OnePlus 3 Vs Honor 8 Smartphones Comparison

by Karthik Iyer 1

OnePlus launched their flagship smartphone this year, OnePlus 3, a couple of months back. Just like the previous two flagship smartphone from the company, this was also widely welcomed by many users across the globe. OnePlus 3 offers flagship specs for a comparatively less price in the market, which makes it worth every penny. However, after the launch of OnePlus 3, a variety of different smartphones were also launched in the market, in and around the same price point. One such smartphone is Honor 8.

Honor 8 is the new smartphone from Honor which is sub-brand of Huawei. Just like the Huawei P9 smartphone launched this year, the Honor 8 also comes with the dual rear camera setup at the back. With a unique design, the Honor 8 looks stunning and definitely looks like a flagship smartphone that everyone should be keeping an eye on. And not just the looks, it also packs some serious specs inside and can keep up with most of the new smartphone in the market today. Well, let’s see which one is worth your money and the one you should be picking up.

Design

Coming to the design side of things, both of them have a completely different design. Talking about the OnePlus 3, it sports a metal unibody design and on the other hand, the Honor 8 sports a glass back panel which reflects light in a uniquely different way, that catches everyone’s eyes. The Unibody design makes the OnePlus 3 very sleek, and the Honor 8 looks extremely elegant. The OnePlus 3 comes with a thickness of 7.35mm while the Honor 8 is not all that thick since it comes with a thickness of 7.45mm. OnePlus 3 is comparatively taller than the Honor 8, and it is quite noticeable when compared side-by-side.Even with day-to-day usage, OnePlus 3 might be tall for many users whereas the Honor 8 would be ideal for most of the users. But that should not be a deciding factor since the Honor 8 with the glass back is quite slippery and OnePlus 3 manages to stay clear here, and if not then you can also pick up one of the back covers which the company is selling separately as an accessory. With that being said, it pretty much depends on one’s personal preference. However, both of them sport beautiful designs and looks very appealing.

Even with day-to-day usage, OnePlus 3 might be tall for many users whereas the Honor 8 would be ideal for most of the users. But that should not be a deciding factor since the Honor 8 with the glass back is quite slippery and OnePlus 3 manages to stay clear here, and if not then you can also pick up one of the back covers which the company is selling separately as an accessory. With that being said, it pretty much depends on one’s personal preference. However, both of them sport beautiful designs and looks very appealing.

Display

Both the smartphones sports 1080p FHD panels, however, both of them are very different panels altogether. OnePlus comes with a 5.5″ display on the front whereas the Honor 8 comes with a 5.2″ display here. The 1080P panel on the OnePlus 3 is an AMOLED display and has a pixel density of 401 PPI. Honor 8’s 1080P’s display is an IPS LCD which is not bad by any means, but definitely, the AMOLED panel on the OnePlus 3 is far better when compared side-by-side. The accurate colors along with the deep blacks give the display on the OnePlus 3 a slight edge over the Honor 8. That said, these difference are only noticeable when compared side-by-side and won’t matter that much when you get used to a type of display which you prefer.

Hardware

Now let’s talk about something which most of you were waiting for, the performance of the hardware. On paper, the OnePlus 3 is comparatively stronger than the Honor 8 as it comes with the Snapdragon 821 SoC clocked at 2.2 GHz. It packs 6GB of RAM, which is the highest in any smartphone as of now, along with 64GB of internal storage. We will discuss the camera later, but the Honor 8 is also not a poor performer with its Hisilicon Kirin 950 SoC which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2.3Ghz. It packs 4GB of RAM, which is comparatively less than the OnePlus 3 but still this should not be a deciding factor for you because most of the time, you will not need so much memory. Also, the Honor 8 is offered in two variants with different storage options i.e. 32/6GB.

 

Other hardware features include 16MP rear camera at the back of the OnePlus 3 whereas the Honor 8 sports a dual rear camera setup, which is the unique selling point for this smartphone. We discuss the camera in detail separately, but both of them also have an 8MP front-facing selfie shooter as well. A fingerprint scanner sits on the front on top of the capacitive home on the OnePlus 3. The honor 8 holds it at the back of the device which is ideal for most of the users, but then again it is complete upto the personal preference. The fingerprint scanner also has the gesture feature on the Honor 8 to bring the notification shade down.

Talking about that feature, the software on both the devices are also quite different. Yes, both of them run Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, but still, the one in the Honor 8 comes with custom EMUI on top of it. It does add a lot of additional functionality on top of the stock Android, however, if you are looking for a stock performance here, then you should look towards the OnePlus 3 since it comes with a near stock Android version of the Oxygen OS.

Camera & Battery

As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 3 comes with a 16MP f/2.0 camera and the honor eight, on the other hand, comes with dual rear camera setup. This dual rear camera setup on the Honor 8 sports dual 12MP camera with a f/2.2 aperture and laser auto focus. The aperture being a little bit wider on the honor 8, the difference between the both is going to be noticeable here. However, both of them sport really good cameras, and if in case you know what you are doing, then you can also play around with the manual mode. Well, if not, then you still will not have any issues since the auto mode is great by itself.

Both the photo and video mode is great and are good for simply pointing and shooting a subject. OnePlus camera is still one of the best ones out there and gives a good competition to the Honor 8’s camera. You can also select different modes to shoot according to the setup with the Honor 8 with a dedicated mode to shoot photos of food also. It is definitely worth mentioning that the dual rear cameras at the back of the Honor 8 really does open up a lot of opportunities and will encourage you to go ahead and take some nice shots. Well, i will you be the judge here, and you can go through the images and decide for yourself. Let us know which one you liked better than the other one.

The Battery on the both the devices has a capacity of 3,000 mAh. The Performance of the battery on both the device is pretty good. Don’t expect anything exceptional here since 3,000 mAh can do only so much for both the devices. However, topping up the juice on the OnePlus 3 is quite fast, thanks to the Dash charge technology. Honor 8, on the other hand, lacks any type of fast charge feature. So if you are rushing, then this might be a deal breaking factor. Overall, expect a decent performance on both the devices in terms of the battery.

Verdict

With OnePlus retailing for about 28,000 INR for the 64GB variant and the Honor 8 being slightly higher at 30,000 INR for the 32GB variant, you might decide that the OnePlus 3 is a clear winner here. Yes, there’s nothing wrong with that, but you need to keep in mind that we are talking about two completely different type of smartphones here. Although both of them are Android powered devices, the features and specs differ quite a bit. On the camera perspective, the Honor 8 will impress the photographer in you. With the time that we have spent with this smartphone, the camera surely impressed us since there’s a lot that you can do with it.

On the other hand, if you are simply going behind the performance and the raw power, then definitely the OnePlus 3 will impress you more with the near-stock Android software and 6GB RAM, etc. Again it comes down to what you want and what you specific needs are. With that being said, regardless of which device you are planning on picking up, you certainly will not be disappointed. Let us know which one are you planning to pick and why in the comments section below and stay tuned for more comparisons like this.

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Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Good choice for comparison! In my opinion, fast charging and tough build quality make OnePlus3 win! 🙂