[EXCLUSIVE] Honor Play set to release in Russia soon


The Razer Phone ushered in a new era of gaming-centric smartphones, and we don’t see that trend going away anytime soon. Following Razer’s footsteps, Xiaomi rolled out their gaming phone called Blackshark, followed by Asus with their ROG phone. Even Nubia joined the party with their Red Magic. Huawei, not wanting to miss out, released the Honor Play which is their take on a gaming smartphone. At the time, the Honor Play was released exclusively in China, with no mention of an international release. Today, we received word from a source stating that the Honor Play is due to a release in Russia shortly. No release date has been specified yet, and we’ll keep you updated if/when we know more.

Honor Play Specifications

Since the Honor Play falls under the gaming smartphone category, it comes as no surprise that it’ll run the best hardware on the market. The device is powered by Huawei’s latest and most powerful Kirin 970 SoC along with 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. The display is a 6.3-inch notched IPS LCD panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a 1080x2340p resolution. The Honor Play also comes with inbuilt support for Huawei’ ‘GPU Turbo’ mode, which claims to enhance performance in certain games such as PUBG Mobile. It also comes with 4D haptic feedback that takes the form of vibrations for specific actions in-game, such as explosions and gunfire.

The camera on the Honor Play is nothing exemplary, with a 16+16-megapixel f/.4 primary camera and 16-megapixel f/2.0 camera. Both lenses lack optical image stabilization and 4K 60fps video recording capabilities. Honor wanted to focus more on the gaming prowess of the cameras, which is why they may have cut back on the cameras. Other features include a 3,750mAh Li-ion battery, 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou navigation systems. The device will run Android 8.1 customised with EMUI 8.2 out of the box.

The Honor Play is by no means the most powerful gaming device out there. It’ll be interesting to see what sets the Honor Play apart from the others. Hopefully, the device makes its way to other markets soon after its Russian launch.

Honor Play Expected Price

The base variant of the Honor Play is expected to retail at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 21,000). For the 6GB RAM model of the smartphone, Honor has priced it at CNY 2,399 (roughly Rs. 25,100). The Honor Play is the most reasonably priced gaming smartphone of the lot and should be able to make short work of even the most demanding mobile games, thanks to GPU turbo and the Kirin 970. It is unclear how much the phone will cost in Russia, but we can expect the price to be near that of its Chinese counterpart.