Honor President confirms that the Honor 7X, 8, 8 Pro, 9, and V9 will get Oreo
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Android 8.1 Oreo rolled out a few days ago, so it's rather underwhelming that some OEMs are still yet to send out updates of the 8.0 iteration of the OS to their flagships. Honor may be ahead of some of the competition, though, as the company's president, George Zhao has confirmed that current mid-rangers and last-gen flagships will receive the update to Android Oreo.
The Honor 9 and 8 Pro have already received beta updates to Oreo, so this doesn't seem to be an empty promise. Both devices are less than a year old, though, so receiving one update should be a certainty. The really impressive item on the list is the Honor 8, as it was released about 20 months ago on Marshmallow and already received an update to Nougat much earlier in the year.
The Honor 7X is another interesting one. It was launched globally only last week, so getting Oreo is expected. What actually makes the update of interest is the device's chances of getting Treble. Updated Huawei devices powered by the Kirin 960, and those launched on Oreo—all powered by the Kirin 970—have all received Treble, which may mean that the company has Oreo sorted out for both SoCs. The Kirin 659 is a different issue, however, but we're optimistic about the 7X's chances, as the upcoming Huawei Enjoy 7S is also powered by that SoC, and will launch on Oreo (Treble guaranteed).
Huawei devices have had issues getting bugless AOSP-based ROMs in the past but Treble is almost certain to fix that. That would effectively sort out issues on the software end of Huawei devices, with the Honor 7X, in particular, becoming even more attractive.
While the five devices were the only ones confirmed, it wouldn't exactly be out of the realm of possibility for older offerings like the Huawei P9 to get a similar treatment.