Last week, Honor launched its new smartphone — Honor Play in China which comes with GPU Turbo and 4D Gaming features for enhancing the device’s performance. Now, the smartphone is going on sale in China from today, for a starting price of 1,999 Yuan.
The smartphone is available for purchase in China through Huawei‘s official website as well as via JD.com and Tmall among others. The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant is priced at 1,999 Yuan (approximately $312) while the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage model is priced at 2,399 Yuan, which roughly converts to $375. It will be available in three color options — Nebula Purple, Aurora Blue, and Midnight Black.
As the phone’s name itself suggests, the Honor Play heavily relies on the company’s new technology that claims to enhance the overall gaming experience. The basic hardware on the Honor Play is standard flagship stuff, but the underlying technology that powers the device is what makes it a good gaming phone.
Honor Play is the first smartphone from Honor to feature the revolutionary GPU Turbo technology that enhances GPU performance significantly by increasing graphics processing efficiency by up to 60 percent. It also offers 4D gaming experience, powered by the same GPU Turbo technology.
The smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display having a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a notch on top. Under the hood, the device is powered by the company’s own HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset with Mali-G72 MP12 graphics. As said, the phone is offered in two configurations — 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. There’s also a microSD card slot for expanding the phone’s storage up to 256GB.
On the back side, there’s a dual camera setup which features a 16-megapixel f/2.2 primary sensor paired with a 2-megapixel f/2.4 secondary depth sensor with support for AI shooting and AR gestures. On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel snapper with f/2.0 aperture for taking selfies and video calling.
Supporting the standard set of connectivity options, the smartphone is running Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box with the company’s own custom interface EMUI 8.2 on top. The phone drives power from a 3,750mAh battery which should be good enough for a day’s worth of gaming.