The world of Huawei phones is a confusing one. The company has a couple of flagship lineages under its Huawei brand name — the smaller Huawei P, the larger Huawei P Plus, and the also-larger Huawei Mate phones.
Huawei also has a sub-brand, Honor, which is also globally available, but has a stronger presence in the U.S. and the UK. It’s often hard to assess which one of these many devices is the actual flagship, but the new Honor 8 Pro appears to be the most interesting in the bunch right now.
The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch, quad HD display, Huawei’s Kirin 960 octa-core chip coupled with the Mali-G71 graphics chip, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery and dual 12-megapixel cameras on the back.
Thankfully — unlike with the recently launched Huawei P10 — the fingerprint sensor is on the back, so the phone’s front is all screen.
Well, mostly. The Honor 8 Pro doesn’t have an elongated screen like the LG G6, nor is it curved like the screen on Samsung’s Galaxy S8. But coupled with a thin profile (only 6.97mm) and rounded edges, the device is quite elegant, if not exactly inspiring.
Huawei’s last Honor phone, the Honor 8, was essentially a cheaper version of the Huawei P9. So is the Honor 8 Pro a cheaper version of the Huawei P10 Plus, which was launched a month ago in Barcelona?
Well, yes and no. Its dual camera setup on the back lacks the P10 Plus’ 20-megapixel monochromatic sensor and the Leica branding, but it has a bigger screen (5.7 vs 5.5 inches) and the rest of the specs are very similar.
The price, however, appears to be significantly lower. The Honor 8 Pro will cost £474.99 in the UK (about $591), and while we still don’t have the price for the Huawei 10 Plus, which starts shipping in April, UK’s Carphone Warehouse lists it at £679.99 (about $846).
There is no word on U.S. availability for the Honor 8 Pro; we will update this post when we find out more.