Honor 8 Pro Announced

Honor have just announced their new flagship device: the Honor 8 Pro.

Honor 8 Pro Announced

The Honor 8 Pro has a sleek all-metal body design with rounded edges, a dual-camera setup that doesn’t protrude and a selection of colours to choose from which includes Midnight Black, Navy Blue and Platinum Gold.

Honor 8 Pro Specifications:

  • 5.7″ QHD (1440×2560) LTPS IPS LCD display
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core chipset with Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage (expandable with up to 256GB MicroSD)
  • EMUI 5.1 based Android Nougat (7.0)
  • Dual 12MP camera with phase detection and laser auto-focus
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC, Infrared, GPS/GLONASS/BDS
  • USB Type-C
  • 4000 mAh battery

We got to play around with the Honor 8 Pro recently and managed to get a hands-on (in a pub, where else…). You can check it out here.

The chipset, screen and GPU enable the Honor 8 to use Vulkan. What is Vulkan you ask? It’s an API for gaming and graphics that Android 7 supports given the right hardware. Essentially the Honor 8 Pro is made for VR gaming

The Honor 8 Pro is under 7mm thick and does not have a camera bump. Essentially the device is marginally smaller than an iPhone 7 Plus while delivering a higher density and larger screen.

So there you have it! Honor are back with a flagship which will certainly cause some ripples in the market: 6GB RAM and the capable chipset we have seen on the Huawei Mate 9 and P10. A quad high definition 5.7″ screen (Chief Pixel Density Enthusiast Approved) which is placed in an all-metal body ergonomically designed to fit nicely in the hand.

This significant bump in specifications and hardware capability paired with EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7 deservedly earn the device the “Pro” moniker, though here at Coolsmartphone we would question whether using the “8” was a wise branding decision.

So, all these specs are impressive, but what’s the pricing going to be like? Well, the recommended retail price for the Honor 8 Pro is £545.98 on vmall.eu. That’s a bit steep, but pre-orders get a 13% discount and bundled goodies: you can order the Honor 8 Pro in the UK for £474 and receive a free 128GB MicroSD and tripod for example. Shipping and general availability will start on April 20th.