Honor launched the gaming-centric Honor Play smartphone in China in July this year. A month later, the smartphone made its way to the Indian market. The Honor Play currently runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system with the EMUI 8.2 custom user-interface running on top. Earlier this week, Huawei confirmed that it would begin rolling out the Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 update for select smartphones starting November 10. Ahead of the official rollout, the smartphone has been caught on Geekbench running on the latest Android Pie operating system.
Honor Play Caught Running on Android Pie Ahead of Official Rollout
The Honor Play COR-TL10 variant has made an appearance on the Geekbench benchmark database running on the latest Android 9 Pie operating system. In terms of benchmark performance, the smartphone scored 1,914 points in the single-core test and 6,763 points in the multi-core test. The Honor Play (review) achieves similar scores on Android 8.1 Oreo currently, so the Android Pie update does appear to be well-optimized for the device at this stage.
Apart from the Honor Play, some other smartphones like the Honor 10 and the Honor View 10 will also begin receiving the Android Pie update starting this week. Huawei smartphones that have been confirmed to receive the Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 update from November 10 include the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 10 Porsche Design, and Mate RS Porsche Design. In addition to a revamped user-interface, EMUI 9.0 will come with faster app loading times as well as GPU Turbo 2.0 for more impressive gaming performance. Not many Android OEMs have started rolling out the Android Pie update for their smartphones, so it is certainly impressive that Huawei is updating not just its flagship models but also more affordable mid-range devices like the Honor Play.
If you own an Honor Play, you can expect to receive an update notification on your device within the next few days. Since the EMUI 9.0 update is a major one, the initial rollout will be limited to a small batch. The update is expected to become available for a larger user base within a week or so.