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October 23, 2018

Compare HONOR Mobile Phones: HONOR Play vs HONOR 10

As the HONOR-branded premium smartphones released this year, the HONOR Play and the HONOR 10 have attracted much attention from public since they were announced.

Now we put the HONOR Play against the flagship HONOR 10. If you are planning to grab new HONOR-branded mobile phones, this comparison will certainly help you better understand the similarities and differences between the two devices.

Let's start by taking a quick look at the following comparison table:

Specs HONOR Play HONOR 10
NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2,
CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA - China
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100 HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - China LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 19(800), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes Yes
EDGE Yes Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, July 2018, May
Status Available. Released 2018, August Available. Released 2018, May
BODY Dimensions 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm (6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 in) 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm (5.89 x 2.80 x 0.30 in)
Weight 176 g (6.21 oz) 153 g (5.40 oz)
Build Front/back glass & aluminum frame Front glass, aluminum body
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio) 5.84 inches, 85.1 cm2 (~79.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~432 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes Yes
Firmware version EMUI 8.2 EMUI 8.1
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo) Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970 Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12 Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) No
Internal 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM (GT version)
MAIN CAMERA Modules 16 MP, f/2.2, PDAF 16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor 24 MP B/W, f/1.8, PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps (gyro-EIS)
SELFIE CAMERA Modules 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm 24 MP, f/2.0
Video 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
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, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD 4.2, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes Yes
Infrared port No Yes
Radio No No
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint (front-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 18W Fast battery charging: 50% in 24 min (5V/4.5A)
Player MP4/H.264 player MP4/H.264 player
MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
Features Document viewer Document viewer
Photo/video editor Photo/video editor
BATTERY Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3400 mAh battery
MISC Colors Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Violet, Player Edition Red, Player Edition Black Phantom Blue, Phantom Green, Midnight Black, Glacier Grey, Lily White (GT version only)
Price HONOR Play price in your country HONOR 10 price in your country

According to the table above, we can find that the performance of the two devices is the same, but there are other differences between them.

Design: 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 10 features a metal chassis with glass covering the front and rear side. It is significantly lighter and smaller than the Play variant, whose measurements are 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7mm and weigh 153g.

honor play vs honor 10- honor play design

Display: The HONOR Play sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The pixel density is 409 pixels per inch and its aspect ratio is 18.5:9. The HONOR 10 comes with a slightly smaller screen, 5.84-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. And its display pixel density is 432 pixels-per-inch. The aspect ratio is 19:9. Because of the higher pixel density, the display on the HONOR 10 can be said to be slightly better.

Camera: Both the devices have dual cameras with AI capabilities. But the HONOR 10 is slightly stronger in the camera department. More mega pixels both on main camera and selfies camera enable you to take better pictures.

Battery: The HONOR Play comes with a larger battery cell of 3,750mAh whereas the HONOR 10 has a slightly smaller battery cell of 3,400mAH. Both of them support SuperCharge tech.

So which mobile phone’s highlights attract you more, the HONOR Play or the HONOR 10?