13 August 2018
Honor has launched a gaming-centric smartphone – Honor Play that features the company’s first “revolutionary” GPU Turbo technology. Before announcing the smartphone that features it, the company detailed what the GPU Turbo technology actually is. As the name would have suggested you, the term has to do something with the GPU and you guessed it right that this could only be about making it efficient and better.
According to the company, the GPU Turbo is special because it dramatically increases the graphics' processing efficiency in the smartphone, thereby helping it to churn out the best performance while playing games. The GPU Turbo runs heavier graphics intensive games without going hard on the battery of the smartphones and Honor Play is the first to feature this. With its virtues, the Honor Play directly competes with the new Asus ROG Phone, Xiaomi’s Black Shark, and Nubia Red Magic.
The Honor Play adopts the notch trend and features a 6.3-inch FullHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The gaming smartphone supports 3D sound effects for games as well as 7.1-channel Histen sound.
It’s powered by Kirin 970 SoC with a dedicated NPU filled with AI capabilities. This adds more value to this gaming smartphone that is already featuring a new tech for enhancing the overall experience. The processor is accompanied by 4GB/6GB RAM with 64GB storage.
The Honor Play features a 16MP+2MP dual camera setup at the back which supports AI recognition and can detect over 500 scenes. The front snapper which is 16MP also supposedly features AI tech. Honor claims that the battery can last for 1.5 days even on heavy usage on the phone.
- 6.3-inch (2340 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ LCD 19:5:9 2.5D curved glass display, 85% NTSC color gamut
- Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970, i7 co-processor, NPU, GPU Turbo (Mali-G72 MP12 GPU)
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 64GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.2
- Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
- 16MP rear camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, CAF, secondary 2MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture
- 16MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
- 3.5mm audio jack, 7.1-channel Histen audio
- Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
- 3750mAh (battery with fast charging
There's a special limited cool edition as well with a special back design that will go on sale in July at 2499 Yuan ($390). The price of the standard Honor Play starts at 1999 Yuan ($312) for the 4GB + 64GB variant. The 6GB + 64GB variant will cost 2399 Yuan ($375).
The regular editions go on sale on June 11 in China. One more thing, you get a free TPU case inside the box as well.