OPPO just released the new OPPO F9, an immediate follow-up to the OPPO F7 from a couple of months back. This new device brings several upgrades from its predecessor, in an attempt to stay more competitive in the already saturated midrange market.

The OPPO F7 was already a great device by itself. But with the new OPPO F9, the company wants to take it a step further by adding VOOC fast-charging technology, plus a couple of other new features that will help it stand out from the crowd.

Today we’ll be comparing it to one of the hottest devices in the industry today — the Honor Play. Thanks to its really powerful processor, Honor’s latest device is trying to reshape the midrange segment as we know it.

OPPO F9 Specs

In our OPPO F9 versus Honor Play specifications and features comparison, we’ll see how these two phones stack up against each other. Will the Honor Play continue to dominate the midrange competition? Or can the OPPO F9 manuever its way to success? Let’s all figure that out.

OPPO F9Honor Play
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
ColorOS 5.2
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2280 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP3Mali-G72 MP12
GPU Turbo technology
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera25-megapixel
AR Stickers
3D Portrait Lighting
Rear Camera16-megapixel +
AI Capabilities
LED flash
16-megapixel +
AI scene detection
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio
USB Type-C
Dimensions156.7 x 74 x 7.99mm157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm
ColorsTwilight Blue
Starry Purple
Sunrise Gold
Midnight Black
Navy Blue
VOOC fast charging
Fast charging


The OPPO F9 has several features that are better than the Honor Play. For starters, the F9 has a 25-megapixel front camera. And when partnered with its software that’s been polished for taking selfies, it can easily demolish the 16-megapixel shooter of the Honor Play .

In addition, we have OPPO’s VOOC fast-charging technology. According to the company, this allows the OPPO F9 to gain 2-hours of talk-time with just a 5-minute charge. This feature could be really useful for those who are always on-the-go, who need their smartphone ready and fully charged when they are out and about.


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Also, we can’t just dismiss the OPPO F9’s elegant design. It’s vibrant color options look more appealing than the monotonous color choices of the Honor Play.

But if you don’t care about all of that, the Honor Play is the best option for you. If you want an uncompromised, and basically the best performance that you can go for the price, then you can never go wrong with this one.

There’s a Kirin 970 processor powering the Honor Play, the same processor found on high-end Honor and Huawei smartphones. And as if its graphics chip is not powerful enough, the smartphone also comes with GPU Turbo to enhance its already great gaming performance.


If you’re worried about the battery, the Honor Play does have its own fast-charging technology. Although it might not be as good as OPPO’s VOOC, it does come with a relatively bigger 3,750mAh battery.

The Honor Play has the same 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel dual camera setup with the OPPO F9. However, it’s very likely that OPPO will come out on top in this category when compared in real-world usage.


The conclusion here is pretty simple. If you want a chic-looking device with great camera prowess and ultra-fast charging capability, go with the OPPO F9. It has a retail price of Php17,990.

But if performance and overall value for money is your top priority, then going with the Honor Play is the best way to go. For its price of Php15,990, this is definitely the most powerful smartphone in this price category.

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  1. The Oppo F9 offers very little in terms of value for money, it only has very few updates compared to the F7. The Honor Play is a much better option and has more value for money.