honor Play: A gaming smartphone made on a budget
Earlier today, honor held its regional launch of the honor Play, the brand's first attempt at a gaming smartphone, in Malaysia. It's is expected to go head-to-head with the other gaming smartphone brands on the market, such as Razer, Xiaomi, and ASUS. Surprisingly, it even has the hardware to show for it.
Specs-wise, the honor Play is similar to the brand's other current flagship smartphone, the honor 10. It runs on last year's Kirin 970 SoC, and it even features the same neural-network processing unit (NPU) and AI-centric technology. The phone also sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
What sets the honor Play apart from other phones is the inclusion of the brand's GPU Turbo technology. What GPU Turbo does is to enhance the SoC's GPU performance by approximately 60 percent, while reducing energy the phone's energy consumption by 30 percent. In theory, this increase in efficiency would give mobile gamers longer hours of gaming, as well as improve the gaming experience of the title the person is playing.
The phone comes in both a 4GB and 6GB RAM configuration, however a quick conversation with honor revealed the brand only intends to bring in the variant with 6GB RAM. The honor Play also comes with 64GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB via microSD card), and a 3750mAh non-removable battery.
It's pretty obvious that photography isn't the highlight of the honor Play's. The main camera only sports a dual 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 array, while its front-facing camera is fitted with a single 16MP f/2.0 sensor. Finally, the honor Play also has a fast-recognition fingerprint sensor built into the its back.
The honor Play will be available starting 10 August 2018, and will retail for RM1249. You can purchase the phone via authorised resellers. It will also be available for purchase via honor's e-commerce partners, which include Shopee, Lazada, and 11Street.