Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor Play (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB), 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)  Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor Play Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro
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Excellence Score
54.7
33.5
Value for Money Score
84.4
74.2
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 12,799 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Sep, 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 next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 5.84 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Day mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Screen enlarging, Standard mode, Color temperature auto adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #39 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 12MP + 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 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: Samsung S5K5E8 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Portrait mode, Nightscape Optimisation, Auto HDR, Electric Image Stabilisation, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beautify, Selfie timer
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.84 mm 8.75 mm
Weight 176 gm 178 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 4000 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 WiFi Display; 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
  • 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
  • Nice simple, metal unibody design - it looks identical to almost every other Redmi phone that has launched in the past year, and the metal unibody design has been done to death, but it makes sense for this segment where durability is more important than a stunning glass design - overall the phone is built robustly and will take a few scratches and bumps
  • Pretty compact too, which aids one-handed use
  • The new modern tall 'notch' display introduces the notch to the entry-level segment, and has a good resolution
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs, and comes packed with features, and customizability options
  • Pretty decent day-to-day performance backed by the reliable (though now aging) Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 - the SoC is known for its power efficiency which is ideal for a budget device - of course if you want to do heavy gaming, you should probably look at something better
  • Decent rear dual cameras - in daytime, the photos come out fairly sharp and crisp, and bokehs are pretty good too
  • Selfies come out fairly rich and vibrant too, as long as the lighting is good
  • Overall, the cameras are somewhere in the middle of Xiaomi's last generation series - they are significantly better than Redmi 5, slightly better than Redmi Note 5, but a level behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Very good audio quality, excellent speaker loudness and output
  • Good battery life with a solid 4000mAh battery that will comfortably last over a day
  • Decent charging speed (though it does not support fast charging) - you will be able to top up the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Overall, the the Redmi 6 Pro comes off as a reliable and functional compact phone in this price bracket - having said that, it will face some stiff competition from the likes of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (which runs on the Snapdragon 636 and has stock Android interface) apart from it's own siblings like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (which again runs on the Snapdragon 636, and has a significantly better camera)
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
  • Although this is a tall, 'notch' display, the bezels (specially the chin) are more significant than some other tall displays out there
  • While the Snapdragon 625 is perfectly good for daily use, you do have the option of Snapdragon 636 devices in this price bracket, like the Asus Max M1 Pro
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 »
  21. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. There's nothing wrong with it...but it doesn’t really offer anything new or different compared to the existing Redmi Note 5
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi 6 Pro isn’t really a game changing phone...Think of it as a nice iterative upgrade
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Comes off a reliable and functional compact phone under a tight budget
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Checks all the right boxes... will suit a majority of users who want a good all-rounder without spending too much
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Meant for people who don't want a very powerful phone, but a phone that gets the job done and also looks quite good while at it
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
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