Huawei today launched the Honor Play in India at an event held in New Delhi earlier today. The Honor Play was launched in China in June this year, featuring a 19.5:9 display and a dual camera setup. During the China launch, Honor also took the wraps off a new feature called GPU Turbo which helps improve the performance while reducing battery consumption.
In addition to the hardware features, Honor also revealed details about the new EMUI 8.2 update. The latest version of Honor's custom skin comes with AI features like object and scene recognition, 3D Facial recognition and AI-based Face Unlock.
The Honor Play is being pitted against upcoming phones like the Mi A2, and existing devices like the Nokia 7 Plus.
One of the main highlights of the Honor Play is its 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) LCD display with a notch on top where it houses the front camera and the earpiece.
Powering the Honor Play is an octa-core Kirin 970 chipset with a Mali G72 GPU, supported by an NPU and GPU Turbo. Honor has not compromised in terms of memory and storage either - the Honor Play comes in 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM options, with 64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. Interestingly enough, despite featuring UFS, Honor has also included support for microSD cards up to 256GB.
In terms of imaging, the Honor Play features a 16MP + 2MP rear camera setup, with PDAF, EIS, and a f/2.2 aperture for the main 16MP sensor. On the front, it houses a 16MP f/2.0 camera.
The Honor Play runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and comes with Huawei's EMUI 8.2 on top.
Other features of the Honor Play include a fingerprint sensor, Dual 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone features a USB Type C port on the bottom. It is backed by a 3,750mAh battery and comes with fast charging support as well.
The Honor Play comes in two variants - 4GB and 6GB, both with 64GB internal storage. The 4GB variant of Honor Play is priced at Rs. 19,999 while the 6GB variant costs Rs. 23,999. The phone comes in two color options - Navy Blue and Midnight Black.