Honor Play, a budget gaming offering goes official with Kirin 970

Gaming smartphones are the latest trend if we are able to ignore the notch. While the most gaming smartphones launched until now falls in upper-midrange or flagship category, Huawei has gone the other way. The Chinese OEM has launched Honor Play in China today keeping the price in check.

Honor Play Launch

Honor Play Specifications and Price

First thing first, the Honor Play costs just CNY 2,000, equivalent to $310/€265. The reason we have mentioned it first is that because at this price you can’t expect the top-line SoC like Kirin 970. Huawei has also engineered GPU Turbo, which will offer a boost in performance.

Honor Play sports a 6.3-Inch display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 1,080 x 2,280 px resolution. There’s Histen audio tech for 3D game sounds and 7.1 channel virtualization. You get 4 or 6 gigs of RAM with depending on the variant you choose. Storage is same 64 GB on both models.

Honor Play Specs

All this is powered by a 3,750 mAh battery, about the size of the nubia Red Magic battery. It’s the first Honor offering to ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and EMUI 8.2 out of the box, so it comes with the latest optimizations.

On the camera front, you get a dual camera setup of 16 MP + 2 MP on the rear with recognition for over 500 scenes, powered by the NPU, Kirin’s AI core. Flip to the other side and you have 16 MP selfie shooter supporting 3D portrait lighting, similar to the iPhone.

The Honor Play is available for pre-order starting today, with shipping commencing on June 11. Available color options are Black and Violet, plus Black and Red special edition. There was no word on international availability.

Pankaj U

Pankaj is a tech blogger with interests in mobile, PC, apps and more.

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