Our Opinion

The Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM) is a significantly better phone, but the Vivo V9 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM)  Vivo V9 
Huawei Honor Play Vivo V9
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Excellence Score
58.9
50.5
Value for Money Score
70.3
83.9
Price ₹ 23,999 onwards ₹ 15,990 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 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2280 pixels (~ 400 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, 2.5D Curved Glass, 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 #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 626Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Adreno 506
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
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 16MP + 5MP
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 F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Professional mode, Slow motion, Time-Lapse Photography, Camera Filter, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty, Panorama, Palm capture, Gender detection, AR Stickers
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, Full HD Recording, AI Bokeh, AI HDR, AI Face Beauty
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 Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.84 mm 7.89 mm
Weight 176 gm 150 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 3260 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 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
  • Beautiful, elegant notch-based full screen design (that is clearly inspired from the iPhone X) - the device feels slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back - and it looks great
  • In terms of the ease of using the one-handed, the Vivo V9 actually goes one up on the iPhone X - it packs a bigger screen (6.2 inches) - and is still feels incredibly easy to use one hand
  • Fast fingerprint sensor
  • Facial recognition to unlock works very well too
  • The tall 19:9 display is bright and vibrant, and ticks all the right boxes
  • Vivo's custom Android UI (Funtouch) is very inspired from iOS too - it works decently well, although a lot of Android users do tend to prefer close-to-stock Android UIs
  • The UI also brings in a new gesture based navigation system, that operates without buttons (a la iPhone X), and thus gives you even more screen real estate to play with - the system itself is not too difficult to get a hang of - so it works out pretty well - and makes navigation on the V9 feel more 2018 than getting around on, say, a Samsung Galaxy S9 with its standard touch buttons
  • Decent set of rear and front cameras, especially in daylight - colors are accurate, dynamic range is slightly above average, and the camera focuses relatively fast - of course, photo quality falls quite a bit short when compared to an iPhone X or Galaxy S9 - but for the price range, it's decent
  • Decent battery life - will last the day with moderate use
  • Dedicated Dual SIM and MicroSD card slots
  • On the whole, the Vivo V9 is an all-round good device in this price range - especially for people who are more interested in a great design, great screen, and decent cameras - at the cost of a little bit of raw performance power
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
  • The Funtouch Android UI continues to come pre-installed with about six or seven bloatware apps - which could have been avoided
  • While the performance is good in regular use, the Snapdragon 626 chipset inside is not the best of the pack in this price bracket
  • Doesn't support the modern USB-C port
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. Offers stellar value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. A formidable mid-range smartphone at a great value
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. An excellent smartphone that comes very close to matching a premium, flagship smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A power packed smartphone for gamers and non-gamers alike
    beebom.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. With the V9, Vivo has managed to ship the first Android phone with a notch in India - for whatever that's worth
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A surprisingly refined package... the device feels very slick in the hand, with subtle curves on the back, and little things like facial recognition to unlock works very well
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Vivo V9 offers quite a bit for its price tag.... it is a beautiful looking device worth showing off, and it comes with decent hardware, and plenty of software customizations
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great midrange smartphone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Vivo V9 targets the masses....the handset should appeal to anyone who is looking for a well-rounded smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
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  10. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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