Last month, we saw the launch of both Honor 8 Pro as well as the OnePlus 5 smartphones in India. Currently, these are the two smartphones, that everyone is talking about mainly due to the fact that they both offer really good specs for the price at which they are being offered at. The OnePlus is obviously known for selling their phones at a comparatively cheaper price than other flagships, however, the Honor 8 Pro, certainly came as surprise. And over the past of a couple of weeks, the only question which we have been receiving is, whether one should pick up the OnePlus 5 over the Honor 8 Pro or vice-versa. So we decided to do a quick comparison and come up with our answer for the same.
Talking about the design of both the smartphones, the OnePlus 5 is definitely not going to score a lot of points here. Yes, it looks good for the most part, however, the good looks are inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus and there is no hiding it. The Honor 8 Pro, on the other hand, is not all that unique either, however, it does have a really good design, which for the most part, will catch people’s attention for the right reasons.
Both the devices are made out of metal and feel nice in the hand. Both the devices are, however, a little bit slippery, but that’s something that users will have to get used to when it comes to metal devices. The OnePlus 5 measures in at 7.3mm in thickness, whereas the Honor 8 Pro is just 6.97mm. This is certainly not a major difference, however, it is something worth noting. The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 5 is up front, whereas the Honor 8 Pro houses it at the back. Hence this comes down to a personal preference.
The OnePlus 5 sports some really good internals for a smartphone, offering upto 8GB of RAM. This is the first smartphone to be sold in India with 8GB of RAM. However, you can also go for a 6GB RAM variant, if you want to save some money for the accessories. But the Honor 8 Pro with 6GB RAM costs even less and hence this is also definitely worth considering. Coming to the SoC, the OnePlus 5 is powered by the latest and the greatest Snapdragon 835. You can buy this smartphone with 64GB or 128GB internal storage, however, this decision comes with the price of you having to sacrifice RAM. And this is not something to be worried about with Honor 8 Pro since it has the option to expand the storage via a microSD card. The Honor 8 Pro is powered by the company;s in-house SoC which is also equally good.
In terms of the battery, the Honor 8 Pro packs a massive 4,000 mAh battery. And despite the fact that OnePlud 5 is slightly thicker than the Honor 8 Pro, packs only a 3,300 mAh battery. While this is also not going to make a huge difference, we’d suggest you go for the Honor 8 Pro, if you want the best battery performance.
Display & Camera
The Honor 8 Pro arguably has the better display here since it is a QuadHD panel and the OnePlus 5 still has an FHD display only. The Honor 8 Pro has a 5.7-inch Quad HD LTPS panel, whereas the OnePlus 5 has a 5.5-inch full HD AMOLED panel. This again comes down to personal preference since both the displays are great after all. Do make a note that the AMOLED panels are great when it comes to battery life and considering the fact that OnePlus 5 has fewer pixels to push, the chances are that the battery life could be more or less the same on both the devices. Hence, to sum it up, both the displays are great and it totally depends on, whether or not you want a 1080P or 1440P display.
Coming to the camera, the story is completely different. Now firstly, note the fact that both the devices have a dual camera setup at the back. The OnePlus 5 has a 16-megapixel sensor and a 20-megapixel telephoto lens while the Honor 8 Pro uses a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor. The secondary sensor on the OnePlus 5 is mainly used to click portrait images, which is again a feature that iPhone 7 Plus is popular for. The monochrome sensor on the Honor 8 Pro is used to capture better details. On the front, the OnePlus 5 sports a 16MP selfie snapper, however, the Honor 8 Pro only sports an 8MP sensor. Well, the megapixel count cannot always determine which is best and hence we suggest you take a look at the samples below to know which one is the best overall.
OnePlus 5 Samples
Honor 8 Pro
Both the smartphones at the time of the launch are running on Android Nougat out of the box. However, the OnePlus 5 has an edge over here since it has a near stock Android user interface, thanks to Oxygen OS. The Honor 8 Pro runs Huawei’s EMUI skin on top of stock Android which brings in a lot of new features, however, the user interface is little different. This again comes down to personal preference.
The pricing of both the smartphones plays an important role when it comes to making a purchase decision here. The Honor 8 Pro is priced at 29,999 INR, whereas the OnePlus 5 with 6GB RAM can be purchased for 32,999 INR. If you simply compare the 6GB RAM variant of the OnePlus 5 to the Honor 8 Pro, to keep it fair, then the Honor 8 Pro is a better deal. It has really good internals to give a tough competition to the OnePlus 5. The 8GB RAM variant is also not all that different and not to forget the fact that 8GB RAM on a smartphone is definitely an overkill, at least in 2017.
Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on this. Let us know your pick in the comment section below and also, stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more comparisons like this.
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