July 12, 2017 5:03 PM IST
  • Updated Date: July 17, 2017 4:51 PM IST