The 8 Pro feels like uncharted territory for Honor: it's a premium phablet, with the kind of spec that would put most flagships to shame.

Dual cameras? Yep. Super-fast CPU? Naturally. Stunning screeen? A 5.7in QHD panel will do nicely, thank you very much. Only here, you don't have to pay huge lumps of cash to get it all.

At £475 (S$835), it feels like something of a bargain compared to the Mate 9s, Galaxy S8 Pluses and iPhone 7 Pluses of the world - not that you'd be able to tell from the stunning build quality.

With a mightily impressive 4000mAh battery, it should be able to last a whole day of heavy use, too. Try doing that on an iPhone.

Is there any reason to spend more cash on your next phone? I spent a few days with the Honor 8 Pro ahead of launch to find out.

HONOR 8 PRO DESIGN & BUILD

The 8 Pro takes a lot of its design cues from last year's Honor 8 - which shouldn't come as a surprise, given the name. That means rounded corners, a gorgeous glass finish up front that catches the light, and slim dimensions in what is otherwise a pretty hefty phone, thanks to that 5.7in display.

Around the back, though, the matching glass is gone. Instead, you get a brushed metal finish, again in an eye-catching blue hue, but it's just not quite as appealing as the original phone's shimmering effect. Metal probably makes it less prone to shattering, of course - which could be handy if you're a klutz when it comes to phones.

The all-metal chassis feels firm, with no evidence of bend or flex when you give it a squeeze. It feels every bit the premium phone.

At 6.93mm, it's actually thinner than an iPhone 7 Plus, but Honor hasn't overdone it - there's still plenty here to grip on to. Maybe even too much: 5.7in in a 16:9 aspect ratio feels huge once you've held the 18:9 Galaxy S8 or LG G6, but then again, those phones cost almost twice the price.

As with the Honor 8, you'll find the fingerprint sensor on the back, but it's a little bit too high up the phone here to find consistently without adjusting your grip. That's a shame, as Honor's sensor-based gestures make a return for pulling down the notification drawer, so you'll want to have it within easy reach. It's lightning-fast, too, unlocking the phone as soon as your digit brushes the sensor.

The headphone jack, single speaker and USB-C port are all found on the bottom of the phone, keeping line breaks and distractions to a minimum at the top and sides. Top marks for attention to detail, Honor.

It's easily loud enough for YouTube videos and viral Facebook nonsense, but only if you don't block it with your mitts while you're gripping the phone. At least you won't need any fiddly adapters when it's time to plug in a pair of headphones.

HONOR 8 PRO DISPLAY

A 5.7in screen leaves lots of room for pixels, and Honor has delivered: the 8 Pro has a 2560x1440 resolution panel, a first for an Honor phone. Before this handset arrived, 1080p had been the limit, so QHD feels like a real treat.

There's plenty of detail for photos and videos, with more than enough brightness to see what's onscreen clearly when you're out enjoying the sun.

This is an LCD screen, which means deeper hues and blacks aren't as rich and contrast isn't as high as you'd get on an AMOLED display, and colours are a little cool and muted compared to the richer, more vibrant Huawei P10 Plus, but this is still a top-notch panel. You'll struggle to get better for less cash.

The whole front of the phone is incredibly reflective, though. Hold it in the wrong position and you'll get nothing but reflections from the lights above and around you. 

For nighttime viewing, Honor has added a second generation version of its eyecare mode. This strips out blue light, so you're still able to catch some Zs after getting stuck down a late-night YouTube rabbit hole. You can schedule it, too, so you don't have to remember to toggle it on and off every evening.

HONOR 8 PRO PERFORMANCE & BATTERY LIFE

With a Kirin 960 CPU at its heart, the Honor 8 Pro is an absolute monster when it comes to performance. In case you aren't familiar with Huawei's latest silicon, it's an octa-core chip that's currently powering the Huawei P10, P10 Plus and Mate 9 - three flagship phones with equally flagship prices.

Here, though? You're getting it in a significantly cheaper phone.

Paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage (plus microSD expansion, if you can live without two SIM cards), the Hono 8 Pro will have no trouble rubbing shoulders with the best the rest of the smartphone world has to offer. It flew through Android homescreens filled with widgets, loaded apps quickly and played demanding games smoothly - you won't be left wanting better performance with one of these in your pocket.

Even better, there's a 4000mAh battery keeping the whole thing powered. That's significantly larger than an iPhone 7 Plus and even bigger than Samsung's Galaxy S8 Plus, which means that with conservative use, you'll get close to two days between charges. Perfect for a long weekend where you might not have access to a wall socket.

I was able to consistently get twelve hours of streamign video playback, even at high brightness, and even a day spent snapping photos, playing games and flipping through Facebook left me with 30% charge by bedtime. Honor's Android skin plays a part in this, aggressively pausing apps and stopping background tasks from running to keep you juiced up, but it's more effective than annoying.

Even better, the QuickCharge USB-C port can get you back up to full in a few short hours, or give you enough for an afternoon of use in around 30 minutes.

Tech Specs 
SCREEN
5.7in, 2560x1440 IPS LCD
CPU
HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core
MEMORY
6GB RAM
CAMERA
2x 12MP, f/2.2 rear w/ phase detect & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash. 8MP, f/2.0 front
STORAGE
64GB onboard, microSD expansion
BATTERY
4000mAh non-removable
OPERATING SYSTEM
Android 7.0 Nougat w/ EMUI 5.1
DIMENSIONS
157x78x6.9mm, 184g
Stuff says... 

Honor 8 Pro review

It's got power, great cameras and a high quality display, all wrapped up in a good-looking handset that doesn't cost a fortune. You'll have to think very carefully before spending more money on a phone.
S$TBC
Good Stuff 
Quality screen, design and hardware for your cash
Dual cameras punch above their weight
Battery life is great
Bad Stuff 
EMUI very different from vanilla Android
Honor 8's glass back gone in favour of boring metal
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