Huawei's sub-brand Honor has launched its flagship smartphone for the year 2016 - Honor 8. With features like a dual-camera set-up and 3D fingerprint sensor, the Honor 8 is priced at Rs 29,999 in India. That puts it in a very competitive segment of smartphones. The king so far in this segment has been the OnePlus 3. Which is one of the best smartphones to come out in 2016. So, does the Honor 8 have the might to take on OnePlus 3? We try to end this debate once and for all.
The OnePlus 3 has a design that is pleasing to the eye. The balance between the use of metal and glass on the OnePlus 3 is near perfect and the 5.5-inch display size is what the users want now. Also, the company also recently introduced the soft-gold version of the OnePlus 3 in India.
On the other hand, the Honor 8 is way more stylish than the OnePlus 3 and there is no denying about that. Honor has used a 2.5D glass not only on the front of the device but also at the back. The device, as a result, is shiny. And the Sapphire Blue colour that Honor offers on the phone is just stunning. It breaks away from the regular greys and silver colours that smartphones mostly offer. The 5.2-inch display on the Honor 8 is neither too big or small. It's just the right size.
The 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display on the OnePlus 3 is bright enough and potent. The Honor 8 offers a 5.2-inch display that's also Full HD. The major difference here is that the display on the OnePlus 3 is more bright and non-reflective than the one you get on the Honor 8. Having said that, both the devices offer good touch screen response.
The OnePlus 3 runs on a tried and tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and is backed by a colossal 6GB of RAM. LeEco did offer 6GB RAM in India but we are yet to see that phone come to life. So, if RAM is your big differentiating factor into buying a smartphone, at this moment the OnePlus 3 is the only smartphone in India that will offer you 6GB of pure awesomeness. OnePlus 3 also packs in 64GB storage.
Honor 8 is not far behind when it comes to fire power. In fact, the 16 nanometer Kirin 950 chip on the Honor 8 is quite impressive. Also, the phone comes backed with 4GB of RAM which is also more than enough for day-to-day usage.
Both the smartphones offer a lag free user experience and gaming wise both are equally good. Te real difference is that the OnePlus 3 offers a near stock Android experience whereas the Honor 8 comes with a very intuitive Emotion UI 4.1. Both the smartphones are 4G LTE/VoLTE compatible and offer dual-SIM compatibility.
The Honor 8 undoubtedly has the best camera in a smartphone that's priced under Rs 30,000. The camera quality of the OnePlus 3 is not bad either but the dual-camera setup on the Honor 8 really helps it score over OnePlus 3. The Honor 8 is the only phone apart from Huawei P9 and the iPhone 7 Plus that offers a dual-camera setup in India.
The images on the Honor 8 are just fantastic and the level of detailing in images that are clicked on the Honor 8 are so much better than what you'll get on the OnePlus 3.
Battery wise both, the OnePlus 3 and the Honor 8 pack in a 3,000 mAh unit. The battery optimisation on both the phones will help you last a day and a half. Both the devices come with fast charging. But, the OnePlus 3 has one more trick up its sleeve - Dash Charging. Dash Charging on OnePlus 3 is one great technology innovation. While most smartphones do come with fast charging, the Dash Charging experience is almost two times faster.
The OnePlus 3 is made for stock Android lovers and the Honor 8 is made for those who want a little extra for their buck. The OnePlus 3 and the Honor 8 are great competitors. In fact, if OnePlus 3 is the king of under Rs 30,000 smartphones in India, the Honor 8 is the king's hand.