Honor eight Professional, First Take: A high-quality handset, with a VR viewer within the field

Final 12 months the 5.2-inch Honor 8 gained plaudits as a smartphone providing nice options for a comparatively low worth — it at the moment sells for round £300 (inc. VAT). Now the Huawei sub-brand will get a brand new flagship, the 5.7-inch Honor 8 Pro, with beefed-up the specs and a launch worth of £479.99 within the UK.

It is a huge cellphone, the physique measuring 77.5mm extensive by 157mm deep, though it is solely 6.97mm thick. In case you’re searching for comparisons, that is a shade thinner than the 7.3mm iPhone 7 Plus. The Honor eight Professional is comparatively heavy at 184g, however that is not stunning for a handset of this measurement.


The 5.7-inch Honor eight Professional is available in Navy Blue at launch within the UK, with different colors to observe. It prices £479.99.

Picture: Huawei/Honor

Construct high quality is great. The steel chassis, which Honor was at pains to inform me is sandblasted and air-polished to ship an ultra-smooth contact, is hard. Attempt as I would, I could not bow this cellphone in my arms. My ‘Navy Blue’ assessment handset seemed nice — gold and black variants will even be accessible.

There are quite a lot of premium options on provide right here. The 5.7-inch display screen has a decision of two,560 by 1,440 pixels, or 515 pixels per inch (ppi). Now, there does come some extent when increased resolutions do not imply very a lot generally use — there’s solely a lot element the human eye can discern. However it was made clear after I was proven the handset that this increased decision can come into its personal with VR. And Honor is eager to push that facet of issues. A lot so, actually, that some origami with the field creates a Google Cardboard-style viewer (see gallery, beneath).

The HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core chipset is supported by 6GB of RAM and there is 64GB of inner storage. Extra storage capability might be added through a MicroSD card — however solely, as is commonly the case, in case you’re ready to forego a second SIM, as trayspace is shared.

Android (Nougat) is augmented with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 overlay, a pores and skin that gives loads of extra performance over native Android however which tends to divide consumer opinion.

EMUI consists of options designed to help system efficiency equivalent to fixed RAM defragging. Work has additionally been executed to maintain efficiency constant over time somewhat than degrading attributable to file fragmentation, as can typically occur with Android. Honor says it has examined its work on handsets loaded with 135 apps, 10,000 contacts, 500 name information and 10,000 textual content messages.

It is good to see an IR blaster on the function checklist, because it’s helpful to manage the TV from my handset. There’s an environment friendly and dependable fingerprint sensor on the again of the machine, sited conveniently to be used with a forefinger.


The rear digicam is a 12-megapixel dual-lens unit with monochrome and RGB sensors. There’s additionally a round fingerprint reader on the again.

Picture: Huawei/Honor

Above the round fingerprint sensor are twin lenses for the 12-megapixel major digicam, whereas the entrance digicam is an 8MP unit. A devoted monochrome sensor on the again ought to enhance your moody black-and-white pictures, though I’ve not had sufficient time with the Honor eight Professional to experiment a fantastic deal.

There are many capturing modes to discover, and Honor is pushing the pictures options of this handset as a key promoting level. Evening capturing, particularly, is claimed to be improved, and Honor has partnered with GoPro to develop a function referred to as Highlights that tags and organises photographs and mechanically generates customisable video tales.

The Honor eight Professional’s four,000mAh battery is rated to ship two full days of ‘common use’. I’ve not had the handset for lengthy sufficient to verify this in real-world circumstances, however will report again after I’ve clocked up sufficient testing time. The handset will cost through its USB-C port in underneath two hours.

My time with the Honor eight Professional has been fairly brief, and I’ve but to present it a full exercise. What I can say is that it is properly constructed and properly specified, and in addition comparatively inexpensive. As such, it is doubtless to present a few of 2017’s premium flagship handsets run for his or her cash.

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