Huawei sub-brand Honor has announced a new special edition of the Honor Play smartphone that it released recently in China. The Honor Play Special Edition will be available in two colors – Black and Red.
Honor Play: Special Edition Goes on Sale in China on August 1
Unlike the regular Honor Play color options, the Special Edition Enchanting Red and Magic Knight Black variants come with laser engraving on the back panel. As you can see in the image above, both the variants have lines running from the bottom to the top. Additionally, they also feature red accents around the camera and the fingerprint sensor.
Honor Play Special Edition variants have been priced at 2,499 yuan (Rs.25,100 approx.) and will be up for grabs on August 1 on Jingdong, Tmall, and other major e-commerce platforms in China starting at 10:08 AM.
Honor Play: Specifications, Features
The Honor Play is very similar in terms of design to multiple other Honor and Huawei smartphones that we have seen so far this year. It comes with a large 6.3-inch notched FullView IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and a 2.5D curved glass layer on top. Under the hood, Honor Play is powered by a Kirin 970 octa-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and a dedicated NPU for AI features. For a smoother gaming experience, the Honor Play comes with Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology as well. In terms of memory, the Honor Play comes in two configurations – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. If you wish to expand the storage further, you will need to choose between adding a second SIM card or a microSD card as the smartphone features Hybrid Dual-SIM slots.
On the back of the Honor Play is a vertically-stacked 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup with various AI-powered features like AI Scene Detection and AI Portrait Mode to help users click great images. The primary 16MP snapper has been coupled with an f/2.2 aperture, while the 2MP secondary sensor is paired with an f/2.4 aperture. For selfies and video calls, the Honor Play features a 16MP snapper on the front that uses pixel binning technology to achieve an effective pixel size of 2.0um. This is done by combining the information from four individual pixels to create one large pixel.
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and Dual 4G VoLTE. The Honor Play packs a 3750mAh capacity battery with fast charging support. In the audio department, the smartphone impresses with 7.1-channel Histen audio. It also includes a circular fingerprint sensor on the back. The smartphone measures 157.91 x 74.27 x 7.84mm and weighs in at 176 grams. In terms of software, the Honor Play runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box with the EMUI 8.2 custom skin on top.
Honor Play: Launch Date, Expected Price in India
The Honor Play is set to launch in India as an Amazon-exclusive in India on the 6th of August. While the smartphone is available in two memory configurations in China, Honor is bringing only the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the Play in India. In China, the Honor Play 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant is priced at 2,399 yuan (Rs.24,100 approx.). We can expect the smartphone to be priced at somewhere around Rs.25,000 in India, which would make it the most affordable Kirin 970-powered Honor smartphone on sale in India. The smartphone will take on the likes of HMD Global’s Nokia 7 Plus and the OPPO F7 in India.