Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the HTC U Ultra is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Huawei Honor 8 Pro.

HTC U Ultra  Huawei Honor 8 Pro 
HTC U Ultra Huawei Honor 8 Pro
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Excellence Score
48.2
62.7
Value for Money Score
66.6
66.0
Price ₹ 22,190 onwards ₹ 29,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2017 Jul, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5.7 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features Super LCD5, Secondary Display: 2.05 inch (160 x 1040 Pixels) IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode, Do Not Disturb Mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.15 GHz 2.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 821Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Kirin 960Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Mali-G71 MP8
RAM 4 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.0MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features HTC UltraPixel 2, 1.55um Pixel Size, F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, BSI Sensor, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), Sapphire Lens, Self Timer up to 10 Seconds, Face Detection, Pro mode with Manual Control, 16 sec. Long Exposure, RAW format support, Auto HDR, Panorama, Zoe Capture, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion Video, Video Pic F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED (Dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features HTC UltraPixel mode, BSI Sensor, Live Make-up, Auto Selfie (keep still or smile), Voice Selfie, Self Timer up to 10 seconds, Auto HDR, Selfie Panorama Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, 77-degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 6.97 mm
Weight 170 gm 184 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby 312 hrs N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 453 hrs
Battery Talktime 26.00 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 16.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Battery Talktime (4G): upto 26 hrs, Battery Standby Time: upto 312 hrs Charging Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Battery Fast Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Hi-Res Audio; Motion Launch; HTC Connect; Quiet Ring on Pick-up; Pocket mode, Flip to Mute; HTC Sense Companion AI; Miracast; Chromecast Support; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; 15 months extended warranty; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Arguably the most sumptuous, and beautifully designed Android phone available today - made almost entirely of glass, with a mirror finish - giving it a really unique, handsome, and bold aesthetic above anything else - it's drop-dead gorgeous
  • Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back
  • Its back is curved on to the phone’s four corners so it looks as though the device has been built as a whole rather than by slapping several different parts together - even more significantly, the U Ultra’s glass has been ionised so that even its black edition changes colour according to the light around you - it’s an effect that's difficult to describe, but pick up the handset yourself and its subtle shimmers and reflections are sure to set your heart aflutter
  • Its 170g weight barely registers in your hands, and at 8mm thin, it's a slight device, but not so much that it feels insubstantial
  • Its fingerprint scanner is front-facing, sitting just under the phone’s screen, and works like a treat - it’s fast and accurate
  • Brilliant display - a generous 1440 x 2560 resolution - that's roughly 513 pixels per inch - means that you're treated to visuals with plenty of punch and vibrancy
  • Also has a secondary screen - a thin 2.05in strip for instant notifications-related gratification - while it’s certainly not essential, it can end up being pretty useful
  • That’s not all this secondary screen can do either - when your U Ultra is unlocked it’ll show you upcoming calendar events, reminders you’ve set yourself and a 12-hour weather forecast for your location, among other things
  • The U Ultra’s secondary screen isn’t always-on - it wakes up when you get a notification or flip your phone up - its 160 x 1040 resolution ensures you can always read what’s onscreen and HTC has designed the thing to work with all the apps you’d want - that means WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Gmail and many more
  • HTC Sense UI on top of Android is one of the better Android UIs around
  • One of the most powerful phones you can buy in terms of speed/performance, with the same internals as the Google Pixel - chomps through even the most graphically demanding games without breaking a sweat
  • Decent rear camera - though not quite up to the level of other flagships
  • Decent front camera - delivers spot-on skin tones and it’s not half bad at night either
  • Vibrant HTC BoomSound speakers
  • Decent battery life - with moderate use, generally lasts for the whole day - although there are many flagship phones with a much better battery life
  • Fast charging support - topping up 33% of your battery in 20 minutes
  • Stunning metal build and design - great handling, slim profile and sleek look - continuing the premium design tradition of the Honor line
  • Very good fingerprint scanner with class-leading speed and accuracy
  • Excellent, VR-Ready QHD display - great punch, superb contrast, and brightness
  • EMUI is a decent Android overlay - and is filled to the brim with features that allow you to tweak pretty much every aspect of the UI - gesture support is rich too
  • Good gallery, image editing, and music apps
  • Excellent, flagship-worthy speed and performance, powered by the powerhouse Kirin 960 chipset, along with copious amount of RAM and smart memory management - on the whole, the performance is only slightly below the level of the Snapdragon 835 powered devices, and even that difference will be really difficult to spot in ordinary use
  • Very good set of rear dual cameras - still images show mature processing with accurate colors, high detail level, and great dynamic range - the monochrome camera takes these up another notch (sans the colors, obviously) - lossless zoom works pretty well too
  • Pretty decent low-light images too, and excellent long exposure photos
  • The front camera does well too
  • Video recording too is good (though not exceptional)
  • Good, loud speaker
  • Good audio output over headphones too
  • Solid battery life - arguably among the best in modern phones with Quad HD displays
  • Fast charging time
  • On the whole, the phone is the closest competition to the excellent OnePlus 5 as on date - while performance is a tad lower and the user interface isn’t as light as OxygenOS, the Honor 8 Pro has a larger, higher-resolution screen which is better suited to VR and media use - additionally, there’s 128GB of internal storage and the possibility of expansion, which is more than what’s present on the 6GB/64GB variant of the OnePlus 5 - both phones feature dual-camera systems, which are excellent and on par with each other
  • In the end, if you are looking for raw power and close-to-stock Android, then the OnePlus 5 is the way to go - but if a sleek and sexy device is what's on your mind, and stock Android is not a must, then the Honor 8 Pro takes the cake
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Pretty large and bulky size, so might not suit you if you have small hands or value pocket-ability
  • The glass construction, of course, makes it ridiculously prone to smudges, scratches and if you are not careful, glass shatters - even though HTC says it’ll survive a fall of about a metre
  • The sensible thing to do therefore might be to get a case that’ll cover up this vulnerability, but clearly that’s a less than ideal solution as it means you don't then get to gaze on every inch of its beautiful design
  • No waterproofing like some other flagships
  • Doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone socket - so you’re forced to use either USB-C (included) or Bluetooth headphones
  • The bundled USB-C headphones are pretty decent but will be difficult to replace given the very limited choice in USB-C headphones currently
  • Unwieldy for one-handed usage and pocket-dwelling
  • No waterproofing, a feature that's present in some of its top competition
Expert Reviews
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  1. The best chipset of the house and a high-res screen, backed by the latest Android, certainly help the Honor 8 Pro live up to its name...manages to deliver flagship-worthy specs and performance
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Near-flagship quality without the flagship price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor 8 Pro is an accomplished, well-rounded phone...it’s easy on the eye, offers plenty of power and has a sizeable battery
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. It is considerably more affordable than the OnePlus 5, potentially making it just as much of a flagship killer
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. It has all the makings of a phone that is great value for the buyer’s money
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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