Honor Play Gaming Smartphone Launched
31st July 2018
CNY 1,999 (Rs. 20,056.72 approx) For 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage
CNY 2,399 (Rs. 24,070.07 approx) For 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage
157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm
2340 x 1080 px
19.5:9 Aspect Ratio
Hisilicon Kirin 970
4 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73
4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
microSD, Up To 256 GB
Android 8.1 (Oreo)
3,750 mAh Li-Po Battery
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Hybrid Dual Nano SIM
Histen Audio Sound Enhancement
The Huawei sub-brand, Honor sold 20 million smartphones in the first six months of 2015, two years after the brand was announced. Continuing the trend, Honor is currently one of the top-selling brands globally, including the Indian market. At an event in Beijing today, the company announced three devices, the Honor Note 10, Honor Play and the Honor Magic Book. While the Note 10 could make a global debut on 30th August, the Honor Play will make its way to India via an exclusive Amazon sale on 6th August.
While the Honor Note 10 is a productivity-oriented flagship smartphone, the Honor Play is marketed as a gaming-oriented mid-range handset. The Honor Play sports a 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with 2340 x 1080 px resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the Note 10, this smartphone has a notch-display. The device features a 3.5 mm headphone jack with support for Histen Audio. This audio technology allows users to enjoy an immersive 3D output with 7.1 surround sound experience.
The Honor Play uses a custom Huawei layer called the EMUI 8.1 which is based on Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS. The smartphone runs on the Kirin 970 SoC which is also found on other flagship smartphones from Huawei like the P20 Pro. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chipset with four cores running at 2.4 GHz and the other four at 1.8 GHz. The chipset uses the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU for its graphics performance. The smartphone will feature the GPU Turbo which will squeeze out better graphics and battery performance. A dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) is also included in the smartphone for enhanced AI capabilities.
Honor Play sports a triple camera setup. The two rear-facing sensor includes a 16 MP sensor withf/2.2 aperture and a 2 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The NPU will have a major role to play in the shots taken with the smartphone’s rear camera sensors. A single front-facing camera of the smartphone is a 16 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone will be available in two RAM variants in China; 4/6GB RAM option with 64GB storage. However, the storage for the smartphone can be further expanded using a microSD card of up to 256GB.
Pricing And Availability
The price of the Honor Play in China starts at CNY 1,999 (Rs. 20,056.72 approx) for the 4GB RAM variant and goes up to CNY 2,399 (Rs. 24,070.07 approx) for the 6GB RAM variant. Smartphone manufacturers are making sure that users get an uncompromising experience without having to spend a lot of money. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the Honor Play, will perform. We will cover the story in-depth once the smartphone is available globally. So, stay tuned.