Honor Sends Out Media Invites For India Launch Event on July 24; Honor Play, Honor 9X Expected


Honor India seems to be on its way to launch yet another smartphone in India. We have received a media invite from the brand for a launch event. Although it does not reveal the name of the device to be launched, we do have our guessing game on.

Honor Launch Event on July 24, Honor Play or Honor 9X Expected

In the media invite, Honor has teased the upcoming device with the hashtag #noordinarybeauty, which hints at dual camera setup at the front. The launch event is slated for July 24, 2018. As we mentioned in the subheading, our best guess points towards the Honor Play and Honor 9i (2018) which would be rebranded as Honor 9X. We can expect either of these two smartphones to debut in India on July 24, 2018. The Honor 9i is already up for purchase in India, but Honor recently launched Honor 9i (2018) aka Honor 9X in China with a notched display.

Honor Play: Specifications, Features

The Honor Play debuted in China on June 6, 2018. The phone comes with a 6.3-inch notched display with 1080×2340 pixels resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone is powered by an octa-core Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor paired with Mali-G72 GPU and integrated Neural Processor Unit (NPU). The phone includes 4GB/6GB of RAM (based on the variant) and 64GB of internal storage, further expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. It runs Android 8.1-based EMUI 8.2 OS. The phone is also equipped with ‘4D’ gaming experience with real-time recognition of game scenes to offer vibration to match the effects. It also includes Huawei’s in-house GPU Turbo technology, which boosts graphics performance on both software and hardware level.

For optics, the phone sports an AI-assisted dual camera setup at the rear with 16MP primary lens and a 2MP secondary lens with f/2.2 aperture and f/2.4 aperture, respectively. Other camera features include phase-detection autofocus (PDAF). There is a 16MP selfie camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture.

Connectivity options on the Honor Play include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, and GPS. A 3750mAh battery with fast charging backs the device. The Honor Play 4GB RAM variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 21,000) while the 6GB RAM model retails at CNY 2,399 (approx. Rs. 25,100). It is available in Black, Blue, and Violet colour options.

Honor 9i (2018): Specifications, Features

The Honor 9i (2018) is an upgraded version of the Honor 9i that is available in India. This new variant of the Honor 9i boasts a mirror-finish rear alongside the metal frame. The phone packs a 5.84-inch full HD+ IPS display with 1080×2280 pixels resolution. It is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 659 chipset clubbed with Mali T830-MP2 GPU and 4GB of RAM. Concerning optics, the phone sports 13MP+2MP dual camera setup at the rear with LED flash, PDAF, HDR, time-lapse, and burst mode. There is a 16MP selfie snapper at the front with beauty mode.

Connectivity options on the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. It has 64GB and 128GB storage variants and both can be further expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. A 3000mAh battery completes the package.

The Honor 9i (2018) is priced at CNY 1,399 (approx. Rs. 14,600) for the 64GB storage model and at CNY 1,699 (approx. Rs. 17,800) for the 128GB storage variant. It is available in Black, Blue, Green, and Purple options.