With their previous offering of P10 and P10 Plus, Huawei set them apart from all reputed brands. Both the variant was an instant hit after the launch and get applaud from many tech experts. And now the company is all set to launch their next premium handset; Huawei Honor 8 pro on July 6th.
In the meantime, we go hands-on with the device and here are my initial impressions of the handset.
- Design– On the upper side there is IR Blaster and Microphone, and on the bottom, there is USB Type C and single firing speaker. On the right side, there is a power button and Volume rockers. Furthermore, on the left side, there is Dual Sim tray with microSD card support. The Fingerprint sensor is present on the rear. The overall design of the Honor 8 Pro is robust and gives a premium look and feel.
- Build quality – The handset has a striking resemblance to the iPhone 7 plus, but little more brushed. It comes with an Aluminium unibody and smooth matte finish, it is slim and comfortable to hold, but one handed usage might be not easy.
- Display– The Honor 8 pro sports a 5.7 inches QHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3.0. It is a fantastic display with great color saturation, optimized white balance, crisp viewing angle, excellent sunlight legibility. So thumbs up here.
- Performance– With Kirin 960 chipset and 6GB RAM under the hood, the handset perform quite well, there is no hiccup or lag while multitasking or playing high-end games. The transition across the apps is relatively smooth, and heating is under control.
- Camera– The device has 12MP dual-camera optics (RGB and Monochrome sensor respectively), borrowed from Leica. The camera performs reasonably well but led down in low light condition; it may be due lack of OIS in the setup. Whereas the front packs an 8-megapixel shooter with a f/2.0 aperture, it performs reasonably good but not the best.
- Operating System– Honor 8 Pro has EMUI 5.0 interface which is far better than EMUI 4x, comes with a bundle of features and give smooth overall experience.
- Battery: The device packs a good 4000mAh battery and company claims that it will provide full 2-day backup on medium usage and 1.5 days on heavy usage.
To sum up, The Honor 8 Pro seems to be a perfect premium smartphone that is aiming to compete with the newly launched OnePlus 5. It is providing best the in class build quality and performance with seamless UI. Yes, there is room for improvement in the camera department, it would have been better had the company included OIS. Stay tuned for our full in-depth review of the device for detailed insights.