We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

We tried the Honor 8 Pro for you: Here’s how it went

Jun 1, 2017

The Honor 8 Pro is the latest smartphone from Honor and marks an upgrade from the previously released Honor 8.

As Honor’s new flagship smartphone competing with the top high-end mobile devices on the market, a lot of work has gone into its sleek design, sharp camera lens and easy-to-use interface.

After a playtest with the phone, here’s what we found.

Unboxing

Upon unboxing the Honor 8 Pro you see just how far Honor has gone to make a product competing with the big players. Everything you need is neatly packed in, from the device itself to the charger and important documents.

What’s most unique however is the inclusion of a Google Cardboard headset. This means straight out of the box, after a tiny bit of set up, you can start experiencing virtual reality. This saves you having to go out and purchase a separate and expensive device, particularly useful if you’re unsure about VR in the first place.

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Design and Display

The Honor 8 Pro is a big phone – it has a 5.7 inch touch screen in fact. But it’s not unwieldy. It may take some getting used to at first if you’re used to smaller screens, but the 2560 x 1440 Quad HD display offers crisp images.

The screen’s size also offers more practical benefits, such as an easy to use touch keyboard and a bigger space for game user interfaces, which can make games more easily playable in some cases.

As for design, its flush 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel dual rear-facing camera, which doesn’t protrude outward, is a particular highlight that completes a real sleek look.

Battery life

The Honor 8 Pro packs in a 4,000 mAh battery that’s said to last for 2 full days of regular use and almost 1.44 days of intensive use.

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Having played a few games on the device, including the power sapping Pokemon GO, the phone holds up well to intensive usage. After about an hour of use, power did not suffer greatly, suggesting a few extended gameplay sessions won’t leave you without any power for the rest of the day.

In case you do start to run low on juice however, there are some smart options to keep your phone running. The typical power saving mode can add a few hours of battery life by limiting background app activity and reducing or disabling some visual effects and sounds.

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But the best feature here is the ‘Ultra’ power saving mode. During testing, selecting this mode offers a tremendous boost to battery life by cutting down the phone to only the most important apps. It automatically selects phone calls, texting and your contacts book – but leaves other slots to add apps of your choice.

User interface

The Honor 8 Pro uses Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 user interface. It’s simple and clean to use, and navigation buttons are built into the screen. The simple user interface makes it easy to navigate around your apps and rearrange your library to suit your tastes and needs. Settings are also easy to navigate, making it easy to customise features and set preferences.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners

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