Honor Play with GPU Turbo, Kirin 970 processor Launched in India at Price of Rs.19,999: Sale, Specifications

The Honor Play has been launched in India in two versions; a base 4GB RAM version and a pricier 6GB version.


Close on the heels of the launch of the Nova 3 Series in India, Huawei, the Chinese smartphone giant has decided to launch a new smartphone in India. The new handset will be sold under Huawei’s sub-brand Honor and is known as the Honor Play. The Honor Play is a rather unique handset owing to the price range it finds itself in. The launch of the Honor Play also brings down the cost of a flagship class processor to unbelievable levels. Let us take a closer look at the handset now, shall we?

Honor Play: Specifications, Hardware

The Honor Play is powered by the powerful Kirin 970 processor from Huawei that is also found doing duty on the likes of the Huawei P20 Pro, the Honor 10 and the Nova 3. The handset ships in two versions – a base 4GB RAM version and a 6GB RAM version. Both the versions come with 64GB of internal storage with the provision to expand the memory further using microSD cards. For graphics, the Kirin 970 SoC integrates the Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. As you might be already aware, the Kirin 970 also integrates a Neural Processing Unit that helps the phone deal with several AI features. The display used on the Honor Play is a large 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Prima facie, looks like this is the same panel that the Nova 3 also uses. The phone also gets a large 3750 mAh battery which seems to be identical to the one we saw on the Nova 3.

Honor Play: Hands-On, First Impressions

Like the Nova 3, the Honor Play also supports the new GPU Turbo technology from Huawei. This feature claims to improve the graphics processing efficiency of the handset by as much as 60% while also reducing the energy consumption of the SoC by over 30%. I will only be able to comment on this after I start using the phone though.

Honor Play: Camera and Imaging setup

Being a scaled down version of its flagship brethren, the Honor Play expectedly sports a scaled-down camera spec sheet as well. The primary camera on the device is a 16-megapixel unit that is mated to the now common 2-megapixel depth sensing secondary camera. At the front, there is a single 16-megapixel unit for selfies and video calls. The primary rear camera can also capture 4K videos at 30fps. The front camera is however restricted to just 720p video capture. The highlight of the camera is, of course, the AI features that it sports and from what I have seen so far, the camera UI and the options are identical to the ones found on more expensive Huawei and Honor products.

Honor Play: Price in India, First Sale date

The Honor Play as mentioned earlier comes in two versions in India. The base version has been priced at Rs.19,999 while the higher end 6GB RAM version will set you back by Rs.23,990. The handset goes on sale today and will be available via Amazon and the Honor India store.