The wonderful gaming-ready smartphone from China called Honor Play is going on a flash sale again, after it did so last week and was sold out in no time. Today at 12 pm, you get another chance at fishing for this elusive and much-sought-after handset that packs a GPU Turbo and Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset with artificial intelligence, and here are the details.
Honor Play: Flash Sale
The last Honor Play flash sale on Amazon.in was on August 17, and yesterday it went on sale at Hi Honor store. Today, from 12 pm, those waiting to get their shot at this handsome performer will be given another chance, but the sale comes with limited stocks and we reckon the stocks won’t last anything more than a few minutes.
There is a ‘Notify Me’ option put up already by Amazon.in, so you can sign in and ask for the notification and hence be in the loop instead of waking up after the goods are gone.
Honor Play: Price in India
The Honor Play has come to India at a price tag of Rs 19,999, and Honor has maintained that price. There are no discounts on the price but you get 10GB additional 2G/3G/4G data for using a Vodafone prepaid or postpaid SIM card on the new handset, with the data being handed out over 12 recharges of Rs 198 or above. The handset comes in Navy Blue and Midnight Black colours and only the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage. There is a new 6GB RAM variant too, but that one hasn’t come to India yet.
Honor Play: Specifications, Features
The Honor Play is a smartphone pitched mainly to attract gamers. It packs a large 6.3-inch display that is almost bezel-less and follows the notch design, with a neat 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by Huawei’s flagship Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset, which is clocked at speeds up to 2.36GHz, and paired to a GPU Turbo that can improve performance by 60 per cent.
The 6.3-inch display follows Honor’s FullView design and gets Full HD+ resolution, with only a small chin at the bottom and ultra-thin bezels at the sides. The front camera is 16MP and the rear dual camera gets a primary 16MP and a secondary 2MP sensor. Both cameras are equipped with AI technology that gives them several additional features such as the recognition of 500 different scenarios in 22 different categories like portrait, dog, plant, etc, and accordingly beautifies whatever you shoot, in real-time.
Both front and rear cameras get the bokeh effect, with several 3D portrait lighting options such as soft lighting, stage lighting, and butterfly lighting, so that the images taken get a studio-like editing effect. The cameras also automatically organize your photos according to category. The front camera can shoot HD videos while the rear dual camera can shoot videos in 4K quality.
The Honor Play runs a new EMUI 8.2 skin based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and ships with a 3,760 mAh Li-Ion battery that gets 18W fast charging with Honor claiming 1.5 days worth of power on heavy use per full charge. Since the chipset comes with smart AI optimization, we do not dismiss the claim as too grand.
For gamers, the Honor Play offers excellent value in that it packs in a GPU Turbo, the first phone under Huawei and Honor brands to do so. The handset also gets a 4D technology where the phone gives physical effects such as real-time vibration according to the scenes in the game being played, and this is on top of 3D and AI-assisted gaming. Suckers for good audio gear would also appreciate the Huawei Histen 7.1-channel 3D audio system in the Honor Play.
Connectivity features include Type-C reversible USB connector, 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with WiFi Direct, and Hybrid dual SIM with 4G VoLTE support.
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