Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Which is The Best Gaming Phone in the Sub Rs 25,000?

Xiaomi took the smartphone market by storm when it launched its latest smartphone, Poco F1 under its newly formed brand for a surprisingly low price tag of Rs 20,999. The smartphone comes with all the high-end specifications which would even put some of the premium offerings to shame. The highest variant of the Poco F1 retails for Rs 29,999, and it comes powered by the top-end Snapdragon 845, and so do the lower options along with other features which are guaranteed to provide you with an extremely positive smartphone experience. The phone poses serious competition beyond its price range to phones like OnePlus 6, Asus Zenfone 5Z and Honor 10. Within its price range, the phone goes head-on against the recently launched Honor Play. Co-incidentally, both the phones with some proprietary technology and add-ons which help them in qualifying as good gaming devices. Keeping that in mind, below we have made a comparison between both the phones from a gamer’s perspective.


Honor Play’s GPU Turbo and Poco F1 Liquid Cooling Technology

TheHonor 10 comes with the Liquid Cooling technology which is a piece of hardware inside the phone working on the simple principle of a heat sink, thermodynamics and water vapour. This new technology by Xiaomi has been claimed to increase the life of the phone and extend battery life by avoiding the phone from overheating. Poco has also said that this new technology will be helpful especially during demanding tasks like constant photo clicking, playing 4K videos and of course gaming. It is also worth noting that the Poco F1 packs the top-end processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 so it is sufficient to say that playing games on this phone won’t be a worrying task.


Honor Play also comes with a GPU Turbo technology which has been developed keeping the gamers in mind. Thanks to the GPU turbo technology, the Honor Play can deliver satisfying performance even with the most demanding games with impressive frame rates. With the lower drop in frame rates, the games on Honor Play can run smoothly. Also, the company has claimed that the GPU Turbo Technology can save around 30% battery of the smartphone. In terms of processor, the Honor Play sports the in-house manufactured Kirin 970.

Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Design and Display

Aesthetics aren’t really the Poco F1’s strength. Xiaomi has built this phone out of polycarbonate with the top variant coming with a Kevlar back. This Armoured option of the Poco F1 comes with triple layer Kevlar. Overall, the phone proves to be a resilient and solid device. However, it fails to impress the users with its design. The vertically stacked camera module takes the middle position on the rear side, just above the fingerprint sensor. Other than the Armoured edition, the Poco F1 is available in the three colour options of graphite black, steel blue, and Rosso red.


The Honor Play does a little bit better than the Poco F1 in terms of design. Although it doesn’t come with the aurora finish like other Honor phones, the metal body with matte finish lends it some premium feel. The phone fares as a fairly slim device with an easy to hold and comfortable grip. There are two colour options available for the buyers of Honor Play – blue and black.

As for the display, both the phones do not disappoint as they come with high screen-to-body ratio along with the notch. While the Poco F1 gets a 6.18-inch Full HD+ display with 18.9:7 aspect ratio, the Honor Play features a 6.2-inch with the same Full HD+ resolution but an aspect ratio of 19:9.

Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Battery

The Poco F1 also stands a winner in terms of battery by packing a massive 4000mAh paired with Quick Charge 3.0 with a USB Type-C port. The Honor Play also doesn’t lag behind by a large margin as it packs a battery worth 3750mAh. The Honor Play also comes with fast charging support and smart power management.


Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Camera

On the rear side, the Poco F1 sports a dual rear camera setup which involves a 12MP and a 5MP sensor. The AI functions in the smartphone, help it in detecting 206 scenes across 25 categories, while the front 20MP selfie snapper can identify ten different scenes.

The Honor Play’s cameras also come equipped with AI quirks. The phone’s dual rear camera setup includes a 16MP primary sensor and 2MP secondary sensor. Honor claims that its AI can detect up to 500 scenes across 22 categories. On the front, the 16MP camera comes enabled with Apple-inspired ‘3D portrait lighting’ for effects.


Poco F1 vs Honor Play: Pricing and Verdict

The Poco F1 starts retailing at Rs 20,999 for the 6GB and 64GB storage variant, whereas its 6GB+128GB variant retails for Rs 23,999. The top model of the Poco F1 with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage is available for the price of Rs 28,999 with the Armoured version costing Rs 1,000 more.

Honor Play gets a lighter price tag of Rs 19,999 for its base 4GB+64GB variant, whereas its higher option with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is available for Rs 23,999. Keeping in mind the pricing and performance, the Poco F1 qualifies to be a better smartphone for gaming as compared to the Honor Play.

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Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
September 3, 2018 2:39 pm 2:39 PM

Hey AU, buying an iPhoneX is not a big deal for me..
I can buy 11 top tier iPhoneX s every year with the fee i pay for my clg…
So stop giving me that lame reason…
There’s nothing you can do with an iPhone…
I would rather buy a S9+/ P20 Pro for that matter…
Also, with the price of iPhoneX you can buy just 1.1 kg of Redmi note 5 pro…
Also, watching Netflix on smartphone is so you..

I instead use iPad…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 3, 2018 6:39 pm 6:39 PM

How’s the Airtel VoLTE on X4?

Sandeep Bansal, Manipal
September 3, 2018 9:08 pm 9:08 PM

Sorry bro, I don’t use Airtel sim…

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 3, 2018 6:38 pm 6:38 PM


September 1, 2018 10:34 pm 10:34 PM

Poco f1 is awesome. Those who are critisizing, just use it for 30 mins.. u ‘ll surely fall in love

September 2, 2018 12:49 am 12:49 AM

Sorry to disappoint you…. The phone is ugly and half baked!!!

AU(Airtel User)
September 2, 2018 2:26 pm 2:26 PM

Fahad all cheap chinese phones hv tht problem, don’t listen to ppl who nvr used flagships n telling u about iPhones and Samsung S series phones. This must b there first 20K phone, so consider this also.
U must know pocopoca f1 by chaomi don’t play 1080 videos on netflix n prime. Limits videos to only 540p. They conned there own fanboys LoL

Kaushik IMA
September 3, 2018 2:56 am 2:56 AM

Secondly, u say 20K – I say 50K. I have used every phone

Thirdly, a certificate big cannot be an equaliser of hardware specs.

I am not a fan of both the phones Honor Play and poco f1, but I know for a fact that when Airtel User speaks

September 2, 2018 6:39 pm 6:39 PM

I remember u as iPhone X and op 5t, Moto lover….but I believe u are Moto g5 user. 1st Do u have Netflix, Amazon prime account??

AU(Airtel User)
September 2, 2018 10:44 pm 10:44 PM

Arena I use iPhone X. I use many streaming services including Netflix n prime.
The cost of iPhone X can get u 2 Kilos of xiaomi phones. Keep this in mind.
I like decent brands moto pixels etc.

Nikhil Mumbai-Pune
September 2, 2018 8:36 pm 8:36 PM

Moro E4 Plus user to be honest. Who is frustrated on Being Nougat.iPhone X,he never learnt about I in school,from where he will own iPhone,that too X?

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
September 2, 2018 12:52 pm 12:52 PM

So are the iPhones. What u gonna do about it?

AU(Airtel User)
September 2, 2018 2:22 pm 2:22 PM

GG iPhones have better looks and they can play 1080 videos in netflix. If u cn’t play netflix prime 1080 videos then what is the use of CA n 845 ? Also asphalt like games cnt be used on these cheap brands even on there claimed “flagships” LoL.

Ruchit Shah
September 3, 2018 11:31 am 11:31 AM

I use iPhone but still believe X is way overpriced. After poco F1 I seriously question myself that is it worth to spend 70k more? Poco F1 is amazing phone. Yes HD on Netflix and Amazon prime is not working as of now but I am pretty sure that it would in future. Looks might not be as good but it’s a phone. I would use 70k for a vacation and buying good clothes. Also I don’t watch Netflix and prime on phone. Iphones rather have small screens including X. Better to watch on TV.

Girish Gowda | BengaLuru
September 2, 2018 8:15 pm 8:15 PM
AU: iPhones are hella ugly. No need to sugar coat their ugliness. 1080p videos can be played, but not on Netflix or Prime or Hulu since they have forgotten to get the necessary certificates. But this was a problem on all One Plus phones until the OP6 as well. This is not something to be excused since it is a huge deal. Anyway, Asphalt 9 is the only Asphalt game to be unsupported because of developer issues which will be solved quite soon. It was taken off the list recently since Asphalt 9 could be downloaded and played on Poco… Read more »
AU(Airtel User)
September 2, 2018 10:53 pm 10:53 PM

GG really ? I wasn’t xpectin dis from u, now u r being a apologist of pocopoca f1.

September 2, 2018 6:43 pm 6:43 PM

It’s bcz L1 and L3 DRM. Still xiaomi can update it to L1 and make everything equal as rest. I don’t know how many Poco budget users even have Netflix account before Poco. Most will have prime bcz 999 per year. But Netflix I don’t think so. I even know many your so.called flagship only idiots…they too don’t have Netflix and even prime accounts. I even doubt on phone u use and streaming accounts u have.

AU(Airtel User)
September 2, 2018 10:52 pm 10:52 PM

Arena I am not from tier 3 tier C circle like u also u can doubt since u use cheap Chinese brands.

Ruchit Shah
September 3, 2018 11:37 am 11:37 AM

I am using iPhone but will use cheap chinese phones in future as I am smart enought to figure out that all phones are one and the same performance wise. I would not like to spend 70k for Apple fruit. Even real apples are cheaper. ?

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
September 2, 2018 8:47 am 8:47 AM

Hey Farhad, Arka seems to have bought the phone and is using it. He’s satisfied with it and doesn’t seem disappointed.

Girish Gowda | bengaLuru
September 1, 2018 10:15 pm 10:15 PM

Poco obviously.