OPPO F9 versus Honor Play

Ciara Alarcon
Consumers are becoming smarter in choosing the right smartphone for them. Hence, various mobile manufacturers turn more competitive in stealing the industry’s spotlight. With that, let’s put two of the hottest devices – the OPPO F9 and Honor Play – inside our own battle arena to see which phone could fit your mobile style and needs.

OPPO F9 versus Honor Play
OPPO F9 versus Honor Play

Let’s get it on, and see which device has the upper hand!

DeviceOPPO F9 Honor Play
Dual SIM Yes, Nano+NanoYes, Hybrid
Display 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS (2340 x 1080), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, waterdrop notch 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 409ppi
Dimensions 156.7mm x 74mm x 8mm 157.9mm x 74.3mm x 7.5mm
Weight 169 grams 176 grams
O/S Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2 Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
Chipset MediaTek Helio P60, 12nm FinFET HiSilicon Kirin 970, 10nm FinFET
CPU 64-bit 2GHz octa core (4x2.0GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x2.0GHz Cortex-A53) 64-bit 2.4GHz octa core (4x2.4GHz Cortex-A73 + 4x1.8GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP12 with GPU Turbo
Memory 64GB 64GB
Storage Expansion up to 256GB, uses dedicated slot up to 256GB, uses SIM 2 slot
Main Camera 16MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 PDAF with LED flash 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 with PDAF, LED flash
Front Camera 25MP f/2.0 with AI Beauty Technology and screen flash 16MP with 3D Portrait Lighting
Radio Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE, ER, aptX HD
NFC No Yes
USB Micro, 2.0 Type-C
OTG Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Face Recognition Yes Yes
Battery 3500mAh Li-Po, non-removable 3250mAh Li-Po, non-removable
Fast Charging Yes, VOOC Flash Charge Yes
Wireless Charging No No
Price Php17,990 Php15,990

To begin the fight between the OPPO F9 and Honor Play, let’s talk about their physique first. The F9 comes with a more stylish design through its Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue variants that feature a petal-like pattern on its back. It also has a Starry Purple Limited Edition model that flaunts a star-like effect. Moreover, these models would make you a total head-turner as different viewing angles bring flashy color treatment to the device. Meanwhile, Honor equipped its handset with a simpler and classic design.

Moving on to its display, both handsets are packed with a 6.3-inch notched Full HD+ panel. Nevertheless, OPPO came up with more tricks as the F9 sports a smaller one dubbed as the “waterdrop” notch, while the Honor Play offers a conventional rectangular notch on top of its screen.

See Also: OPPO F9 Hands-on and Initial Impression; Flashy Smartphone with Refreshing Upgrades

To bounce back, under the hood, the Honor Play carries a flagship Kirin 970 chipset that is usually found on expensive smartphones, such as the Huawei P20 line and Mate 10 series. It is complemented with a Mali-G72 MP12 graphics with GPU Turbo support, as well. Hence, if you’re a gamer and actually looking for a new mobile gear, these offerings would surely invite you to spend bucks for it.

However, you can still consider getting the F9 as it is powered by Helio P60 octa-core processor that is also good for gaming. In addition, it has a bigger 6GB of RAM compared with the Honor Play’s 4GB RAM. On the other hand, both handsets come with a 64GB internal storage that is expandable up to 256GB. Unfortunately, Honor didn’t equip its pick with a dedicated slot for a MicroSD card, which means that you need to use its SIM 2 slot if you wish to expand its storage.

OPPO was able to get another point for having a better camera design, at least in terms of aperture and resolution, too. It boasts a dual-rear camera setup composed of 16-megapixel f/1.8 + 2-megapixel f/2.4 sensors. For selfie, it also has the better 25-megapixel f/2.0 snapper that features AI Beautification.

Also Read: Pocophone F1 versus Honor Play

Powering up the OPPO F9 is a more generous 3500mAh Li-Po non-removable battery that supports VOOC Flash Charge. This promises to give 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charging. The Honor Play is also geared with a good 3250mAh juice with fast charging, though.

The F9 and Honor Play both run on Android 8.1 Oreo O.S with ColorOS 5.2 and EMUI 8.2 on top, respectively.

Both now available in the local shores, the OPPO F9 is priced at Php17,990, while the Honor Play is Php2K cheaper with its asking price of just Php15,990.

With all these things to consider, which side are you on?

Share your thoughts with us!


OPPO F9 - fresher design, smaller notch, bigger RAM, better selfie camera, bigger battery, and VOOC Flash Charge
Honor Play - simpler design, flagship chipset, GPU Turbo, 7.1 3D audio, 4D gaming experience, and lower asking price

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