Honor 8 Pro Review
by Daniel Petrov / Apr 11, 2017, 7:44 AM
Dual camera does all the tricks in the book, but photo colors are dull, and 4K video jittery
The Honor 8 Pro combines a monochrome and RGB sensor in a 12 MP dual-lens camera setup, so you can do black and white photography, or let the software merge the detail and luminance from the monochrome image with the color info from the RGB sensor for a better pic in Auto mode. Thanks to that dual camera setup, Honor 8 Pro offers wide aperture mode for photo and videos, which creates a more pronounced blur in the background of your photos. The strength of the effect can be adjusted anytime after the shot has been taken. Adorning the front of the device is an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
The camera app offers a fun assortment of shooting modes, which overlap with those found on the Mate 9 or the Honor 8, and the phone is quick to take and store a picture. In addition, you can double-click the volume down key in locked state, and the Honor 8 Pro will quickly enter the camera app and take a snap for a second or two, a pretty nice feat to have.
When it comes to initial focusing, though, we noticed that the camera takes its time to focus when you move from scene to scene when lighting conditions are less than ideal. You can always tap to focus, of course, but most phones usually do it seamlessly and on the spot.
In addition, pics taken in auto mode have cold, dull colors that seam a bit lifeless outdoors. Granted, it was a cloudy day, but even in sunnier conditions the colors tend to be cold and often undersaturated, which leaves a funky impression these days when most phones boost colors and contrast for flashier pics. You can always pump up the color and contrast sliders in the camera settings, but most folks would just point and shoot in auto. Other than that, the pictures are sufficiently sharp without being noisy, and the phone captures a good amount of detail.
Indoors and in low light, the hues look better, with livelier colors popping up from the frame. The dynamic range is about average, and bright objects tend to get overexposed in low light, but that's typical for most phone cameras.
Unlike the Honor 8, the 8 Pro can capture 4K video with 30fps, thanks to the fast new chipset. There is software stabilization, too, which works quite well in 1080p definition, but is not on by default, so you'd have to enable it in the settings. The 4K footage, however, is not stabilized, and is very jittery when panning around or simply trying to hold the phone still. Just like with the stills, the colors in the videos taken with the Honor 8 Pro could use a bit more pizzazz, and the 1080p footage is only about average in terms of detail.
EMUI 5.1 introduces Highlights, a new feature co-developed with GoPro that intelligently organizes photos by category, and can automatically generate video stories that are easily customizable, straight from the gallery. The phone's audio prowess is about average, both in terms of headphones output, and with the provided loudspeaker, which could use a bit more oomph and a sound that comes out less flat. Watching videos on the big screen is a joy, though, and the video player runs every codec you can throw at it, plus you get some light video editing tools, if you are so inclined.
Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Honor 8 Pro 0.41
OnePlus 3T 0.84
Huawei Mate 9 0.296
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 0.992
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Honor 8 Pro 79
OnePlus 3T 74
Huawei Mate 9 75.1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 77.4
Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 07, 2016
We are wait for asuse zenfone 3 zoom rewiew.
posted on Apr 11, 2017, 8:10 AM 1
Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012
Why QHD?? No one can tell the difference anyway but it affects battery life a lot ! It's just marketing. Don't buy QHD phones !
posted on Apr 11, 2017, 9:05 AM 0
Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013
While I prefer 1080p phones, what you said isn't true. It is very easy for me to tell the difference between QHD and 1080p, especially on a 5.7" phone (other PA readers, please attest to this) When I put my Mi Note 2 (1080p) next to my Nexus 6P (QHD) the difference is very noticeable. However, I will agree with you it affects battery life a lot.
posted on Apr 11, 2017, 9:18 AM 2
Unwieldly? This is smaller than your iPhone.lol
posted on Apr 11, 2017, 9:37 AM 6
Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 17, 2016
Exactly.. Iphonearena really don't care to show how unprofessional and bias they are, people need to realise if this had Apple branding it would get a 10 How can a 5.7 inch screen phone smaller than the 5.5 inch iphone be unwieldy yet they never said this about the iPhone which is huge and really shouldn't be as big as it is for the screen it's packing They then have the cheek to say the honor is more of the same yet for 3 years we get the same iPhone same shape same design and the latest one removed features like headphone socket but and only added waterproofing and dual camera on the plus version and it gets a 9+... Iphonearena cannot be taken seriously with any reviews
posted on Apr 11, 2017, 1:25 PM 2
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- Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
- Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2400 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 4000 mAh(30h 3G talk time)