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New Honor Play – Best Midrange Gaming Phone

Honor Play
Written by Bibhu Prasad Bal

Huawei with its sub-brand Honor has moved a step ahead by lunching Honor Play which is powered by powerful flagship – grade processor, is very crucial for gamers.

Honor targeting the mid-range smartphones line-up. By bringing the powerful – eye-catching specifications in its budget smartphones and stand strongly beside of Xiaomi the mid-range king. To give it a stiff competition.

Nearly Xiaomi has brought its best flagship grade mid-range smartphone called “PocoPhone F1” to the Indian market.

Which has created a disaster in the mid-range smartphone lineup with its high-end specifications and low price range.

If we look back we will see, a few years ago there are hand count number of smartphone brands present. But now there are many brands coming to the Indian market.

with high-end specifications and offering at Low price-range, increases the competition. Which is a good news for us.

Before Honor Play,  Huawei and Honor have brought many mid-range Smartphones to the Indian market. Like Honor 7X, Honor 9N, Nova 3, Nova 3i etc.

All the smartphones on the above have something special in them and now it’s time for Honor Play.

“Crazy-fast Crazy-smart,” The tagline for Honor Play says more about the phone.

Though you can do you as usual tasks on it, the company claims that Honor Play is specially designed for gaming purposes.

Honor Play – First Look

So let’s go and take a closer look at Honor Play. That how well it designed with the GPU turbo technology. Which is there to enhance your gaming experience.

Starts from the scratch.

Body Design

The phone looks more expensive than its actual price, because of its attractive design.

It comes with metal uni-body aluminum design, matte finish on the back. Which gives it a premium look, Smooth and solid to hold.

As the ‘notch-display’ is on trend, so you will find a notch on the above of the display.

The notch contains the front facing camera, LED flash, proximity sensor, earpiece grille.

On the bottom, bezel shows the branding of Honor but does not offer any service.

On the right side, you will find the volume rocker and the power lock/unlock buttons. Which works very smoothly.

A hybrid sim-slot present on the left side of the phone. Which means you can use dual nano-sim or one nano-sim and a Micro SD card at a time.

The absence of a dedicated Micro SD card slot is pretty much disappointment from Honor Play. Because that is what buyers in India want.

Honor Play

On the top there is nothing special to describe but a secondary mic for noise cancelations is present.

The bottom part of the Phone houses with USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack,  speaker grille and primary microphone.

The antennas bands run along the top and bottom edges of the  Honor Play, which blends perfectly with the color of the device.

On the back, there is the setup of the dual rear AI camera. Which is vertically placed at the top left corner of the device.

And a single-LED flash placed below the dual camera setup.

Also, a rear-mounted circular finger-print sensor situated just above the center of the phone.

Display

Display of Honor Play embedded with nice and vibrant vivid colors with different contrast levels.

Which offers you an immersive viewing experience and also useful for gaming sessions.

Honor Play comes with a 19:9 aspect 6.30-inch Full HD Plus display of resolution 2340×1080 pixels at 409 PPI pixel density.

Honor Play

With beautiful defined display colors the game and video look fantastic.

As the bottom bezel does not provide any service. So, You will find the on-screen navigation bar.

Which will not see when you operate a full-screen app but appears when you touch the screen.

Camera And Sensors

Honor Play powered by an AI-based  16MP+2MP rear camera set up.

The primary camera comes with aperture f/2.2 and the secondary camera comes with aperture f/2.4.

With the help of AI, it Identifies 20 different scenes and more than 500 scenario recognition and adjusts accordingly in real time to capture the perfect shots.

Honor Play

With autofocus and LED flash, it gives you the picture-perfect photos even in low-light conditions.

Presence of AI and Huawei’s AIS helps to produce Sharp but artificial looking images.

You can turn off the AI mode to get more natural images.

Honor Play comes with a 16MP front-facing selfie shooter of aperture f/2.0 with LED flash.

The camera app includes lots of features and Modes like bokeh mode, aperture mode, portrait mode, AR-lens, slow-motion video mode, night mode etc.

The performance of the camera is very good. It is speedy and fast and there is no lag between while taking the snaps.

If you are wondering what about video recording. You will be a delight to know that you can record 4K resolution videos at 30fps.

Honor Play includes sensors like proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

Processor And Performances

Play or not! Honor Play specially designed for gamers.

It build-up with flagship grade 64-bit Hisilicon Kirin 970 octa-core powerful processor with Mali-G72 MP12.

Which is there to provide you with smooth, faster and smarter performance.

This is the first smartphone from the company having GPU turbo technology.

It is a hardware-software integration to accelerate the performance of the phone even under heavy task.

With the Presence of GPU turbo technology, it increases the performance by up to 60% and reduces power consumption by up to 30%. Which is very crucial for long gaming sessions.

Honor Play

A dedicated NPU (Neuron Process Unit) powers Honor Play to give you the pick level performance.

With the powerful processor and GPU turbo technology, it offers you for multitasking apps at a time.

You can also experience the 4D gaming effect, 3D sound effect, perfect visual glitches.

Which make you feel that you are in the game. After which you can say that this is it! what you actually want in a mid-range phone.

Games like PUBG, Asphalt 9, Reckless Racing 3 can runs smoothly on Honor Play without any lag.

Software

Honor Play runs on top of Android Oreo v8.1 and latest EMUI 8.2 user interface.

The interface is quite similar to the previous smartphones from honor. But the implementation of AI is doing a great job to improve the performance of the phone.

The phone comes with some preloaded software and games.

If you very much conscious to protect your data, It has added a feature called “Privet Space” and “file safe”.

Where you can keep your apps and data safe by using a password or fingerprint scanner.

There is a feature called “Game Suit”, which lessen the notifications and speed up the gaming performance. while playing you have to choose that option, if you don’t want any interpretation in your gaming sessions.

There are also features like reduce the blue light from the screen for the better visual experience. You can hide the notch, optional app drawer and an option to record the screen quickly.

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Battery

As the company claims that it is specially designed for gamers to provide them the smooth gaming experience.

So, for the long run, it is necessary that the phone had to come up with an effective battery.

And the Honor Play comes exactly with the same that actually need.

It backed with an impressive 3750mAh battery which supports to fast charging.

It last long for 1.5 days heavy-usage on a single charger. Which is a good news for gamers or for those who don’t want to charge their phone repeatedly.

If you are using an intensive app, still it will not have created a much effect on the battery. Because of the Presence of GPU turbo technology.

RAM and Storage

To run the apps smoothly, free spaces are needed.

So, the honor Play comes in two different variants

4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage

6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

You can also expand your storage up to 256GB by using Micro SD card.

Though there is no dedicated slot for Micro SD card, you can use it along with one Nano-sim card.

Honor Play Release Date In India

This game-centric phone was launched in India on August 6. This phone has already been launched in China in June this year.

Honor Play available in two different variants

4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage and

6GB RAM +64GB internal storage.

It is available on Amazon exclusive by flagship sale.

Honor Play Price In India

For those two variants, Honor Play available at different prices

4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant available at Rs 19,990 and

6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant available at Rs 23,990.

Honor Play comes in two different colors mid-night black and Navy blue.

Both the colors are looks attractive but mid-night black is on demand.

Specification Box

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA – China
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – China
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
LAUNCH Announced 2018, July
Status Available. Released 2018, August
BODY 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)
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
  – EMUI 8.1
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Hisilicon Kirin 970
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU Mali-G72 MP12
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 64 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA Dual 16, f/2.2, PDAF
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]
SELFIE CAMERA Single 16 MP, f/2.0, 2.0µm
Video [email protected]
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM radio
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
  – Fast battery charging 18W
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/Flac player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY   Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery
MISC Colors Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Violet
Price Starting from ₹ 19,990

Source – gsmarena

Final word On Honor Play

With a powerful processor, GPU turbo technology, delightful screen, AI-based dual rear-camera setup and with many more exciting features Honor has done really well with Honor Play.

If we compare the specs with its Price, then it is absolutely value for money device. Maybe the absence of gorilla glass on the front bother many users.

Apart from that, there is much more brilliant features present which definitely attract a lot of attention and makes it a best mid-range smartphone in the Indian market.

About the author

Bibhu Prasad Bal

A professional content writer and a tech-savvy guy. He loves to explain stuff in a simple way, no matter what and how complicated it is.

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