Honor 8 Pro goes West: VR-ready elegance with best-in-class battery

Just as rumored, the Honor V9 has been officially brought from China to the European shores as the Honor 8 Pro, making it is one of the best phablets you'll be able to order there this season, at a pretty reasonable price of 549 EUR for the 6 GB model to boot. For fans of higher-end handsets, the new phone is stuffed to the gills with contemporary tech, but perhaps its biggest advantage is the gargantuan 4000 mAh battery that fits in a 7mm thin body that charges fully in less than two hours. What else? 

For starters, the Honor 8 Pro is armed with the latest Kirin 960 processor, which is accompanied by blazing Mali-G71 graphics. Manufactured by honor's parent company Huawei, it's the same octa-core chipset found within the Mate 9 which, as we noted in our review, is plenty powerful, with the latest Cortex-A73 top-shelf cores. Furthermore, on offer are no less than 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64 GB of expandable storage, so honor is bringing its A-game to Europe. 

The display is a 5.7-inch TFT LCD effort, boasting a QHD (1440 x 2560) resolution. Also adorning the front of the device is an 8-megapixel selfie camera, while the dual 12-megapixel main shooters tout f /2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording an 30fps. Interestingly, Honor doesn't mention a 3D-modeling laser focus feature here, as it did with the V9, offering users a chance to 3D-print stuff they've captured. Instead, Honor touts "fluid VR streaming" for the 8 Pro, and even includes a bundled cardboard viewer and pre-installed Jaunt VR app containing a wealth of video content. Users will also be able to dive into the world of Galaxy on Fire 3, the first 3D game running on the Vulkan interface, all for free. Good guy Honor.

The Honor 8 Pro gets a sizable 4000 mAh battery, which is the same capacity as the Mate 9's juice pack. We managed to get 12 hours' non-stop usage out of the Mate 9 in our battery benchmarks, which saw it comfortably outlast the iPhone 7 Plus, or the Galaxy S7 edge. While the Honor 8 Pro's QHD resolution display is likely to eke away battery at a quicker rate than the FHD Mate 9, Honor still touts two full days of battery life out of the pack, or 1.44 days with "heavy usage," whatever that entails. Being able to charge the battery completely in an hour and fifty minutes, however, is an amazing feat at this capacity.

Clearing up some of the smaller matters, the dual-SIM device includes a fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C and of course, LTE. Measuring in at 157 x 77.5 x 6.97 mm and weighing 184 grams, the Honor 8 Pro ships with Huawei's newest EMUI 5.1 atop the Android 7.0 Nougat firmware. EMUI 5.1 introduces Highlights, a new feature co-developed with Go Pro that intelligently organizes photos by category and automatically generates video stories that are easily customizable. 

The Honor 8 Pro in black, blue and gold will be available for purchase from April 5 onwards in select markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland, for 549 EUR or £474. The gifts include your choice of a 128 GB microSD card or a 10,000 mAh Huawei power bank, along with some common niceties like a selfie stick tripod. Any takers?

Available at: Vmall.eu

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8 Pro
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(30h 3G talk time)



1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I prefer battery life than an obscure screen ratio.

10. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I'd actually also prefer this phone over the S8. 6gb ram, kirin 960, 4000mAh battery. Those specs alone make me very interested. However, the design clearly doesn't touch S8, but the design isn't horrible either. Also, for anyone who wants to see why 6gb of ram is awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otwED6s3rCQ

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7624; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Adreno 540 is more than double the speed of the Mali-G71. So the Galaxy S8+ wins in the graphics arena.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

We're talking about batteries here. Adreno is for SD and Mali for Exynos. So a Snapdragon Galaxy S8+ is faster than the Exynos one.

2. Bankz

Posts: 2552; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Now this what u call a proper flagship. 6gig ram, ir blaster, dual cameras, 4,000mah battery, 64gigs native storage, gorgeous, VR-ready, 6.9mm, dope fps and placement, metal, 5.7 qhd display.. Damn!!!

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and sub $600 pricetag...

5. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

This phone is gargantuan. No wonder the battery is that big. See it next to galaxy S8: http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Honor-8-Pro_id10482/size#/phones/Honor-8-Pro_id10482/size/Samsung-Galaxy-S8/phones/10311 Heck, it's even bigger than S8+.

12. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

The S8+ is taller though.

13. fyah_king unregistered

Duh!!! 6.2in vs 5.7in.lol

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7624; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Galaxy S8+ is only 2.5mm or basically 1/10in higher than the honor S8 pro. Yet the S8+ has a 1/2in taller and higher resolution display than the Honor S8 pro. The Adreno 540 is more than double the speed of the Mali-G71. Also the S8+ has much higher end VR, and not just Cardboard VR, which both have access to. Well basically all Androids and iPhone's have access to Cardboard apps.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wtf are you talking about? Are you high right now?

16. torr310

Posts: 1729; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This phone seems to be great! Wish it supports more LTE bands like iPhone, Galaxy series, so it could be a true "world phone" and don't need to worry about the regions.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22867; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now that is one beautiful and amazing handset! That battery life is looking real good! I think it's time that I re-add Huawei a few smartphones to my "must have" list, starting with this one.

8. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That phone is a steal. You can preorder at Honor uk Honor 8 Pro + Tripod + Sandisk Memory Card 128GB for only 474 GBP . https://www.vmall.eu/uk/Honor8ProLaunch/

9. gmaximus

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 05, 2017

This one looks nice... Ahh, it's good they don't make compact flagship phones any more, so i'm not tempted to buy any of those they offer.

11. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

dear samsung and LG ... this is how you make a flagship !

14. fyah_king unregistered


18. torr310

Posts: 1729; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

and HTC, too! Oh well, HTC has been less and less relative in past three years.

15. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Anyone know the model number variations? Even the LTE bands?

17. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

Please let this be in the USA soon...

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