Xiaomi's Poco F1 vs Honor Play... Which is the True Flagship Killer?

Honor Play vs Poco F1

It’s been hardly 15 days that the Honor Play has been released and made the headlines for providing a flagship chipset Kirin 970 at an affordable price, but Xiaomi totally changed the game by launching the new Poco F1 with Snapdragon 845 at the same price range.

With these two phones breaking the rules to crash the market, consumers are at a confusion about which phone to decide. On paper when the specifications are compared, Poco F1 seems to be a real winner. But is it really a clear winner or is there a but. Let’s Find Out.

Specifications:

The major specifications of both the phones compared side to side

FeatureHonor PlayPoco F1
Display6.3″ IPS LCD FHD+ Display6.18″ IPS LCD FHD+ Display
ProcessorKirin 970Snapdragon 845
GPUMali-G72 MP12Adreno 630
Storage4GB Ram + 64 GB Storage + Expandable upto 256GB6GB Ram + 64 GB Storage+ Expandable upto 256GB
SimHybrid Dual Sim with Dual Volte SupportHybrid Dual Sim with Dual Volte Support
Camera16+2 MP Rear
16 MP Front
12+5 MP Rear
20 MP Front
Battery3750 mAH with 18W fast charging4000 mAH with 18W fast charging
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with EMUIAndroid 8.1 Oreo with MIUI
Price (M.R.P)Starts at Rs. 19,999/-Starts at Rs. 20,999/-

Performance:

The performance of both these phones is going to be very smooth and fast for day to day task given the high end processor and good amount of RAM. Even from the software side, both EMUI and MIUI have come a long way in terms of fluidity and functionality. So for regular day-to-day usage neither of the phones going to be giving any trouble or hiccups.

But when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, the benchmark score helps us to analyze the real winner. The benchmark scores of Poco F1 are not yet available as the release date is due, meanwhile lets compare the scores of Honor play with phones having same Processor, Ram and GPU combination as that of Poco F1.

The Antutu score for Honor play sporting the kirin 970 was found to be around 207689. Whereas the Antutu score for Oneplus 6 and Asus Zenfone 5Z was found to be around 285660 and 271363 respectively.

Here are some screenshots of the benchmark scores, shared along with their sources

Generally the Huawei’s own chipset Kirin 970 is considered to be an equivalent to Snapdragon 845, but i tseems the scores speak otherwise. During the Poco F1 launch, it was told that the Antutu score for F1 was around 291302. Considering it to be of the 8GB model, the likely score of Poco F1 would be near the score of what Asus Zenfone 5z has scored for sure which is way higher than the Honor Play’s score.

Even with the GPU turbo in Honor play, the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU scored only 3501 in 3D sling shot whereas the Oneplus6 and Zenfone 5z that have a Adreno 630 GPU, scored 6271 and 4720 respectively. This proves that intensive gaming would be smoother on Poco F1 which has Adreno 630.

Though the overall gaming experience would be better on Honor Play due to the additional features such as Vibration feedback and 3D surround sound via headphone provided for gaming.

Camera:

Both the phones have Dual Camera Setup on the rear with one being the primary sensor and the other being the depth one. Both lack OIS and support EIS only for videos upto 1080p. Neither of the phones would be producing top notch quality photos but will be definitely Instagram ready photos, thanks to the AI scene mode in both the phones along with the portrait mode.

Conclusion:

Let’s first list out the Pros and Cons

FeatureHonor PlayPoco F1
Pros1. GPU Turbo, Vibration feedback and 3D sound (For better Gaming)
2. Smaller Notch and bottom chin (Better Looks).
3. Metal Build (Premium feel).


1. Fast and powerful
2. Stereo Speaker Setup
3. Liquid Cooling technology (For better gaming and intensive tasks)
4. IR Face Unlock (Better for low light)
5. Larger Battery
6. Higher RAM
7. Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
Cons1. 4GB Ram (Base Version)
2. No Gorilla Glass Protection
3. Chipset and GPU (Not a flagship performance with intensive tasks)
1. Plastic Built.
2. Large Notch and big Chin.

So to conclude, the honor play lags behind Poco F1 due to the under performing Chipset and GPU but scores some points in the design department. Poco F1 on the other side, except for the average camera and not so great looks, it did hit all the chords absolutely right to become the flagship killer.

Honor Play is definitely not a bad choice but with the Poco F1 in the competition, it doesn’t stand a chance, unless the Poco team messes up with buggy updates which seems highly unlikely.

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