Our Opinion

The Nokia 7 Plus is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM)  Nokia 7 Plus 
Huawei Honor Play Nokia 7 Plus
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Excellence Score
57.4
57.8
Value for Money Score
82.4
67.5
Price ₹ 19,999 onwards ₹ 25,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Apr, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android versionAndroid One series
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)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display IPS LCD, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #6 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Adreno 512
RAM 6 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-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 12MP + 13MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF; Continuous Autofocus, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama 12MP: F/1.75 Aperture; 1.4µm Pixel Size, 13MP: F/2.6 Aperture; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisations (EIS), Dual Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Carl Zeiss optics, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Carl Zeiss optics, Full HD Video Rec.
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 (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.84 mm 7.99 mm
Weight 176 gm 183 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3800 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A 723 hrs
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 19.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: Up to 126 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; 7.1-channel Histen Audio; Party Mode NFC; Noise Filtration; Nokia OZO audio
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
  • Excellent build quality with a well-constructed metal (6000 series aluminium) unibody design - the phone definitely feels like it is built to last, and it looks great too
  • In order to make the Nokia 7 Plus look distinct, the company has also opted for some nice looking copper accents for the midframe, camera surround, fingerprint scanner, and its logo at the back
  • With an 18:9 display, the new 7 Plus is the first Nokia-branded smartphone to follow the 'minimal bezel' trend - the 6-inch IPS display is immersive, has good viewing angles and gets bright enough to be visible outdoors
  • The phone is also enrolled into Google’s Android One programme which means is that the phone comes with stock Android and no bloatware - with no significant customisations on the Nokia 7 Plus, the UI is snappy and easy to use - and it will also get guaranteed Android updates for a minimum of 2 years
  • It also comes with Project Treble supported, which should ensure faster updates
  • There are a few useful gesture shortcuts added, like the ability to double-click the power button to launch the camera, use the fingerprint scanner to pull down the notification shade, and lift to wake phone, among others - you also have the option to double-tap the display to wake the device up
  • The performance is great too with a a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor - it beats the likes of Moto X4, and Oppo F7 in benchmarks - the Nokia 7 Plus can handle your daily grind and deliver a smooth user experience without breaking into a sweat - heavy apps and games are handled well too, and there is no heating up
  • Good set of dual rear cameras - the phone is quick to focus and gets the exposure right most of the time - colour reproduction was quite good and most images appeared crisp - the telephoto lens offers a quick 2x optical zoom which comes in handy when you want to capture distant objects - and if you like taking portraits, you will enjoy the bokeh mode
  • The selfie camera is good too and captures detail quite well even when indoors
  • Video recording is decent too
  • There are also three microphones on board along with Nokia’s OZO Audio technology which lets you capture surround audio while recording video
  • Very good battery life - the phone will last you well over a day before needing to be plugged in, with moderate use - the phone manages to get the right balance of performance and efficiency - the processor is powerful, yet frugal enough
  • Fast charging support - the bundled charger is capable of filling it up to 100 percent in two hours
  • On the whole, Nokia seems to have a winner on its hands - the phone scores well all round, in design, performance and battery life - it’s beautiful, reliable and everything you’d expect from a Nokia phone - and it will give some tough competition to other phones in this price bracket
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
  • No notification LED, The fingerprint scanner is positioned slightly too high on the back side
  • A bit on the heavy side
  • While the camera does pretty well with low light photos (better than the competition), you will have to have patience and a steady hand - the phone drops the shutter speed to capture more light which means a little movement leads to blurry shots
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 »
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  18. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
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  1. One of those quietly good all-rounders that don't get us all hyped-up and excited, but are the ones we recommend to a friend as the sensible option
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for an unpretentious metal handset with good battery life, the Nokia 7 Plus is currently one of your best bets
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. In the Nokia 7 Plus, HMD Global has a really great smartphone at a price where there’s not a lot of competition, and the phone doesn’t fail to impress
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. HMD Global has managed to get quite a few things right with the 7 Plus. It is up-to-date with an 18:9 display and feels like it is built to last.
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Nokia 7 Plus is the true comeback device for HMD Global. With a beautiful, but tough design, univisium display and pure stock Android, Nokia has a winner in its hands.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. The perfect mid-range smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
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  21. expertreviews.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  22. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  23. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
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