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POCO F1 vs Honor Play specs comparison

Flagship-level smartphones are starting to make way into the mid-range price segment as the Honor Play made a shocking entrance into the market. However, its position is already being challenged by a recently announced device, the POCO F1, that can compete head-to-head with it. Let’s take a closer look at their specs and see which one comes out on top in our comparison. Let’s go!

The Pocophone POCO F1 shocked many readers as it sports a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB/8GB RAM, 64GB/256GB internal storage, 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front camera, and 4,000mAh battery with QC 3.0 technology.

The Honor Play made a huge stir in the hearts and minds of smartphone users with its 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with 2340 x 1080 resolution, 4GB/6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, 16MP + 2MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 3,750mAh battery with (Fast charge adaptor 9V/2A)

Here are their detailed specs:

SpecsPOCO F1Honor Play
Display6.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display @ 2160 x 1080px6.3-inch Full HD+ display @ 2340 x 1080px
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)Didn't specify any
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 630Mali-G72 MP12
Storage64GB/256GB64GB internal storage
Expandable Storageexpandable via MicroSD up to 256GBexpandable via microSD up to 256GB (SIM Slot 2)
Rear Camera12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung sensor rear cameras, LED flash16MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera20MP front camera16MP front camera
Connectivity4G+ VoLTE (India)4G LTE
SIMDual-SIM (hybrid)Dual SIM (hybrid)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HD, HWA
USBUSB Type-CUSB 2.0 Type-C
Audio Port3.5mm audio port3.5mm audio port
OSMIUI for POCO (Android 8.1 Oreo)EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery w/ QC 3.03,750mAh battery (Fast Charge 9V/2A)

Here are the advantages of each smartphone:


  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Better Performing CPU
  • Higher minimum RAM variant (6GB)
  • Higher maximum RAM variant (8GB)
  • Higher maximum internal storage variant (256GB)
  • Higher secondary rear camera resolution
  • Higher front camera resolution
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Slightly larger battery
  • Liquid Cooling System
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Honor Play

  • Slightly larger display
  • Higher screen aspect ratio
  • Higher horizontal screen resolution
  • Higher main rear camera resolution

Before we begin, we’d like to clarify that we will be comparing the 6GB + 64GB variant of the POCO F1 to the 6GB + 64GB variant of the Honor Play.

Starting off with the display, the Honor Play takes this aspect as it contains larger specs than the POCO F1. In terms of viewing experience, anyone can still enjoy watching videos and playing games with the latter but, the former is a tad bit better in this aspect.

We previously compared the Kirin 970 with the Snapdragon 835 with the former having the slight edge in overall performance. This time, however, against the latest flagship chipset of Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845, it’s a different story. Based on CPU clock speeds, it outperforms the Kirin 970 by a significant value. In terms of GPU performance, we cannot have a final say yet on which gives a better gaming experience, especially with the Honor Play’s GPU Turbo technology.

In short, the POCO F1 wins the CPU performance aspect but there is no clear winner yet for GPU performance.

The Honor Play gets a higher main rear camera resolution while the POCO F1 has a higher front camera resolution. We can’t say much about image quality that as we have yet to take sample photos using Pocophone’s device. Do note, however, that it’s not all about the camera resolutions.

For the battery, The POCO F1 has a higher capacity than the Honor Play but it doesn’t mean that the former has a longer battery life. In our review of the latter, however, the device only lasted for a short time which you can take a look here.

The POCO F1 is a good smartphone for overall usage based on specs while the Honor Play proved to be a great performer when it comes to gaming. On paper, the former outshined the latter so the winner should already be clear by now.

Here are the prices of each smartphone:

  • POCO F1 6GB + 64GB – RS 20,999 (~Php16,045)
  • POCO F1 6GB + 128GB – RS 23,999 (~Php18,338)
  • POCO F1 8GB + 256GB – RS 28,999 (~Php22,158)
  • POCO F1 Armoured edition 8GB + 256GB- RS29,999 (~Php22,954)
  • Honor Play 4GB + 64GB – Php15,990
  • Honor Play 6GB + 64GB – RS 23,999 (~Php18,338)

What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below


Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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8 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    I’d choose POCO by a mile. Snapdragon 845, 4000 mah battery, and Quick Charge 3.0 seal the deal with me.

  2. jay says:

    will this be available in PH?

  3. Vivopposucks says:

    Poco and Honor shouldn’t even be battling out. Both should be battling ‘evil’ which turns out to be Vivo and Oppo. Evil in their pricing, Evil in their methods of harassing people at malls. definitely EVIL.

  4. Kamen Rider Build says:

    Available na ba locally?

  5. pakloy says:

    san kaya yan availble? sa mga malls ba meron na nyan? sana meron..dahil ito nlng bilhin ko.kysa honor play..dbeast ..talaga to..for gaming.wala probs to sa emulators

  6. znihv says:

    Saan meron nito swak na swak sa bulsa snapdragon 845!

  7. Kiro Ro says:

    Nice comparison. I have to set aside Asus Zenfone 5 for these phones. Which one to buy? I am still undecided.

  8. Puppet says:

    sana maglabas na ng official pricing para sa ph, kasi ang daming fanboy ang ginigiit na ung pricing from india is magiging kaparehas ng dito sa pinas. they just converted it directly, without adding the taxes. ano un smuggled?

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