Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 8 Pro is a significantly better phone, but the Vivo V9 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Huawei Honor 8 Pro  Vivo V9 
Huawei Honor 8 Pro Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
63.2
51.1
Value for Money Score
66.3
84.3
Price ₹ 29,999 onwards ₹ 15,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jul, 2017 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2560 pixels (~ 515 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Eye Protection Mode, Do Not Disturb Mode IPS, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Kirin 960Ranked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G71 MP8 Adreno 506
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 12MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
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/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 77-degree Wide-angle Lens, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 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 7.89 mm
Weight 184 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3260 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 N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters Charging Time: 1 hr 50 mins N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features DTS Sound; Fast Battery Charging; 15 months extended warranty; DLNA; NFC; Noise Filtration 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
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
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 Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
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 »
  6. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. tech.firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
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  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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  21. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. pcadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  1. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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