HONOR CONQUERS THE 20K SEGMENT
YUP….you heard it right. Honor launched a new phone that is well………um……..gaming centric, and it launched with a bang. The phone in question is the Honor Play. When it comes to specs, this is no joke. Being the cheapest phone in Huawei’s line up to sport their flagship Kirin 970, at a starting price of 19,999 rupees, the Honor Play should be a no brainer. Right???? Well, lets find out..
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Processor Hisilicon Kirin 970
RAM 4/6 GB
Storage 64 GB w/ 256 GB micro SD support
Display 6.3” FHD+ 2340x1080p IPS LCD
Cameras Rear: 16+2 MP
Battery 3750 mAh
Ports USB type C, 3.5mm audo jack
OS Android 8.1 w/ EMUI 8.2
Price 19,999 (4/64)
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The Honor Play looks like typical Honor devices. With a 6.3” display with the notch, power and volume rockers on the left, dual cameras, fingerprint scanner, and strangely…..sideways oriented branding and a USB type c and happily, a headphone jack.
Talking about the display, the 6.3” IPS display with a FHD+ resolution (And the notch!!) is a great display. Given the gaming centric marketing, the display is more than good enough to play games and consume content on. Given the 3.5mm headphone jack, the output via it is excellent so no complaints there.
This is where Honor knocks it out of the park. With the flagship Kirin 970 the Honor Play has all the horsepower to compete with modern flagships at a much affordable price.
With the power of the flagship grade chipset and optimized EMUI 8.2on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, the user experience is blazing fast. There was no lag, apps opened up quickly and (the most important part) the gaming was flawless. Plus with GPU-Turbo ® on board, the Honor Play run optimized games (PUB-G and more on the way) without any issues. Though Honor claims a 30% drop in power consumption, the folks over at beebom showed that it really makes minimal if not any difference at all (Check out their video: https://youtu.be/zNysNq_UlrY). But still performance is a no brainer.
The phone comes with 4/6GB of RAM and 64 gigs of storage expandable up-to 256 GB via the hybrid slot. In short, Honor knocks the competition out of the water when it comes to performance.
The Honor Play comes with a 16+2 megapixel dual cameras with AI integration. And the photos turn out good. The dynamic range is decent and the colors and contrast are also decent. The AI mode however oversaturates the picture and blows out the highlights. Overall don’t turn on AI for the cameras.
Under lowlight the photos turn out well, good. There is a bit of noise and the phone tends to overexpose in these environments.
Coming to selfies, the phone comes with a 16 megapixel front camera. The edge detection from the portrait mode works good, but the camera tends to over smoothen the face a little bit.
The Honor Play comes with a 3750 mAh battery and its pretty good. You can easily expect a day of usage and then some if you are conservative.
The phone comes with the latest version of android with EMUI on top. And like most of these Chinese skins, its feature packed. There are a ton of options like enabling or disabling the app drawer and a ton of features. Plus with a ton of AI features, the software is one area which is polarizing to say the least. Some will like it, others may not. But it is a well featured software that’s also well optimized to the hardware that the phone is packing.
The Honor Play starts at 19,999 for the base variant. At that price it is hard to say not to buy this phone.
Flagship performance, Great display, Good cameras, Feature rich software, Excellent battery life and A ton of AI. Overall it is a solid pickup if not an amazing bargain
Display : 8.5/10
Performance : 9/10
Cameras : 8/10
Battery : 8/10
Value : 9.5/10