Honor Play Launched with Flagship Specs Starting Rs. 19,999

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Honor Play Launched with Flagship Specs Starting Rs. 19,999

The Honor Play Claims To Offer A 4-D Gaming Experience

Launched In India



Model / Variant

Honor Play

Launch Date

31st July 2018


Rs. 19,999 For 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage
Rs. 23,999 For 6GB RAM + 64GB Storage


157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm


176 g


Unibody Metal Design


Midnight Black
Navy Blue

Display Size and Type


Display Resolution

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


Mali-G72 MP12

Memory Storage




Memory Expandability

microSD, Up To 256 GB

Operating System

EMUI 8.1
Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Primary Camera

16 MP
f/2.2 Aperture
2 MP
f/2.4 Aperture

Camera Features


Secondary Camera

16 MP
f/2.0 Aperture

Secondary Camera Video

3,750 mAh Li-Po Battery


Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
FM Radio

SIM Type

Hybrid Dual Nano SIM

Other Features

Fingerprint Sensor
Histen Audio Sound Enhancement
4-D Gaming Experience With Smart Shock
PC Mode
USB Type-C

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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 India today, the company announced three devices, its gaming smartphone, the Honor Play. The smartphone will make its way to India via an exclusive Amazon sale on 6th August from 4 PM. The company first launched the smartphone in China via an event in Beijing on 31st July 2018.

Also Read: Honor Note 10 Launched

Honor Play

The company is marketing the Honor Play as a mid-range gaming device. The smartphone 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 smartphone also claims to offer a 4-D gaming experience with what the company calls a Smart Shock, a haptic feedback mechanism.

Honor Play

Honor Play Headphone Jack

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.

There is a triple camera setup on the Honor Play smartphone. 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; 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 India starts at Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM variant and goes up to Rs. 23,999 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 fairs against the competition. You can watch the unboxing video below.


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