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Honor Play : Launched on 6th August 2018 (india)
Selling at Amazon
Price : 19,999 inr
It uses nearly the same hardware as seen premium tier smartphone such as the Honor View 10 or the Honor 10, but it has a price tag lower than both of them. The device has been launched in China as a gaming phone and this is mostly because of the massive e-Sports scene in the country.
Build and Design:
The Honor Play just looks different from other Honor phones thanks to the full-metal unibody design. The Honor 10 launched before it sported a glass back, and every recent Honor device we have seen, such as the 9 Lite, the 9N, also sport a glass back. The Honor Play’s curved edges and metallic frame gave me a good grip on the device, something that is quite needed for a phone that is centered around gaming.
The phone has FHD+ 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The phone has dimensions of 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm which is nearly the same as that of the Honor 10.
The Honor Play has a vibrant, colourful and pleasing display. The 6.3-inch screen has an LCD panel, but I find that it still keeps up with an OLED panel on say the OnePlus 6. The big screen also means that the viewing experience on the device is quite appealing. The text on the phone was sharp and crisp. I viewed video content on the phone using different angles and there seemed to be no noticeable colour shift. The phone can also get sufficiently bright in sunny conditions and also pretty dim at night time.
Software and OS:
To my immense relief, I found that Honor’s software issues have been put to bed. Huawei’s custom EMUI 8.2 skin is overlaid upon Android 8.1 Oreo and even though I’m a person who prefers stock Android, I felt that EMUI was not too bad either.
Performance is something that has been mentioned quite a lot for the Honor Play. But don’t get fooled by it. What the Honor Play is really marketed as is a gaming phone. As mentioned before, in China, the phone is being sold as a gaming device due to the huge eSports industry there. But how good is the gaming experience on this phone? Short answer: For its price, quite impressive.