Gaming Performance Benchmark Fight: Honor Play vs OPPO F9


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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Following the gaming performance benchmark of the Nova 3i and OPPO F9, a lot of you got interested to know how Honor Play stacks in the competition. Honor Play is regarded for its insane price in the market, making it one of the favored devices in  by Filipinos next to Pocofone F1.

Today we’re pitting the Honor Play to the OPPO F9. Don’t dismiss it just yet to be an unfair comparison because things get so interesting as you read through the result of our benchmark and our assessment.  OPPO F9 is a lot pricier than Honor Play, and that – at face value – puts the latter at the competitive edge.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 22However, most people prefer the F9 for its hardware design, VOOC charging and competitive camera performance. It is rather expected how OPPO F9 toppled Nova 3i in the gaming performance square off, but we didn’t expect it to be able to catch up with Honor Play. More details down below.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 33Similar to what we have done in the past, we will be utilizing the same methodology for this gaming comparison. We played 4 most requested games on both devices: Arena of Valor, PUBG Mobile, Dragon Nest and Real Racing 3. As we did so in the past, for this gaming performance comparison, we used our preferred gaming benchmark tool GameBench. Using this tool, we can monitor and spot slow-downs that impact on perceived fluidity and touch-responsiveness. We are also able to monitor and assess the amount of power drain, and eventually, conclude how much time you can play a specific game at one full charge. There are 4 things we want you to focus on when reading this comparison:

  • FPS
  • CPU Usage
  • mA Consumption (Battery)
  • Memory Usage

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Frames per second (Higher is better)

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CPU Usage (Lower is better)

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Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

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mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1535291396748{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Dragon Nest” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20italic%3A500%3Aitalic”][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”FPS” tab_id=”1535292023666-70d5c602-0289″][vc_column_text]

Frames per second (Higher is better)

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CPU Usage (Lower is better)

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Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

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mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1535291396748{background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Real Racing 3″ font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” google_fonts=”font_family:Roboto%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C500%2C500italic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:500%20bold%20italic%3A500%3Aitalic”][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section title=”FPS” tab_id=”1535292207097-47a58acc-f776″][vc_column_text]

Frames per second (Higher is better)

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CPU Usage (Lower is better)

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Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

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mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)

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Frames per second (Higher is better)

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CPU Usage (Lower is better)

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Memory Consumption (Lower is Better)

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mA Consumption (Battery) (Lower is Better)



The games we played are among the most resource demanding games available for Android today, PUBG Mobile performed obviously better on Honor Play than OPPO F9 by a significant number of average FPS. For a competitive game such as PUBG Mobile, it is crucial to maintaining a good number of average frame rate and latency. Honor Play performed best, and this has something to do with its proper balancing of CPU and memory utilization.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 3In a full round of PUBG Mobile – approximately 30 minutes – Honor Play used higher CPU and memory resources than OPPO F9. You can go and check out the data we prepared above for your reference. It is obvious that both phones were throttling their performance in order to achieve the best average FPS for smooth gameplay.

The same case happened basically in all of the games we played on both devices, with the exception of average FPS on Dragon Nest, Real Racing 3 and AoV. Notice in that the margin of difference interns of FPS on aforementioned games are slim compared to PUBG. I conclude the OPPO F9 is a highly capable and competitive gaming smartphone, even able to reach the same performance results of the Honor Play.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 2OPPO F9 did not push itself to its limit but instead prioritized energy efficiency even when playing with Game Acceleration enabled. This is the reason why it consumed less energy, less CPU and memory resources, but achieve a relatively good performance. If only OPPO had a better gaming-centric mode on OPPO F9, we would have been seeing a very tight margin vs Honor Play.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]


Hands down, Honor Play performs better than the OPPO F9. We all expected this, but what we weren’t prepared to see was OPPO F9’s ability to catch up despite having a mid-range SoC.

Honor Play vs OPPO F9 11One key takeaway here is that performance isn’t all about processor and SoC. There is a lot of things to consider: optimization, resources consumption efficiency and battery performance. OPPO F9’s competitive edge may not be its price, but you’re sure that you’ll play your favorite games longer, thanks to Mediatek’s superb battery optimization. I honestly thought that OPPO must think of a way to add another throttling preset that would allow gamers to prefer play games at highest FPS even a the cost of consuming battery juice.

Next up: Honor Play vs Pocophone F1! Stay tuned![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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