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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Gallery of photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Gallery of photos taken with the Honor 8 Pro
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.
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|
|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|
|Android version:||7.0 - Nougat||7.0 - Nougat|
|User interface:||Emotion UI||TouchWiz|
|RAM:||6 GB||4 GB|
|Internal storage:||64 GB||64 GB|
|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!