Huawei's sub brand Honor today announced its all new Honor 8 Pro smartphone. The smartphone is priced at Rs 29,999 and will be available in stores and online from 10 July.
The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is basically a successor to the Honor 8 which was launched last year. The Honor 8 Pro builds on those specifications, and the price tag, to offer a mid-range competitor that should go neck and neck with just launched OnePlus 5 flagship smartphone.
The smartphone offers a 5.7-inch QHD (1440x2560 pixels) IPS LCD display with a Gorilla Glass 3 screen protecting it. Inside, we get Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset. The chipset features an 8-core setup with 4x Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The chipset is built using the 16 nm manufacturing process and offers an extra i6 core (to take the load of the chipset when not needed) and a an 8-core Mali G71 MP8 to handle the graphics. Talking about graphics, Huawei also announced that its Honor 8 Pro also supports Vulcan graphics for gaming.
Moving to the other hardware bits, there's 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage which can be expanded using using a microSD card (using hybrid SIM tray) to add an additional 256 GB of storage.
Coming to the cameras, the Huawei Honor 8 Pro offers a dual camera setup at the rear. Huawei delivers something similar to what we have on the Honor 8 but builds on the features by offering a 12 MP + 12 MP setup with a one RGB and this time, a second monochrome camera which should be great for black and white photography. Both rear cameras offer an aperture of f/2.2. The front facing camera for selfies offers an 8 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
You get the usual communication options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an Infrared sensor, NFC and a USB 2.0 Type-C port at the bottom. At the back there is the usual fingerprint reader that will unlock the device in 0.2 seconds. On the software side, the Honor 8 Pro offers Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Honor 8 Pro is not waterproof (which is the case with the OnePlus 5 as well) but features an all-metal body, with no camera protruding at the rear. The smartphone is just 7 mm thick which is quite an achievement because it packs in a 4,000 mAh battery inside.
Considering its price the device will directly compete with the flagship OnePlus 5 model from OnePlus.