OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Which is a better buy of the three?

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Which is a better buy of the three?

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Which is a better buy of the three?

by August 22, 2018

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor PlayChinese handset makers seem to have spotted a good potential for mid-range smartphones in India. This year has already witnessed several handsets being launched by the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei etc. In the last week of July, we witnessed the launch of Huawei Nova 3i in India and this month we’ve seen two new smartphones being launched by Chinese handset makers in the same price range as that of Nova 3i, i.e. the Oppo F9 Pro and Honor Play. In order to simplify the decision making for those who are interested in buying a phone in the similar price range, we’ll compare the three phones today in terms of features, specs and price to find out which is a good value for money option for interested buyers.

The comparison will be based on below key parameters:

  • Design and Display
  • Processor, RAM and Storage
  • OS and Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Price and Availability in India

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Design and Display

The Oppo F9 Pro is the latest entrant to Indian market and it sports an unusual water drop like notched display as opposed to the conventional broad notch, which provides an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90.8% screen. The notch houses the front camera, earpiece and the sensor. The display is 6.3-inch with 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The F9 Pro is a first smartphone to be protected by layer of Gorilla Glass 6.

The Huawei Nova 3i debuted in India in the last week of July. It features 6.3-inch Full-HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixel resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio which is similar to Oppo F9 Pro. The display has an iPhone X like notch at the top.

On the other hand, the Honor Play also sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ notched display with resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

In terms of screen size and screen-to-body ratio, all three phones are at par with each other. However, the Oppo F9 Pro stands out due to its unique design language.

In terms of dimensions, the Oppo F9 Pro 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm and weighs 169 grams. The Huawei Nova 3i measures 157.60 x 75.20 x 7.60 mm and weighs in at 169 grams. While, the Honor Play measures 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 and weighs about 176 grams.

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Processor, RAM and Storage

The Oppo F9 Pro is powered by 2GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The storage can be expanded further up to 256GB using a microSD card.

The Huawei Nova 3i is backed by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC along with Mali-G72 GPU and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage capacity options of the device are 64GB and 128GB.

The Honor Play is also powered by Kirin 970 SoC that powers the Huawei Nova 3i. It comes in two variants including 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM, both offering a 64GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. It is the most powerful of the three as it is also backed by Huawei’s latest GPU Turbo technology.

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: OS and Battery Life

Oppo F9 Pro is shipped with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box with Oppo’s own ColorOS 5.2 on top and is backed by an impressive 3500mAh battery. The battery has Vivo’s proprietary VOOC flash charge support for fast charging which can provide up to two hours of talk time with just five minutes of charging, as claimed by the company.

The Huawei Nova 3i runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS out of the box topped with company’s own EMUI 8.2. It is fueled by 3,340mAh battery with support for fast charging.

On the other hand, the Honor Play runs EMUI 8.1 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo OS. It is backed by the largest battery as compared to the other two phones i.e. 3750mAh and also has support for fast charging.

Unfortunately, none of the phones have support for wireless charging.

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Camera

The Oppo F9 Pro bears a dual rear camera set up comprising of 16-megapixel main snapper and 2-megapixel secondary snapper with a wide-angle lens to enable depth-of-field effects. For selfies, there’s a 25-megapixel with company’s AI Beauty 2.1 feature and live filters for creativity.

Huawei Nova 3i features also features a vertically stacked dual camera set up on the back which consists of 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. You get a dual camera set up on the front as well which comprises of 24-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel sensor.

Honor Play has a dual camera set up on the rear and it combines 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF, along with a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front hosts a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calls.

So, the rear camera set up of all three smartphones seems at par on paper, while the Oppo F9 Pro seems to have a better selfie camera set up just like most other Oppo smartphones. However, as mentioned by us several times before, the on-paper camera performance may vary from actual performance and you must refer to user reviews before taking a purchase decision based on the camera set up.

OPPO F9 Pro vs Huawei Nova 3i vs Honor Play: Price and Availability in India

The Oppo F9 Pro comes in single variant and is priced in India at Rs. 23,990. The pre-orders for the phone have already started and the actual sale will begin from August 31 via Flipkart, Amazon India, and Paym Mall, as well as select offline stores across the country.

The Huawei Nova 3i price in India is set at Rs. 20,990, which is Rs. 2000 low as compared to Oppo F9 Pro. It can be bought via Amazon India.

While, the Honor Play is the most cost effective option of the three with a price tag of Rs. 19,999.

CompareRaja’s Verdict:

Well, there is no clear winner in all aspects out of these three phones. In terms of performance, the Honor Play is a better phone as compared to the other two due to the latest GPU Turbo technology and powerful 3,750mAh battery capacity. While, in terms of camera and looks, the Oppo F9 stands out. However, Nova 3i is also not far behind. So, one needs to take a purchase decision based on his/her requirement. You can also refer to the quick specs comparison chart below before you zero down on any of the phone…

  Oppo F9 Pro Huawei Nova 3i Honor Play
Display Size 6.3-inch 6.3-inch 6.3-inch
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 409 ppi 409 ppi 409 ppi
Aspect Ratio 19.5:9 19.5:9 19.5:9
Dimensions 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm 157.60 x 75.20 x 7.60 mm 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm
Weight 169 grams 169 grams 176 grams
Processor MediaTek Helio P60 HiSilicon Kirin 710 HiSilicon Kirin 970
Type 2GHz octa-core 2.2GHz octa-core 2.36GHz octa-core
Graphics Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP12
RAM 6 GB 4 GB or 6 GB 4 GB or 6 GB
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB 64 GB or 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Storage Yes, up to 256GB Yes, up to 256GB Yes, up to 256GB
Primary Camera 16 MP + 2 MP 16 MP + 2 MP 16 MP + 2 MP
Secondary Camera 25 MP 24 MP + 2MP 16 MP
Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash Yes, LED Flash
OS Version Android v8.1 (Oreo) Android v8.0 (Oreo) Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Custom UI ColorOS 5.2 EMUI 8.2 EMUI 8.1
Battery Capacity 3500 mAh 3340 mAh 3750 mAh
Fast Charge Support Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Charging No No No