Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Price in India, Specifications Compared

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Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Price in India, Specifications Compared

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus

Highlights

  • Honor Play has been made available on Amazon India
  • The price of the smartphone is starting at Rs. 19,999
  • Honor Play sports a dual camera setup, 3750mAh battery

Huawei's sub-brand Honor has introduced the Honor Play into the Indian market, and made it available on Amazon India and thr HiHonor Store website. With a price tag starting at Rs. 19,999, the smartphone has been positioned in a competitive space, with the most notable challengers being the Xiaomi Mi A2, Vivo V9, and the Nokia 7 Plus. The Honor Play's big USPs are its 19.5:9 display, AI-based face unlock, and its dual rear camera setup. The smartphone also boasts of GPU Turbo technology, claimed to increase performance by up to 60 percent while reducing battery consumption by up to 30 percent.

We pit the Honor Play against the Xiaomi Mi A2, Vivo V9, and Nokia 7 Plus to see which one fares better on paper, and if the Huawei device can stand up to the stiff competition in the Indian market.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Price in India

The Honor Play has been made available in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM options, and the price for the two is Rs. 19,999 and Rs. 23,999 respectively. As mentioned, it is available on sale on Amazon India and HiHonor Store in Midnight Black and Navy Blue colour options. Amazon India has listed launch offers from Vodafone that offers 10GB of additional data per month for a year, and Amazon Prime subscription as well.

While the Xiaomi Mi A2 has been announced, the price in India will be revealed at the launch event scheduled for Wednesday, August 8. Gadgets 360 had learnt the base 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant will not be launched in the country, and the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option will serve as the base model. At the time, it had not yet been decided whether the top-end 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option will be unveiled in India. The smartphone will be exclusively available on Amazon India. The Mi A2 price for the 64GB storage option is EUR 279 (around Rs. 22,500) in Spain, while the 128GB storage option costs EUR 349 (about Rs. 28,000).

Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Mi A1: Everything New and Different With the New Phone

The Vivo V9, on the other hand, is priced in India at Rs. 22,990 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage configuration. The smartphone is available across offline partners and is also available via online partners like Amazon India, Flipkart, Paytm, and Vivo's own e-store. The smartphone is available in three colour options - Champagne Gold, Pearl Black, and Sapphire Blue.

Vivo V9 Review

Lastly, the Nokia 7 Plus has been priced at Rs. 25,999 in India, and is available in Black/ Copper and White/ Copper colour variants. It is available in Amazon India, the Nokia Mobile Shop, and other offline outlets.

Nokia 7 Plus Review

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Specifications

The Honor Play runs EMUI 8.2, based on Android 8.1 Oreo and sports a dual-SIM (Nano, hybrid) slot. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a display notch, and is powered by the top-end Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC (four Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.36GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz), that's coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The Honor Play comes with 64GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).

It sports a dual rear camera setup, with the primary 16-megapixel sensor sporting an f/2.2 aperture, and the secondary 2-megapixel sensor sporting an f/2.4 aperture, complete with support for phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and accompanied by a single-LED flash. On the front, the Honor Play features a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth v4.2, USB Type-C (v2.0), GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. The Honor Play weighs 176 grams, and measures in at 157.91x74.27x7.48mm. It is powered by a 3,750mAh battery. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor.

The Xiaomi Mi A2, on the other hand, runs an optimised stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, certified by Google's Android One programme, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 5. The dual-SIM (Nano) device is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with an Adreno 512 GPU. There is a 3,010mAh battery under the hood.

Mi A2 camera on the back a dual sensor, consisting of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture and 1.25-micron pixels, and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel size. The rear camera setup comes with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. On the front, the handset gets a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 selfie camera with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and a soft-LED flash.

In terms of connectivity, the smartphone includes 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Miracast, an IR emitter, and USB Type-C. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xiaomi Mi A2. Sensors on the handset include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.

The Vivo V9 runs Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and supports dual-SIM slots. It sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) IPS 'FullView Display 2.0' panel with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 SoC, paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage. Storage is expandable via dedicated microSD card (up to 256GB).

In terms of optics, the Vivo V9 has a dual rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. On the front is a 24-megapixel selfie camera with features such as f/2.0 aperture, Face Beauty app, an Ultra-HDR mode, and Portrait Lighting capabilities.Sensors onboard the phone include an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and an accelerometer. It packs a 3,260mAh battery with connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The dual-SIM Nokia 7 Plus runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box and is an Android One smartphone - implying fast updates and an optimised stock Android experience. The handset sports a 6-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160) IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio alongside Corning Gorilla Glass protection and a peak brightness rating of 500-nits. The smartphone is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM.

It sports a dual camera setup at the rear end capable of 2X optical zoom with a dual-tone LED flash and Zeiss optics. There is a primary 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor and a secondary 13-megapixel sensor at the back. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel fixed focus camera with an f/2.0 aperture, 1-micron pixels and Zeiss optics on the front.

The Nokia 7 Plus has 64GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 256GB). It also comes with sensors like an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a 3,800mAh battery with fast charging. In terms of connectivity, it supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, USB Type-C (2.0), and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus: Conclusion

The Honor Play gives tough competition to the Xiaomi Mi A2, Vivo V9, and the Nokia 7 Plus on paper, but we reserve our full verdict till we review the smartphone. The Honor Play, on paper, shines in the display department with a large 6.3-inch screen, and even in the battery department with a 3,750mAh battery to keep the lights on. Up until now, we've reviewed the Nokia 7 Plus and the Vivo V9, and we rated the Nokia 7 Plus a little higher in the camera, battery performance, and value for money ratings.

Honor Play vs Xiaomi Mi A2 vs Vivo V9 vs Nokia 7 Plus comparison

  Honor Play Xiaomi Mi A2 Vivo V9 Nokia 7 Plus
Ratings
Overall NDTV Rating
Design Rating
Display Rating
Software Rating
Performance Rating
Battery Life Rating
Camera Rating
Value for Money Rating
GENERAL
Release dateJune 2018July 2018March 2018February 2018
Launched in IndiaYes---
Dimensions (mm)157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48158.70 x 75.40 x 7.30154.80 x 75.00 x 7.90158.38 x 75.64 x 7.99
Weight (g)176.00168.00150.00-
Battery capacity (mAh)3750300032603800
Fast chargingProprietary---
ColoursBlack, Blue, VioletBlack, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose GoldPearl Black, GoldBlack/Copper, White/Copper
Removable battery-NoNoNo
SAR value--1.380.74
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches)6.305.996.306.00
Resolution1080x2340 pixels1080x2160 pixels1080x2280 pixels1080x2160 pixels
Aspect ratio19.5:9---
Pixels per inch (PPI)---403
HARDWARE
Processor2.36GHz octa-core (4x2.36GHz + 4x1.8GHz)1.8GHz octa-core2.2GHz octa-coreocta-core
Processor makeHiSilicon Kirin 970Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Snapdragon 626Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
RAM4GB4GB4GB4GB
Internal storage64GB64GB64GB64GB
Expandable storageYesYesYesYes
Expandable storage typemicroSDmicroSDmicroSDmicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)256-256256
CAMERA
Rear camera16-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)20-megapixel16-megapixel13-megapixel
Rear autofocusPhase detection autofocus---
Rear flashLEDLEDLEDYes
Front camera16-megapixel (f/2.0)20-megapixel24-megapixel16-megapixel
Front flash-Yes--
SOFTWARE
Operating systemAndroid 8.1Android 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1Android 8.0
SkinEMUI 8.2-FunTouch OS 4.0-
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi standards supported802.11 a/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac-802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothYes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00Yes, v 4.20Yes, v 5.00
USB Type-CYes---
Number of SIMs2222
NFC-Yes-Yes
USB OTG-YesYes-
SIM 1
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
SIM 2
SIM TypeNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIMNano-SIM
4G/ LTEYesYesYesYes
SENSORS
Face unlockYes---
3D face recognitionYes---
Fingerprint sensorYes---
Compass/ MagnetometerYesYesYesYes
Proximity sensorYesYesYesYes
AccelerometerYesYesYesYes
Ambient light sensorYesYesYesYes
GyroscopeYesYesYesYes
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  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great value for money
  • Elegant design
  • Excellent display
  • Good performance
  • Bad
  • Average cameras
  • Not very easy to hold and use
Display6.30-inch
Processor2.36GHz octa-core
Front Camera16-megapixel
Resolution1080x2340 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1
Storage64GB
Rear Camera16-megapixel + 2-megapixel
Battery Capacity3750mAh
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Good performance
  • Up-to-date software
  • Feature-packed custom UI
  • Bad
  • Poor low-light camera performance
  • Battery life could be better
  • Display has a reddish tinge
Display6.30-inch
Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Front Camera24-megapixel
Resolution1080x2280 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1
Storage64GB
Rear Camera16-megapixel
Battery Capacity3260mAh
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Excellent value-for-money
  • Good camera performance
  • Bad
  • Below-average battery life
  • Non-expandable storage
Display5.99-inch
Processor1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera20-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Storage64GB
Rear Camera20-megapixel
Battery Capacity3000mAh
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Premium build quality
  • Powerful processor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Stock Android One
  • Bad
  • Low-light camera performance could be better
Display6.00-inch
Processorocta-core
Front Camera16-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
RAM4GB
OSAndroid 8.0
Storage64GB
Rear Camera13-megapixel
Battery Capacity3800mAh
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