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Huawei Honor 8 Pro boasts two cameras, two-day battery life (hands-on)

It's got two 12-megapixel cameras, and a huge battery that Huawei says will last well over a day.

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Looking for a new, unlocked Android 7.0 phone? With a big ol' battery? And two cameras on the back?

Add the Huawei Honor 8 Pro to your list. The unlocked 5.7-inch handset is an upper-midrange phone that comes with some impressive hardware specs. Its most compelling features: the dual-camera setup on the back and the 4,000mAh battery, which Huawei says will last more than a full day and closer to two.

It runs on Huawei's latest home-made octa-core processor, along with a hearty 6GB of RAM, and so far in our testing seems more than competent.

The big battery means the phone is chunky to hold, but the solid metal build makes it feel like one of the more premium devices Honor has launched. The navy-blue hue of our review model looks great, too, and the way the glass screen curves at the edge to meet the body is a nice touch. The fingerprint sensor on the back works well and you can swipe your finger over it to browse photos or bring up the notification panel.

In terms of images, the Honor 8 has a similar setup to Huawei's P10 -- one 12-megapixel sensor takes photos in colour, while the other shoots only in black and white. We really liked the artistic quality of the black and white shots on the P10 and while the P10's cameras have higher resolutions, we're hoping the Honor will deliver similarly satisfying results.

You can preorder the Honor 8 Pro on April 5 in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. It'll cost £475 or 549 euros, which converts to roughly $585 or AU$770, with no word yet on US or Australian availability.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro specs vs. Mate 9 Pro, P10, P10 Plus

Huawei Honor 8 Pro Huawei Mate 9 Pro Huawei P10 Huawei P10 Plus
Display size, resolution 5.7-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels 5.1-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels
Pixel density 515ppi 534ppi 431ppi 534ppi
Dimensions (inches) 6.2x3x.28 in 6x3x0.3 in TBA TBA
Dimensions (millimeters) 157x77x7 mm 152x75x7.5 mm 145.3x69.3x6.98mm 153.5x74.2x6.98mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 6.5 oz; 184 g 5.96 oz; 169 g TBA TBA
Mobile software Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera 2x 12-megapixel 20-megapixel monochrome + 12-megapixel RGB 20-megapixel monochrome + 12-megapixel RGB 20-megapixel monochrome + 12-megapixel RGB
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4k
Processor 2.4GHz (Huawei) Kirin octa-core processor Huawei Kirin 960 2.4GHz octo-core 2.5GHz + 1.8GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 960  2.5GHz + 1.8GHz octa-core Huawei Kirin 960 
Storage 64GB 128GB 64GB 64GB
RAM 6GB 6GB 4GB 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 128GB None TBA TBA
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,200mAh 3,750mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Home button Home button Home button
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Special features Dual-camera Dual camera; curved display; Daydream VR ready Dual cameras, multiple color options and finishes, Gorilla Glass 5 Dual cameras, multiple color options and finishes, Gorilla Glass 5
Price off-contract (USD) Converts to $585 $680 (converted from Chinese price) TBA TBA
Price (GBP) £475 £550 (converted from Chinese price) TBA TBA
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$770 AU$930 (converted from Chinese price) TBA TBA

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro (Midnight Black)

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