Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM)!

Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus 
Huawei Honor Play Samsung Galaxy A6 Plus
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Excellence Score
54.3
33.4
Value for Money Score
86.0
64.0
Price ₹ 15,999 onwards ₹ 18,031 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 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 411 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #60 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF; Continuous Autofocus, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 5MP: F/1.9 Aperture
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/1.9 Aperture, LED Flash
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.84 mm 7.9 mm
Weight 176 gm 191 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3500 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 NFC; Noise Filtration; 7.1-channel Histen Audio; Party Mode ANT+ Support; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos; Samsung Pay Mini; Samsung Mall
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Premium, elegant design, with a metal unibody - the phone feels very solid in the hand
  • The highlight of the phone is the modern 18.5:9 display ratio 'Infinity Display' - it has great viewing angles, punchy colours and deep blacks - the tall screen lends itself well to gaming and multimedia consumption and makes content look immersive - the screen also has an always-on mode that shows the time, date, battery level, and notifications for missed calls and alarms without waking the phone from sleep
  • Samsung's Experience UI on top of Android has some nifty features such as ultra data saving mode, an anti-virus app powered by McAfee, theme support, and a one-handed mode - there is also Samsung Pay Mini (enables mobile payments), and Samsung Mall (allows users to search for products across four e-commerce platforms using image recognition), and S Bike mode (promotes two-wheeler safety)
  • Pretty decent dual rear cameras - click good pictures in daylight with good dynamic range, accurate colours and a good amount of detail
  • Pretty decent front camera too, in daylight
  • Both the rear and front cameras are also capable of taking bokeh shots, and these generally come out well
  • Good battery life - the phone easily lasts the whole day with medium to intensive use, with some juice left in the tank
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • EMUI is not the most simple Android UI and can be cluttered at places
  • 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)
  • GPU Turbo support is currently limited to very few games
  • The rear dual camera setup does decently well in good light, but the low-light performance could have been significantly better - at the same time, the video recording quality is also strictly average - 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
  • Quite heavy (191g) and wide, which makes one-handed use difficult - at 7.9mm, the phone is also not the slimmest out there, which exacerbates the issue
  • Thanks to the conspicuous antenna lines and prominent regulatory information, the back panel looks quite busy and cluttered
  • The fingerprint sensor is located right below the rear dual camera setup - not only is the sensor narrow and rather sluggish, but the location is also quite unergonomic - you might find your fingers constantly hitting the rear cameras instead of the sensor
  • The 'Infinity Display' looks nice, but is not exactly borderless - other phones in this price bracket generally have higher screen to body area ratios
  • Samsung's Experience UI with a host of Samsung applications competing with Google's own, as well a suite of Microsoft apps that cannot be uninstalled, is fast becoming as bloated as TouchWiz
  • Performance wise too, the A6+ falls significantly behind it's competition - push the phone, and slowdowns become noticeable - thanks to a budget Snapdragon 450 that is now more seen in under Rs. 10k phones - additionally Samsung Experience UI's drawn-out animations make the Galaxy A6+ feel even more sluggish
  • Facial recognition too is not the best - the feature only works well when you are facing the front camera head-on, and that too in favourable lighting
  • The rear and front cameras are decent in daylight, but not so good in low light
  • The single speaker is loud but shrill, and its location is quite awkward - it is easy to cover the speaker with your hand while watching videos or playing games in landscape
  • The quality of bundled accessories too is average - the earphones are very basic, and the Micro-USB cable is extremely short
  • The lack of NFC and the presence of the old-fashioned Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers are both disappointing too
  • Battery life is good, but charging speed is quite slow - the bundled charger takes more than three hours to charge the Galaxy A6+ fully, and takes 1.5 hours to get to 50 percent
  • On the whole, the A6+ has nothing much going for it except it's great screen and decent cameras, and might make more sense to hardcore Samsung loyalists - for most other users, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus, or the Honor 8 Pro, are going to be more well rounded options - at the cheaper end, you could also look at the Nokia 6.1 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which are going to be better value for money
Expert Reviews
  1. The Honor Play has one of the best bang-for-the-buck ratios, probably bested only by the Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you play a lot of PUBG and are short on cash, the Play will keep you happy...For the regular user, though, there are better options out there
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A power packed smartphone for gamers and non-gamers alike
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers stellar value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. 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 »
  6. A formidable mid-range smartphone at a great value
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. An excellent smartphone that comes very close to matching a premium, flagship smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A gaming phone for the masses
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
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  22. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Awesome display, battery life to spare and a couple of neat cams...Reasonably affordable too
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a reliable affordable phone with a good camera, the A6+ will not disappoint
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung loyalists can consider the Galaxy A6+ but others should take a good look at the competition before parting with their hard-earned money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Not the best smartphone in the price range
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A valiant effort, but consumers wish for more
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A well-packaged phone for its price point
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. An easy-to-use everyday smartphone
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. An overpriced phone which offers an amazing display but little else
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
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