Our Opinion

The Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a significantly better phone than the Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM)  Vivo Z1 Pro (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Huawei Honor Play Vivo Z5x
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Excellence Score
36.8
45.8
Value for Money Score
81.3
85.3
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 13,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Jul, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.53 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 395 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display N/A
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 712Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Adreno 616
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 + 8MP + 2MP
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 16MP: F/1.8 Aperture, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 16mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, AI filter, Backlight HDR, Portrait bokeh, Portrait light, AR stickers, Slow motion, Time Lapse, AI Beauty, Live Photo
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, AI Filters, AR stickers, Portrait light effects, Live Photo, AI 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mm 8.85 mm
Weight 176 gm 201 gm
Width 74.3 mm 77.3 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 5000 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 Support Yes Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger
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
  • Attractive, eye-catching glossy plastic rear panel with a beautiful multi-coloured gradient finish, that catches the light as you tilt the phone around
  • The front is sharp and modern with a 6.54-inch Full HD+ display, thin bezels, and a punch-hole camera on the top-left corner of the display
  • On the whole, the Z1 Pro is arguably the best designed phone of this price segment
  • Has a handy dedicated Google Assistant button
  • Large, sharp Full HD+ display, with good viewing angles, and sunlight legibility - you get an immersive experience while watching videos, playing games and consuming other multimedia content on it
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS UI is fairly feature packed, and aesthetically is similar to iOS
  • There is also now a ‘Dark Mode’ feature that turns almost all the popular apps dark
  • The Vivo Z1 Pro also has a gaming assistant and mode rolled into one called Game Cube - it offers functions like blocking background calls, blocking notifications, reject calls during gaming, turning on Esports Mode and other things
  • Excellent, class-leading performance with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor - you will get snappy performance all-round, and even high-end games will run effortlessly in their 'high graphics' settings
  • The smartphone also has good temperature control, so even with long times of gaming, there isn't much heating up
  • Good set of triple rear cameras (16-megapixel primary camera + 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera + 2-megapixel depth sensor)
  • You get some pretty detailed photos in most lighting conditions - the color reproduction and balancing is quite accurate as well
  • On the front, it comes with a excellent 32-megapixel snapper, which again does very well with details
  • Overall, this is a good camera setup for the price bracket, and only a bit behind the top cameras of the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and the Realme 3 Pro
  • Excellent battery life, with a huge 5000mAh battery - you will get a comfortable 2 days even with heavier use
  • Fast charging support - the device goes from 0 to 100% in 2 hours - which is pretty decent for the battery size
  • The Z1 Pro looks like a smart winner from the Vivo camp, with hardly any flaws, and an excellent performance to price ratio - if you value performance in a phone, or are into gaming, this is the mid-range phone to get - if you are looking for the best possible cameras instead, then the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and Realme 3 Pro have a slight advantage
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
  • On the heavy and bulky side (thanks to the large battery it packs)
  • The display does not have a Widevine L1 certification - as a result, you can stream videos available on the over-the-top platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos at a maximum resolution of only 480p — not HD or fullHD
  • For people who like a stock Android interface though, Funtouch OS may not be to their taste (once again, it's more iOS like in its aesthetic, and also packs some bloatware)
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. Strong all-rounder...Definitely worth considering in this price bracket
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Fully loaded smartphone
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. One of the better smartphones in its price segment...recommended buy
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Competent mid-ranger...An excellent choice, especially if design is your primary consideration
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If gaming is your main focus and you want a phone that looks good, you do not need to look any further than this
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Pretty solid offering
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A mixed bag of hits and misses
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Overall well-rounded device... look like a winner
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Fantastic phone at these prices
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
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