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Honor Play

From $250 From 15 470 ₽ From 9 225 ₴
Status: Archived. The price dropped by 22%.
Announced: July 2018.OS: Android 8.1 Oreo → 9 Pie. VDRD caring review: It is better not to buy!
  • Screen 6.3" IPS LCD
  • Rear сamera 16 MP 2 modules
  • Selfie camera 16 MP Wide
  • CPU 8 cores Kirin 970
  • Memory 4/6 GB RAM
  • Storage 64 GB ROM
  • Memory cards up to 256 GB microSD
  • Battery 3 750 mAh
  • Thickness 7.5 mm
  • Sim Cards 2 items dual sim
All characteristics

Short description Honor Play

This is a smartphone on Android 8.1 Oreo with a very fast and productive processor, with a huge touchscreen size, with a great camera that has 2 modules (16 MP, 2 MP Depth sensor), and the front camera here turned out to be very high quality, which can make beautiful selfies. And Honor Play has such features: a slot for two SIM cards, cut-out notch above the screen (so that a selfie camera, speakers and additional sensors are placed there).

Versions: For China.

Disclaimer. The table shows the main technical characteristics of the device. For a full list of features and capabilities of this model, see the manufacturer’s website. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

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Important update: this model is updated to Android version 9 Pie.
Check the availability of the update version in your region on the manufacturer’s website.

Android version and market relevance

The long-awaited announcement of a new smartphone from the manufacturer Honor, which took place in July 2018 (in our catalog you can see all smarphones of 2018). This is a new model Honor Play — dual smartphone works on Android 8.1 Oreo, which can be updated to version 9 Pie.

And let’s look at an important function — the availability of 5G networks support in a smartphone. Honor Play has not received support for 5G networks, but this does not mean that this model is bad and does not deserve your attention. Look at all the features of this smartphone and its price. It is possible that you will like it very much and will be suitable for purchase today. And after one or two years, when you choose the next new smartphone, then on the page of all 5G smartphones in our catalog you will see hundreds of smartphones from many manufacturers at different prices.

Screen, body and battery

The most important thing you need to know about the case and form factor Honor Play. The body is quite compact and the screen occupies almost all of its area from edge to edge (from 80% to 90% of the area of the case). There is a cutout above the screen to take up even more space on the front of the case. As you have seen in the photo, here is the usual rectangular cutout for a selfie camera. On the front side of the case is located huge IPS LCD-screen with diagonal 6.3″. At the same time, a battery with a capacity of 3 750 mAh.

Main camera and selfie camera

On the back of the smartphone is a good main camera with multiple lenses (dual camera smartphones): 16 MP with a regular lens + 2 MP Depth sensor. In addition to the main camera, which is very important, it is also worth paying attention to the quality of the pictures from the front camera. And here at this model the front-seat camera has one lens: 16 MP Wide, which is very good. And to appreciate the quality of this camera, look at examples of photos and videos taken with it.

Processor and Internal Memory

The more cores the smartphone processor has, the faster it works. Of course, do not forget that the applications should be optimized for the version of Android. But if we are talking about technical characteristics, then the processor here 8-core on the chipset HiSilicon Kirin 970. RAM 4 GB, but if you want, you can buy a version of this smartphone on 6 GB of RAM and, perhaps it will work faster.

Built-in memory for storing different data (photo, video, applications, music, etc.) here 64 GB. Do not forget that the update of the software version will be available for your smartphone, and for this you need to download it first, and if the space is not enough, it will not be able to update. Therefore, we advise you before buying to think about how much internal memory you need.

If we scared you just in the context of the built-in memory, then do not worry, because Honor Play supports memory cards microSD with the maximum volume 256 GB. And this means that you can store all photos and videos with music on the memory card.

Price for Honor Play: buy or not to buy?

The smartphone Honor Play got into our price segment “Below average smartphones from $200 to $300” and began to be sold in August 2018 at a price of $250. Evaluation of the characteristics, probably, you have already folded, and if not, here is our result. Honor Play is a very smart smartphone with a huge screen and a cool main camera, and the front camera at it turned out simply smart. And to all this we add that the battery here is absolutely normal.

Is it worth buying now this model of the smartphone, we are talking about our status “Droid-or-Junk”. Of course, at the beginning of sales, almost every smartphone becomes a Droid, and we advise buying such models. But over time, the situation is changing, no one updates the Android version in the smartphone, and in six months or a year this smartphone can already become a Junk. In this case, we advise you to go to the DROID smartphones page in our catalog, where we always show the most current models on sale for today. There are variants from different price segments, so you will have plenty to choose from.

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6 June 2018

Announced another gaming smartphone - Honor Play 2018

The mobile games industry continues to grow, so smartphone manufacturers also want to earn some money on this and release new smartphones for this. These models have improved hardware and software features to fully unlock the potential of mobile games in the user’s hands. So, we are what — we announced a new gaming smartphone Honor Play with AI-algorithms (for games), video accelerator Mali-G72MP12, which can be overclocked, and improved vibration feedback.

Honor Play
Game smartphone Honor Play announced in 2018

By characteristics, by the way, Honor Play (2018) is not a flagship, if you suddenly so immediately decided. This is a good smartphone with a typical performance: an extended 6.3-inch screen with a cut-out (resolution 2340×1080 pixels, aspect ratio 19.5: 9), a Kirin 970 chipset, a built-in memory of 64 GB + a memory card up to 256 GB, two RAM options 4/6 GB, the main dual camera 16 + 2 megapixel with flash, the front camera received a module of 16 megapixels. The connectors in the Honor Play are such: USB Type-C 2.0 and 3.5 mm for headphones. There is a battery with a capacity of 3750 mAh, a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel.

The smartphone «out of the box» is running Android 8.1 Oreo with the proprietary shell of the manufacturer EMUI 8.2. The price for Honor Play in 2018 after the start of official sales will be 1999 yuan (in China) or $320 in other markets.

Source: Honor

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