Honourable Mention
Honor 8 Pro could give its peers a run for their money
Can you imagine a smartphone delivering maximum performance with cutting-edge processing power, long lasting battery life, 5.7-inch Quad HD display and a dual-lens camera, all packed into an ultra-slim body? Say hello to Honor 8 Pro, which sounds truly impressive on paper.

Design and display

Its predecessor, the Honor 8, was considered one of the best-designed devices of 2016. For sure, the Honor 8 Pro could be a strong contender this year. The Honor 8 Pro has a metal unibody that is a svelte 6.97mm thick. The slim 184g weight is well spread across the 5.7-inch body for a device that feels well-balanced in your palm. It also boasts a 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD screen, which is quite stunning and offers a sharp 515 pixels per inch image density.

Performance and battery life

Powered by Huawei’s top-of-the-line system on a chip (SoC), Kirin 960 with Mali-G71 MP8 graphics processing unit and 6GB of RAM, the Honor 8 Pro has the capacity to handle both aggressive multitasking and gaming without breaking a sweat.

The 6GB of RAM provides fluid performances and the phone does not suffer from any lag or stutter. Heavy mobile games such as Asphalt 8, Mobile Legend and Sword Art Online – Memory Defrag run without any hiccups. However, the smartphone has a tendency to heat up after playing a game for 30 minutes straight. Overheating remains one of the more common issues with today’s smartphones.

In terms of battery life, the Honor 8 Pro can last up to two days thanks to the 4,000 mAh battery and efficient software optimisations. At the same time, the fast-charging feature helps heavy users to get a quick boost. The bundled 9V/2A charger juices the phone to a third of the battery capacity in 30 minutes; going from zero to 100% would only take two hours.

Even cooler is the fact that it comes with a box that can be transformed into a Google Cardboard-style virtual reality (VR) headset. There are already two VR apps, Jaunt VR and Cardboard, pre-installed on the phone. It is quite a simple task to assemble the VR headset and the lenses are pretty good. While it is a nice addition, if you really want the full VR experience, get a proper VR headset.


The Honor 8 Pro boasts dual 12-megapixel rear mounted cameras where the two are used as independent RGB and monochrome sensors. Even without the Leica branding, the picture quality is really good. The colours are bright and the images taken in low light conditions can be brightened but at the risk of losing some of its sharpness. The front 8-megapixel camera takes great selfies enhanced by a built-in image-beautifying camera app. Meanwhile, the Honor 8 Pro’s camera has the capacity to record video at 4k but the continuous autofocus will be disabled. However, you can switch to 1080p at 30 or 60 fps to enable the autofocus.

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 245.