After a two-month wait, Honor has finally launched the Honor Play, in India, today. The Play was the first smartphone from Honor to feature the GPU Turbo Technology when it was first launched in China, back in June. The phone has a notched display and also comes with a 4D Gaming experience.
For an enhanced gaming experience the phone comes with the above mentioned GPU Turbo Technology as well as AI Gaming, which uses real-time game scene recognition for providing haptic feedback to the user by vibrating the smartphone. The game scene recognition can identify bullet shots, quakes or explosions in games, and vibrates the phone accordingly. It also comes with 3D Gaming Sound effect which is said to provide an immersive surround sound experience while gaming.
Honor Play Specs
The Honor Play features a 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. A 2.5D curved glass covers the 19.5:9 notched display. The display supports 85% of NTSC color gamut.
Processor, RAM & Storage
Powering the smartphone is the homegrown HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset from Huawei while the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU handles the graphics. As mentioned above, the phone comes with GPU Turbo Technology which increases the graphics processing efficiency by 60% and reduces the power consumption by 30% and an AI NPU. It comes with 4GB and 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 on top. There is support for storage expansion for up to 256GB with the MicroSD card support.
In the camera department, the Honor Play features a dual camera setup on the back. The 2 MP secondary depth-sensing camera with a f/2.4 assists the 16 MP primary camera with a f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera can shoot videos at a maximum resolution of UHD 4K, while the Electronic Image Stabilization(EIS) and Artificial Intelligence Stabilization (AIS) is limited only to 1080p videos. To the front, the phone comes with a 16 MP camera for selfies.
Underneath the metal back, the Honor Play packs in a massive 3750 mAh Li-Po battery which charges the phone at a wattage of 18 W (9V 2A). The phone has support for 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, GLONASS & BDS.
The Honor Play comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack for music and a USB Type C port for charging. For security, the phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and also has support for face unlock. The phone weighs 176 gms and is 7.48 mm thick.
Pricing and Availability of Honor Play
The Honor Play comes in Midnight Black and Navy Blue colors. The phone’s price is INR 19,999 for the 4 GB RAM variant, while the 6 GB RAM variant is priced at INR 23,999.