The battle of flagship killers has been a much awaited one especially for the Indian fans. The main reason for this is that the market in countries like India and to a certain extent China has the most number of consumers looking for the best deal possible. They want best value for money and as such, look for the most bang for a buck. This explains the success of Chinese companies in the Indian market which have been offering smartphones with amazing specifications and features for jaw dropping prices. This has enabled companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo to gain significant marketshare in the Indian market at the expense of major players like Apple and Samsung.
The most recent phone in the flagship killer category is the OnePlus 5 launched last month. It has very good features at almost half the prices compared to flagships from Samsung and Apple. It has a new challenger in India now. Even though Huawei is the third biggest smartphone company in the world, its visibility in India has been a lot less compared to Apple and Samsung who spend a significant chunk of their budget in advertising and marketing. This is a shame really because, it makes some very good phones. The Honor 8 released last year was one of the best budget phones in its class. However, the title of this year’s new flagship killing champion goes to Honor 8 Pro. Even though OnePlus 5 is a fantastic phone in its own right, it just falls short of the title. I will be making a detailed assessment of both phones describing the pros and cons of each of them in detail below:
Honor 8 Pro Performance: –
One of the most important decisions before buying a phone for any customer is the performance of the device. Honor 8 Pro comes with a HiSilicon Kirin 960 Chipset which is comparable in processing power to Snapdragon 821 chipset of OnePlus 3T. This is however, only a small technical detail which does not affect the performance in any way. The chipset used in Honor 8 Pro is the best Huawei offers and is amazingly fast. It also comes with 128GB of internal memory which can be further expanded to 256 GB. It just loses the top slot to OnePlus 5 which offers the latest Snapdragon 835, the best processor in its class. Both phones offer equally good performance without any lags but the OnePlus 5 is a clear winner here though the performance of Honor 8 Pro is not shabby at all in any sense.
Honor 8 Pro Display and Battery:-
The Honor 8 beats the OnePlus 5 in both the display and the battery departments. It comes with a stunning 2kHD with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, which means a ppi pixel density of 515 on a screen of 5.7 inches, which is one of the best in its class and clearly outclasses the OnePlus 5. To accommodate the higher power consumption, a bigger battery has also been packed in it and the device comes with a 4000 mAh, which is also much higher than the OnePlus 5. It also comes with quick charging technology that gives it a full charge
Honor 8 Camera:-
As has been the recent trend, it comes with a dual rear camera 12 MP each and a dedicated monochrome sensor. It also supports 4k video recording but the lack of optical image stabilization in the device is a drawback. the user will have to ensure that while taking snaps or videos, his hands has to be extremely steady. It however compensates by providing a better performance when bokeh effects are taken into consideration and some of the effects taken by it are indeed better than the OnePlus 5. Overall, the camera is slightly better than the OnePlus 5 although the optical stabilization aspect is missing.
Huawei has definitely done a proper market research of the Indian market. It has taken great pains to look into the minutest of details right from design to battery. With an initial price of Rs 29,999 it has a solid winner for the Indian market and has outsmarted OnePlus at it’s own game. Not only do you get more storage at around Rs 3000 less, the difference in processing power is also not very high in comparison with the OnePlus 5, especially in real world usage. This is possibly the best flagship killer available in the market right now. It has the specs comparable to many flagships of companies like Apple and Samsung but at almost half the price. It is the best phone in its class. Period.