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Honor 8 Pro vs Honor 8: Should you upgrade?

12 April 2017 0

Honor recently unveiled Honor 8 in Europe, the device stuns everything with its beautiful looks and ravishing design. The Honor 8 Pro will be the first direct competitor to Galaxy S8 in Europe as both the device hitting the European market in last week of this month. To help out our readers, We made a comparison of both Honor 8 Pro and Galaxy S8 so that customers can easily decide which device is better and what it is bringing on board.

Another important question in everyone's mind who owns last year Honor 8 is should they upgrade to the latest Honor 8 Pro or not. Also, many of them are unaware about what kind of changes new Honor 8 pro is bringing in terms of specs, camera, and design. Those who are unaware, the Honor brand is owned by China's number one smartphone manufacturer Huawei. Under the Honor branding, the company unveils smartphones with strong features and affordable pocket-friendly price tags.

In last year, Honor 6X attained huge success but last year in H2 2016, the company unveils Honor 8 which showcase the real capabilities of Chinese smartphone manufacturer. The device was indeed very special as it offers the premium looking design with top of the line flagship killer hardware, dual rear camera at price tag around $400.

Now the company upgraded the Honor 8 and unveiled it for European and Russian customers as Honor 8 Pro. The device not only brings hardware upgradations but also the display size is increased. The Honor 8 Pro is featuring a gigantic 5.7-inches display and it brings everything on board to be called as the beast. Surprisingly, it is bringing similar kind of hardware like Huawei's P10 Plus but the price tag is way below it. It costs below $600. Without any further ado, let's check out how Honor 8 and Honor 8 Pro compete each other and upgrading is worth it or not.

71 x 145.5 x 7.45 mm
5.2 inches - 1920x1080 px
77.5 x 157 x 7 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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In terms of design, both the devices are of different niche. The Honor 8 is a compact device because of its standard size 5.2-inches screen whereas the Honor 8 Pro is featuring a 5.7-inches screen that's why it falls into the phablet category. The Honor 8 Pro can't be used with the single hand while Honor 8 can be easily managed with a single hand.

Both the devices have round edges and corners which give device a pretty luring slim look. To help out users, Honor 8 Pro EMUI is specially designed with built-in features so that user can perform a number of tasks easily single-handedly. Although the Honor 8 also has similar kind of gestures but they are more useful while using Honor 8 Pro.

The Honor 8 is known for its glossy finish on the rear but it is replaced with matte metal for the Honor 8 Pro. The Matte metal obviously looks more premium and also it attracts fewer fingerprints. The Good thing is Honor 8 is also available in attractive navy blue color as well.

Unfortunately, both the devices are not water and dust resistant but their build quality seems quite strong. The Honor 8 thickest point was 7.5mm and the latest Honor 8 Pro is, even more, thinner at 6.97mm only. Although the difference is not extraordinary but a slim profile is always welcomed.

Although the Honor 8 is slim but its metal finish makes it heavier at 184g, On the other hand, the Honor 8 is just 153 grams in weight. The Honor 8 Pro is designed better with a fairly large display and a sleek premium design. However large displays are not meant for everybody.


The Honor 8 is featuring an IPS LCD display of 5.2-inches. As opposed to that the Honor 8 Pro IPS display panel is of 5.7-inches. The screen on predecessor is Full HD whereas the Pro variant comes pre-loaded with Quad-HD screen resolution. So despite the larger display, the Pro variant display will be sharper and it is the media-centric device which provides content on the large display with sharp colors.

The original Honor 8 display is not dim at all. Overall brightness and vibrancy level are not much different in original and Pro variants. The Honor 8 Quad-HD screen resolution is 2560 X 1440 pixels. The Honor 8 Pro pixels density is 515 whereas the Honor 8 density is only 423ppi.


The Honor 8 and Pro both are running on latest EMUI 5.0 based on Android Nougat, this means the devices will be bringing the key Nougat features. The version of EMUI on the Honor 8 Pro is 5.1 while the original variant is still on the 5.0. The difference between the UI of both devices is minor.

The fingerprint scanner on both the devices is on the rear side which works quite efficiently to unlock the device in a blink of the eye. The sensor on both is equally responsive. The gesture of swiping display from rear side is pre-loaded on both phones. As far as hardware specs is a concern, the Honor 8 is packed with slightly old Kirin 950 SoC. The SoC has Cortex-A72 cores clocking at 2.3GHz.

The Octa-core chipset is accompanied with 3/4GB of RAM. The Honor 8 works quite smoothly not only in everyday usage but also in loading heavy games.

Now the Honor 8 Pro is packed with premium top of the line latest Kirin 960 SoC which is powering Huawei's latest flagship P10 as well. The chipset is accompanied with 6GB of RAM that's why it performed better on benchmarks as opposed to P10. The P10 is featuring 4GB of RAM. The chipset has Cortex-A73 cores clocking at 2.4GHz. According to ARM, their latest Cortex-A73 are nearly 30% more powerful as opposed to Cortex-A72.

The built-in internal storage on Honor 8 is 32/64GB whereas on the Honor 8 Pro is 64GB. Both the devices internal storage can be expanded up to 256GB using external MicroSD card. The Honor 8 Pro is very much competitive to the latest flagships and we can claim that it is more future proof as opposed to the original Honor 8.


As far as cameras are a concern, the Honor 8 Pro and original Honor 8 are not much different. Both the devices are featuring dual 12MP cameras on the rear side. One of the sensors is monochrome whereas the second sensor is RGB. The camera aperture size is F/2.2, digital optical stabilization, and laser-guided autofocus. Both the devices didn't have Optical Image Stabilization.

The cameras perform great in daylight but in low-light conditions, the camera sensors struggle that's why results are not sharp in low-light conditions. The Honor 8 rear camera can capture video of Full HD quality but the Honor 8 Pro can capture video of 4K as well. Up front, the Honor 8 camera sensor is 8MP with F/2.4 aperture, however on the Honor 8 Pro sensor is also 8MP but its aperture size is F/2.0 which means it can capture more light.


The battery plays an important role in success of smartphones and looks like Honor paid special attention to this aspect this time. The Honor 8 was packed with a 3,000mAH battery. It has USB Type-C port connectivity. As opposed to that the Honor 8 is featuring a fairly large battery cell of 4,000mAh. It also has USB Type-C port for connectivity. The Pro variant can survive 36 hours on heavy usage while on normal day usage, it can easily survive for two days. ​


When purchasing a mid-ranger smartphone, the customers try to grab the device with the best value for money. The Honor 8 was announced for $460 which was £369 for UK customers. However, in last few months, the price is dropped down to $400. The Honor 8 Pro is announced for a price tag of $580 (£475). The device will be released on April 20th for the European customers. Considering all aspects, we have to accept that Honor 8 Pro is bringing better value for money. Not just that, the device brings a number of improvements as opposed to last year Honor 8.


Both devices are announced with a difference of nearly six months but the Honor 8 Pro is brining in almost every department except camera. The Honor 8 Pro is packed with larger display of quad display, top of the line SoC with 6GB RAM, dual cameras and above all a gigantic battery makes it an awesome mid-ranger device which can't be resisted easily.

On the other hand at $400, the Honor 8 is one of the best smartphone that you can purchase. It can easily perform daily tasks without any glitch. So if you are looking for a smartphone with display around 5-inches and high-end hardware, the Honor 8 could become your choice.

(last update 24 April 2017 @ 11:46)



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