One Plus 5 or Honor 8 Pro ? Flagship Comparison

One Plus 5 or Honor 8 Pro ?

Huawei’s sub-brand has Launched their Flagship smartphone ” Honor 8 Pro”in India yesterday at Rs 29,999 which directly competes with recently launched “One Plus 5” which starts at Rs 32,999. So which one is value for your money lets find out now !

Honor 8 Pro Unboxing

Both the Honor 8 Pro and OnePlus 5 are being sold Amazon India. The first sale of Honor 8 Pro will take place on July 10 for Prime members, and if you aren’t a Prime member, the smartphone will be available starting July 13. The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, is already available – the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs 32,999, while the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at Rs 37,999.

When it comes to the look and feel, both the Honor 8 Pro and OnePlus 5 feature a metal unibody design. In case of the Honor 8 Pro, the Android navigation buttons are on-screen, whereas the power and volume buttons are on the right. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor for biometric authentication, which is at the back. What’s more, it also includes gesture support, swiping down on the fingerprint sensor opens the notification screen, whereas swiping left and right to move to the next or previous photo within the photo gallery.

OnePlus 5, on the other hand, features the capacitive Android navigation buttons along with the home button below the display. The home button is capacitive and non-clickable, and also doubles up as the fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication.

One plus 5 Review Hands on

OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display running at full-HD resolution and with pixel density of 401ppi. The screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. The Honor 8 Pro, on the other hand, features a slightly larger 5.7-inch display. But, besides more screen real estate, it also comes with better QHD resolution (2560×1440 pixels) with pixel density of 515ppi. To be honest, our naked eyes cannot really make out the difference between full-HD and QHD resolution, especially at this screen size. However, the higher resolution screen comes in handy when you’re using a VR headset to view VR content.

Honor 8 Pro is powered by Huawei’s homebrewed HiSilicon Kirin 960 octa-core SoC which is built on 16nm fabrication process. The architecture features four Cortex A73 cores for power intense tasks, and Cortex A53 cores for efficiency. It also features 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, along with a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 128GB.

The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC built on the 10nm process. It features eight custom Kryo cores that are designed for both power and efficiency. As mentioned before, the smartphone is offered in two variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. Sadly, there is no microSD card slot for further expansion.

Now, while the Kirin 960 is Huawei’s top-end chipset, it is currently on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, which was last year’s flagship chipset. If you’re interested in raw performance, the specifications matter, particularly when comparing the benchmark scores. However, in real word usage, there isn’t too much of a difference. At the most, apps may take a bit longer to open or the multi-tasking experience will be slightly hampered by minor lag. However, in our review of the Honor 8 Pro, we did notice some minor instability, as compared to no trouble whatsoever with the OnePlus 5.

Even smartphones such as the Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 to name a few, come with just 4GB of RAM, but they are as quick and efficient as other smartphones with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

In the battery department, the OnePlus 5 comes with a 3,300mAh battery along with the Dash Charge fast charging feature, whereas the Honor 8 Pro features a slightly larger capacity 4,000mAh battery with fast charging feature. With moderate usage, both smartphones offer good enough backup to last for more than a day. But the core battery life will depend on your usage, and the Honor 8 Pro struggles with intensive usage, with some noticeable thermal issues. Comparitively, the OnePlus 5 shows exceptional performance even with intensive use.

On the OnePlus 5, you have a primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an aperture of f/1.7, and pixel size of 1.12um. It is used for capturing basic still shots and videos. The second is a telephoto lens — a 20-megapixel Sony IMX350 sensor with aperture of f/2.6 and pixel size of 1um. It kicks in to capture photos with 2X lossless zoom, and when in portrait mode, it helps you add a DSLR-like background de-focus effect.

The Honor 8 Pro, on the other hand, features twin 12-megapixel cameras – a monochrome + an RGB sensor. Both work in tandem to let you capture better photos, even in low-light conditions. Besides letting you capture true monochrome photos, the camera app also features an aperture mode where you can vary the aperture from f/0.95, and going all the way up to f/16, which lets you add DSLR-like bokeh effects to your photos.

For clicking selfies and video calling, the OnePlus 5 is equipped with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, whereas the Honor 8 Pro features an 8-megapixel front camera. On the whole, depending on how you use your phone’s camera, you might prefer either phone. While the OnePlus 5 has 2X lossless zoom and a decent portrait mode to boast of, the Honor 8 Pro captures better low-light photos and has a bit more in terms of features.

Verdict :

Let’s begin with the Honor 8 Pro – the smartphone is aggressively priced, features a better and larger display, comes with slightly larger battery capacity, and has a dual camera setup optimized for low-light performance. For those who are looking for a good smartphone under Rs 30,000 mark, the Honor 8 Pro could be an apt choice.

The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, is powered by what is arguably the best chipset in the market today and comes with more RAM for its higher-end variant. But for that, you pay a premium of Rs 8,000 over the Honor 8 Pro. Also, the dual camera setup lets you capture photos with 2x lossless zoom, but then it is also important to consider how many times will you use that zooming mechanism. The portrait shots look good, but you don’t get to adjust the blur intensity, which is something that the Honor 8 Pro offers.

If you don’t mind paying that extra premium and want the performance, reliability and battery life that comes with Snapdragon 835 SoC + 8GB RAM combination, and also take into consideration the software aspect, the OnePlus 5 will likely be the better choice for you. But if you’re looking to save a bit of money or have a strict budget, want a camera that performs particularly well in low-light, and could use the extra storage space, the Honor 8 Pro is worth considering.

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