A Chinese smartphone brand Huawei’s sub-brand Honor launched its much-anticipated and gaming smartphone earlier and we already get Huawei Honor Play review for you here. The Honor Play lands with a glorious performance boost as it’s backed by the powerful Turbo GPU for the smooth 4D Gaming experience. Let’s dig down inside.
Based on our sources, the Honor Play is one of the first smartphones to house the Turbo GPU for marvelous gaming and all-around performance. Moreover, the Notch display is one of the key highlights as well as the biggest panel with sunlight legibility coming at an average level. The quality-oriented camera is another highlight with 2 sensors but as usual. As you’d expect, captured images are excellent, sharp and vibrant with a lot of more information. Other several features of the camera are 4K video, low-light shooting mode, and AI recognition.
There is a beefy 16MP front-facing sensor along with a notification LED light. On the contrary, a fingerprint scanner is blazing fast and quite accurate, whereas the Face Unlock feature also works great. What else? Let’s find out below in our detailed review.
Huawei Honor Play Release Date & Price
After several weeks of speculations, every prediction and rumor has been turned out true and Huawei Honor Play started hitting shelves worldwide including Australia, New Zealand, US, UK China, India and other Asian countries.
Wednesday 6 June was an official Huawei Honor Play release date, as mentioned in an official teaser which gives emphasis to the concept of a groundbreaking 4D gaming experience.
How much does it cost? Perhaps a very next question which pops-up on your mind, right? The Honor Play Price starts from CNY 1,999 (roughly $300) for its 4GB variant, whereas an upper 6GB variant has been priced at CNY 2,399 (around $361). The Honor Play is currently available in Black, Blue, and Violet color options.
Huawei Honor Play Design
The Honor Play is a mixer of Plastic and Metal – both components arrived together to form this sleek looking beauty. The Huawei Honor Play houses 2 antenna lines too – one on top and the other one at the bottom corner. If you are quite shy to show your face, a fingerprint scanner has got you covered.
Very much unlike Honor 9i and Honor 10, Honor Play houses a different camera placement. It reminds us of what we saw in Huawei P20 – vertically positioned on the top left corner along with LED flash underneath. The phone weighs 176 grams and measures 7.5 mm in thickness. It’s available in 3 sensational colors – Black, Blue, and Violet (as mentioned above).
Huawei Honor Play Display
The Honor Play comes with same notched screen we have already seen in Honor 9i. Although the display seems a little bigger and taller. The physical home button has been removed so does chin, making it less minimal. However, the Honor logo should have gone as well.
It houses a hefty 6.3-inches IPS LCD display which is well-supported by 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution – perfect for big screen lovers. The screen also ditches out a 19:9 aspect ratio and stretches up screen-to-body ratio around 83%.
Huawei Honor Play Camera
Moving on its camera department, Honor Play sports a dual 16MP + 2MP camera which has f/2.2 + f/2.4 aperture respectively. The camera is powered by the NPU, Kirin’s AI core and has scene recognition.
The camera also lands with several dazzling features such as LED flash, Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, PDAF, HDR, and Panorama. You can also record videos of 2160p and 1080p@30fps. While the AI-powered 16MP selfie camera (f/2.0 aperture).
Huawei Honor Play Hardware and Software
The brain behind Honor Play is HiSilicon Kirin 970 which is still in control with an Octa-core processor and 64-bit CPU architecture. Interestingly, with 10mn process technology, the 8-Cores of processor clocks at a fast speed of 2.4GHz. In the graphics segment, the Mali-G72 MP12 arrives with GPU Turbo tech.
In terms of RAM, there’re 2 different variants – one with 6GB of RAM and the other one with 4GB of RAM. Whether you go for 6GB or 4GB, a 64GB of onboard memory remains the same. However, you can upgrade it up to 256GB via microSD card.
The Honor Play runs on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system. Either it’s upgradable to Android P 9.0 or not, it’s a mystery.
Huawei Honor Play Battery
To give users enough freedom for all day long even under the most demanding condition, Honor Play comes with massive 3750mAh non-removable battery with fast charging feature. With the fast charging features, juicing up the battery from 0-100% only takes 1.8 hours.
Huawei Honor Play Specifications
Here we’ve listed down a quick overview and tried to cover Huawei Honor Play Specs which will absolutely appeal so many smartphone lovers. Let’s check out!
- 3” IPS LCD Display
- 1080 x 2340 Pixels Display Resolution at 409 PPI
- Android 8.1 Oreo OS
- Dimensions are 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm
- Weight is 176 Grams
- HiSilicon Kirin 970 Chipset
- Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
- Onboard Memory is 64GB (Upgradable Up to256GB)
- There is 6GB or 4GB of RAM
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot
- 2 Bluetooth
- Sensors are Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity and Compass
- A Dual 16MP + 2MP (f/2.2 + f/2.4) Sensor
- Front Camera is 16MP (f/2.0)
- Camera Features are Geo-Tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama and more
- Battery is 3750mAh (Non-Removable)
- Available colors are Black, Blue and Violet
Without a doubt, Honor Play is an exquisite flagship smartphone backed by numerous fully-baked features. The onboard memory, camera configuration and overall performance all are up to the mark. The tallest display gives the users an excellent visual experience, whereas Android 8.1 Oreo makes it stand out from the competition. The smartphone, however, contains an underpowered battery, but quick charging feature makes the battery department a bit better. All in all, if you’re running out of a budget, but want a phone loaded with dazzling features, Honor Play is an absolute choice then.
There you have it – did you just buy Honor Play or looking for something more amazing? Share your thoughts with us down in the comments.