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Huawei Honor V9 Play: cheaper alternative, for as low as $149


What’s the next alternative if you can’t afford a flagship due to its steep price? Let’s check out Huawei Honor V9 Play to see whether affordability comes with its specs.

As you may have known, Honor V9 was Huawei’s flagship that was released earlier this year. Let’s do a quick throwback as to what it has to offer:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~515 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-G71 MP8 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP + 2MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3900 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2017 release date
  • $379 USD for 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, $439 USD for 6GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and $509 USD for 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage

Honor V9 was a great flagship and still is, close to 7 months after its initial release. Great 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS-NEO screen with great hardware, great dual 12MP+2MP primary camera, large storage and an affordable pricing compared to its peers.

Where does leave us with Honor V9 Play then? Check it out as per below:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~282 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6750 chipset, Octa-core (4x 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x 1.0GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 3GB/4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • September 2017 release date
  • 999 Chinese Yuan or ~$149 USD for 3GB RAM and 1,199 Chinese Yuan or ~$179 USD for 4GB RAM

Yes, the price has reduced, so it becomes more affordable; but the specs do reflect it accordingly.

First up, is the smaller 5.2-inch IPS screen with only High Definition resolution.  The fingerprint sensor is still there, to help with all your biometric purposes.

Moving on to its hardware, Honor V9 Play now sports a mid-range hardware with the MT6750 chipset, a decently fast octa-core processor, decent graphics and either 3GB or 4GB RAM.

Camera-wise, you should have good experience with the 13MP-8MP camera setup. A huge step down from the dual primary camera that its bigger brother is having.

With just 32GB of internal storage found on the Honor V9 Play, just pop in a microSD card, and you are all set to go up to 256GB maximum.

As for the battery, 3000 mAh battery capacity is sufficient enough to power up the smartphone for a full day of usage.


Huawei Honor V9 Play saw its price reduced by almost 40% compared to its flagship brother, but the difference is very much noticeable. Smaller screen, lower resolution and a few others are some of the changes. But still, you will be getting a solid mid-range performance, good camera experience and good battery capacity to boot.

Huawei Honor V9 Play had just been released last month in September 2017 for 999 Chinese Yuan or ~$149 USD for the 3GB RAM variant and 1,199 Chinese Yuan or ~$179 USD for the 4GB RAM variant. Five colours for you to choose from, namely Black, Blue, Gold, Red and Rose Gold.

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