8.2/10
Informr score
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 23 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Bright, detailed display
  • Solid build quality
  • Buttery smooth performance
  • Great camera quality

What's bad

  • Mediocre battery life
  • No optical image stabilization
  • No water resistance

Due to its budget branding, many people ignore the Honor sub-brand of Huawei. Those looking for a flagship experience normally wouldn’t give the Honor a second glance. The Honor 8 Pro hopes to change that.

Reviewers are in a tizzy about the smartphone because it offers premium specs while undercutting other flagship competitors.

What are they saying? Read on to find out!

If you’re looking for screen real estate, then look no further. The Honor 8 Pro offers a 5.7-inch, QHD (2560-by-1440) display for a pixel density of 515ppi. Reviewers found the screen sharp and detailed. Some called it “stunning.”

Of course, a screen isn’t just about sharpness. The Honor 8 Pro delivers on brightness levels too. Reviewer had no trouble with screen visibility, even on the brightest days.

With that said, they found colors to be muted and contrast lacking. This is because the phone uses an LCD screen instead of the AMOLED screens typically found on flagships. With that said, Stuff.tv notes, “… this is still a top-notch panel. You’ll struggle to get better for less cash.”

A large screen also means larger dimensions. While thin, many found the phone feels wider than even the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6. It’s also a bit heavy, weighing in at 184g. However, they add that weight is distributed evenly across the body.

The metal phone chassis provides a premium appearance. Reviewers also note it makes for sturdier build quality. Still, they add the metal makes it difficult to grip so they recommend getting a protective case in case you drop the phone. This is made even more important by a lack of water resistance.

For performance, the Honor 8 Pro is no slouch. Armed with an octa-core processor with four 2.4 GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores, it breezed through any challenges reviewers threw at it. They noticed no lag upon app startup or even during gaming. With 6GB of RAM, reviews show no issues with multitasking either. Techradar adds, “There’s a beautiful fluidity to the phone made possible by its overloaded power reserves.”

Backing up all that power is a 4,000mAh battery. Despite its size, many could only get a full day of life with mixed usage. During their benchmark tests, it lost 25 percent of its battery within 90 minutes. Recharges are also slow since there is no quick charging capabilities. Reviewers found a full charge requires a few hours. To make matters worse, the battery is not removable. So, you can’t carry around any spares.

With dual 12MP cameras on the back, the camera is very similar to the Honor 8. One camera captures full color, while the other sensor is monochrome, which allegedly provides better contrast and detail in more challenging lighting conditions.

So does it work? Experts say yes. They note that the camera on the Pro is much better than its predecessor thanks to a better processor and image signal processor. Most of the images taken had great range of depth and natural colors.

Despite the amount of light the camera let in through the lens, low-light images got noisy. Since the phone lacks optical image stabilization, reviewers warn you’ll need steady hands to avoid reshooting—even with the camera's fast focus and image capture speed.

Despite some shortcomings, experts overwhelmingly recommend the Honor 8 Pro. Android Central states, “The Honor 8 Pro is a fantastic option for anyone looking for a premium phone without dropping a ridiculous amount of cash.” Trusted Reviews adds, “Between an attractive design, a solid performing camera… there’s a great deal to like about Honor’s flagship phone.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.7"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Indian Express

Honor 8 Pro is attractive, well-built Android phone that offers great battery life and excellent cameras on board. If you are looking for a high-end phone that costs under Rs 35,000, Honor 8 Pro is the one to look forward to. But there are still a few drawbacks to consider. The software experience i...

- Anuj Bhatia, The Indian Express
TechPP

Slips into that category very comfortably with its combination of big display, big battery, big memory and big storage. And at the time of writing, it is comfortably by far the best device you can get for under Rs 30,000.

- Nimish Dubey, TechPP
tech2

Clearly, Huawei has done its homework and put up an offering with the right specifications at a rather low price. The only area where the OnePlus can take it down is software (it’s already on Android 7.1.1) and better low light images. For everything else, the Huawei certainly does a better jo...

- Sheldon Pinto, tech2
The Mobile Indian

To wrap up, the Honor 8 Pro is probably one of the best Honor devices so far. The device looks premium and distinctive enough for a mid-premium smartphone. The QHD display offers some really good output, though the auto-brightness could a pain for some. The dual-camera setup works well and the EMUI...

- Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian
Digit

Overall the Honor 8 Pro is a good device for what it offers. The build and design of the phone are fantastic and everyday work happens very smoothly on the device. There isn’t a game or app that didn’t perform on the phone. The battery life is decent. If there is a downside, it’s t...

- Sameer Mitha, Digit


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Screen Size
5.7"

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro's screen size is 5.7 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.4 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa core 2.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1800 minutes, 639 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Honor 8 Pro Specs

Overview
Release date April 20, 2017
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/850/900 /1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa core 2.4 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.28 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 622 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 639 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 463 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1800 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 21 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Blue, Black, Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 7.7 x 0.7 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 184 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel density 515 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2.5D curved glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Dual camera feature (12 MP 2nd camera), Voice activation, Exposure compensation, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Honor V9

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