Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor 10 is a significantly better phone, but the Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Huawei Honor 10.

Huawei Honor 10  Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM) 
Huawei Honor 10 Huawei Honor Play
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Excellence Score
77.4
59.5
Value for Money Score
83.1
84.3
Price ₹ 32,999 onwards ₹ 19,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Aluminosilicate Glass Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.36 GHz 2.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Hisilicon Kirin 970Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 24MP), 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF; Continuous Autofocus, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 24.0 MP 16.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.84 mm
Weight 153 gm 176 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3400 mAh 3750 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 360 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 18.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters Charging Time: upto 108 mins N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Face Unlock; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; 7.1-channel Histen Audio; Party Mode
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely dazzling glass design, identical to the much more expensive P20 Pro - this phone is a looker
  • Easy to use with one hand
  • The fingerprint sensor below the display is molded into the bezel itself - there's no depression where a home button would normally be, which gives the phone a neat, seamless look - the sensor also doubles as a touch-sensitive home button when the phone's in use
  • Very good, modern 19:9 tall display, with minimal bezels, and a 'notch' design, like the iPhone X - the display itself is sharp and bright
  • Packed with powerful top-end hardware - the phone runs the same top-end Kirin 970 chip found in Huawei's flagship (Huawei makes the chip itself) and gives almost identical performance - thus putting it in the league of the top-end flagship phones, at a much cheaper price - apps load quickly, photo editing is hassle-free and demanding games play very well
  • Good set of dual cameras on the back, enhanced by Huawei's AI tech - the camera uses artificial intelligence to detect what scene is being photographed and tweaks the image accordingly - and it works quite well - overall the cameras are only one notch below the best of the best like the Pixel 2 (which costs a lot more)
  • Good front camera too
  • Loud speaker
  • Good battery life - will last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • On the whole, the Honor 10 is a pretty solid phone, and delivers the same fast speeds and stylish colours as its flagship cousin the Huawei P20 Pro (although not quite the same superlative camera quality), at a much lower price, and has a standard headphone jack too - it's also a solid alternative to the excellent OnePlus 6, within this price bracket
  • Well built, unibody metal design - the Honor Play is sturdy, solid, and reassuring
  • Slim & sleek at just 7.5mm thick, which is quite an achievement especially as it packs a large 3750mAh battery
  • Nice, immersive, modern 19.5:9 'notch' display - colour accuracy and viewing angles are both good - and playing games or watching videos is an immersive experience
  • Power packed performance with Huawei's flagship SoC, and super fast UFS 2.1 storage - the benchmark numbers put it not that much behind the performance monster, OnePlus 6 (and at a significantly lower price point!) - gaming performance is top-notch too
  • Also special is support for 'GPU Turbo' which reduces battery drain when playing supported games (technically it is a core level change to how the GPU handles the rendering of visuals) - Honor also is working on implementing GPU Turbo for EMUI visuals which should improve battery performance of the phone even during general use
  • Also enabled later via an OTA would be a feature called AI 4D Smart Shock to bring a new level of immersion for gamers - the feature will provide haptic feedback that is unique and customised to the games you play and the actions you execute within that game
  • Decent rear dual camera setup - takes good images in good light, and clicks decent bokeh shots too
  • Good selfie camera, especially in daylight conditions - selfies are rather pleasant and the colours, contrast and dynamic range are all within an acceptable range
  • Very good battery life - it will easily last a day and a half or more on moderate to heavy usage - and if Honor does truly end up implementing GPU Turbo for EMUI’s interface like they plan to, you can expect even better battery life over the course of time
  • Supports fast charging
  • On the whole, the Honor Play looks like a good choice at this price point - if you’re looking for a phone that’s all about great battery life, really good performance and great visuals, the Honor Play will suit your needs beautifully, as long as you don’t particularly care about having the very best imaging device as well
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The glass gets slippery so you might want to use a case
  • The Honor 10's fingerprint sensor looks pretty seamless from the outside, but is somewhat hard to reach with one hand, and is can sometimes be slow and inaccurate - you might find yourself relying more on the face unlock in daily use
  • The EMUI Android skin is quite feature packed, but not the most light Android skin around
  • The phone has a little bit of a tendency to warm up when stressed during gaming and while using other heavy apps
  • EMUI is not the most simple Android UI and can be cluttered at places
  • GPU Turbo support is currently limited to very few games
  • GPU Turbo is also not an exclusive feature - it will roll it out to existing phones like the Honor 10, Honor View 10, Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X via a software update - so if you can afford the Honor View 10, it might be a better choice, since the Honor Play is basically a toned down version of the Honor View 10 (the View 10 especially has an edge with its cameras)
  • The rear dual camera setup does decently well in good light, but the low-light performance could have been significantly better - there are better-overall-camera phones around in this price bracket, including the likes of the Mi A2, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Zenfone 5Z
Expert Reviews
  1. The Honor 10 easily matches some of the best phones on the market in terms of looks, performance, camera, and yet it costs half of their price tags
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Honor 10 looks great and has plenty of power for its reasonable asking price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. There's a lot to love about the Honor 10
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Undoubtedly the most capable smartphone that Huawei's sub-brand Honor has ever released in India
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An impressive all-round package
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The Honor 10 is a beautiful phone with surprisingly good overall performance and impressive photography prowess
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Has a lot going in its favor...It comes with a stunning front and back glass design, compact form factor, and reliable AI-powered dual-camera setup
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Outstanding quality at an enticingly low price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Buy the Honor 10 for its camera. Love it for that kaleidoscopic glass back
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If you liked the look of the Huawei P20 Pro, but didn’t fancy the price, then the Honor 10 is a solid alternative
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Comes with a great design and a superior camera
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Strong camera and design will compel buyers
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  13. Honor’s latest phone brings significant camera upgrades and looks stunning, too
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. It's the best camera phone that you can buy at its price point
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  20. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  22. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
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  26. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you’re looking for a phone that’s all about great battery life, really good performance and great visuals, the Honor Play will suit your needs beautifully, as long as you don’t particularly care about having the very best imaging device as well
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. A power packed smartphone for gamers and non-gamers alike
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A gaming phone for the masses
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. gadgets.ndtv.com hands-on Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  8. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  9. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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