Huawei’s sub-brand Honor had released its own take at the gaming phone, called the Honor Play, earlier this year. The phone went on sale in India a few days ago, but has been available in China for a while now.
Now, the company has revealed a new poster saying that something big is coming on August 13th. What could it be? Well, we have some guesses. For starters, it could be a software update that brings the GPU Turbo feature. It could also be a new variant of the Honor Play, probably with 8GB of RAM and more storage.
The poster doesn’t reveal a lot of information, and you can only see the phone placed on some giant rocks next to a person in a space suit. Are they sending the Honor Play to space? We have no idea, but it is most likely just the addition of GPU Turbo.
Honor Play: GPU Turbo
The Honor Play isn’t really an actual gaming phone, as in, it’s not as powerful and gaming oriented like the Razer Phone, or the Asus ROG Phone. It does have some a Kirin 970 processor, but there are no special gaming features. The phone is more like a trying-to-be gaming phone for the masses. And it kind of does do that.
Since Huawei didn’t use any hardware enhancements to make the Honor Play super powerful, it developed GPU Turbo. This is a software feature that improves the on-board GPU perform better and use less battery. Apparently, Huawei spent about $10 billion and around 5 years in the development of this technology.
As per Huawei, its GPU Turbo technology can improve the graphics by up to 60 percent, and it will reduce battery usage by around 30 percent. Now that’s a big claim, and that would be actually great if it does that. The Honor Play, and other flagship smartphones from Huawei that are running the Kirin 970 or 960, will be getting the feature in a software update.
It will also help games run at higher frame rates and add features such as HDR and other in-game effects. We will have to wait for the update to arrive and see how much difference it actually makes. Some units have already got the update, and while the Honor Play does provide a little more battery while gaming, and the frame rates and gaming performance is a little better, it is not a huge improvement. Still, for a $300 phone, it is a great deal.
Honor Play: 8GB RAM
If it’s not the GPU Turbo update, then Honor could release an 8GB RAM variant of the Play smartphone on August 13th. More RAM is always better when you’re gaming, or at least it is on paper.
Therefore, an Honor Play smartphone with 8GB RAM could be revealed on that day, which would be priced slightly higher than the currently available 6GB RAM variant. It is also possible that Honor could include 128GB of internal storage, which would be nice.
Honor Play: Specifications
As we’ve mentioned a few times already, the Honor Play is a great smartphone for the price. It comes with a 6.3-inch LCD display with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a Full HD+ resolution. There’s a notch at the front, and the phone uses a metal uni-body design instead of glass. Internally, it’s got the Kirin 970 that’s coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
For cameras, there’s a decent pair of cameras at the back, the main sensor is 16MP, and the secondary is 2MP. There’s AI thanks to the NPU on the Kirin 970, which helps in better scene recognition and so on. The phone can record 4K videos, and at the front, there’s a 16MP camera fro selfies. It has an AI portrait mode as well, and other software features. A fingerprint sensor is available at the back, and you also get the option of Face Unlock.
The phone is backed by a 3750mAh battery, which is pretty good, and it also supports fast charging. For gaming enhancements, there’s Histen 3D audio technology for better virtual sound, and a more powerful motor for Haptic feedback during gaming. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with the EMUI 8.2 skin on top.