Huawei and Asus have really been cooking it recently by revealing their Honor 8 and Zenfone 3. Fortunately, GeeksULTD had the chance to attend the launches for both of the smartphones earlier this this year with both phone clashing with each another. Packing similar designs, features, and prices. It really turned down to the user’s preferences and features.
Without a doubt, both smartphones look beautiful. While Samsung has introduced the glass back very well on their flagships, Huawei and Asus really took the glass on their phones as a signature to their designs. One may agree with me that they are rectangles after all, how much could you change between them? Well yes that remains true, but only up to an extent. Both devices have similar backings, although Huawei’s Honor 8 comes at 5.2 inches and the Zenfone 3 comes at 5.5 inches, so overall the size will play a factor user preferences.
While both phones are very similar on the outside, many users will choose one over the other either due to the price, brand or features available on these smartphones. With the Honor 8 priced at RM1899 for the 4GB/64GB variant and Asus’s Zenfone 3 priced at RM1699 for the 4GB/64GB variant there’s quite a few differences that will allow you to distinguish both of these phones if you were looking for one in the first place.
While I wouldn’t talk about the internals that both of these phones bring to the table, it would solely come down to what the user prefers for such a price. So what should you get? Well I will try my best to nail down what each phone comes with.
Huawei’s Honor 8 comes with Dual Cameras on the rear of the device, similarly to the P9. As of our hands-on at the event, we could say it was quite good although we haven’t received the Honor 8 for review yet, but we should soon. Huawei’s Dual Camera setup works by holding each camera sensor responsible, one for color, and the other for color. Both cameras work in tandum to produce sharp-looking images.
On the other hand, Asus’s Zenfone 3 comes with a single 16MP camera on the rear. While many would expect that the Huawei has the better camera due to its dual camera setup, Asus’s Zenfone 3 performs admirably in many conditions with most of its images well-balanced.
When it comes to video recording capabilities, both cameras are good, but aren’t the best, that’s for sure. Huawei’s Honor 8 lacks 4K video recording and OIS. Meanwhile, Asus’s Zenfone 3 comes with OIS, but drops OIS for 3-axis EIS in 4K. I was quite skeptical of how well EIS works when Asus announced it at the event, but it works pretty well.
When it comes to performance, you got to hand it to Huawei’s Kirin 950, it will win over Asus’s ZenFone 3 in intensive tasks for most of the part. Although, users who don’t play highly intensive games won’t notice a difference between the performance as both of them, they perform similarly under simple loads.
When it comes to price, both phones really took pricing to the skies this year. While I would highly agree that they are still cheap, at least in Malaysia, both phones really took away for what their predecessors were known for.
Speaking to Asus Malaysia’s representative, he explains to us why Asus has opted in for a much higher price compared to last year’s Zenfone 2 ZE551ML and Deluxe which were Asus’s highest-end models and were priced above RM1000. He explained to us (not quote to quote):
Asus really wanted to capture the premium market. For quite a while, Asus was known for their budget devices and needed to step up their game to make more attractive devices for the upper mid-range market. Another reason for the price increase is highly due to the the USD fluctuation that occured in early 2015 after the Zenfone 2 arrived.
And we agree with that. Most probably, this could also be the case with Huawei’s Honor 8 as well. Although Asus still has the newer Zenfone 3 Deluxe under their sleeves, this year the highest-end Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has been priced at RM3,299 and let’s see how much more it’s worth compared to last year’s Zenfone 2 Deluxe.
Talking about the UIs available on both of these devices, both devices run off of their own custom UI painted on top of Android Marshmallow. Asus’s Zenfone 3 runs on ZenUI. Meanwhile the Honor 8 runs off of Huawei’s Emotion UI. From there on, it’s completely your choice which one to opt for.
Well I hope this covers most of the differences, pros/cons and options you have for both of the devices. Both of these phones come for different companies and are distinguishable in the features department. From here on, it’ll completely be a user preference.