Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Oppo F7 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM)  Oppo F7 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Huawei Honor Play Oppo F7
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Excellence Score
61.9
57.1
Value for Money Score
72.7
79.3
Price ₹ 23,999 onwards ₹ 20,391 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 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 6.3 inches 6.23 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 405 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display
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 6 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 16.0 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/1.8 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 25.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Sony IMX576 Sensor, AI Camera
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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.84 mm 7.8 mm
Weight 176 gm 158 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3400 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 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
  • Nice looking, notch-based full screen design, that is in trend these days following the launch of the iPhone X
  • Very light
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is quick and accurate, and face unlock also works quickly
  • The phone’s tall 6.23-inch LCD IPS display with full HD+ resolution is sharp and impressive
  • The Oppo F7 uses the company’s Color OS user interface, on top of Android - it’s a reasonably good single-layered UI with a heavy focus on visuals and apps built by Oppo
  • Good speed/performance - the phone handles both basic use, and graphic-intensive games fairly well, and you will get a clean, lag-free experience
  • Good rear and front cameras - pictures taken with the Oppo F7 are surprisingly good for the price of the phone, despite not having as many sensors as you’d expect from smartphones these days - the single-camera setup on either side might come across as inadequate, but the camera makes up for this with its AI chops - pictures are generally well composed and look good, with accurate colors and sharp contrast where needed
  • The AI abilities are really put to work in getting the depth-effect and vivid-mode shots - despite the single-camera setup, portrait shots with the front camera are excellent, getting colors, depth-effect and boundaries fairly accurately - the rear-camera’s portrait mode is decent too
  • Overall, the camera capabilities are on par with the very good cameras on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Vivo V9 - which are also likely to be the Oppo F7's main competitors
  • Battery life is good as well, with the phone comfortably running for a full day on a single charge with moderate use
  • On the whole, the Oppo F7 is a good choice for a stylish looking device that takes especially good selfies - it also has a slight edge over its main competitor, the Vivo V9 in terms of performance, overall camera quality, and battery life (though in terms of design and build quality, the Vivo V9 is ahead)
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
  • The phone is primarily built of plastic, and the build quality could have been better at this price point
  • Charging and data transfers use a micro-USB port, which is a little old school in this age where even budget devices are going to USB Type-C way
  • There is no fast charging tech, so charging the Oppo F7 will take a while – about two hours (or a little more) to fully top up the battery with a regular charger
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. Between this and the Vivo V9, we’d recommend the Oppo F7 as it is better in terms of battery life, camera quality, and CPU performance
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The screen is everything here... with its edge-to-edge design
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. The F7 smartphone leads with its impressive selfies, premium display, customizable UI and reliable battery
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Up to date with a notch and a truly big screen
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. indianexpress.com hands-on Read Review »
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