In the current market, if you are looking for a premium smartphone experience and are restricted by a budget of 30,000 INR, only 2 alternatives feel compelling enough – the OnePlus 3 and the Honor 8. Let’s compare the two handsets against one another to help you decide the better option suited to your individual needs.
Key Specifications of Huawei Honor 8 and OnePlus 3:
|Model||Honor 8||OnePlus 3|
|Display||5.2 inch full HD LTPS LCD, 2.5D curved glass||5.5 inch full HD AMOLED display, 2.5D Glass|
|Processor||Octa Core Kirin 950 16nm||Snapdragon 820 quad-core|
|Camera||Dual 12MP rear cameras and 8MP front camera||16MP rear and 8 MP front camera|
|Internal Memory||32GB, Expandable up to 256GB||64GB|
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1||Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Oxygen OS|
|Price||29,999 INR||27,999 INR|
Design and Display
The OnePlus 3 occupies a bigger footprint owing to its bigger display. On the other hand, the Honor 8 will be more appealing to anyone who prefers a more manageable and compact phone. The size, however, isn’t the only difference between the two.
The Honor 8 goes one extra mile and pays due attention to subtle details which give it a more premium feel. For instance, the 2.5D glass on the rear has 15 different layers underneath it and shows variance in color depending on the angle of light falling on it. Also, Huawei has managed to fit in a great quality camera module without any camera bump.
The OnePlus 3 looks gorgeous too, but in comparison feels more generic. The camera juts out and to avoid scratches, OnePlus has layered a sapphire glass on top of it.
The OnePlus 3 uses a full HD display but since it’s a pentile matrix AMOLED display resolution of blue and red color is just half compared to green color and thus the effective resolution isn’t as sharp as on Honor 8, which has a smaller LTPS Full HD panel. Both the phones use excellent panels. The one used on OnePlus 3 can reproduce deeper blacks and the one on Honor 8 feels crispier.
The OnePlus 3 uses a 16MP rear camera with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, and PDAF. The Honor 8 on the other hand, includes two 12MP camera sensors where one is a monochrome sensor that allows the handset to gather 3x more light.
Both phones can capture great still images. While the OnePlus 3 has the advantage of 4K video recording, the Honor 8 excels in almost all other areas. The low light shots clicked using Honor 8 are amazing, and besides the camera app allows you to do a lot more stuff.
You can click monochrome shots, shoot light trails and even click super wide aperture shots where you can blur background post clicking. The selfie camera performance of both handsets is pretty decent.
The Honor 8 camera hardware and software feels more interesting and you will simply have more fun using it. If we have to choose one Smartphone camera we will go with Honor 8.
Performance and Software
The OnePlus 3 employs Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with 6GB RAM and 64GB of unexpandable internal storage. Users can’t access full 6GB of RAM, but still, the performance is blazing fast. The same is true for the Honor 8.
Huawei’s own Kirin 950 SoC with 4x Cortex A72 cores and 4x Cortex A53 cores. Both chipsets can handle whatever you throw at them with perfect ease. The Honor 8 comes with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage and allows you to add up to 256GB of MicroSD card slot
Since the software and hardware are well optimized, the Honor 8 offers better battery backup as compared to OnePlus 3. The Honor 8 also shows better thermal efficiency and runs relatively cooler. The OnePlus 3 on the other hand, benefits from extremely fast Dash charging. The feature, however, works only with the proprietary charger.
On the software front, OnePlus 3 has its near stock Oxygen OS, and the Honor has heavily customized EMUI 4.1. While the former is more about simplicity, the latter provides a plethora of customization options.
There is something for all categories of users. It must also be mentioned that the software on OnePlus 3 is quite erratic at times. There are several wrinkles which the Chinese debutant is evening out with regular updates.
The OnePlus 3 offers a high contrast AMOLED display and convenient fast charging. On the other hand, the Honor 8 brings an excellent dual camera performance, inspiring design and reliable performance to the table.
Both the OnePlus 3 and Honor 8 are extremely competent handsets and you will probably be happy with which ever one you choose, but comparing the two, the Honor 8 has more of X factor, is more reliable and feels more interesting.