Nowadays choosing the perfect smartphone has become quite the arduous task. It’s not because there’s not much to choose from like it used to be before, but quite the opposite: nowadays there are so many smartphone makes, models and variants to choose from, it can get rather disheartening to actually attempt it. This year alone has seen one smartphone launch too many, so it’s understandable if you’re stuck deciding.
With the occasion of the launch of the brand new Honor 8 Pro from the Huawei subsidiary brand Honor, we’ve compiled a comparison between it and other two new successful smartphone launches of this year that have more or less the same specs and hardware. We’re talking about the much anticipated OnePlus 5, as well as the new HTC U11. So is one of the three the best choice? Let us discuss.
First and foremost let’s discuss the price tags of the three phones. The Honor 8 Pro is certainly the most affordable of the three with its price of 445 dollars. However, the OnePlus 5 is closely behind it with a price of only 479 dollars, and then there’s the almost unreasonably priced HTC U11 with its price of 649 dollars. Although the HTC U11 is a good phone, its price is not worth it, and we will soon find out why together.
Both the OnePlus 5 and the Honor 8 Pro come with a dual rear camera, which seems to be the latest tech craze when it comes to smartphone photo gear. Unfortunately, the HTC U11 lags behind them severely in this department with its single rear camera. However, it’s noteworthy that HTC phones are generally known for taking good photos, so don’t let the lack of dual rear camera trick you. But phones with this tech will still always outshine those that don’t have it.
The Honor 8 Pro is powered by a Huawei-produced Kirin 960 octa-core chipset, which works on 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory that can be doubled up to 256GB with a microSD card. The HTC U11 has a similar setup, but with a more well-known chipset in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core, the same one that also powers this year’s highlights on Samsiung’s smartphone roster. We’re talking about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
The OnePlus 5 similarly runs on the same Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM, but it only comes with 64GB of internal storage that unfortunately cannot be expanded. The HTC U11 on the other hand can support up to 2TB of internal memory through microSD card support. That’s quite impressive, and we don’t understand why OnePlus don’t offer microSD support for the OnePlus 5, especially when considering that most smartphones nowadays come with it. Oh well, let’s move along, shall we?
Battery life has been a highly debated topic for these new smartphone releases, and until the Honor 8 Pro hit markets today we thought that the OnePlus 5 took the cake with its 3,300 mAh battery that manages to outperform the HTC’s 3000 mAH one by 10 hours when left idle. This was proved by experiments, and many were excited that the much cheaper OnePlus 5 is so much more potent. But now the Honor 8 Pro dropped the bomb on us with its huge 4,000 mAh battery, and it’s also the most affordable option of the three.
So, at the end of the day, we’d choose the Honor 8 Pro for its price to quality rapport, but you need to choose what you want and what fits your needs best.