Go Pro with dual-cam­era smart­phone

The Honor 8 Pro boasts Huawei’s sig­na­ture dual-cam­era setup, al­beit with­out the Leica brand­ing.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Technology - By LEE KAH LENG bytz@thes­tar.com.my

THERE’S an­other top-of-the-range flag­ship smart­phone in town – the Honor 8 Pro.

Honor, the sis­ter brand of Huawei, is well known for its dual-cam­era smart­phones, which it claimed to pi­o­neer back in 2014.

The smart­phone sports two 12-megapixel cam­eras on the back – one ded­i­cated to colour and the other to mono­chrome.

The setup also boasts a wide aper­ture range (f/0.95 to f/16), which al­lows users to pro­duce stun­ning Bokeh ef­fects with blurred out back­grounds.

How­ever, un­like its Huaweibranded si­b­lings, the cam­eras on Honor mod­els are not Le­icac­er­ti­fied.

With the ad­di­tion of phase de­tect and laser aut­o­fo­cus fea­tures, Huawei claims that users will be able to fo­cus faster and more ac­cu­rately than reg­u­lar smart­phones.

The Honor 8 Pro is also equipped with an 8-megapixel selfie cam­era.

Un­like the pre­vi­ous model, the Honor 8 Pro sports a larger 5.7in QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pix­els) dis­play, which is great for en­ter­tain­ment on-the-go or gaming ses­sions.

The Honor 8 Pro is pow­ered by the com­pany’s in-house HiSil­i­con Kirin 960 octa-core pro­ces­sor, which can also be found in Huawei’s flag­ship P10, and has 6GB RAM, which ac­cord­ing to Au, is the most ever in an Honor de­vice to date.

“With the re­lease of the Honor 8 Pro, we are putting the fo­cus back on our core tar­get – the young at heart,” said Luke Au, Huawei con­sumer busi­ness group re­gional prod­uct mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor.

“It re­de­fines large screen smart­phones by de­liv­er­ing ab­so­lute per­for­mance for to­day’s power users in an ul­tra-thin min­i­mal­ist de­sign.”

Other specs in­clude 64GB in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able up to 256GB via mi­croSD card), rear fin­ger­print sen­sor and large 4,000mAh bat­tery which sup­ports fast charg­ing.

Au claims that the bat­tery of­fers six hours of non-stop gaming and will last up to two days un­der reg­u­lar use.

Users don’t have to worry about slow or dis­con­tin­ued soft­ware up­dates as the de­vice runs on the lat­est An­droid 7.0 Nougat, along with the com­pany’s cus­tom skin called Emo­tion UI 5.1.

The Honor 8 Pro is avail­able now on the com­pany’s of­fi­cial vMall on­line store and re­tail out­lets na­tion­wide, priced at RM1,999. Two colour vari­ants are avail­able – Mid­night Black and Navy Blue.

The first 100 cus­tomers who pur­chase the Honor 8 Pro via vMall and share it on Face­book will be able to re­deem a power­bank worth RM128.

Au (cen­tre) launch­ing the Honor 8 Pro which has a large 5.7in dis­play that is great for watch­ing movies and play­ing games. — ONG SOON HIN/The Star

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