Vivo has launched one of their newest midrange smartphones in the Philippines, the Vivo V11i. And unlike its bigger brother, this one seems to offer a better value thanks to its more affordable price tag.

The Vivo V11i may lack the in-display fingerprint scanner and AMOLED screen of the regular V11, but they do have an identical set of hardware in other departments, which makes the V11i as a really viable alternative to the latter.

While it sure is one of the most interesting smartphones that Vivo has ever made, it will still have to go against the hard-hitters in the midrange segments today. One of them is a extremely popular Honor Play.


The Honor Play’s claim to fame is its high-end processor, making it one of the fastest smartphones in the midrange category along with the Pocophone F1. This set a new standard for midrange devices, requiring other players to step up their game.

In our Vivo V11i versus Honor Play specifications and features comparison, we’ll see how Vivo’s new product stacks up with one of the highly-celebrated smartphones in the industry today.Let’s start!

Vivo V11iHonor Play
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
FunTouch OS 4.5
Android 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ LTPS
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 Camera12-megapixel +
AI Capabilities
LED flash
16-megapixel +
AI scene detection
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone Jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone Jack
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
Dimensions155.97 x 75.63 x 8.1mm157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm
ColorsStarry Night
Nebula Fusion
Midnight Black
Navy Blue
Fast charging


Since they are essentially budget-friendly smartphones, midrange devices usually fall short in terms of performance, at least when compared to the high-end ones. This is why the Honor Play really got the people’s attention.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Kirin 970 chipset on this thing is the same processor found on the Huawei Mate 10 and the P20 Pro, which is more than twice the price of the Honor Play.

The Honor Play also comes with GPU Turbo technology, which really provides an amplified performance when playing games, as tested in our dedicated gaming review.


Honor Play’s performance muscle easily obliterates the MediaTek Helio P60 processor of the V11i. Although let’s not discount the fact that the Helio P60 is one of the most capable chipsets in this category. It is just that the Honor Play’s pricing ruined it for the V11i and other devices.

The Honor Play also comes with a 3,750mAh battery, which is significantly bigger than the 3,315mAh battery of the Vivo V11i.

Clearly, if performance is the top priority, the Honor Play is absolutely the one for you. However, the Vivo V11i still has a few things to offer that might make you think twice.


For starters, the Vivo V11i’s shiny back panel with a gradient color tone really makes it more attractive than the monotonous and boring matte design of the Honor Play. In addition, the V11i features a smaller “Halo” notch compared to the latter’s traditional iPhone-like notch.

Speaking of which, the notch houses a 25-megapixel selfie camera, which is obviously much better than the 16-megapixel front sensor that the latter has.

However, the Honor Play does have a better 16-megapixel rear camera versus the 12-megapixel of the V11i competition. But Vivo makes up for it by its more pixel-packed 5-megapixel depth-sensing camera.


Probably the most interesting feature that the V11i has is its large storage capacity. It has a 128GB of expandable storage, while the Honor Play settles for 64GB of memory. Both phones support microSD expansion, though.

As I stated earlier, if you want the best possible performance for the price, going with the Honor Play is a no-brainer. But if you want something that looks more attractive, great at taking selfies, and has more storage capacity out of the box, the Vivo V11i is the smartphone to pick.

The Vivo V11i has a retail price of Php15,999, while the Honor Play is just marginally cheaper at Php15,990. Both devices are now available in stores and kiosks nationwide, as well as on their own respective official shops in Lazada and Shopee.

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