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Honor Play vs Honor 10: An in-house competition

08 August 2018 5

Huawei's subsidiary Honor is getting more attention day by day as the company is unveiling new devices at regular interval of time to remain in limelight. In last few weeks the company announced a number of Honor-branded premium smartphones including Honor 10, Honor Play and Honor Note 10. All the devices fall into the budget-friendly premium category. Honor 10 was the first in line, later on, the company launched Honor Play whereas the Honor Note 10 was announced a couple of weeks ago.

Honor already confirmed a new smartphone will be announced at the IFA 2018 for the global customers. Most likely the company will announce Honor Play. Ahead of its global unveiling, today we will put the Honor Play against the company's flagship Honor 10. So if you are planning to grab new Honor branded premium smartphone this comparison will certainly help you better understand the real differences and similarities between the two devices.

Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices as it is the first thing buyers consider before making any purchase.

71.2 x 149.6 x 7.7 mm
5.84 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Despite the fact, both are the latest Honor branded smartphones, however, the finish and build material is different on both the devices. The Honor Play is featuring a unibody metal design. The Honor Play measurements are 157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48mm and weigh 176g. The Honor Play is currently available in China and India in three striking colors including Blue, Black, and Purple. Up front, you will get a notch at the top of the display with on-screen navigation buttons.

On the rear side, the Honor Play has dual cameras placed vertically on the top left corner. The antenna bands are of the same color as the device, however, the lines are prominent on the top and bottom. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera modules in the center.

The Honor 10 is not only significantly lighter but also smaller than the Play variant. It features a metal chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. The device measurements are 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm and weigh 153g. The Honor 10 also has a notch at the top of the display, however, it has physical home button and in-glass ultra-sonic fingerprint scanner. It also has dual rear cameras, however, the sensors are placed horizontally on the top left corner with LED flashlight.

Both the devices have USB-C port and 3.5mm headphone jack for connectivity. Unfortunately, none of the devices is water and dust resistant.


Like the design, there is a significant difference in the display department as well. The Honor Play features a larger display whereas the display panel on the Honor 10 is sharper. The Honor Play sports a 6.3-inches IPS LCD display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display pixels density is 409 pixels-per-inch. Although it's not the sharpest display but still relatively good. Due to the notched display, the Honor Play aspect ratio is 18.5:9.

As mentioned above the Honor 10 comes with a smaller display. The display panel is 5.84-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 432 pixels-per-inches. The slightly higher pixels density certainly makes it a better display than the Honor Play.

Well if you are looking for a smartphone better for watching videos or playing games, the Honor Play is certainly a better choice. We will discuss another aspect to refer it as a better gaming device in the hardware section below.


Though both the devices have dual cameras on the rear side, however, the sensors and aperture size are different. The Honor Play primary rear camera is a 16MP module with f/2.2 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 2MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. Up front, the selfie camera is a 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The selfie camera sensor has a fixed focus.

The Honor 10 comes with better dual rear cameras. The primary RGB sensor is a 16MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary monochrome sensor is 24MP with f/1.8 aperture. Up front the selfie camera is 24MP.

The High-res cameras with wide aperture make the Honor 10 a better camera-centric smartphone than the Honor Play not only in daylight conditions but also in low-light scenarios. Both the device's cameras are AI tuned which uses machine learning to detect the scenes and adjust camera settings accordingly. So if you are looking for a camera-centric smartphone the Honor 10 is a better choice than the Honor Play.


Under the hood the Honor Play is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Kirin 970 SoC and the Mali GPU is on board to take care of graphics. The device features the GPU Turbo tech which enhances the graphics performance by up to 60% and reduces the power consumption by 30%. The enhancement in GPU's performance provides a smoother gaming experience.

The base variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage. Both variants support memory expansion via MicroSD. Being a gaming-centric smartphone the Honor Play comes with a 4D haptic engine which produces vibrations while playing the game.

On the other hand, the Honor 10 also has the Kirin 970 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 4GB RAM with 128GB storage. However, it lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD card.

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Oreo with EMUI 8.1 layer over it. So the UI experience on both the devices is the same.

Specs Honor Play Honor 10
Display 6.3-inches 5.84-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 Kirin 970
RAM 4,6GB 4,6GB
Storage 64,128GB Expandable via MicroSD 64,128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16MP+2MP 16+124MP
Front camera 16MP 24MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8.1 Android Oreo with EMUI 8.1

The Honor Play comes with a larger battery cell of 3,750mAh. It supports Huawei's SuperCharge tech which quickly recharges the device in no time. The Honor 10 has a slightly smaller battery cell of 3,400mAH. It also has the same fast charging tech. Although the Honor Play battery cell is larger but also its display is larger, so you can't expect a drastic improvement in the battery life of Honor Play as opposed to Honor 10.


Last but not the least the pricing certainly plays an important role in the success or failure of the device. The Honor 10 is one of the most successful smartphones from Honor this year and the company confirmed they sold more than 1 million units in less than a month. For the UK customers, the Honor 10 was announced at £399 for the base variant with 4GB RAM. On the other hand the Honor Play is yet to be announced in the UK, however, we can expect it to cost around £350. Recently the Honor Play base variant with 4GB RAM was announced at Rs 19,999 ($291).


The Honor Play is one of the few premium smartphones which have a unibody design. Last year almost all Honor smartphones have unibody design but this year nearly all devices have glass rear with metal chassis. So if you like metal body with large display the Honor Play is a pretty good choice. The only lagging feature in the Honor Play is the average cameras whereas the Honor 10 comes with flagship cameras.

On the other hand, the Honor 10 is featuring beautiful glass and metal sandwich design. The display is quite powerful and good looking. Under the hood both the Honor Play and Honor 10 are equally powerful, however, the Honor 10 doesn't support memory expansion. The Honor Play is expected to be announced globally at the IFA event.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Honor 10 vs Honor Play. Stay tuned.

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Honor Play vs Honor 10: An in-house competition
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Yeah, there is an in-house competition between the Honor Play and Honor 10, but they are similar in so many aspects. It only makes minor differences at a few specifications.


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