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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also, read: New Xiaomi Mi A2 – Another Midrange Camera King
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.
|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|
|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)|
|– 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)|
|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|
|SELFIE CAMERA||Single||16 MP, f/2.0, 2.0µm|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– 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|
|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|
|– 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.