Honor 8 Pro vs Galaxy S8+: Still worlds apart

Honor 8 Pro vs Galaxy S8+: Still worlds apart

Unveiled at the start of April, the Honor 8 Pro is the first phablet to be marketed in Europe by the Chinese manufacturer. With this smartphone, Honor has confirmed its goal to move further upmarket in order to titillate the market leaders, starting with the Galaxy S8+ which has almost the same dimensions. But is it really competition for Samsung? Let’s compare these two smartphones in more detail.

Design: a more modern look for the Galaxy S8+

In this area, despite Honor's efforts to move upmarket with a metal unibody casing, the Samsung device maintains the leading edge. The Honor 8 Pro doesn’t offer the same elegance or originality as the Galaxy S8+with its borderless display. While the Honor 8 isn’t as lavish, the Chinese smartphone proves to be more solid and can withstand daily use.  There is less of a risk that the screen on the Honor 8 Pro will break. The fingerprint reader position is also much easier to access on the Honor 8 Pro.

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The Honor 8 Pro is a more solid smartphone than its rival. / © NextPit

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ just about beats its rival in terms of design. With this phone, Samsung has without a doubt created one of the most attractive smartphones on the market. The device is also compact (despite the 6.2-inch screen) and almost as thin as the Honor 8 Pro. In addition, unlike its competitor, the Galaxy S8+ is waterproof (IP68).

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The Galaxy S8 has a borderless display. / © NextPit

Screen: QHD for everyone (in theory)

The diagonal measurement of the Galaxy S8+’s screen is much larger than that of the Honor 8 Pro: 6.2-inches compared to 5.7-inches. The Super AMOLED definition which, following the example of the S8 which has a length/height ratio of 18.5:9, is a WQHD+ definition, 1440 x 2960 pixels and a pixel density of 530 pixels per inch. However, by default, the Galaxy S8+ has a Full-HD definition of 1080 x 2290 pixels. In practice, it’s hard to tell the difference. As for the Honor 8 Pro, it has a 5.7-inch LTPS IPS screen with QHD definition. The pixel density is 515 pixels per inch.

In daily use, both devices perform excellently. The screens are bright and full of color, and the viewing angles are good. A special shout out goes to the AMOLED screen on the S8+ which allows you to have a limitless contrast and offers edge features on the curved display.

The good news is that both devices are compatible with virtual reality. Honor even turned their box into a DIY headset.

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The Honor 8 Pro’s box can be used as a virtual reality headset. / © NextPit

Software version: two different approaches

In both cases, the smartphones offer a fluid, quick, personalized Android experience. On one hand, the Honor 8 Pro has Android Nougat with the EMUI 5.1 in-house interface. There are some similarities with iOS but Honor offers more personalization options, such as activating the applications drawer or interchanging the navigation buttons. On the other hand, Samsung runs on Nougat with the in-house personalization overlayer, Experience UX. This is much brighter and more colorful than EMUI.  

Main menu, notifications and settings. / © NextPit
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The Honor 8 Pro benefits from regular security patch updates. / © NextPit

All in all, there isn’t a clear winner in this area. It’s more a question of taste and personal preference. Both smartphones will receive the Android Oreo update, but you’ll have to be patient.

Honor 8 Pro vs Galaxy S8: the camera

As for the camera, it’s the Galaxy S8 Plus that steals the show, although the Honor 8 Pro also does a good job. The smartphone has an excellent 12-megapixel back camera. Its f/1.7 aperture is big which lets in a lot of light. The smartphone offers an automatic mode which can be handy and will please most users. It produces photos with excellent detail, vivid colors and a good white balance.

A significant battery life advantage for the Honor 8 Pro

If there’s any area in which the Honor 8 Pro proves to be superior to the Galaxy S8 Plus, it’s the battery life. With its 4000 mAh battery, this phone by the Chinese manufacturer allows you to use it with complete peace of mind. In intensive usage, you can easily get a day and a half out of the device without needing to recharge. This is much better than the Galaxy S8 Plus (3500 mAh), which has problems lasting until the end of the day.

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The S8 Plus is better for photos but not so great for battery life. / © NextPit

Galaxy S8+, the performance master

  3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.1 3D Mark Sling Shot ES 3.0 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited ES 2.0 Geekbench CPU - Single-Core Geekbench CPU - Multi-Core PC Mark Work Performance PC Mark Storage Google Octane 2.0
Honor 8 Pro  1900 2184 27769 1912 6144 7200 - 9976
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus 3132 3336 28472 2014 6495 5194 4772 9775

Remember: when the Honor 8 Pro is used intensively, it can quickly overheat. This overheating can also occur when charging the phone.

Honor 8 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S8+ technical specifications

  Honor 8 Pro Samsung Galaxy S8+
Dimensions: 157 x 77.5 x 6.97 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight: 184 g 173 g
Battery size: 4000 mAh 3500 mAh
Screen size: 5.7 in 6.2 in
Display technology: LCD AMOLED
Screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (515 ppi) 2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)
Front camera: 8 megapixels 8 megapixels
Rear camera: 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Flashlight: LED Dual-LED
Android version: 7.0 - Nougat 7.0 - Nougat
User interface: Emotion UI TouchWiz
RAM: 6 GB 4 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB 64 GB
Removable storage: microSD microSD
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 960 Samsung Exynos 8895
Number of cores: 8 8
Max. clock speed: 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

Honor 8 Pro vs Galaxy S8+: the pricing war

Although the Honor 8 Pro is considered ‘premium’, at around $460, it’s still more affordable than its opponent, the Galaxy S8+, which costs around $720.

Honor 8 Pro vs Galaxy S8 Plus: the Samsung smartphone stands out from the crowd

Is the Honor 8 Pro on the same level as the Galaxy S8 Plus? No, not right now. Despite all of its qualities that I highlighted in this article, the Honor phablet still lags behind the Samsung smartphone. From a technical perspective, the Honor 8 Pro is a great smartphone which, currently, is a lot cheaper than the Galaxy S8+. The Samsung flagship stands head and shoulders above the rest and it’s hard to compete with it, especially when we know that it has an IP68 certification, borderless display, an elegant design, an eye scanner and a better camera experience.

What are your reasons for picking Honr 8 Pro over Galaxy S8+, or vice versa? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Edward Amarille Nov 2, 2017 Link to comment

    My friend has a Galaxy s8, she dropped her phone and had to get a replacement. I loaned her my Honor 8 (Not Pro) while she waited for the replacement (about a week). She fell in love with it, she likes being able to switch from having the app drawer or leave the apps in folders, she loves the fact that she can log in to both of her Facebook accounts at once, screen splitting was much easier for her. And she loves the battery life, she said she had to plug in her s8 2x or more a day, my Honor 8 lasted a day and a half.The only negative thing she had to say about the Honor 8 was the camera. She has her new S8, but she is now waiting for her honor 8 pro which should be here in a few days.

    • itprolonden Nov 4, 2017 Link to comment

      I've dropped my S8+ about 7 times without issue

  • luis martinez Nov 1, 2017 Link to comment

    My experience with the S8 has been rather frustrating. Way too many hang ups, stuttering when using apps and surfing web. Phone is literally asking me to reboot once a week in order to keep it optimized which is not. Losing wifi signal every other day. Many settings buried in phone hard to find. Phone turns on and off in your front pocket constantly. Need to download 3rd party apps in order to get many basic features other phones offer. Two good points is the look of the phone and the camera performance is top notch.

    I guess coming from a respectable Chinese brand to using samsung has been a tough transition.

  • bojan radovanovic Nov 1, 2017 Link to comment

    Wait, have you just compared Honor's budget phone with a Samsung's flagship that cost double, and declare " clean winner "!?
    No way Columbo, you just find a new continent with this smart and really necessary comparison.

  • Francesco V. Oct 31, 2017 Link to comment

    Homeworks for Pierre (the author): please estimate the screen surface (not just the diagonal) and tell us which one of these two leaves left and right black spaces when watching videos. Thank you

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