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The honor 8 Pro is big on everything except the price

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Everyone loves a bargain especially when you can find a phone that offers more for less. Unfortunately, due to our unfavourable foreign exchange rates, there aren’t much bargain flagship smartphones these days. The rather recent OnePlus 3T/5 and Xiaomi Mi Note 2 are priced well above the RM2,000 mark and if you’re looking for anything cheaper, you would have to settle for a mid-range alternative.

Now, that’s no longer the case with the arrival of the honor 8 Pro. It has top notch specs, higher resolution 2K display and a larger battery that could put its more expensive rivals to shame. Read on for our first impressions of this new RM1,999 flagship contender.

For starters, the honor 8 Pro gets a phablet sized 5.7” screen that pushes a Quad HD resolution. This is probably the most affordable 2K display smartphone you can get right now. Despite having a larger screen, the overall phone is about the size of a 5.5” iPhone 7 Plus thanks to its thinner bezels.

Instead of using glass for both front and back, the rear of the honor 8 Pro uses a nice matte metal finish. Not only you won’t have to worry about fingerprint smudges, it also feels nice in the hands.

The sides have a slight curve to it which makes it feel like a thinner phone when held by the fingertips. You still get a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor but it is different from the original honor 8 which doubles up as a pressable action key.

The overall software experience is similar to Huawei’s P10 Plus as it runs on EMUI 5.1 that’s based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

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In our short usage, it feels pretty fast and smooth like what you would expect from a flagship and it’s no surprise since it runs on the same Kirin 960 processor with 6GB of RAM as Huawei’s top of line model. Unlike, the P10 Plus, storage is a notch smaller at 64GB but you can expand it further via microSD.

In the camera department, the honor 8 Pro comes with dual-cameras which consist of two 12MP sensors that shoots individually in colour and monochrome. Unlike last year’s honor 8, this new model comes with a proper Monochrome mode that shoots purely from its dedicated monochrome sensor.

You also get a whole lot of options including Pro Manual mode, light painting, time lapse and Pro Video mode. The honor 8 Pro also shoots 4K videos while the front camera comes with an 8MP selfie camera.

The design of the device looks and feels like a bigger honor 8. You still get a USB Type-C port and headphone jack at the bottom while the top comes with an Infrared blaster which you can use as a universal remote.

While the honor 8 Pro loses out to the P10 Plus in the camera department, its extra heft comes with a larger 4,000mAh battery. According to honor, a full charge can push up to 6 hours of gaming at 2K resolution.

Overall, the honor 8 Pro is an affordable buy if you’re looking for a phone that offers a big screen, big performance and a big battery. To some certain extent, this can be seen as a budget Huawei P10 Plus if you don’t mind not having a newer 2nd generation Leica approved dual-camera with OIS and faster f/1.8 lens.

Alexander Wong