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The Rundown: Huawei Honor 8 Pro aka The V9

Huawei has been on a tear lately, so much so that they officially passed Apple as the 2nd largest OEM in the world for smartphones right now. The shocking surprise is the time it has taken for this to happen, and judging by the growth numbers, are set to surpass Samsung by 2021. How did they do it? Well, a variety of reasons that we will get into at another date, but one of those reasons is the importance of the Honor line. Not many sister brands sport the same high-end internals as their main counterparts, with just a different design and lower price tag. Today I wanted to give you The Rundown on the Huawei Honor 8 Pro aka the V9.

The new Rundown series is geared towards giving quick and juicy details about some of your favourite devices. Sometimes we don’t always have the time to check out the 20min-1hr long video reviews, or the 10 page written a review. This series is going to give you those details in a quick, easy to read fashion so you get a good idea of what the device is about. So here are 10 points about the Honor 8 Pro.


Kirin 960


Kirin 960 CPU:

If this CPU looks familiar, it should. It has been the flagship chipset out of the Huawei camp for 2017 that have appeared in the P10, P10 Plus, Mate 9, Honor 9 and now the Honor 8 Pro (V9).  This CPU goes head to head with the king of CPUs for 2017, the Snapdragon 835, which means this bad boy is no slouch. The top 3 CPUs on any smartphone right now are the Snapdragon 835, Samsung Exynos 8895, and the HiSilicon Kirin 960. While all of them have their advantages and are optimized differently amongst each OEM, the Kirin is an in-house built product, so you can expect great performance due to heavy optimizations for their own products.


Huawei Honor 8 Pro


Build Quality:

Huawei’s eye for creating eye appealing devices is definitely a talent, fans of the brand have come to expect at this point. The 8 Pro rocks an all-metal chassis that it is seamless without any interruption. It sports a matte finish that aids in durability and easier to hold than the slippery glass backed devices.  It is a bigger device at 5.7” but still due to the ergonomics, pretty easy to hold. I love the fact that the device has some weight to it at 184g due to the massive 4000mAh battery, also gives to that premium feel.


Honor 8 Pro



The Honor 8 Pro steps up its game with a 5.7” IPS 2K resolution display (1440×2560). The Quad HD panel has a pixel density of 515ppi which makes it a pleasure for all your media consumption needs. The display gets bright at 560nits, and since we live in the Caribbean and have a ton of Sun to contend with, outdoor visibility is excellent. The display is sharp, colours are vivid, and contrast is one of the better ones out there now. The glass is also Gorilla Glass 3 with the 2.5d curved screen on top that blends into the chamfered edges nicely.



With the Kirin 960 at the heart of this device, and either 4gb or 6gb of RAM onboard, lag is a thing of the past. The device is fluid, UI is snappy, and can handle the most intense of 3d graphical games. Combining the large Quad HD display, big battery, more than enough RAM, this device was made for power users, gamers, business customers or media consumers.  There is a lot that can be done with the 8 Pro and its versatility makes it a very compelling package.



As previously mentioned, Huawei was thought enough to throw in a 4000mAh battery, and Huawei’s Fast Charging System. Due to all of the battery optimisations through the CPU, and the software, it is very easy to get 2 days on a single charge. What is even better, 30min on the charge and you are able to get a 3rd of the battery life back. In my time with this, I have always noticed the battery as a key winner as I am usually always conscious of my battery life, so I am constantly checking on it. To see after full days work with medium-heavy usage and to see 50-60% left on the battery was always amazing to me.


Hardware Additions:

You get a fingerprint sensor from one of the best companies to do it, this sensor is lightning fast and accurate, I have never received a failed entry to this date. The device is dual and supports Bmobiles LTE network or you can use 1 sim and 1 expandable memory slot up to 256gb. It supports USB Type-C but the lower 2.0 version instead of 3.0. All of you who use the OTG flash drives, this device supports the use of them.


Honor 8 Pro Camera



The 8 Pro has 2 12mp rear camera sensors with 2.2aperture. 1 sensor is for the RGB colour palette while the other is a monochrome sensor. Both sensors work in tandem to create photos with High Dynamic Range. You will get some amazing pictures from this device. The focus is quick, photos are not over saturated and true to life, with good shutter speeds and image processing thanks to the Kirin 960. The monochrome sensor really helps with low light shots as it aids in capturing more light for the pictures, and does so without all the noise. If you are a fan of the optical background defocus effect aka bokeh than this device will serve you well as it captures the realistic depth of field, and is one of the best at doing it. The 8mp front camera is good and there is a beauty mode to help smooth out those blemishes if that’s your thing.


Honor 8 Pro VR box



This device can also be used for Virtual Reality and the box that it comes in, comes with the lenses, and cardboard cut out so that you can get VR right out of the box, literally.


Huawei Honor V9



EMU 5.1 based on Android 7.0 is jam-packed with a ton of features. While the UI comes out of the box with the iOs style of no app drawer, Huawei has added the setting that will allow you to put the app drawer back in to give you the more traditional look. My fav feature is App twin. As there are dual sims in the device, you are no able to get 2 Whatsapp’s, and also 2 Facebooks directly on the single device. It Helps me as I have my personal WhatsApp and the business WhatsApp that I can now manage from 1 device.  Huawei has announced this device will receive the Android Oreo update.



Kirin 960 CPU, 64/128gb storage, 4/6gb of RAM, 4000mAh battery, IR blaster, Fingerprint sensor, 5.7” Quad HD display, Fast charging, Dual sim, Expandable memory to 256gb storage, Android 7.0.


Well, this concludes the 10 point Rundown on the Huawei Honor 8 Pro aka the V9. As usual, if you guys have any questions about the device, please hit us up. Also, if you want to make the Huawei Honor 8 Pro, your next device, you can come to our store and check it out.


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Check out some of these shots from the Honor 8 Pro Camera

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Keron Mcleish

Keron McLeish is the owner of Droid Island and has over 10+ years of international experience working for some of the biggest brands in mobile such as Apple, Telus, and Rogers. He is located in Trinidad and Tobago and is a trusted mobile expert in the region. In his off time, he can be found shooting airballs on the basketball court or eating a bake and shark on the beach.

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