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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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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?