Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Price in India, Specs, Features Compared

The new Honor Play 8C lags behind its competition in some aspects but does offer a nice overall package, with an attractive tall display and mirror-finish back, a large 4000mAh battery and a dual rear camera.

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Honor has announced another smartphone in China, which is expected to foray into the global market soon. The new Honor Play 8C comes as a budget mid-range smartphone at a price point of Rs. 15,000, although, there is no confirmation on the launch in India yet. The handset lags behind its competition in some aspects but does offer a nice overall package, with an attractive tall display and mirror-finish back, a large 4000mAh battery and a dual-rear camera. Read on as we compare the new entrant to the budget mid-range segment along with the best-sellers Redmi Note 5 Pro and Vivo V9.

Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Display, Design Features

The Honor Play 8C sports a 6.26-inch IPS LCD display with a notch and thin bezels, with a screen-to-body ratio of more than 86 percent, which makes its display better than that of the handsets compared here. The Redmi Note 5 Pro does not get a notched display and follows the 18:9 aspect ratio, appealing more to people who do not like notched displays, while the Vivo V9 (review) does get a notch and achieves nearly the same screen real estate as the Honor Play 8C.

All three handsets in this comparison get IPS LCD type display, but the new Honor Play 8C lags in screen resolution of 720×1520 pixels while the other two get Full HD+ (1080p) screen resolution. Since the new Honor Play 8C gets lower screen resolution and a tall display, the pixel density of the handset is far below that of the competition. It gets only 269 ppi while the other two get a decent 400+ ppi.


Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Performance, Hardware

Performance wise, there is not much difference, as the Honor Play 8C comes with the same chipset we see on the Vivo V9. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 octa-core processor is a capable device and get Adreno 506 GPU with it, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by a better Snapdragon 636 chipset paired to Adreno 509 GPU. While the difference in performance would only be marginal, if any, the real difference would be seen in the user experience, as all three handsets come with some skin over Android 8.1 Oreo.

The new Honor Play 8C gets EMUI 8.2, the Vivo V9 gets Funtouch OS 4.0, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro is now upgradable to MIUI 10. From what we know, the MIUI 10 is the most advanced and the newest of these three operating systems, incorporating a host of new features, some of which you can find in the Android 9 Pie, such as full screen gesture navigation. All three handsets get a 4GB RAM, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers a 6GB RAM variant as well. The internal storage is 64GB expandable to 256GB in all three handsets.

Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Camera

The Honor Play 8C does not impress with its camera gear. It makes do with a simple 13MP+2MP rear dual camera, and an 8MP front shooter. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with a 20MP front shooter and a 12MP+5MP rear camera. The Vivo V9 goes a step further with its 16MP+5MP rear camera and 24MP front camera, so it is better among the three, at least on paper. However, the Vivo handset does not use large pixels, while all the three camera lenses on the Redmi Note 5 Pro do. 

Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Battery, Connectivity

The Honor Play 8C comes with a solid 4000mAh battery to compete with the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which gets the same kind. There is fast charging for both, with QuickCharge 2.0 for the Redmi Note 5 Pro and a 10W adapter for the Honor Play 8C. The Vivo V9 lags behind here, with its 3260mAh battery sans fast charging. All three handsets keep the 3.5mm headphone jack intact, but the Honor Play 8C gets single-band Wi-Fi while the other two offer dual-band Wi-Fi. Also, the new Honor phone uses an old Bluetooth 4.2, as does the Vivo V9, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a faster and newer Bluetooth 5.0.

Honor Play 8C vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Vivo V9: Conclusion

As you can see, the three handsets have a lot of similarities even as they are different from each other in some aspects. The major difference is the lack of a notch in the display of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which works for it with some consumers, while others like to have the choice. Camera-wise, we must admit that the Redmi Note 5 Pro punches above its weight and wins more than it loses, while the new Honor Play 8C offers nothing worth mentioning.

The hardware and performance of all these three handsets are similar, based as they are on Snapdragon 600 series of mid-range and dependable octa-core chipsets. Looks-wise, the Vivo V9 and Honor Play 8C do look more attractive than the more conventional-looking Redmi Note 5 Pro, but again, that is a matter of personal preference.