Huawei Honor 8 Pro: A More Affordable, More Powerful Alternative to the P10

Apr 06, 2017 11:20 PM EDT | Yen Palec

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Huawei's Honor brand is known for its high-end specs that can essentially compete with brands like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. The Chinese smartphone giant recently released the Huawei Honor 8 Pro and it had the tech community buzzing with speculations that it is better than the flagship P10, but way more affordable.

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro has all the trappings of a flagship smartphone. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, it has a massive battery pack, and the most crucial of all specs, it supports a dual-camera configuration. However, the most interesting part of the Honor 8 Pro's specs list is not on the hardware or software, but its price point.

According to CNet, the Honor 8 Pro packs a 5.7-inch display with 2960x1440 resolution. In comparison, the Huawei P10 has a 5.1-inch display with 1920x1080 resolution. The Honor 8 Pro has a two 12-megapixel rear-facing main camera in a dual configuration. The P10 has a 20-megapixel monochrome camera and a 12-megapixel RGB camera, in a dual configuration.

Under the hood, the Honor 8 Pro packs a Kirin 960 chipset with four 2.4GHz cores and four 1.8GHz cores. It has 6GB of memory and 64GB of storage space which can be expanded, thanks to microSD support.

Another interesting marketing strategy from Huawei is how it packages the Honor 8 Pro. The smartphone is housed in a box that can be converted into a Google Cardboard viewer for virtual reality features, according to The Verge. It is a nifty way of reusing something that is usually thrown into the bin.

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro and the Huawei P10 share an almost identical specs list. However, the former costs $585 while the P10 is expected to be much pricier than that. The only snag here is that the Honor 8 Pro will not be released in the US market.

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