Honor 8 Pro vs OnePlus 5 – Which is Better?

The OnePlus 5 and the Honor 8 Pro are both great phones that have recently been launched. The former is available exclusively on Amazon India with base price of INR 32,999, while the latter is priced at INR 29,999.

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Presented below is a comparison between the OnePlus 5 and the Honor 8 Pro.

  1. Build and looks

Both OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro have a metal unibody with a dual camera feature on the phone’s back. The build of the OnePlus 5 is almost like the iPhone 7 and this prevents it from sporting a unique build. The camera area on the back is a prominent bump and users may need to take steps, like buying a case, to prevent any damage to it. If not, the paint is known to chip around the borders of the camera.

The Honor 8 Pro design is distinctive with rounded corners and a deftly placed camera below a glass visor. The OnePlus 5 is quite slim at 7.3mm. The Honor 8 Pro is even thinner and sleeker, and measures just 6.97mm.

The Honor 8 Pro comes with a 5.7 inch LTPS Quad HD display, while the OnePlus has a 5.5 inch AMOLED full HD screen. The display experience is better on the Honor, especially for those who watch increased content on their smartphone and desire crisp viewing.

The fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus is located below the display on the front panel, while it is present at the back on the Honor. As the Honor is a relatively bigger smartphone, users may need to stretch a bit to reach the sensor.

  1. Technical specifications

The Honor 8 Pro comes with a Kirin Huawei 960 1.8GHz processor that is based on a 16nm system. The OnePlus 5 sports the latest Snapdragon octa-core processor 835 processor, based on 10nm system, and clocking at 1.9 GHz.

Both phones sport fast charging, but the Dash charger of OnePlus is comparative better than the Honor 8 Pro. The Pro also sports an IR blaster which is good and currently a hard feature to find.

The OnePlus 5 has an internal storage of 64 GB, while the Honor sports 128 GB storage capacity, with option of external memory expansion of up to 128 GB. The 8 GB variant of the OnePlus supports external storage of 128 GB, but that means users will need to spend extra for it. The 64 GB variant does not support external microSD card storage.


  1. Camera

Both, the Honor Pro 8 and the OnePlus 5 come with dual camera systems. It is however differently implemented in each device. The Honor features a twelve megapixel monochrome sensor and a 12-mp RGB sensor, while the OnePlus sports a 20-mp telephoto lens and a 16 mp sensor.

The monochrome sensor on the Honor is used for more enhanced and detailed photo shots. An additional monochrome mode allows users to capture pictures in black and white. The telephoto lens on the OnePlus 5 can be used when zooming and only in photo mode, while the second sensor is mainly used for improved portraits via its use for calculation of depth. Two software updates are available for the OnePlus; it improves quality for general pictures, but portrait mode becomes worse.

The OnePlus comes with a dedicated portrait mode, which is absent in the Honor. The latter however has a wide aperture mode; this mode is superior as it is better at separating the foreground from the background. The photos captured by the Honor camera were more detailed as compared to the OnePlus 5 camera.

Camera apps present on the Honor 8 Pro are more in number and more diverse as compared to the OnePlus 5. Both devices feature a pro mode which allows full control over the camera and clicking of photos in RAW form. This option has a metering method feature on the Honor, which is absent on the OnePlus. However, unlike the Honor smartphone, the OnePlus 5 allows users to save their customizations.

The OnePlus 5 captures color a lot better in low light than the Honor 8 Pro. In night photography, the Honor makes the image sharper, which brings in excess noise.

  1. Battery and Performance

The Honor 8 Pro comes with a huge 4000 mAh battery, while the OnePlus 5 has a 3300mAh battery. The smaller battery and faster charging means that OnePlus charges to 100 percent much quicker than the Honor 8 Pro.

Performance with daily normal tasks is good on both phones, but the OnePlus 5 is slightly better. The Honor tends to become warm when playing some graphic-intensive games and using the camera, but the OnePlus remains quite cool. The OnePlus 5 beats the Honor in benchmarks, but the former is known to manipulate benchmarks and hence cannot be used as a means to check performance in real world. The OnePlus lasts for about sixteen hours when tested for HD video loop, while the Honor lasts for only ten hours. This may however be due to the higher resolution on the Honor 8 Pro.

Both the smartphones feature some customization and run on Android Nougat OS. The Honor 8 Pro comes with the EMUI interface, while the OnePlus 5 uses its OxygenOS interface which is more similar to a stock Android experience.

Verdict: Both the smartphones have its pros and cons. Choose one which best suits your needs.

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