Honor 8 Pro Review: Screentrooper: Performance

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Performance

The Honor 8 Pro utilizes the same Kirin 960 chip found inside the P10 and Mate 9 series. It is developed in-houtilize by Huawei's chipmaker HiSilicon and has been around for some time now, originally making its debut on the Huawei Mate 9. Even with a few months of hitale behind it, the Kirin 960 is still one of the most powerful smartphone chips and we are glad to welcome it in our testing lab once again.


The main processor within the chipset consists of a quad-core Cortex-A73 cluster clocked at 2.4GHz, plus a quad-core array of the familiar Cortex-A53 cores, ticking at 1.8GHz. The Cortex-A73s boast a 30% power efficiency compared to the previous A72 design, while delivering improved performance at the same time.

We kick off the benchimprint routine with some CPU-only loads in GeekBench. If you expected the recent Exynos and Snapdragon chips to shake the charts, you'd be wrong. Apparently, the Honor 8 Pro's single A73 core performance is on par with the recent S8 series and better than any other processor we've tested so far under Android, but Apple's Hurricane cores still trump everything else.

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GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3473

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    1939

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    1939

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    1937

  • Huawei P10

    1927

  • Honor 8 Pro

    1924

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (S835)

    1915

  • Huawei Mate 9

    1898

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    1860

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    1815

  • LG G6 (US)

    1792

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    1724

  • Huawei Honor 8

    1720

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    1696

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    1467

But it's the multi-core tests where the four A73 units really shine and easily beat everything we've tested so far except for the recent Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 found in the Galaxy S8 lineup.

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    6338

  • Huawei Mate 9

    6112

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (S835)

    6106

  • Huawei P10

    6069

  • Honor 8 Pro

    6036

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    5845

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    5821

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    5664

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    5583

  • Huawei Honor 8

    5447

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    4333

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    4142

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    4128

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3979

  • LG G6 (US)

    3648

The Kirin 960 choice of graphics, the Mali-G71MP8, is an enormous improvement over the previous generations of HiSilicon chips and is flagship worthy. It managed to perform beautifully on the regular P10 and Mate 9. However, on the Honor 8 Pro, just like on the P10 Plus and the Mate 9 Pro, it is tasked with pushing pixels on a QHD panel. That explains the major performance delta between it and the P10 in on-classy screen rendering.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    42

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    34

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    32

  • Huawei P10

    30

  • Huawei Mate 9

    23

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    23

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (S835)

    18

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    15

  • Honor 8 Pro

    15

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    13

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    12

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    12

  • LG G6 (US)

    11

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    11

  • Huawei Honor 8

    11

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    21

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    19

  • Huawei P10

    16

  • Huawei Mate 9

    14

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    10

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    9

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    8.2

  • LG G6 (US)

    8.1

  • Honor 8 Pro

    7.9

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    7.8

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    7

  • Huawei Honor 8

    6.9

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    6.8

This offclassy screen test can give you a better understanding of the Mali G71MP8's real power. Unfortunately, the GPU came last among the flagship crop, though still a worthy contender.

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    20

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    18

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    18

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    15

  • LG G6 (US)

    15

  • Huawei P10

    14

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    13

  • Huawei Mate 9

    13

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    12

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    12

  • Honor 8 Pro

    11

  • Huawei Honor 8

    6.3

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    6.2

Still, while looking at the synthetics, bear in mind that most games will scale back gracefully in both resolution and detail, if necessary. Real-life gaming is definitely a pleasant experience on the Honor 8 Pro.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Huawei P10

    39433

  • Huawei Mate 9

    36519

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    36062

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    33815

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    32160

  • LG G6 (US)

    32041

  • Honor 8 Pro

    30853

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    30602

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    28480

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    27600

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    23513

  • Huawei Honor 8

    16592

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    15058

Moving on to some all-round performance benchmarks, we find that the Honor 8 Pro shines colorful in BaseMark Operating System (OS) II tests. It pretty much outpaces all other Android devices currently in our database, while comes on par with the P10 lineup.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3447

  • Honor 8 Pro

    3429

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    3401

  • Huawei P10

    3393

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3280

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    2843

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2677

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2606

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    2155

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    2107

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    2045

  • Huawei Honor 8

    2029

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    1823

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3796

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    3298

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    2940

  • Huawei P10

    2910

  • Honor 8 Pro

    2865

  • Huawei Mate 9

    2637

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    2496

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2434

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    2386

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    2352

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    2099

  • Huawei Honor 8

    2099

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    2050

AnTuTu appears to show a different story. However, it's nothing really unexpected, since Huawei handsets typically acquire penalized in this particular benchimprint for some reason. That being said, the Honor 8 Pro falls in line perfectly with its expected performance.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (E8895)

    174070

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    173110

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    155185

  • LG G6 (US)

    141895

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    133574

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)

    132849

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)

    129229

  • Honor 8 Pro

    128755

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    128719

  • Huawei P10

    126629

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    126252

  • Huawei Mate 9

    122826

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    113397

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    97392

  • Huawei Honor 8

    94892

The Honor 8 Pro stands tall in the performance race - nothing short of a proper flagship offer. We really couldn't ask for anything more in the Central Processing Units (CPU) department. As for the GPU, frankly, the Mali-G71MP8 happily chewed through any graphics task we threw at it even though it is not topping the charts.

Under heavy synthetic loads, the Honor 8 Pro gets hot at one particular (small) spot at the back and if your finger happens to rest there, the phone may not be comfortable to hold. But it's far from unsafe and even Huawei thought so, as it seemingly did not implement any performance throttling to combat the rising chip temperatures.


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