The Huawei subsidiary Honor brings the V9, which was presented to China in February as an Honor 8 Pro to Germany. The new name fits well with the smartphone, as it is in terms of design and equipment based on the now former Honor flagship. The Honor 8 Pro has a faster processor and a higher resolution.
Honor increases the display from 5.2 to 5.7 inches. The half-inch more fills Honor with significantly more pixels: 2,560 × 1,440 pixels lead to a very high pixel density of 515 ppi. The display is said to satisfy the DCI-P3 color space to a large extent, so the smaller sRGB color space should also be completely covered.
Kirin 960 from the Huawei P10 and Mate 9
In order to master the higher display resolution, Honor is adding the Kiran 960 system-on-a-chip from the Huawei subsidiary HiSilicon, which is also used in the Huawei P10 (test) and Huawei Mate 9 (test). In addition to the new Cortex-A73 CPU, the GPU in the form of the Mali-G71 MP8 has increased its performance. The fact that Honor now uses the latest 16-nm SoC from HiSilicon shows how much the flagships of Huawei and Honor have meanwhile come together.
For the German market Honor offers the 8 Pro with 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal memory. The internal memory can be expanded again via a microSD card which is inserted into a hybrid slot, which can alternatively accept a second Nano SIM card for dual SIM operation.
Dual camera with 2 × 12 megapixels
The dual camera of the Honor 8 Pro is a mixture of the camera of the Huawei P10 as well as the Huawei P9 (Test) and Honor 8 (Test). The Leica branding is probably also missing for the cost of the new Honor smartphone, but there are two lenses with f / 2.2 aperture and two sensors each with 12 megapixels. One of them is designed as a monochrome sensor without a Bayer matrix. The jump to 20 megapixels like Huawei’s second-generation dual camera does not exist here yet. Newly added is a video mode with Ultra HD at 30 FPS.
Without a Bayer matrix, a higher degree of sharpness is to be achieved, which is why the monochrome sensor is the primary sensor. The first image is finally colored over the color sensor. With the Honor 8 Pro, thanks to the two lenses, different bokeh effects are possible again. The simulated aperture can be moved from f/16 to f/0.95. The latter value is an allusion to Leica’s lightest Noctilux lens.
Large battery is to allow one and a half days of intensive use
As is typical for Honor, the battery with a nominal charge of 4,000 mAh is again large. It is promised a useful life of 1.44 days with intensive use, two days should be possible according to Honor with less strong use. The Honor 8 Pro is loaded with up to 18 watts via USB Type C with USB 2.0 protocol for the data connection.
From 6 April only available with O2
The Honor 8 Pro has a suggested retail price of 549 Euro and can be pre-ordered exclusively from O2 in black, gold and blue from 6 April from 12:00 onwards. The smartphone will give it at O2 without as well as with contract. As an operating system, Android 7.0 (test) is installed with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1. For comparison: The Honor 8 costs 399 euros with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory as well as 449 Euro with 64 GB of memory. The Huawei P10 (test) costs 599 euros, but has a smaller display. For the larger P10 Plus, Huawei calls 749 euros.
Update 14:24 h
The Honor 8 Pro is offered exclusively through O2. Previously, it was wrong in the report that the distribution took place via Vmall. The message has been adjusted accordingly.
|Honor V9 / 8 Pro||Honor 8|
|Android 7.0||Android 6.0|
1.440 × 2.560, 515 ppi
1.080 × 1.920, 424 ppi
fingerprint sensor, status LED
|SoC:||HiSilicon Kirin 960
4 × Cortex-A73, 2.40 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 1.80 GHz
16 nm, 64-bit
|HiSilicon Kirin 950
4 × Cortex-A72, 2.30 GHz
4 × Cortex-A53, 1.80 GHz
16 nm, 64-bit
|GPU:||Mali-G71 MP8||Mali-T880 MP4
6.144 MB LPDDR4
|Storage:||64 / 128GB (+ microSD)||32 / 64GB (+ microSD)|
|Camera:||12.0 MP, 2160p
Dual LED, f / 2.2, AF
|12.0 MP, 1080p
dual LED, f / 2.2, AF
|Secondary camera:||12.0 MP, f / 2.2|
|Front camera:||8.0 MP, 1080p
f / 2.0
|8.0 MP, 1080p
f / 2.4
|GSM:||GPRS + EDGE|
↓ 42.2 ↑ 5.76 Mbps
↓ 300 ↑ 50 Mbps
|WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS:||802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Wi-Fi Direct, Miracast
|tracking Systems:||A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Other Standards:||USB 2.0 Type C, NFC, Infrared|
|SIM card:||Nano SIM, Dual SIM|
|Battery pack:||4,000 mAh
|Size (W × H × D):||77.5 × 157.0 × 6.97 mm||71.0 × 145.5 × 7.45 mm|
|Mass:||184 g||153 g|
|Price:||– / from 526 €||From 335 € / 449 €|