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October 11, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR 8 vs HONOR Play

The HONOR Play has been known as a cost-effective mobile phone since it was announced in 2016. Compare the HONOR 8 launched two years ago, what changes has the HONOR Play made?

The HONOR Play has been known as a cost-effective mobile phone since it was announced in 2016. Compare the HONOR 8 launched two years ago, what changes has the HONOR Play made?

compare honor mobile phones – honor 8 vs honor play

Let’s look at the full breakdown of the internal differences between the HONOR 8 and HONOR Play.

Specs HONOR 8 HONOR Play
NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only) GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800) LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - China
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2016, July 2018, July
Status Available. Released 2016, July Available. Released 2018, August
BODY Dimensions 145.5 x 71 x 7.5 mm (5.73 x 2.80 x 0.30 in) 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm (6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 in)
Weight 153 g (5.40 oz) 176 g (6.21 oz)
Build Front/back glass & aluminum frame Front glass, aluminum body
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches, 74.9 cm2 (~72.5% screen-to-body ratio) 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~423 ppi density) 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Firmware version EMUI 8.0 EMUI 8.2
PLATFORM OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo) Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 950 Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex A53) Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-T880 MP4 Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Modules 12 MP, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF 16 MP, f/2.2, PDAF
12 MP B/W, f/2.2, 35mm (standard), 1/2.9", 1.25µm, PDAF & laser AF 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2", 1.4µm 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
DTS sound Yes No
Noise cancellation Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port Yes No
Radio No No
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5 HTML5
Java No No
Charging Fast battery charging: 47% in 30 min (Smart Power 4.0) Fast battery charging 18W
Player MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
MP4/H.264 player MP4/H.264 player
Features Document viewer Document viewer
Photo/video editor Photo/video editor
BATTERY Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery
MISC Colors Pearl White, Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Gold Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Violet, Player Edition Red, Player Edition Black
Price HONOR 8 price in your country HONOR Play price in your country

In terms of the display, the HONOR Play has obvious advantages. As a gaming smartphone, it provides a pleasing visual experience. This is mainly benefited from its 6.3-inch screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels, which means that it brings a larger and clearer screen than the HONOR 8.

For the hardware, the HONOR Play uses HiSilicon Kirin 970 with 2.36GHz octa-core (4x2.36GHz + 4x1.8GHz) AI processor. Compared with HONOR 8, who uses 1.8GHz octa-core CPU and Kirin 950 chipset, the HONOR Play is more powerful. What’s more, GPU Turbo of the HONOR Play brings about 60 percent of performance improvement, 30 percent of power consumption decrease and almost full FPS and FPS stability in large games.

As for the camera, the HONOR Play seems to surpass the HONOR 8, because of its 16-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) dual AI rear camera, and its 16MP(f/2.0) front camera. The more camera resolution generally brings better picture quality, and the photography enthusiasts will like this phone more.

The battery capacity also can’t be neglected. The HONOR Play has a larger battery with 3750 mAh, which is 750 mAh more battery capacity than the HONOR 8. In fact, it is unquestionable that the endurance of HONOR Play is much stronger. After all, it is designed for the game lovers. Each one of them be afraid that their phone will be out of power when they are playing games.

However, although the HONOR Play has such many highlights, the lighter weight and the more affordable price of the HONOR 8 are also the attractive buying factors.

Do you like the changes of the HONOR Play? For you, which HONOR phone are you more willing to buy, the HONOR 8 or the HONOR Play?