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Honor 8 Pro Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Mark Riege), 05/07/2017

On to new pastures. Huawei has delivered one of its best flagship smartphones yet with the latest Honor 8 Pro. You can find out in our detailed review, how the most powerful Honor device of all times fares in the comparison with well-known competitors of the high-end segment.

For the original German review, see here.

In the beginning of April, the newest Honor model was officially introduced to the German market in Berlin. Once designed by Huawei as an entry and mid-range brand, with the Honor 8 Pro the Chinese smartphone company enters new territory offering it as an alternative in the high-end segment. For 549 Euros (~$604), potential buyers will get a 5.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. The Honor flagship smartphone is powered by Huawei's own octa-core SoC, the Kirin 960. Similar to the Huawei P10 Plus, the Honor 8 Pro offers a dual-camera on the back, which integrates two full-fledged 12 Megapixel lenses. However, compared to the P10 (Plus), the camera on the back does not have a Leica branding and no Summilux optics either.

Since April 21, the Honor 8 Pro is offered by the exclusive partner O2 and the vmall.eu online shop in the colors Navy Blue (blue), Midnight Black (black) and Platinum Gold and is also available in selected O2 shops. The potential competitors of the high-end smartphone which are also the competing devices in this test are the HTC U Play, OnePlus 3T, Lenovo Moto Z, HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, as well as the current reference in the high-end segment, the Samsung Galaxy S8 (Plus). Due to the close similarity, we also compare the Honor 8 Pro with the in-house competitors, the Huawei P10 Plus, as well as the Huawei P9 Plus

While this phone is widely reviewed in the US, there is currently no word on price or availability yet.

Honor 8 Pro (8 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
Display
5.7 inch 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixel 515 PPI, capacitive, Multi-Touch, LCD, IPS, Gorilla Glass 3, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 52.7 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3,5 Millimeter Klinkenanschluss, Card Reader: microSD card up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: hall sensor, infrared sensor, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, compass, gravity sensor, gyroscope, status indikator, USB OTG, Miracast, Status-LED
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz UMTS: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz LTE (FDD): Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20 LTE (TDD): Bands 38, 40, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.97 x 157 x 77.5 ( = 0.27 x 6.18 x 3.05 in)
Battery
4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix + 12 MP, autofocus with LED flash
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 77° with wide-angle lens
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB cable, VR headset (packaging), Emotion UI 5.1 (compatible with Android 7.0), 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
184 g ( = 6.49 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 52 g ( = 1.83 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
549 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Color variants of the Honor 8 Pro
Color variants of the Honor 8 Pro

The front is completely made of scratch-proof 2.5-D Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which merges slightly rounded into the metal frame – the current Gorilla Glass versions remain reserved for the Huawei P10 and P10 Plus smartphones. On the sides, the IPS display is framed by a scarcely 2 mm (~0.07 in) thin frame. The edges on the top and bottom of the case turned out quite large, however, so that the size ratio between the display and whole front of the device is only 73.6%. Compared to the LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8 (Plus), the front of the Honor 8 Pro is not really styled efficiently. 

The rounded edges on the side of the metal frame allow the high-end smartphone to lie comfortably in the hand - Honor calls this the "U-Frame Design." With a height of merely 7 mm (~0.28 in), the 8 Pro model has a comfortable feel to it, despite the relatively large dimensions.  

Due to their different surface structure, the physical keys can each be distinguished easily. The volume controls and the on/off switch are built very well. There is no play and they have a well-defined pressure point. The stability is also very good and even solid pressure hardly makes any difference to the device.

The dual-camera module placed on the back sits flush with the case. However, the glass cover and the antenna stripes are not machined perfectly in our test unit, so that the transition between these elements and the case can be felt.  

Size Comparisons

159.5 mm / 6.28 inch 73.4 mm / 2.89 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 77.5 mm / 3.05 inch 6.97 mm / 0.2744 inch 184 g0.4057 lbs155.3 mm / 6.11 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 5.19 mm / 0.2043 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs152.7 mm / 6.01 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 7.35 mm / 0.2894 inch 158 g0.3483 lbs152.3 mm / 6 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 6.98 mm / 0.2748 inch 162 g0.3571 lbs150.9 mm / 5.94 inch 72.6 mm / 2.86 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs145.9 mm / 5.74 inch 71.9 mm / 2.83 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 161 g0.3549 lbs146 mm / 5.75 inch 72.9 mm / 2.87 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs145.3 mm / 5.72 inch 69.3 mm / 2.73 inch 6.98 mm / 0.2748 inch 144 g0.3175 lbs

Features

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The internal UFS-2.1 storage of the Honor 8 Pro has a capacity of 64 GB, with 52.7 GB available to the user as it is delivered. In addition, a microSD card can be incorporated into the internal storage, if the dual-SIM functionality is not needed. The integrated microSD slot conforms to the current SDHC and SDXC standards and can accept cards up to 128 GB. 

Even though the high-end smartphone has a modern USB Type-C port at the bottom, the Honor 8 Pro only supports the USB 2.0 standard. Peripherals such as an external keyboard or USB sticks can be connected via an OTG adapter. Wi-Fi Direct and Miracast are available for wireless transfer of the display contents. 

Further features include an integrated infrared interface, a 3.5 mm audio port, a fingerprint sensor, a step counter, and an LED for notifications.

Right case side
Right case side
Left case side
Left case side
Top case side
Top case side
Bottom case side
Bottom case side

Software

Huawei provides its currently most powerful smartphone with Android 7.0 Nougat, which is at the security patch level from March 2017 at the time of the test. Compared to Google's vanilla Android, the EMUI 5.1 user interface of the manufacturer shows visual adjustments that do not appear as playful and colorful as earlier iterations of the UI before it.

Besides additional software features such as a quick-access for easier one-handed operation or a movement control, the Honor 8 Pro has many third-party apps (bloatware) preinstalled. However, most of them can be uninstalled.   

Communication and GPS

Purely according to the specs, there are no big differences in the communication modules compared to the Huawei P10. For the WLAN at home, there is a module that supports the current IEEE-802.11 a/b/g/n/ac standards and thus also masters the 2.4 GHz as well as the 5.0 GHz bands. Furthermore, the Honor smartphone has Bluetooth version 4.2 and an NFC chip for near-field communication between mobile devices. However, in our test there are clear differences between both devices in the Wi-Fi transfer speeds between the smartphone and our reference Linksys EA 8500 router. The data rates of the Honor 8 Pro are significantly higher than those of the Huawei P10 and remained relatively constant and without noteworthy fluctuations during the test. The range and signal stability are on a very good level; the damping right next to the router (Telekom Speedport, W921V) is -32 dBm.     

Thanks to LTE Cat. 6, the dual-SIM smartphone accesses the mobile Internet with up to 300 Mbit/s in the downloads. All the LTE bands relevant in Germany as well as GSM quad-band and UMTS quad-band are supported. In contrast to the similar V9 model, the Honor 8 Pro also supports the LTE band 20 which is important in rural areas. The dual-SIM smartphone offers space for two nano-SIM cards, if no SD-card is used. In dual-SIM mode, one of the two cards is limited to UMTS frequencies, however. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
368 MBit/s ∼100% +56%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
308 (min: 48.8) MBit/s ∼84% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
281 MBit/s ∼76% +19%
OnePlus 3T
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
257 MBit/s ∼70% +9%
HTC U Play
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
249 MBit/s ∼68% +6%
Honor 8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
236 MBit/s ∼64%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
656 MBit/s ∼100% +182%
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
343 (min: 154) MBit/s ∼52% +47%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
335 MBit/s ∼51% +44%
OnePlus 3T
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
313 MBit/s ∼48% +34%
HTC U Play
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
260 MBit/s ∼40% +12%
Honor 8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
233 MBit/s ∼36%
GPS test inside a building
GPS test inside a building
GPS test outside
GPS test outside

The Honor 8 Pro can be located by the integrated GPS receiver. Outside, the position can be located down to 12 meters (40 ft.) without any notable delay. Inside enclosed rooms, we could not get a satellite signal that was strong enough to locate the position. In our practice test where we record the travel distances via GPS module of the high-end smartphone in parallel to using the professional Garmin Edge 500 bicycle navigator, the Honor device deviates by 180 meters (~0.11 miles) from the professional GPS reference device on the 12-Kilometer (~7.5 miles) route - a rather small deviation when we compare it to what we measured on the Huawei P10: that high-end smartphone reaches deviations of 380 meters (~0.23 miles). If we look at the GPS data more closely, we see smaller inaccuracies mainly in the turns and curves. Still, the high-end smartphone should be suited for navigation as well as geo-tagging. 

GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Honor 8 Pro
GPS Honor 8 Pro
GPS Honor 8 Pro
GPS Honor 8 Pro
GPS Honor 8 Pro
GPS Honor 8 Pro

Telephone and Call Quality

Considering its price class, the call quality of the Honor 8 Pro is rather average. While there were no interfering interruptions or reception problems in the test, the voices are slightly distorted and not reproduced clearly. However, we perceived the quality of the built-in microphone as satisfactory and it was characterized as clear by our conversation partner. 

Cameras

The 12-MP main cameras of the Honor 8 Pro record in the 4:3 format with 3968x2976 pixels and are supported in bad lighting conditions by a dual LED flash. While the monochrome sensor takes pictures in black and white, the RGB camera records color information. The benefit of the dual-camera system is the ability to record variable field depth, so that the image motif is determined in three dimensions. This allows applying the so-called Bokeh effect to the images. The camera modules have an aperture of f/2.2, but the depth information of both cameras can be used to generate an aperture from f/0.95 to f/16. Image stabilization is merely offered through software and an optical image stabilizer (OIS) is not built-in. 

The photo quality of the Honor 8 Pro ranges from good to very good. If we compare the photos taken with this high-end smartphone with those of high-end devices from last year, the Honor 8 Pro does not quite achieve the photo quality of a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The dynamic range is slightly smaller, which causes images taken in widely varying light conditions to darken visibly. Moreover, the image detail is lacking and the color reproduction did not completely convince us. Our greatest complaint is the low-light performance, in particular in auto-mode. In low light, the images clearly begin to become grainy and the blurriness of the images increases. Here a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge performs better. 

The 8-MP front camera also has a good quality and is more than sufficient for selfies. Unfortunately, for optimal image sharpness, auto-focus is lacking. The front camera of the Honor 8 Pro records videos in FHD resolution (1920x1080 pixels) with up to 30 frames per second. The 12-MP RGB camera records videos with 3840x2160 pixels and 30 fps. Videos cannot be recorded with the monochrome sensor. The quality of the video recordings is pleasing, but for recordings without jittering, the OIS is missing at one place or the other. 

Dual-camera without Bukeh effect
Dual-camera without Bukeh effect
Dual-camera with Bukeh effect
Dual-camera with Bukeh effect
Front camera image
Front camera image
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge picture taken at night
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge picture taken at night
Honor 8 Pro picture taken at night
Honor 8 Pro picture taken at night

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Under controlled lighting conditions, the color tones have a good likeness to the actual reference colors. However, the photos of the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport (without post-processing such as a manual white-balance) taken with the 12-MP camera show a white-balance that is clearly too warm. To evaluate the sharpness of the photos, we take a picture of our test chart under controlled artificial light. The sharpness is good, although towards the edges the photos become visibly blurred.

Accessories and Warranty

A modular 18-watt charger (9 V, 2 A) and a USB cable are included, and you an make a VR headset out of the packaging materials - a good idea in theory, but in practical use, the construction of the headset has not proven to be very ergonomical.  

The manufacturer provides a 24-month warranty for the smartphone from the time of purchase. The battery and charger have a limited warranty of only 6 months. 

Input Devices and Handling

The display of the Honor 8 Pro recognizes up to nine touch-points simultaneously. The capacitive multi-touchscreen reacts fast and reliably up to the edge areas. Moreover, the Corning Gorilla glass surface offers very good gliding characteristics. 

The active fingerprint scanner positioned on the back is very fast and accurate, as we are used to at this point from Huawei smartphones. Besides unlocking the device via biometric identification of the fingerprint, the sensor can be activated for other functions, such as pulling down the notification bar. Control via knuckle touch is also available.    

The Chinese manufacturer preinstalled the stock Android keyboard layout, which supports swipe and voice input, and also the SwiftKey virtual keyboard. 

Onscreen keyboard, landscape
Onscreen keyboard, landscape
Onscreen keyboard, portrait
Onscreen keyboard, portrait

Display

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The LC display of the Honor 8 Pro measures 14.5 cm (5.7 inch) in the diagonal and offers a QuadHD resolution, which corresponds to 2560x1440 pixels. The high resolution of the IPS panels leads to a pixel density of around 515 ppi, which provides a very sharp display of the contents. In normal use and regular viewing distances there are no visible pixel structures.

Displaying a pure white area, the liquid crystal display achieves a brightness of 541 cd/m² in the center and with that shines similarly bright or in parts clearly brighter than the competitors. With the activated adaptive environment-light sensor to control the display brightness, the display of the Honor 8 Pro achieves a similar value of 531 cd/m². In addition, we evaluate the brightness in our test with evenly distributed bright and dark areas (APL-50). Here, we determine a brightness of 505 cd/m². 

502
cd/m²
523
cd/m²
502
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
541
cd/m²
530
cd/m²
495
cd/m²
517
cd/m²
512
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 541 cd/m² Average: 513.9 cd/m² Minimum: 4.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 541 cd/m²
Contrast: 1803:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.2 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
Gamma: 2.27
Honor 8 Pro
IPS, 2560x1440, 5.7
Huawei P10
LTPS, 1920x1080, 5.1
Huawei P9 Plus
AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
HTC U Play
Super LCD, 1920x1080, 5.2
HTC 10
Super LCD 5, 2560x1440, 5.2
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Super AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Super AMOLED, 2960x1440, 6.2
OnePlus 3T
Optic-AMOLED, 1920x1080, 5.5
Lenovo Moto Z
AMOLED, 2560x1440, 5.5
Screen
-19%
-34%
-20%
-6%
30%
29%
-59%
13%
Brightness middle
541
547
1%
361
-33%
424
-22%
445
-18%
554
2%
560
4%
421
-22%
485
-10%
Brightness
514
556
8%
366
-29%
432
-16%
434
-16%
552
7%
562
9%
430
-16%
490
-5%
Brightness Distribution
91
86
-5%
87
-4%
90
-1%
93
2%
96
5%
93
2%
84
-8%
92
1%
Black Level *
0.3
0.43
-43%
0.25
17%
0.36
-20%
Contrast
1803
1272
-29%
1696
-6%
1236
-31%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.2
4.8
-50%
5.1
-59%
5.7
-78%
2.8
12%
1.59
50%
1.7
47%
7.1
-122%
2.1
34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.2
8.8
-22%
10
-39%
10.8
-50%
5.8
19%
2.56
64%
3.4
53%
15.3
-113%
5.5
24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4
4.5
-13%
5.5
-38%
4.1
-3%
3.7
7%
2.01
50%
1.6
60%
6.8
-70%
2.6
35%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.39 92%
2.24 98%
2.32 95%
2.31 95%
2.01 109%
2.13 103%
2.23 99%
2.23 99%
CCT
7120 91%
7194 90%
7388 88%
7359 88%
7164 91%
6321 103%
6435 101%
7866 83%
6843 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
82.12
81.57
88.14
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.98
99.87
100

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The black value of 0.3 cd/m² as well as the display contrast ratio of 1803:1 are within a range typical for high-end smartphones. The device does not achieve a better contrast even in the APL-50 test, where we measure a ratio of 1629:1 with a black value of 0.31 cd/m². Due to their technology, the OLED competitors have a clear advantage here, since the organic displays can display an "absolute" black, thus approaching an infinite contrast ratio in theory. 

At 3.2 (colors) and 4 (grayscale), the analysis of the photo spectrometer and the CalMAN software shows relatively low average Delta-E deviations to the sRGB color space (display mode: warm). For comparison: the ideal values remain below 3. At 7120 K, the color temperature is only slightly higher than the ideal value of 6500 K. The sRGB as well as the AdobeRGB colorspace are almost completely covered by the IPS panel. We hardly find any colored tint. Overall, the liquid crystal display convinces completely and only the Galaxy-S competition from Samsung offers a better contrast and color accuracy.  

In the standard display mode, the average Delta-E deviations in the grayscale and mixed colors are slightly worse, and the color reproduction is more saturated.

CalMan color accuracy (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMAN color accuracy (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMan color space (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMAN color space (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMan grayscale (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMAN grayscale (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMan color saturation (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMAN color saturation (sRGB color space), display mode: Standard
CalMan color accuracy (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMAN color accuracy (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMan color space (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMAN color space (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMan grayscale (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMAN grayscale (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMan color saturation (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm
CalMAN color saturation (AdobeRGB color space), display mode: Warm

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 30.8 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

Due to its technology, the stability of the viewing angles of the built-in liquid crystal display is very good. There are no color inversions in the Honor 8 Pro, and the brightness declines very little when viewing from the sides. Thanks to the high brightness of the high-contrast IPS display, using it outside is not a problem.

Using it outside ...
Using it outside ...
... while overcast
... while overcast
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

Inside the Honor 8 Pro runs the Kirin 960 octa-core processor developed in-house and introduced by Huawei in 2016. The SoC (System-on-Chip) equipped with eight processor cores is designed with ARM's big.LITTLE technology, where four high-performance Cortex A73 cores with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz and four energy-saving low-power Cortex-A53 cores with a 1.8 GHz clock are used. In contrast to the modern 10-nm processors such as the Samsung Exynos 8895 or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, the Kirin 960 is manufactured by TSMC only in a 16-nanometer process.

As the benchmark results show, the octa-core CPU in combination with 6 GB RAM assures a very appealing performance, which is comparable to that of last year's high-end devices from other manufacturers. The system performance is also outstanding. In everyday use, the system runs very fluidly and almost without any delays.

The Mali-G71 (MP8) graphics unit integrated in the Kirin 960 uses the Vulkan API graphics support. This allows the graphics engine to take over some of the calculations, which would burden the CPU in the OpenGL technology up to now. The results of the graphics-based benchmarks are on the level of a Mali-T880 (MP12) and below the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU. In comparison to the Huawei P10, the results in the 3D-Mark benchmark are notably worse, which might be due to poor heat dissipation leading to throttling.    

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
146044 Points ∼53%
Huawei P10
140084 Points ∼51% -4%
Huawei P9 Plus
98413 Points ∼36% -33%
HTC U Play
51628 Points ∼19% -65%
HTC 10
131866 Points ∼48% -10%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
128749 Points ∼47% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
165382 Points ∼60% +13%
OnePlus 3T
159866 Points ∼58% +9%
Lenovo Moto Z
129197 Points ∼47% -12%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10
6036 Points ∼22%
HTC U Play
2825 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
5503 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6375 Points ∼23%
OnePlus 3T
4236 Points ∼15%
Lenovo Moto Z
3946 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P10
1935 Points ∼34%
HTC U Play
775 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
1840 Points ∼32%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
1952 Points ∼34%
OnePlus 3T
1881 Points ∼33%
Lenovo Moto Z
1480 Points ∼26%
Geekbench 4.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
6245 Points ∼17%
Huawei P10
6521 Points ∼18% +4%
HTC 10
4021 Points ∼11% -36%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6695 Points ∼18% +7%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1853 Points ∼29%
Huawei P10
1899 Points ∼30% +2%
HTC 10
1654 Points ∼26% -11%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2015 Points ∼32% +9%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
2216 Points ∼53%
Huawei P10
1902 Points ∼45% -14%
Huawei P9 Plus
2547 Points ∼60% +15%
HTC U Play
1498 Points ∼36% -32%
HTC 10
1688 Points ∼40% -24%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2121 (min: 1594) Points ∼50% -4%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2466 Points ∼58% +11%
OnePlus 3T
1728 Points ∼41% -22%
Lenovo Moto Z
1797 Points ∼43% -19%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1746 Points ∼27%
Huawei P10
2409 Points ∼38% +38%
Huawei P9 Plus
807 Points ∼13% -54%
HTC U Play
349 Points ∼5% -80%
HTC 10
2889 Points ∼45% +65%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2229 (min: 2043) Points ∼35% +28%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3479 Points ∼55% +99%
OnePlus 3T
2418 Points ∼38% +38%
Lenovo Moto Z
2336 Points ∼37% +34%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1832 Points ∼33%
Huawei P10
2274 Points ∼41% +24%
Huawei P9 Plus
952 Points ∼17% -48%
HTC U Play
421 Points ∼8% -77%
HTC 10
2495 Points ∼45% +36%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2204 (min: 1923) Points ∼40% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3188 Points ∼58% +74%
OnePlus 3T
2221 Points ∼40% +21%
Lenovo Moto Z
2190 Points ∼40% +20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1896 Points ∼45%
Huawei P10
2193 Points ∼52% +16%
Huawei P9 Plus
2336 Points ∼55% +23%
HTC U Play
1516 Points ∼36% -20%
HTC 10
1512 Points ∼36% -20%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2002 (min: 1539) Points ∼47% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2465 Points ∼58% +30%
OnePlus 3T
1452 Points ∼34% -23%
Lenovo Moto Z
1828 Points ∼43% -4%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1856 Points ∼19%
Huawei P10
2816 Points ∼28% +52%
Huawei P9 Plus
1042 Points ∼10% -44%
HTC U Play
565 Points ∼6% -70%
HTC 10
4581 Points ∼46% +147%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3015 (min: 2895) Points ∼30% +62%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
4786 Points ∼48% +158%
OnePlus 3T
3310 Points ∼33% +78%
Lenovo Moto Z
3718 Points ∼37% +100%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1865 Points ∼26%
Huawei P10
2649 Points ∼37% +42%
Huawei P9 Plus
1188 Points ∼17% -36%
HTC U Play
657 Points ∼9% -65%
HTC 10
3157 Points ∼44% +69%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2710 (min: 2421) Points ∼38% +45%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3958 Points ∼55% +112%
OnePlus 3T
2577 Points ∼36% +38%
Lenovo Moto Z
3023 Points ∼42% +62%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
15129 Points ∼18%
Huawei P10
15341 Points ∼18% +1%
Huawei P9 Plus
15331 Points ∼18% +1%
HTC U Play
9970 Points ∼12% -34%
HTC 10
20344 Points ∼24% +34%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
19610 Points ∼23% +30%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
20892 Points ∼24% +38%
OnePlus 3T
22426 Points ∼26% +48%
Lenovo Moto Z
20948 Points ∼24% +38%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
32243 Points ∼6%
Huawei P10
35964 Points ∼7% +12%
Huawei P9 Plus
21807 Points ∼4% -32%
HTC U Play
11713 Points ∼2% -64%
HTC 10
30061 Points ∼6% -7%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
33031 Points ∼6% +2%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
33077 Points ∼6% +3%
OnePlus 3T
34494 Points ∼6% +7%
Lenovo Moto Z
26659 Points ∼5% -17%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
25766 Points ∼11%
Huawei P10
27692 Points ∼12% +7%
Huawei P9 Plus
19936 Points ∼8% -23%
HTC U Play
11275 Points ∼5% -56%
HTC 10
27176 Points ∼12% +5%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28671 Points ∼12% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
29282 Points ∼12% +14%
OnePlus 3T
30810 Points ∼13% +20%
Lenovo Moto Z
25135 Points ∼11% -2%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
43 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
69 fps ∼1% +60%
Huawei P9 Plus
41 fps ∼0% -5%
HTC U Play
18 fps ∼0% -58%
HTC 10
73 fps ∼1% +70%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
81 fps ∼1% +88%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
104 fps ∼1% +142%
OnePlus 3T
91 fps ∼1% +112%
Lenovo Moto Z
77 fps ∼1% +79%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
59 fps ∼2%
Huawei P10
55 fps ∼2% -7%
Huawei P9 Plus
43 fps ∼1% -27%
HTC U Play
18 fps ∼1% -69%
HTC 10
43 fps ∼1% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
51 fps ∼2% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
58 fps ∼2% -2%
OnePlus 3T
59 fps ∼2% 0%
Lenovo Moto Z
53 fps ∼2% -10%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
29 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
30 fps ∼0% +3%
Huawei P9 Plus
18 fps ∼0% -38%
HTC U Play
7.1 fps ∼0% -76%
HTC 10
39 fps ∼1% +34%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
38 fps ∼1% +31%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
50 fps ∼1% +72%
OnePlus 3T
46 fps ∼1% +59%
Lenovo Moto Z
41 fps ∼1% +41%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
20 fps ∼1%
Huawei P10
32 fps ∼1% +60%
Huawei P9 Plus
19 fps ∼1% -5%
HTC U Play
7 fps ∼0% -65%
HTC 10
24 fps ∼1% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
27 fps ∼1% +35%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
38 fps ∼1% +90%
OnePlus 3T
45 fps ∼1% +125%
Lenovo Moto Z
26 fps ∼1% +30%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
21 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
24 fps ∼1% +14%
Huawei P9 Plus
10 fps ∼0% -52%
HTC U Play
4.8 fps ∼0% -77%
HTC 10
24 fps ∼1% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
28 fps ∼1% +33%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
42 fps ∼1% +100%
OnePlus 3T
32 fps ∼1% +52%
Lenovo Moto Z
27 fps ∼1% +29%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
13 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
25 fps ∼1% +92%
Huawei P9 Plus
11 fps ∼0% -15%
HTC U Play
4.8 fps ∼0% -63%
HTC 10
14 fps ∼0% +8%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
15 fps ∼0% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
23 fps ∼1% +77%
OnePlus 3T
32 fps ∼1% +146%
Lenovo Moto Z
15 fps ∼0% +15%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
15 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
15 fps ∼0% 0%
Huawei P9 Plus
6.2 fps ∼0% -59%
HTC U Play
2.5 fps ∼0% -83%
HTC 10
18 fps ∼1% +20%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
15 fps ∼0% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
25 fps ∼1% +67%
OnePlus 3T
20 fps ∼1% +33%
Lenovo Moto Z
16 fps ∼0% +7%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
11 fps ∼0%
Huawei P10
16 fps ∼1% +45%
Huawei P9 Plus
6.8 fps ∼0% -38%
HTC U Play
2.5 fps ∼0% -77%
HTC 10
10 fps ∼0% -9%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
7.9 fps ∼0% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
13 fps ∼0% +18%
OnePlus 3T
20 fps ∼1% +82%
Lenovo Moto Z
9.8 fps ∼0% -11%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
7356 Points ∼54%
Huawei P10
7341 Points ∼54% 0%
Huawei P9 Plus
7159 Points ∼53% -3%
HTC U Play
3356 Points ∼25% -54%
HTC 10
5809 Points ∼43% -21%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4660 Points ∼34% -37%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5830 Points ∼43% -21%
OnePlus 3T
5664 Points ∼42% -23%
Lenovo Moto Z
7637 Points ∼56% +4%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
1131 Points ∼56%
Huawei P10
1077 Points ∼53% -5%
Huawei P9 Plus
1049 Points ∼52% -7%
HTC U Play
10 Points ∼0% -99%
HTC 10
928 Points ∼46% -18%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
994 Points ∼49% -12%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
1163 Points ∼57% +3%
OnePlus 3T
891 Points ∼44% -21%
Lenovo Moto Z
959 Points ∼47% -15%
Graphics (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
4070 Points ∼14%
Huawei P10
4115 Points ∼14% +1%
Huawei P9 Plus
1512 Points ∼5% -63%
HTC U Play
666 Points ∼2% -84%
HTC 10
5009 Points ∼17% +23%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2203 Points ∼8% -46%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
6126 Points ∼21% +51%
OnePlus 3T
4444 Points ∼15% +9%
Lenovo Moto Z
4321 Points ∼15% +6%
Memory (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
4277 Points ∼68%
Huawei P10
2778 Points ∼44% -35%
Huawei P9 Plus
2667 Points ∼42% -38%
HTC U Play
996 Points ∼16% -77%
HTC 10
1772 Points ∼28% -59%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2072 Points ∼33% -52%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3135 Points ∼50% -27%
OnePlus 3T
1954 Points ∼31% -54%
Lenovo Moto Z
2190 Points ∼35% -49%
System (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
4029 Points ∼24%
Huawei P10
3830 Points ∼23% -5%
Huawei P9 Plus
3932 Points ∼24% -2%
HTC U Play
2173 Points ∼13% -46%
HTC 10
2806 Points ∼17% -30%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
4080 Points ∼25% +1%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
5319 Points ∼32% +32%
OnePlus 3T
3130 Points ∼19% -22%
Lenovo Moto Z
3398 Points ∼21% -16%
Overall (sort by value)
Honor 8 Pro
2985 Points ∼35%
Huawei P10
2621 Points ∼31% -12%
Huawei P9 Plus
2019 Points ∼24% -32%
HTC U Play
344 Points ∼4% -88%
HTC 10
2193 Points ∼26% -27%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2074 Points ∼25% -31%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3301 Points ∼39% +11%
OnePlus 3T
2218 Points ∼26% -26%
Lenovo Moto Z
2356 Points ∼28% -21%

Legend

 
Honor 8 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei P10 HiSilicon Kirin 960, ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
Huawei P9 Plus HiSilicon Kirin 955, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC U Play Mediatek Helio P10 MT6755, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC 10 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Samsung Exynos 8890 Octa, ARM Mali-T880 MP12, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa, ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
 
OnePlus 3T Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Lenovo Moto Z Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 32 GB eMMC Flash

In the web-based benchmarks, the Honor 8 Pro positions itself in the middle of the field of comparison devices, slightly above the Huawei P10. Subjectively, the results are okay, and the browser performance of the Honor smartphone is more than sufficient for most usage scenarios. In terms of the time it takes to load complex page contents, however, it is not on the top level. 

Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
14050 Points ∼100% +40%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
13191 Points ∼94% +32%
Huawei P9 Plus
12058 Points ∼86% +20%
Huawei P10
10236 Points ∼73% +2%
Honor 8 Pro
10016 Points ∼71%
OnePlus 3T
9798 Points ∼70% -2%
HTC 10
8905 Points ∼63% -11%
Lenovo Moto Z
7771 Points ∼55% -22%
HTC U Play
3163 Points ∼23% -68%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC U Play
9981.6 ms * ∼100% -216%
Honor 8 Pro
3156.7 ms * ∼32%
Lenovo Moto Z
3154.7 ms * ∼32% -0%
HTC 10
3146.3 ms * ∼32% -0%
Huawei P10
3128.7 ms * ∼31% +1%
Huawei P9 Plus
2792.3 ms * ∼28% +12%
OnePlus 3T
2719.3 ms * ∼27% +14%
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
2564.1 ms * ∼26% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
2236.7 ms * ∼22% +29%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
75.12 Points ∼100% +29%
Huawei P9 Plus
70 Points ∼93% +21%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
62.198 Points ∼83% +7%
Honor 8 Pro
58.065 Points ∼77%
Huawei P10
57.9 Points ∼77% 0%
OnePlus 3T
54.526 Points ∼73% -6%
HTC 10
52.1 Points ∼69% -10%
Lenovo Moto Z
47.5 Points ∼63% -18%
HTC U Play
22.318 Points ∼30% -62%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
163 Points ∼100% +16%
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
154 Points ∼94% +9%
Honor 8 Pro
141 Points ∼87%
Huawei P10
136 Points ∼83% -4%
OnePlus 3T
135 Points ∼83% -4%
Huawei P9 Plus
130 Points ∼80% -8%
Lenovo Moto Z
112 Points ∼69% -21%
HTC 10
108 Points ∼66% -23%

* ... smaller is better

Besides the strong SoC, the fast opening and closing of applications is also assured by the modern UFS-2.1 flash storage in the Honor 8 Pro, which is one of the fastest smartphone storage modules. Accordingly, the access rates are very good. In contrast, the integrated microSD card slot is relatively slow for the price-class. We measured its speed with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. read: 95 MB/s, write: 80 MB/s) reference storage card. For a high-end device, at 54 MB/s (read) and 32 MB/s (write), the performance of the slot is average at most. 

Honor 8 Pro
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Huawei P10
Mali-G71 MP8, Kirin 960, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
Huawei P9 Plus
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 955, 64 GB eMMC Flash
HTC U Play
Mali-T860 MP2, Helio P10 MT6755, 32 GB eMMC Flash
HTC 10
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Mali-T880 MP12, 8890 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Mali-G71 MP20, 8895 Octa, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
OnePlus 3T
Adreno 530, 821 MSM8996 Pro, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
Lenovo Moto Z
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 32 GB eMMC Flash
AndroBench 3-5
0%
-39%
-51%
-19%
-16%
1%
-33%
-7%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
32.16
32.19
0%
24.95
-22%
23.6
-27%
65.44
103%
50.36
57%
57.24
78%
45.64
42%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
54.19
54.22
0%
62.48
15%
36.8
-32%
83.3
54%
76.43
41%
71.12
31%
78.51
45%
Random Write 4KB
151.6
152.31
0%
51.23
-66%
52.7
-65%
15.89
-90%
15.79
-90%
15.27
-90%
74.39
-51%
74.93
-51%
Random Read 4KB
166.4
168.42
1%
39.33
-76%
32
-81%
29.92
-82%
86.71
-48%
127.18
-24%
123.57
-26%
117.15
-30%
Sequential Write 256KB
187.1
189.83
1%
140.38
-25%
135.5
-28%
115.56
-38%
145.11
-22%
194.18
4%
165.3
-12%
168.32
-10%
Sequential Read 256KB
737.8
737.65
0%
284.27
-61%
197.3
-73%
275.09
-63%
487.34
-34%
787.6
7%
436.43
-41%
439.66
-40%

Gaming

The ARM Mali-G71 (MP8) has eight clusters that clock at up to 900 MHz. The powerful graphics card allows playing even the more complex 3D games from the Android Play Store jitter-free. Current game titles such as the "Asphalt 8: Airborn" racing game and the "Dead Trigger 2" ego-shooter are rendered in high graphics at a relatively constant 29 fps and 30 fps respectively.

The control via touchscreen as well as the position sensor react very quickly and accurately in the test.

Dead Trigger 2
Asphalt 8 Airborn
Dead Trigger 2
 SettingsValue
 high30 fps
Asphalt 8: Airborne
 SettingsValue
 high29 fps
 very low29 fps

Emissions

Temperature

GFXBench battery test
GFXBench battery test

The aluminum casing in the back of the Honor 8 Pro warms up relatively evenly. While we measure average temperatures below 30 °C (86 °F) during idle mode, the back shows a maximum surface temperature of 36.7 °C (98 °F) under load. On the front of the device, the heat development is more pronounced overall. In everyday operation, the waste heat does not create any problems, although it can be clearly felt in computing-intensive applications.

The battery test of the GFXBench app shows that with increasing load, the battery level as well as the number of frames break down after a short time. After around 25 successive runs of the Manhattan 3.1 test, the performance of the Kirin 960 SoC is almost halved. 

Max. Load
 43 °C
109 F
41.6 °C
107 F
39.9 °C
104 F
 
 41.9 °C
107 F
39.8 °C
104 F
44.8 °C
113 F
 
 40.6 °C
105 F
40.2 °C
104 F
42 °C
108 F
 
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 41.5 °C = 107 F
37.5 °C
100 F
39.2 °C
103 F
40.9 °C
106 F
37.6 °C
100 F
38 °C
100 F
41.2 °C
106 F
37.4 °C
99 F
39 °C
102 F
39.7 °C
103 F
Maximum: 41.2 °C = 106 F
Average: 38.9 °C = 102 F
Power Supply (max.)  31.5 °C = 89 F | Room Temperature 21.3 °C = 70 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.5 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.6 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 41.2 °C / 106 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.3 °C / 92 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Speaker test: Pink-Noise
Speaker test: Pink-Noise

The mono speaker at the bottom of the case behind some milled holes achieves a maximum volume of up to 82 dB(A) in the test. Subjectively, the sound quality is on a similar level as the Samsung Galaxy models of the 7th and 8th generation. As expected, the sound is characterized by mid and high frequency tones. The Pink-Noise diagram also shows that the bass is not audible and the mids and highs are linearly reproduced instead. 

The sound reproduction through the 3.5-mm audio jack is clear and provides a clean signal. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.82525.432.83125.330.74032.924.95033.634.26331.633.78028.4311002728.112520.831.8160222820021.33925020.852.631521.261.240019.468.650019.570.863017.769.280017.968.1100017.865.1125017.365.5160017.470200016.772.8250017.274.3315018.270.2400017.974.5500017.670.6630017.766.7800017.861.11000017.961.21250018.154.21600018.242.6SPL3082.4N1.352.7median 17.9median 65.5Delta1.31131.639.925.439.825.339.732.934.733.634.731.632.728.427.82726.420.828.62241.521.350.520.855.921.260.319.46519.568.617.766.817.964.417.866.917.371.517.473.516.774.517.273.718.272.217.970.517.670.717.764.817.860.417.95918.148.418.232.83082.71.352.3median 17.9median 64.81.310.626.128.726.12625.22625.42725.425.829.325.825.226.125.223.123.823.133.430.833.436.13336.135.428.935.434.724.734.743.324.943.349.71949.753.319.153.356.520.456.559.318.159.363.617.563.664.71764.768.815.968.869.114.569.170.713.770.772.614.372.675.813.475.874.213.674.275.513.375.574.312.974.371.812.771.871.81371.872.212.772.266.61366.65512.75584.427.584.456.9156.9median 66.6median 14.5median 66.69.83.69.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHonor 8 ProHuawei P10OnePlus 3T
Honor 8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.4% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 35% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei P10 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 33% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 59% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

OnePlus 3T audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.35 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 14% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 44% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be checked and unchecked!)

Battery Life

Power Consumption

In terms of power consumption, the Honor 8 Pro is relatively inefficient. The power usage is considerably higher in parts than that of the competing devices. In particular, a comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S8 shows the wasted potential. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.24 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.98 / 2.27 / 2.36 Watt
Load midlight 6.58 / 10.12 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Honor 8 Pro
4000 mAh
Huawei P10
3200 mAh
Huawei P9 Plus
3400 mAh
HTC U Play
2500 mAh
HTC 10
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
3600 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3500 mAh
OnePlus 3T
3400 mAh
Lenovo Moto Z
2600 mAh
Power Consumption
8%
35%
23%
15%
33%
42%
15%
40%
Idle Minimum *
0.98
0.83
15%
0.87
11%
0.92
6%
0.68
31%
0.63
36%
0.68
31%
0.61
38%
0.66
33%
Idle Average *
2.27
2.1
7%
1.2
47%
1.84
19%
1.49
34%
1.1
52%
1.13
50%
1.77
22%
1.01
56%
Idle Maximum *
2.36
2.18
8%
1.27
46%
2
15%
1.91
19%
1.56
34%
1.16
51%
1.81
23%
1.09
54%
Load Average *
6.58
6.57
-0%
4.69
29%
4.3
35%
7.4
-12%
5.95
10%
4.69
29%
6.67
-1%
3.97
40%
Load Maximum *
10.12
9.32
8%
5.63
44%
6.2
39%
9.71
4%
6.7
34%
5.24
48%
10.98
-8%
8.34
18%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtimes

According to the manufacturer, the 4000 mAh battery built into the Honor 8 Pro in combination with the newest Smartpower 5.0 technology is supposed to achieve runtimes of two days in "normal" usage. In our WLAN test with the display brightness adjusted to 150 cd/m², the smartphone achieved a good result with 9 hours and 33 minutes. Here, the inefficient power consumption prevents a better result. Purely according to the nominal performance of the Lithium-Polymer battery, the Honor device should last considerably longer. Thanks to the quick-charge technology, the Honor 8 Pro can be recharged back to 100% in a good 2 hours with the included 18-watt power supply (9 V, 2 A).   

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 58min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 33min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
11h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 01min
Honor 8 Pro
4000 mAh
Huawei Mate 9
4000 mAh
Huawei P10
3200 mAh
Huawei P9 Plus
3400 mAh
HTC U Play
2500 mAh
HTC 10
3000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
3500 mAh
OnePlus 3T
3400 mAh
Lenovo Moto Z
2600 mAh
Battery Runtime
26%
16%
14%
-6%
-7%
26%
16%
14%
Reader / Idle
1378
1538
12%
1540
12%
1446
5%
1302
-6%
1273
-8%
1565
14%
1423
3%
1371
-1%
H.264
675
947
40%
582
-14%
776
15%
514
-24%
648
-4%
742
10%
810
20%
724
7%
WiFi v1.3
573
758
32%
966
69%
530
-8%
473
-17%
413
-28%
736
28%
494
-14%
407
-29%
Load
181
219
21%
176
-3%
263
45%
223
23%
203
12%
275
52%
282
56%
320
77%

Pros

+ bright, high-contrast IPS panel
+ QHD resolution
+ performance
+ 6 GB RAM
+ fast 64 GB UFS-2.1 storage
+ dual-SIM
+ color accuracy of the display
+ good dual-camera ...

Cons

- ... but not of the high-end level
- high waste heat
- no Bluetooth 5.0
- slow WLAN transfer rates
- USB 2.0 only
- average GPS module

Verdict

In the test: Honor 8 Pro. Test unit provided by Honor Germany.
In the test: Honor 8 Pro. Test unit provided by Honor Germany.

The Honor 8 Pro is a well-built, high-end smartphone with excellent system performance and very successful visually. Compared to the current and some of last-year's crop of high-end devices, we have to make do with less in many places, despite its amply sized 6 GB working memory. 

In the Honor 8 Pro, we do not (yet) see the excellent price-performance ratio Honor devices are known for. Last year's high-end smartphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) sometimes offer a better package overall for less money, considering that those devices are already past their biggest drop in price.

Features such as Bluetooth 4.2 instead of 5.0, the comparatively "weak" graphics unit, a front camera without auto-focus, and the USB-2.0 standard differentiate the Honor 8 Pro from the current flagship smartphones of other manufacturers. In addition, neither can the battery be charged wirelessly, nor is the device certified according to the IP standard and thereby protected against dust and water. The casing edges are slightly large and the ratio of the display size to the whole front is relatively inefficient, at least for a device of the year 2017.   

All in all, the Honor 8 Pro is a very successful smartphone and a recommendable alternative to the Huawei P10 devices. However, in our opinion, it is not an attack on the best flagship smartphones of 2017. 

Regardless of that, Huawei's policies of removing hardware components leave a bad taste – whether all the Honor-8-Pro buyers will feel the joy of the modern UFS-2.1 storage is at least questionable.

Honor 8 Pro - 05/04/2017 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
49 / 60 → 81%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
87%
Games Performance
55 / 63 → 87%
Application Performance
69 / 70 → 98%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
64 / 91 → 70%
Camera
74%
Average
78%
87%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2017-05- 7 (Update: 2018-05-15)