Honor Play was launched in China last month. Today, as promised, Huawei’s sub-brand has launched the same gaming-centric smartphone in the Indian market. The phone will be available in two color options — Midnight Black and Navy Blue.
The 4GB RAM model costs Rs. 19,999 (approximately $291) while the 6GB RAM model is priced at Rs. 23,999, which roughly converts to $349. It will be available exclusively via Amazon India and Honor Store from today 4:00 PM.
The Honor Play boasts a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD display with 2340 x 1080 pixel screen, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 85 percent NTSC color gamut. It is powered by Huawei‘s own Kirin 970 10nm octa-core processor with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, and i7 co-processor.
It comes in two variants based on the memory configuration — 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity. The phone runs EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system.
In the camera department, it features a dual-camera on the back, consisting of a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel rear sensor with AI features. On the front side, there’s a 16-megapixel snapper for taking selfies and video calling.
There’s a fingerprint sensor on the back panel. The Face Unlock feature on the phone uses artificial intelligence that the company claims helps in adapting to different lightings and minute facial changes for accuracy. It also has a security feature that reveals notifications on the screen only when it recognizes the face.
As said, the Honor Play is basically a gaming-centric smartphone and is the first Honor device to feature the company’s “breakthrough” GPU Turbo technology that enhances GPU performance significantly by increasing graphics processing efficiency up to 60 percent.
It also comes with 4D Gaming that vibrates the phone in real-time when the user is playing games. The vibration happens when it detects different scenes like explosions and shots. This is similar to the force/haptic feedback on gaming controllers while playing on PCs or gaming consoles.
Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C. The phone is fuelled by a 3,750mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
Check out our review of Honor Play here.