Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 8 is a slightly better phone than the Huawei P9, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor 8!

Huawei Honor 8  Huawei P9 
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Excellence Score
24.6
24.5
Value for Money Score
58.5
47.6
Price ₹ 13,879 onwards ₹ 20,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2016 Aug, 2016
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoNo more updates expected Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoNo more updates expected
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.2 inches 5.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 424 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass Display, 96% NTSC Colour Gamut, Eye-care mode IPS-NEO LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.5 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 950Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 955Ranked #11 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T880 Mali-T880 MP4
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Full HD Video Recording, Laser Auto Focus, F/2.2 Aperture, 6P Lens, 1.4um Pixel Size, Screen-lock snapshot, Virtual aperture shooting, Night shot, Professional Mode, Beauty mode, Food mode, Panorama, HDR, Watermark, Light painting, Time-lapse, Slow-motion, Audio note, Document scan, Capture smiles, Touch to capture, Sound Snap, Delayed Shot F/2.2 Aperture, 27 mm, Leica Optics, Phase Detection Auto-Focus, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, BSI Sensor
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 Aperture, Delayed shooting, Panoramic Selfie support, Perfect Selfie mode Full HD Video Recording, F/2.4 Aperture
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM
Thickness 7.45 mm 6.95 mm
Weight 153 gm 145 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters Online Video Streaming Time: up to 9 hrs, Online Music Streaming Time: up to 24 hrs, Video Playback Time: up to 10 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 2.5D Curved Glass Back Panel; Smart Control 4.0; 2 yrs extended warranty ; NFC; Noise Filtration 2 yrs extended warranty; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Stylish, premium design, and striking aesthetics - curved-edge metal frame with both front and back glass - with a 15-layer "light-catching finish" for the back that plays with ambient light in a way that looks great!
  • Incredibly fast, accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Very good, bright display
  • Huawei's EMUI looks good, and a has an iPhone-like app-drawer-less interface
  • Very good speed/performance
  • Superlative rear camera with a dual lens setup - overall, one of the best cameras on a smartphone - and comparable to the very good camera of it's top competitor - the OnePlus 3
  • Good front camera, too
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Good battery life - should get you through the day comfortably - although not as good as it's top competitor - the OnePlus 3
  • Fast charging support (full recharge in under 100 minutes) - although again not as fast as the "dash charging" on OnePlus 3
  • Excellent build quality and handling
  • Exceptional, high-end design - the Huawei P9 feels like a piece of jewellery in hand
  • That along with the compact and lightweight chassis makes for a standout design
  • The P9 has one of the fastest and most accurate fingerprint readers
  • Very good display - among the best IPS displays out there
  • The P9 continues the improvement of Huawei's Emotion UI on top of Android - it is very intuitive and easy to use, but still has lots of tweaks and customizations settings that will please everyone
  • The Kirin 955 chipset offers stellar CPU performance (although graphics performance is below expectation) and runs cool for most of the time
  • Excellent (Leica) dual camera setup - the B&W samples turned out great, while the regular ones are flagship-worthy too
  • Especially good low-light photography options, far ahead of any other smartphone at present
  • Very good front camera too, with enough detail and accurate colors
  • Good audio quality
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life, especially standby endurance
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • All glass design attracts smudges/ fingerprints and is slippery (so using a case is a good idea)
  • While the phone performance is pretty good, it doesn't hold up against the top performing Snapdragon 820 phones that rule the market currently
  • Video recording quality could be better
  • Fails to deliver a punch in the graphics performance, so high-end games will not run as seamlessly as other flagship devices
  • No 4K video recording, and even 1080p videos are below par - there is not enough detail, and the samples look like they have been upscaled from 720p resolution
  • No support for quick charging (unlike most of its competitors)
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