Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has today unveiled its flagship device with the launch of Honor 8 Pro. The smartphone will be available from the first week of July and will be exclusively available on Amazon. Though the brand has not revealed the pricing of the smartphone, it is expected to fall somewhere between Rs 32,000 to Rs 35,000.
Talking about this price point, the smartphone will directly compete with the latest OnePlus 5. The 6GB RAM variant is priced Rs 32,999, while the 8GB RAM comes with a price tag of Rs 37,999. Though the smartphone comes loaded with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Honor 8 Pro has a lot to offer. So, if you are planning to buy the latest OnePlus 5, we suggest you take hold your horses and go through this comparison once before making any final decision.
Design and Display
Starting with the design department, both the smartphones have a fair share of its resemblance. At the back, the Honor 8 Pro looks a lot like iPhone 6s and the OnePlus 5 is eerily similar to Apple iPhone 7 Plus. However, Honor still manages to give a distinct look and looks more elegant as compared to the OnePlus 5.
The phone is 6.97mm thick as compared to OnePlus 5 7.25mm thick and sports a bigger display with just being tall 77.5mm (OnePlus 5 is 74.1mm tall). If we get to choose between the two of them, then surely it would be Honor 8 Pro, all thanks to the elegant design of the device along with more colour options (Navy Blue, Platinum Gold and Midnight Black) as compared OnePlus 5 (Slate Grey for 6GB RAM and Midnight Black for 8GB RAM).
Moving on the display department, the Honor 8 Pro sports a 5.7-inch QHD LTPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 515ppi. The OnePlus 5 uses the same display found in the OnePlus 3T including a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 401ppi. Clearly, Honor 8 Pro wins this round without breaking a sweat as the brand is offering a Quad HD display with an expected similar price tag.
Hardware and Software
On the hardware front, the device is powered by company’s in-house Kirin 960 octa-core processor clocked at 2.4GHz and is backed by a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card slot. OnePlus 5 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.4GHz along with Adreno 540 GPU. The phone comes in two RAM and storage configurations: 6GB RAM+64GB and 8GB+128GB but doesn’t have expandable memory slot. We are comparing the 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus.
Both the smartphones boasts a similar RAM, Honor 8 Pro has a better storage and both the devices are powered by different processors which are clocked at the same speed. Kirin 960 is Huawei’s flagship level processor, while Snapdragon 835 is Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line chipset. It is too earlier to comment on the computing power of both the devices, so call it a tie this time.
On the software front, both the devices run on the latest Android Nougat. On one hand, Honor 8 Pro has EMUI 5.1 running on top of it, while OnePlus 5 runs on Oxygen OS. Both the user interfaces have their fair share of hits and misses. Overall, it all boils down to the consumer’s preference as both the smartphones offer different flavours of Android.
This is where the competition gets intense. Both the devices sport a dual-camera setup. The Honor 8 Pro has a combination of two 12-megapixel sensors out of which one is used to capture RGB, while the other is used to capture monochrome images. The smartphone also supports 4K recording at 30 frames per second. On the other hand, the OnePlus 5 has a 16-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX398 sensor and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens with aperture f/2.6.
So, the question here is, who sports a better camera? On paper, OnePlus 5 camera specs look more tempting as compared to the one used in Honor 8 Pro, but, the camera performance of the OnePlus 5 has been already criticised in most of the reviews. On the other hand, Honor has a pretty clean record when it comes to the camera performance. Whether it be Honor 8 or Honor 8 Lite, both the smartphones were praised for the camera and implementation of the dual camera setup was pretty interesting. Same can be expected for Honor 8 Pro. On the other hand, OnePlus is already accused of not giving a proper 2x optical zoom, despite boasting heavily about and performance is not up to the mark, according to different reviews. So, we leave this round for you to decide.
Battery and Connectivity
On the battery front, the Honor 8 Pro sports a 4000mAh battery, while the OnePlus 5 is juiced up by a 3300mAh battery. The OnePlus 5 has its Dash Charge technology, which can quickly charge up the device for a full day of use, while the Honor 8 Pro sports a Smart Power 5.0 prolong the battery life by 2-3 hours as compared to 4.0 version. Once again, Honor 8 Pro wins this round as it boasts a better battery backup as compared to the OnePlus 5.
To wrap up, both the devices give a neck and neck competition. On one side, Honor 8 Pro looks more premium, has more storage, better display and comes with a better battery backup, while on the OnePlus 5 sports the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is still debatable on the camera performance of both the devices, but overall, Honor 8 Pro looks more promising, at least on paper.