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Galaxy S8 vs Honor 8 Pro: A scuffling race to meet that ultimate goal

11 April 2017 0

The Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones always attain attention ahead of their official unveiling and most of the times it is worth it to see the latest best flagship product from the largest Android smartphone manufacturer. This year Galaxy S8 success becomes more important for the company as both new products are the next flagships after Galaxy Note 7 Fiasco.

Like always, the new Galaxy S smartphones always have to face the wrath of other flagships available in the market. Same is the case this year as a number of smartphone manufacturers already unveiled their flagships which will be direct competitors to Samsung's Galaxy S8 lineup. We already compared the new Galaxy S8 against Pixel, LG's G6, Huawei's P10, Xperia XZ Premium, iPhone 7 and OnePlus 3T. However, we have yet to compare it with the newly announced Honor 8 Pro. The Honor 8 Pro is actually the global variant of Honor V9 announced for the Chinese market only.

The newly announced Galaxy S8 and Honor 8 Pro bringing everything to attract customers. The Honor 8 Pro is not the flagship smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer but it has all ingredients to fight back hard against the Samsung's latest flagship. Also, there are a number of customers who would like to have top of the line hardware but they don't want to spend above $600, to attract those customers the Honor 8 Pro has the number of perks including the gigantic 4,000mAh battery.

As we all know, the battery isn't the only thing to consider while purchasing a new smartphone. To help out our readers and customers of both aforementioned smartphones, We will compare both devices head to head and will discuss a number of aspects so that you can know all the plus points of the smartphones.

68.1 x 148.9 x 8 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
77.5 x 157 x 7 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design


As far as design is a concern, both the devices looks quite amazing and both are bringing the different taste for customers. The Galaxy S8 is featuring metal chassis with glass rear and front cover. The GS8 is glossy from both front and rear side thanks to the glass panels protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The Galaxy S8 is bringing a completely revamped front facing design as it has trimmed down top and bottom bezels and Samsung utilized this extra space for the larger display panel.

The physical button is also now replaced with virtual navigation button embedded within the display. The fingerprint scanner placement is also changed from the front facing side to rear side alongside the rear camera modules. Once again, the Galaxy S8 has single camera sensor on the rear side. The physical buttons are on the right edge for the volume, power and Bixby AI assistant.

On the other hand, the Honor 8 Pro is packed with a solid aluminum metal case which looks quite premium while holding. The device is extremely thin and looks more sort of Apple iPhone device. The Honor 8 also doesn't have physical buttons on the front facing side, the only physical buttons are on edges as volume rockers and power button. The fingerprint scanner is also on the rear side but it is in the center below the dual rear cameras. It is not fragile like GS8 thanks to its solid metal chassis.

Both GS8 and Honor Pro has mono speakers on the bottom side. A 3.5mm headphone jack is on both devices for audio output. For connectivity, the devices have USB Type-C connectivity port. The diamond cut bezels of Honor 8 Pro showcase that the company paid special attention to the designing of the device.

Display


When the Galaxy S8 was unveiled back on March 29th, its infinity display was highlighted as its one of the key selling feature. Samsung introduced new Infinity display tech with the new GS8 lineup. This helps the company to increase the screen to body ratio up to 83% for the Galaxy S8 whereas the Honor 8 Pro screen-to-body ratio is 73% only.

The Honor 8 Pro is very competitive against Galaxy S8 even in the display department. The Galaxy S8 display size is 5.8-inches and screen resolution is 1440 x 2960 pixels whereas the Honor 8 Pro is packed with 5.7-inches with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The pixels density of Honor 8 Pro is 515ppi whereas GS8 has 570ppi. The Galaxy S8 display features HDR support. Another Plus of Galaxy S8 display is that it is Super AMOLED whereas display on Honor 8 Pro is of IPS LCD. The Super AMOLED display will have deep blacks and also the colors contrast and saturation on this display is better than LCD.

Hardware


So far Honor 8 Pro gives a tough fight to GS8 in display and design department, same is the case with hardware department a well. The Honor 8 Pro is packed with Huawei's own built Kirin 960 SoC, half Quad of the cores are clocking at 2.4GHz whereas the other quad half is running at 1.8GHz.

The Galaxy S8 is unveiled in two variants as far as SoCs are a concern. The first variant is powered up by Samsung's own Octa-core Exynos 8890 SoC. This SoC four cores clocking speed if 2.3GHz whereas the other four are clocking at 1.7GHz. For the US and Chinese customers, there is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 driven variant whose first quad cores are clocking at 2.3GHz whereas the other half clocking speed is 1.9GHz only.

The GS8 SoC is accompanied with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable internal memory. On the other hand, the Honor Pro 8 has two variants, One with 4GB RAM whereas the high-end model has 6GB RAM. Its internal storage is 64GB and can be further expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card. As OS, both the devices has Android Nougat 7.0 on board. Let's check out more details of hardware specs in tabular form below.

Specifications

Galaxy S8

Honor 8 Pro

Display

5.8-inch Super AMOLED
5.7-inch IPS LCD

Screen resolution

1440 x 2960 pixels

1440 X 2560 pixels

Dimensions

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm

157 x 77.5x 7mm
Weight 155g 184g

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 835/ Exynos 8890

Kirin 960 SoC

GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G71

RAM

4GB

4/6GB

Storage

64GB expandable

64GB expandable

Rear camera

12MP with F/1.7 aperture

12MP dual camera monochrome+RGB sensor

Front facing

8MP

8MP

Headphone jack

3.5mm

3.5mm

Battery 3,000mAh 4000mAh
OS` Android Nougat 7.0 with TouchWiz UI Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.1
USB Type-C port Yes

Yes

IP68 certification Yes No
Cameras


The camera sensors always play an important in smartphone success especially the flagships. Buyers pay a lot of attention while purchasing a top-tier smartphone. This year Samsung didn't bring major changes in camera department because their last year GS7 lineup rear camera was quite exceptional. That's why this year we have seen Galaxy S8 is featuring similar 12MP camera like last year. The camera aperture size is F/1.7 and it has OIS and PDAF. The camera results are amazing even in low-light conditions.

The Honor 8 Pro rear snappers are dual 12MP sensors. Like typical Huawei branded smartphone, One of the sensor capture image in RGB whereas the second lens capture images in monochrome mode. The cameras aperture size is f/2.2 and it features dual tone flash, PDAF and laser autofocus. It can capture Full HD videos at 60fps. Up front, the camera sensor is 8MP with F/2.0 aperture. The Galaxy S8 front facing camera is 8MP with autofocus which is first of its kind in the smartphone.

Battery


Another important aspect is battery cell which is also pretty important when you are purchasing a new smartphone. In this department, the Honor 8 Pro is clear winner not only because it has 4,000mAH battery cell as opposed to Galaxy S8 3,000mAH battery but also it can quickly charged thanks to its 9V / 2A tech. The Honor 8 Pro can survive 504 hours on standby mode and gives 30 hours of talk time.

The Galaxy S8 supports Qualcomm's 2.0 Quick charge tech and its US variant can be wirelessly charged. The Honor 8 relatively large battery cell is bringing awesome battery life for users.

Price

The Galaxy S8 can be purchased at a price tag of $750 in the US whereas Honor Pro is yet to be announced in the USA. However, the device cost around $580 in Europe. To grab GS8, customers will have to pay nearly $170 more for the base variant. The GS8 will be released from last week of April worldwide, the Honor 8 Pro can also be purchased in Europe and UK from April 20th.

Galaxy S8 Perks

Apart from fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S8 is bringing two more types of security feature including facial recognition and iris scanner. The Galaxy S8 comes pre-loaded with the new AI-based personal Assistant Bixby. Last but not the least, the GS8 is IP68 certified which means it can survive even in 5 feet water for 30 minutes submerged without any damage.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy S8 is featuring the futuristic design with top of the line hardware specs. The device is indeed one of the most beautiful flagship smartphone available in the market. The device key selling features are its large display in the same compact body like its predecessor, luring glass design, awesome camera, and a new AI-powered personal Assistant Bixby.

On the other hand, the Honor 8 Pro is bringing the top of the hardware which is very much capable of competing against Samsung's flagship in terms of hardware. The device is packed with premium unibody metal chassis which gives the device a premium look and you can't simply ignore it.

Despite being a mid-ranger it has pretty awesome cameras and above all the gigantic battery makes it quite worthy device considering its price tag is way lower than Samsung's flagship. So in our view, if you are looking to purchase Galaxy S8, you should consider Honor 8 Pro as well before be making any purchase.

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