The Honor 8 Pro is a bigger, better Huawei P10 minus the Leica branding

by Goh De No

Huawei’s P10 may have just got out, with a US$799 tag at some retailers (price is not confirmed by Huawei Brunei) and with the new Leica branding dual rear lens which first took the world by storm on last year’s P9.

Huawei aggressively marketed the P9 and this is not just globally, but you can see in Brunei that the P9 marketing was more widespread than Samsung, LG or Apple, meaning that Huawei isn’t messing around about being market leaders. They are already one of the top in terms of units sold in the world, and the P10’s showing will further secure this.

But I’m not here to talk about the Huawei P10, not this week anyway. What I like about Huawei is its Honor line, which I have not yet seen much of in Brunei. The Honor 8 was one of the most sought after mid-range smartphone because of the awesome components it carried without that insane price tag.

Just a couple of days ago, the Honor 8 Pro was launched from Huawei, and I like the idea of companies doing a sub-brand because they get to leverage of what the bigger company has to release a product that is far refined, but at a much lower price because research and development has been kept minimal as it’s already been done before.

Much like how the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) share platforms on some of their vehicles, or how Burger King’s parent company has bought over Tim Horton’s and Popeye’s fried chicken.

It’s economies of scale, and it makes so much more sense to have that.

So where does the Honor 8 Pro stand? The Huawei P10’s equivalent is the Honor 8, so the Honor 8 Pro is like the “jumbo” version of the P10. In terms of price, the Honor 8 Pro will sit slightly below the P10.

So why would you get an Honor 8 Pro over the P10, a flagship?

The Honor 8 Pro, also known as the Honor V9 in China, features a dual 12-megapixel sensor camera on its rear, but without the Leica branding. Image courtesy of Huawei.

First of all, the “Pro” tag has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and the processor is Huawei’s Kirin 960 which is the same CPU as the Mate 9 and P10. There’s also 6GB of RAM on board with 64GB of storage.

In terms of spec sheet, you know that this is indeed a flagship device, and the second reason is you get a 4,000 mAh battery, which is huge!

The Pro 8 supports a microSD card slot and is already on board with the reversible USB-C port.

Best of all, you get a dual 12-megapixel sensor setup on the rear. Sure there’s no Leica branding, but Honor not paying Leica to slap the name on the back means you don’t have to pay them both for it!

Included in the Honor is a technology Huawei uses that lets the machine learn how to optimise performance on usage. For example, if you’re using your browser at specific time of the day, the device will be set up for you to do that more efficiently, as opposed to when you randomly open it.

This is done with the EMUI 5.1 skinned on top of Android 7.0.

The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 processor. Image courtesy of Huawei.

Furthermore, you get an amazing metal device, which in the future will come in black and gold, along with the blue that it currently has.

An added bonus is the Honor 8’s Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that works with the Jaunt VR app that’s available on the device.

More Honors will make it to our shores soon with Huawei’s push, I’m sure.

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