Huawei’s Honor brand launched the gaming-centric Honor Play smartphone in India as promised. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ 19:5:9 display with a notch and an 89% screen-to-body ratio. It is powered by Kirin 970 10nm processor with 6GB of RAM and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2. It has NPU as well as GPU Turbo graphics processing acceleration technology that increases graphics processing efficiency of mobile phones for faster and smoother mobile experience, especially for mobile games. It has a metal back and a Fingerprint sensor on the back of phone.
It has AI dual rear cameras the primary is 16 MP camera with AI scene recognition that can detect over 500 scenes, the secondary is a 2 MP camera for portrait shots. On the front side it has 16 MP camera that uses pixel binning technology, combining the information from four pixels to create one large 2.0µm pixel.
P Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group, commented the launch:
With a clear focus on design, innovation and seamless experience, Honor is expanding its influence globally as well as in India. Honor will keep surprising and delighting the young generation with its stylish design, superior performance and unique features, setting new trends and redefining accessibility. The launch of Honor Play marks the beginning of innovative technology with Kirin 970 and AI technology, making consumers shift from smartphones to “Intelligent phones”. Marked as a true performance device, the Honor Play will be the most affordable performance device with flagship specs available to the Indian consumer. We hope that our young audience appreciates the capabilities of the Honor Play and support our efforts in making this Crazy Fast & Crazy Smart experience a success in India
Honor Play specifications
The mobile sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85% NTSC color gamut with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.
It is powered by Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo and runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2.
The device comes with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage, the storage memory can be expanded up to 256GB using microSD card.
It has AI dual rear cameras, the primary is 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, CAF, secondary 2MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture.
On the front side it has 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Connectivity and Sensors
The device supports Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C. It has 3.5mm audio jack, 7.1-channel Histen audio and Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD). It also has Fingerprint sensor on the back of phone.
Battery and Dimensions
The mobile packs 3750mAh (typical) battery with fast charging, it has a size measurement of 157.91×74.27×7.84mm and weight is 176g.
Price and availability
The Honor Play smartphone is getting launch with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version in India. The price has not been revealed yet, but it was launch in China for 2399 yuan (US$ 354 / Rs. 24,360 approx.).exclusively on on August 6th
The Honor Play comes is priced at Rs. 19,999 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version and it costs Rs. 23,999 the 6GB RAM with 64GB storage version. It is available in Midnight Black and Navy Blue colors and will go on sale exclusively on Amazon.in and Honor official store starting from 4PM today, August 6th.
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