The Honor series has for long played the ‘high on features, dependable and attractive price’ tag. With the new Honor 8 pro, the brand has suddenly taken its game to a whole new level. Thanks to some very aggressive pricing, the Honor 8 Pro is feature rich and the new flagship killer on the block. Comparing the price with the likes of OnePlus 5 (Rs 32,999 for the 6+64GB), the Honor 8 pro at Rs 29,999 for the 6+128GB is suddenly a solid option. Providing benchmarks in various departments such as processor, screen, battery and price, it’s becomes a formidable contender for the best phone under 30K category.
Let’s start with the screen. The 5.7 inch LTPS panel packs in a Quad HD (2K) display, which means 515 pixels per inch for display, making it a very sharp display indeed. With its Corning Gorilla Glass protection and curved edges, the screen delivers on the specs and is a delight when immersed in multimedia content. It also means a distinct improvement in day and low light and night mode. This ensures that a comparison with the OnePlus 5 is an easy win for the Honor 8 Pro.
Moving to the battery, the first thing that will make you wonder with the Honor 8 Pro is, ‘how did they manage to put a massive battery in such a sleek design?’ The 4000 mAH battery is a real shocker and a pleasant one at that. After getting used to all the premium handsets coming with a 3100-3400 mAH battery, the Honor 8 Pro lays down the benchmark for the next generation of handsets. Quite simply, if we don’t get a breakthrough in storage tech, then battery capacities have to be higher, which the Honor 8 Pro delivers. The OnePlus 5, in comparison, packs in a 3400mAh battery. Another win for the Honor 8 Pro.
Coming to the camera, this is where the Honor 8 Pro takes all their learnings in the dual camera setup to the next level. The 4th generation dual camera in the Honor 8 Pro provides a wide aperture mode that seems to be a good counter to the portrait mode in the OnePlus 5. The wide aperture mode will also make your videos look better, and the night/low light shots are in any case better. Though the OnePlus 5 packs in a more megapixels at 16MP and 20 MP telephoto on the back, versus the Honor Pro 8’s 12 MP and 12MP Monochrome at the back, the software integration and the dual camera heritage and experience helps the Honor 8 Pro give a tough competition to the OP5.
For Storage, at 128 GB, the Honor 8 Pro more than holds its own, matching, or exceeding comparable handsets that range from 64GB to 128 GB. And if that isn’t enough for you, it offers and expandable slot to house another 128 GB via micro SD card. The OnePlus 5 on the other hand, comes with 64 GB with non-expandable option. On the RAM front too, even as realisation dawns on users that just extra RAM is not the be all and end all, the Honor 8 Pro packs in6 GB, which easily puts it in the top tier for RAM too.
With the Kirin 960 processor, and the usual Android Nougat version besides its own EMUI 5.1 layered on top; the phone will not give you any cause for pause when running multiple apps and more.
All in all, the phone ticks all the right boxes for a user, looking to keep their budget to under Rs 30K while being right up there when it comes to the top features.Truly a flagship device.