Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5Z: Does Honor Has An Upper Hand?

In the battle between Honor Play and Asus Zenfone 5Z, it is Honor which is winning.

Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5Z
Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5Z

The Huawei-owned sub-brand Honor is doing very well in the country. With a wide range of smartphones available at almost every price point, Honor has a diversified smartphone portfolio ready for the Indian market.

Coming to its latest offering, Honor Play has been launched in the country at a very competitive price tag.

Honor Play offers flagship features like top-end Kirin 970, AI-backed options, a special GPU Turbo option and much more. All these at just Rs 19,999. But, can it beat the flagship Asus Zenfone 5Z, which costs Rs 10,000 more?

Let’s find out.


Honor Play vs Asus Zenfone 5Z | Honor Play Comparison

In spite of a such a huge price difference, Honor Play does match up the gap against Zenfone 5Z. But, can Honor Play outperform Asus Zenfone 5Z?

Keep on reading.


The Asus Zenfone 5Z has a shiny glass-sandwich body backed by two curved Gorilla Glasses and an aluminum frame in the middle. Whereas Honor Play comes with a metal body and matt finish on the out.

Both the smartphones feel premium but Zenfone 5Z with a shiny glass body attracts fingerprints and smudges very easily.


Following the iPhone X trend, both the smartphones come with a notched display. Asus has a 6.2 inch 19:9 Full HD+ Plus LCD with a 402 PPI pixel density. On the other hand, Honor Play has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ 19:9 LCD with a 2.5D curved glass and 85 percent NTSC color gamut.

Each has a sharp display with great viewing angles. Honor misses out on a Corning protection here.


The Honor Play comes with Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 processor clocking at 1.8 GHz coupled with Mali G72 MP12 GPU and an i7 co-processor. While Asus Zenfone 5Z packs in Qualcomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 845 coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and an LPDDR4X RAM.

Each of the smartphones has a top-end hardware making it handle multiple tasks and hardcore gaming easy on the system.


Both the smartphones run the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Even you can expect Android P on Asus Zenfone soon by the end of September, and on Honor by 2018 end. Honor Play runs 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top while Zenfone 5Z runs stock Android backed by AI.

Each of the smartphones run well with their own skins with almost zero lags and performance issues.


Honor Play comes with 4GB or 6GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage. It can be further expanded up to 256GB with an external memory card. Asus Zenfone 5Z comes in three options – 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, 8GB of RAM with 128GB or 256GB storage.

Asus Zenfone 5Z has a lead over the Honor Play here in terms of storage options and variability.

Rear Camera

Both the smartphones offer a rear dual camera system comprising of a 16-megapixel primary f/2.2 camera coupled with a secondary 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth lens. It has PDAF, CAF, and EIS. While Asus Zenfone 5Z has a 12-megapixel primary dual-pixel image sensor coupled with an 8-megapixel secondary depth sensor.

Asus makes a huge difference here. If compared, Zenfone 5Z has better imaging capabilities and Honor Play misses out on details and accurate color reproduction.

Front Camera

Honor Play comes with a 16 megapixel f/2.0 sensor backed by AI features. Whereas Asus Zenfone 5Z has an 8-megapixel camera with an 84-degree field of view.

In terms of selfies and video calling, both the smartphones have been able to perform decently.


Honor Play is backed by a 3,750mAh battery with fast charging support and Asus Zenfone 5Z comes with a 3,300 mAh battery backed by Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Both the smartphones will offer optimum performance and can easily run for more than a day on a single charge.


Both the smartphones offer a standard set of connectivity features like Dual SIM support, 4G VoLTE, sensors, WiFi, GPS, USB Type C port and more. Also, both the smartphones come with a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack.


The major determining factor between the two smartphones is the price. While Honor Play starts at Rs 19,999, the Asus Zenfone 5Z starts at Rs 29,999. Both Honor Play and Asus Zenfone 5Z offer value-for-money handsets at their own price points.

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