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As Christmas draws near, many people are considering the option of buying a new smartphone as a gift. Two of them stand out as being affordable and great in terms of performance and design. Samsung’s Galaxy A5 and the Honor 8 are the two competitors that managed to attract a large fan base due to their sleek design and popularity.

We are going to compare them to see which one offers the best bang for the buck.


Design wise both devices are built out of glass and metal. Samsung’s device comes with a metal frame and a glass back similar to the one present on Galaxy S6 with less attention to detail than the Honor 8. What differentiates one from another is the better grip that Honor 8 offers. It is more slippery and therefore prone to being dropped.

Another thing that sets them apart is the fingerprint reader that is built on the back of the Honor 8 and on front of the Home button on Samsung’s device.


Both manufacturers opted for 5.2-inch screens with Full-HD definition and 424 ppi pixel density. The technology however is different, Samsung building their A5 with Super AMOLED while Honor opted for LTPS TFT-LCD. They are both extremely vivid and their touchscreen reactions are great but in terms of quality Samsung tops Honor only by a slim margin due to their deeper blacks and little glare.

Honor 8 has a neat feature that offers their customers an eye-protection mode delivered by a slight yellow tint on the screen.


There are not so many differences regarding software as both smartphone uses Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with similar tweaks with the help of TouchWiz for Samsung and EMUI for Honor. The only notable difference is that the Honor 8 will receive an all important Android 7.0 Nougat alongside EMUI 5.0.


The two manufacturers have different aims regarding performance as Honor is looking to challenge the high-end market whilst Samsung opts to provide the best middle-of-the-pack device. The Galaxy A5 has an Exynos 7580 1.6 GHz processor with 2GB of RAM whilst the Honor 8 sports a HiSilicon Kirin octa-core with 4 Cortex-A72 cores clocking 2.3GHz and 4 Cortex-A53 with 1.8 GHz and 4GB of RAM.


Regarding their ability to shoot photos and film the Galaxy A5 sports a back camera of 13MP while the Honor 8 sports the same camera found on the Huawei P9. Honor 8’s camera proves to be better overall conferring its users a great attention to detail because of the two shooters and a better camera app. Their filming capabilities are exactly the same both being able to film at 1080 p with 60 fps.


The Galaxy A5 blows off its competitors by a large margin providing its users with at least two days worth of battery time, one day more than the Honor 8 provides. It also comes equipped with fast recharge, going from zero to full in less than an hour.


Judging from personal preference the Honor 8 is by far the winner in disregard of Samsung’s Galaxy A5 impressive features. Honor 8 wins in versatility and benefits from the manufacturer’s attention being its flagship device.