Review of the smartphone Honor 8 Pro: I want a little more
Huawei this year decided to break all records for the blur of his family. Yes, of course, Honor is not Huawei, we are all actively pretend that it is unrelated to the company. But it turns out not very well, to be honest: even with ZTE Nubia able to divide better. Here and new two version Honor 8 slightly puzzling. If he is Honor 8 with its glass housing, unique design and strong “I’m” well fit into last year’s lineup between Huawei lite Huawei P9 and P9, Honor 8 Pro will be directly to bite off the audience at Huawei P10, and Honor 8 lite with price of 15 thousand rubles, and is falls into a niche of Honor 6X.
However, who are we to argue politics on the model of huge companies. Corporate ways are inscrutable. Let’s talk about the smartphone that is threatening to become one of the most interesting models of spring. Honor 8 Pro with the founder of the series actually have in common only the name and the design of the front panel with the word Honor at the bottom. The glass case is gone, replaced by traditional metal, to replace Kirin Kirin 950 960 came (as in Mate 9 and P10), added RAM and have grown a half inch display, which has also added to the resolution (now Quad HD). But the camera (or camera – then, of course, two sensors and two lenses) remained without external changes, but it works a little differently (I’ll explain this below). In fact, we are dealing with a slightly modified and simplified version of Huawei P10 Plus only 10 thousand rubles cheaper. Tempting.
|Honor 8 Pro||Honor 8||Meizu Pro 6 Plus||OnePlus3||Xiaomi Mi5s Plus|
|Display||5.7 inch, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels, 515 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.2 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 424 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.7 inches, AMOLED, 2560 × 1440, 518 ppi, capacitive multi-touch, 3D Touch||5.5 inch, AMOLED,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.7 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels, 386 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||No information||No information||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||Is, manufacturer unknown|
|Processor||HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, frequency 2.4 GHz; Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||HiSilicon Kirin 950 (four cores ARM Cortex-A72, 2.3 GHz; Quad core ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz)||8890 Samsung Exynos (Quad core Exynos-M1, 2 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.5 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.15 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 850 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP4, 900 MHz||The Mali-T880 MP12, 900 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz|
|RAM||6 GB||4 GB||4 GB||6 GB||4/6 GB|
|Flash memory||64 GB||32/64 GB||64/128 GB||64 GB||64/128 GB|
|Memory card support||There||There||No||No||No|
|Connectors||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm||USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm|
|SIM card||Two nano-SIM||One nanoSIM/dual nanoSIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM||Two nano-SIM|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100||HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 MHz||HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100 CDMA 2000|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40||LTE Cat. 6 (300/50 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbps, 50 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps): the bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 38, 39, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor||Light, proximity,
magnetometer (digital compass), barometer, heart rate
|Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor|
|Fingerprint scanner||There||There||There are capacitive||There are capacitive||There are capacitive|
|The main camera||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash||Double module, 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and phase detection autofocus, led flash,||12 MP, ƒ/2.0, hybrid (phase + laser) autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash (10 diodes)||16 MP, ƒ/2.0, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash||Double module, 13 MP, ƒ/2, phase detection autofocus, dual-led flash|
|Front camera||8 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||5 MP, fixed focus||8 MP, fixed focus||4 MP, fixed focus|
|Food||A removable battery of 15.21 WH (3900 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 11.4 WH (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 12.92 W·h
(3400 mAh, 3.8 V)
|Removable battery: 11.3 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||A removable battery of 14.44 W·h (3800 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||157 × 77,5 × 7 mm||At 145.5 × 71 × 7.5 mm||Of 155.6 × 77,3 × 7.3 mm||152,7 × 74,7 × 7.4 mm||154,6 x 77,7 x 7.95 mm|
|Weight||184 grams||153 grams||158 grams||158 grams||168 grams|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 Nougat, own shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, own shell EMUI||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell Flyme||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell OxygenOS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, shell MIUI|
|Current price||35 000 rubles||24 000-29 000||35 000-39 000||32 000 rubles||23 000-27 000|
Design, ergonomics and software
Huawei does not stop to look for some its way into the design of the smartphone, even if that lesson is not mandatory: the company has no discernible “I” gadgets, things are going great. The search is conducted in the most different directions – if the series Mate had acquired some stability, the flagship of the line P (formerly Ascend P) this year, returned unexpectedly to imitate the iPhone. In Honor 8 the company found an interesting recipe with a shimmering glass – and it would be logical if it was made and a Pro version.
But, alas, this did not happen, Honor 8 Pro machine, quality made of good materials (the front panel is covered with a 2.5 D glass rear together with sides — metal), but the self he is definitely lacking. Especially inherited the black version of the blue and gold look much more interesting.
But they are not immune from the typical problems all gadgets with matte metal on the rear panel – he actively zalamyvayutsya, and even if the fingerprints are not too striking, to scrub them hard. But on the front glass, oleophobic coating quite effectively and should be noted as a separate line, because the same P10 and P10 Plus with it problems. The metal back, however, there is an advantage in comparison with conventional glass Honor 8 – the gadget does not slip out of hands.
The dimensions of Honor 8 Pro perfectly adequate competitors on the General background there are only LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, where the display occupies almost the entire front panel as a whole. The device Huawei more classically – side frame almost absent, under the screen there is no controls (only a logo of Honor), but to work with it a 5.7-inch gadget with one hand difficult.
Especially note the thickness of the device is only 7 mm, it is one of the thinnest smartphones in its class.
All functional elements are in the usual places: the hardware keys on the right side, the navigation keys on the system – the screen, the round print scanner on the rear panel. To develop some new habits don’t have – except that the decision to place the mini-Jack at the bottom, not upstairs someone puzzled. While there is nothing unusual in this, of course, no.
The fingerprint scanner classic, capacitive: prepare from time to time to overwrite the fingerprint sensor is sensitive to the microtrauma to the skin. But it works fast. It can be used to unlock the device, deactivate the alarm, take pictures, answer a call, open the access to personal files and unlock individual apps. But the built-in button for all sorts of additional tasks, such as Honor 8, not here. Element, frankly, is optional.
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image (18) Honor 8 Pro Runs under Android operating system 7.0 Nougat with shell EMUI 5.0. Details about Android 7.0 I told in the review of the Google Pixel, and EMUI 5.0 in the review of the Huawei Mate 9. For ease of use, speed, efficiency (the charge is almost spent in idle mode) and General unobtrusiveness is almost my favorite shell in the current mobile world. But in this case I got to her there were several complaints. The first additional screen with the search string “Yandex”: partnership is all well and good, but can such things be left to the discretion of the user and not create an extra screen on the desktop. The second small slowdowns in random places. It is strange: the hardware platform is the powerful, the smartphone can easily cope with any heavy application, but there are twitches in the folding of some programs or even when opening the notification bar. However, problems arose infrequently.