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OPPO F9 vs Honor Play specs comparison

Today we’ll be comparing two popular mid-range smartphones — the OPPO F9 and Honor Play. One sports a sexy front notch, while the other a flagship processor. Which one is a better buy? Let’s find out in this specs comparison!


The OPPO F9 is the brand’s follow-up to the immensely successful and popular OPPO F7. It sports a 6.3-inch 19.5:9 aspect ratio FHD+ display, MediaTek’s Helio P60, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 25MP front camera, Color OS 5.2, and a 3,500mAh battery.

Honor Play

The Honor Play is currently creating a lot of buzz and hype thanks to its flagship internals and insane pricing. It comes with a 6.3-inch display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, Kirin 970 processor, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU with GPU Turbo technology, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 3,750mAh battery.

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecsOppo F9Honor Play
Display6.3-inches 19.5:9 LTPS TFT 2340 x 10806.3-inch 2340 x 1080 display, 409ppi
CPUMediatek MTK P60HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP3Mali-G72 MP12
Storage64GB 64GB internal storage
Rear Camera16MP+2MP dual rear camera16MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera25-megapixel with LED Flash16MP front camera
SIM Card TypeDual Nano-SIM CardsDual SIM (nano)
WI-FI2.4/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LEBluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HD, HWA
3.5mm audio portyesyes
Sensors-Fingerprint Scanner
-Face Unlock
-Fingerprint Scanner
-Face Unlock
OSColor OS 5.2 (Android 8.1)EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
(VOOC Fast Charging)
3,750mAh battery (Fast Charge 9V/2A)
Dimension156.7mmx74.0mmx7.99mm157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48 mm
Weight169 g176 g

Here are their benchmark scores:

 OPPO F9Honor Play
AnTuTu v7137,660208,887 (w/ GPU Turbo)
Geekbench 4.21,482 (Single-Core)
5,764 (Multi-Core)
1,884 (Single-Core)
6,627 (Multi-Core)
SSE - OpenGL 3.1

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:


  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Lighter

Honor Play

  • Better performing CPU
  • Better performing GPU

  • Larger battery capacity

  • More affordable

  • Slimmer

  • In terms of display, we have a leveled playing field. Both smartphones are equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display at 2340 x 1080 resolution. Perhaps the only real difference between the two is in design. The OPPO F9, theoretically, has more screen-to-body ratio thanks to the water drop front notch, which is way slimmer than the notch on the Honor Play.

    This means that there is more space on the upper portion of the F9’s screen for notifications. Although, the impact won’t be that big when it comes to viewing experience since the notch of the Honor Play can be hidden.

    We once again see similarities between the two in the camera department. Both have a 16MP + 2MP rear camera setup. The big difference though is on the front, where OPPO offers a higher 25MP shooter compared to the 16MP of the Honor Play. Then again, higher pixel count doesn’t always mean better performance. You can check out our initial sample shots of both phones here — OPPO F9 | Honor Play

     OPPO F9Honor Play
    AnTuTu v7137,660208,887 (w/ GPU Turbo)
    Geekbench 4.21,482 (Single-Core)
    5,764 (Multi-Core)
    1,884 (Single-Core)
    6,627 (Multi-Core)
    SSE - OpenGL 3.1

    This is where it gets juicy, performance. As you can see in the benchmark comparison above, the Honor Play beats the OPPO F9 by a significant margin. This is thanks to the Play’s Kirin 970 chipset, the current flagship of the HiSilicon chips. It offers better overall CPU and GPU performance compared to MediaTek’s Helio P60. Not only that, it also comes with Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology, which boosts overall GPU performance depending on the application.

    The only other noticeable difference between the two is battery capacity. The Honor Play comes with a slightly larger 3,750mAh battery. Theoretically, Honor’s offering will last longer thanks to the added 250mAh. Although we all know that battery capacity isn’t the only factor when it comes to batt life. Both enjoy fast charging technology but the F9 features OPPO’s famed VOOC fast charging.

    The OPPO F9 is priced at Php 17,990 while the Honor Play is Php2,000 cheaper at Php 15,990. For the specs it carries, you can never go wrong with the Honor Play. If you aren’t too particular in performance and would like a sexy but still very capable device, then the OPPO F9 is not a bad choice. What do you guys think? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section below.

    Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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    3 Responses

    1. josh says:

      Why are these phones *controversial*?

    2. ARMANDO S KHO says:

      Where can you buy the Honor Play now?

    3. Boy Ong says:

      pls include in this comparison their usb port types :)

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