Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is a much better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Definitely the Huawei Honor 8 Pro, if your budget allows for it.

Huawei Honor 8 Pro  Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) 
Huawei Honor 8 Pro Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
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Excellence Score
63.2
35.7
Value for Money Score
66.3
66.4
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 17,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Mar, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated 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) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 386 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode, Do Not Disturb Mode Super AMOLED, 2.5D + 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 1.9 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 960Ranked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 7880Ranked #45 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Mali-T830
RAM 6 GB 3 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 12MP + 12MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus, Laser Autofocus, Dual-LED (Dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama F/1.9 Aperture, 27mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 77-degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 128 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 6.97 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 184 gm 186 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3600 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 453 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 16.00 hrs 23.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Charging Time: 1 hr 50 mins Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 16 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 17 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 59 hrs, Audio Playback Time: (Always On Display Off): upto 94 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; 15 months extended warranty; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) Back Panel; Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Aesthetic, refined design, with a premium chassis feel
  • Waterproof body
  • Beautiful large display - well suited to media consumption
  • Polished, feature-rich UI
  • Also includes Samsung Pay, Samsung's new mobile payment interface, which is pretty useful and can remove the hassle of using physical debit/credit cards
  • Very good performance - backed by a chipset powerful enough for you multitasking needs, and at the same time extremely efficient - though it falls behind the top performers in the price bracket like the OnePlus 3T, and Moto Z
  • Very good call quality
  • Good loudspeaker - it's nice and clear at maximum volume too
  • Amazing battery life - comfortably one of the best in this price bracket - if you need a weekend warrior with a large screen, this is it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Unwieldy for one-handed usage and pocket-dwelling
  • No waterproofing, a feature that's present in some of its top competition
  • The large size means that its not the most portable or ergonomic phone, and is somewhat heavy and bulky
  • There is some color temperature shifting when tilting the display
  • Camera is decent but could be better, at this price point
  • No support for 4K video recording, or OIS
  • The glass chassis can be fragile, so you will probably be well advised to use a case
Expert Reviews
  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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