Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone, but the realme 1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 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 Play (4GB RAM).

Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM)  realme 1 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor Play realme 1
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Excellence Score
59.5
47.4
Value for Money Score
84.3
86.7
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 13,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 May, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio P60Ranked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 6 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 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 2MP), 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF; Continuous Autofocus, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.84 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 176 gm 155 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3410 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; 7.1-channel Histen Audio; Party Mode Face Unlock; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Bold, stunning design thanks to the diamond-like reflective body - this is a device that certainly stands out - it is housed inside a fibre-glass casing that has been cut at different angles such that each section of the glass back turns to a different shade of black when light is reflecting off it!
  • Lightweight and well built
  • Decent, modern 18:9 display with minimal bezels - which means that despite the large screen size, the phone will fit nicely into your hand
  • Good all-round performance, similar to Snapdragon 636 phones, like the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Decent rear and front cameras - both the cameras support depth of field or Portrait effect, and Augmented Reality (AR) stickers
  • The rear camera pictures are reasonably crisp, and have decent color reproduction
  • The front camera relies heavily on Oppo’s AI algorithms to fine-tune the photos which results in good (if slightly artificial looking) photos
  • Overall, cameras are decent, but not quite up to the high benchmark of the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Dedicated dual SIM card slots and microSD slot
  • Supports VoLTE on both the dual sim slots
  • Good battery life - easily gives over a day’s usage for an average user
  • On the whole, the Realme 1 offers a very solid option in spite of being in a super competitive price segment having some great phones by the likes of Xiaomi and Asus - if an interesting design, fast performance and good battery life are your primary concerns, then it should definitely be towards the top of your shortlist
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • No fingerprint sensor, so you have to rely on the face unlock for quick unlocking (which does work quite well)
  • The display is decent on the whole, but outdoor visibility is pretty ordinary
  • Oppo's Color OS UI is not the most refined Android UI, and looks cluttered at places
  • No support for fast charging - the phones take a little over two hours to charge from zero to full
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. The Realme 1 is a really great deal and definitely worth recommending
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Offer stunning value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Bang for the buck
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A steal deal in a well-rounded package
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Pretty impressive...a contender for the best low-budget phone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
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