Honor 8 Pro.
The world of Huawei phones is a confusing one. The company has a couple of flagship lineages under its Huawei brand name — the smaller Huawei P, the larger Huawei P Plus, and the also-larger Huawei Mate phones.
Huawei also has a sub-brand, Honor, which is also globally available, but has a stronger presence in the U.S. and the UK. It’s often hard to assess which one of these many devices is the actual flagship, but the new Honor 8 Pro appears to be the most interesting in the bunch right now.
The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch, quad HD display, Huawei’s Kirin 960 octa-core chip coupled with the Mali-G71 graphics chip, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery and dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back.
The fingerprint sensor is (again) on the phone’s back.
Thankfully — unlike with the recently launched Huawei P10 — the fingerprint sensor is on the back, so the phone’s front is all screen.
Well, mostly. The Honor 8 Pro doesn’t have an elongated screen like the LG G6, nor is it curved like the screen on Samsung’s Galaxy S8. But coupled with a thin profile (only 6.97mm) and rounded edges, the device is quite elegant, if not exactly inspiring.
Huawei’s last Honor phone, the Honor 8, was essentially a cheaper version of the Huawei P9. So is the Honor 8 Pro a cheaper version of the Huawei P10 Plus, which was launched a month ago in Barcelona?
No Leica branding on this dual camera. But we like the fact that it sits flush with the phone’s body.
Well, yes and no. Its dual camera setup on the back lacks the P10 Plus’ 20-megapixel monochromatic sensor and the Leica branding, but it has a bigger screen (5.7 vs 5.5 inches) and the rest of the specs are very similar.
The price, however, appears to be significantly lower. The Honor 8 Pro will cost £474.99 in the UK (about $591), and while we still don’t have the price for the Huawei 10 Plus, which starts shipping in April, UK’s Carphone Warehouse lists it at £679.99 (about $846).
There’s no word on U.S. availability for the Honor 8 Pro; we’ll update this post when we find out more.