Summary: Honor is all set take on Xiaomi’ Mi A2 with its latest mid-range device, the Honor Play. Honor Play comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ 19:5:9 display with a notch. The main highlight of the device is that it comes Kirin 970 SoC with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. It also comes with an NPU that is dedicated for AI-related tasks and GPU Turbo to enhance the gaming experience. It is also backed by a 3750mAh battery which supports fast charging.
Main Article: Huawei’s sub-brand honor just announced its latest mid-range smartphone, Honor Play. If we recall, the Honor play first debuted in China last month. As the name suggests this device has got some gaming fire within it. Interestingly, Honor has put its in-house flagship SoC inside this device at such an aggressive price. It looks like Xiaomi’s Mi A2 will be getting tough competition from Honor’s move. This device will be selling on Amazon Exclusively. In addition, Honor has also partnered with Audi to promote the crazy fast’ crazy smart campaign for Honor Play and Audi for R8 LMS. Now let’s have a closer look at what Honor Play is offering with such a great pricing.
The new Honor Play comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ 19:5:9 display with a notch. It comes with a metal back and there are visible antenna lines on top and bottom which is an obvious choice considering it’s price. The biggest highlight of the device is that it comes with Kirin 970 SoC which is a flagship-grade SoC from the company. Furthermore, it is the only device from Honor which will support GPU Turbo out of the box. If you don’t know about the GPU Turbo, here is the reminder. Honor says GPU Turbo can increase performance by up to 60 percent while reducing battery consumption by up to 30 percent. In addition, there is also a dedicated NPU which enables AI based functions on the device.
The device comes in two variants- 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM and both of them will have 64GB onboard storage. It runs Android Oreo EMUI 8.2 on top and backed by a 3750mAh battery which also supports fast charging. In addition, It also sports a Dual 16MP+2MP camera on the back that can detect over 500 scenes and of course the portrait mode. On the front, it houses a 16MP shooter with pixel binning technology. Therefore, This helps to achieve an effective pixel size of 2.0um while shooting from the front camera. Now let’s have a look at the detailed spec sheet of the Honor Play.
Honor Play Specifications
|Dimensions||157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm (6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 in)|
|Weight||176 g (6.21 oz)|
|Display||IPS LCD 6.3-inch (1080 x 2340 pixels) (409 ppi density)19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display 85% NTSC color gamut|
|SoC||10nm Hisilicon Kirin 970|
CPU Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) coupled with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo
|RAM and Storage||4GB RAM/6GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB (UFS 2.1) Internal storage|
|Expandable Storage||Expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD|
|OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo) on top EMUI 8.1|
|Rear Camera||Dual: 16MP LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, CAF, EIS, + Secondary 2MP with f/2.4 aperture|
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
|Secondary Camera||16MP with f/2.0 aperture|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Connectivity||Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
Bluetooth: 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery with Fast battery charging 18W|
Honor Play Price and Availability
The company has gone very aggressive while pricing the Honor Play as the price starts at Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM variant and goes up to Rs. 23,999 for the 6GB RAM variant. As of now, there are only two color options- Midnight Black and Navy Blue. Notably, there is another special edition of the phone with laser etched back which is retailing in China. It will go on sale exclusively via Amazon India and the HiHonorStore starting from 4 PM today. The Honor Play launch offers 120 GB of free data for a period of 12 months to Vodafone customers with recharge with Rs. 199 or above. In addition, customers will get 10GB free data extra for 12 months on any Vodafone RED plan starting Rs. 399 and 1 year Amazon Prime for postpaid customers.
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