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The mid-range price segment is one of the most interesting smartphone categories in the Indian market. A number of handset manufacturers are fighting in this competitive smartphone space to gain a good market share. However, only a handful of these smartphone brands are actually working towards offering products that don't compromise on performance and offer some real value for money deal to end-users. One such brand is Honor that has always pushed the boundaries of mobile technology and has produced some absolute powerhouses.
Honor recently introduced Honor Play smartphone for Indian users. The smartphone is an absolute gem for game-related tasks, thanks to the underlying GPU Turbo tech technology. Besides, Honor Play also offers a lot more to users in other important departments such as processing and multitasking, camera, software, and security.
Honor Play was launched at just Rs. 19,990 for 4GB RAM & 64GB ROM variant and has created a new record by selling out on Amazon in a record-breaking time of 20 seconds. This is due to the fact that the smartphone is designed to deliver maximum performance at a phenomenal and reasonable price-point. And how does Honor Play manage to achieve such paramount performance without burning a hole in your pocket? Let's find out.
GPU Turbo tech to deliver seamless gaming experience
Let's start with gaming aspect which truly proves the mobile device's mettle in performance department. As you must be aware of the fact that the gaming performance is dependent on the device's underlying Graphical Processing Unit (GPU), it becomes very important for a smartphone to have a powerful GPU unit for a seamless gameplay delivery.
Honor Play excels in the very department as the handset comes equipped with a powerful GPU- Mali G72 MP12 that smoothly renders heavy graphics on the FullView display. The smartphone also comes with ingenious GPU Turbo Technology, especially designed to address the needs of avid mobile gamers.
GPU Turbo accelerates gaming response of the handset by optimizing the software and hardware resources. In pure technical numbers, the GPU Turbo enhances graphics processing efficiency by up to 60 percent while overall SoC power consumption is saved by 30 percent. With GPU Turbo, Honor Play is able to recognize user's gaming style, recognize the gaming scenario of team battles, take into account the use of special skills and offer intelligent feedback for console level gaming experience on smartphone.
AI enabled flagship chipset and ample RAM for lag-free processing and multitasking
Gaming is just one aspect of Honor Play that has impressed us. The smartphone is also a powerhouse when it comes to regular processing and multitasking tasks. Honor Play is powered by the company'sin-house flagship Kirin 970 AI processor that is built on the 10nm manufacturing process and integrates 5.5 billion transistors in a single square centimeter. The CPU is also fitted with"Neural Processing Unit" that specializes in the acceleration of Machine Learning (ML) algorithms and takes care of AI related tasks.
The duo enables better overall performance while running complex number crunching tasks. In simple words, the AI enabled CPU+NPU unit is better at everything you do on your smartphone, be it photo-video editing, web browsing, camera usage, battery performance, calling/messaging and other regular tasks.
The multitasking performance on Honor Play is also zippy as the handset comes in flagship 4GB and 6GB RAM configurations. While you can easily find many smartphones with 4GB and 6GB RAM configurations, the kind of RAM and storage they use restricts them in delivering a lag free performance. Honor Play usesFLAGSHIP LPDDR4x RAM and UFS2.1 ROM (built-in storage), which is the best-in-the industry and makes everything smooth and jitter free in everyday routine.
Moreover, the smartphone also comes with Hi Touch, a machine-learning based AI feature that allows for smart shopping. Honor Play users can simply point the camera at an item and look up on e-commerce websites like Amazon.in to find out more about any product. This makes the shopping experience simple and futuristic at the same time.
Crisp Full HD+ Display and 3D sound effect for immersive viewing experience
A good screen plays a very important role to ensure an immersive viewing experience on any smartphone. Honor Play excels in the display department as the smartphone sports a 6.3-inchFullViewNOTCH display that offers a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. With a pixel density of about 409ppi spread across the 19.5:9 aspect ratio, the FullView display results in crisp video playback and immersive game-play sessions.
Also, users can experience the feel of being in the game itself with 3D sound effect of Honor Play. The colors also look vibrant and natural as the screen coves 85% of NTSC color gamut. You can also use the Honor Play comfortably in direct sunlight as the good brightness levels ensure brilliant sunlight visibility.
Android Oreo based EMUI 8.1
Honor Play runs on Android 8.1 based EMUI 8.2 UI. It is one of the most feature rich user interface deployed over Android software. Huawei in-house UI is feature rich and comes loaded with a number of useful software features. You can choose between standard app drawer UI and simple user interface where every application is placed on home screens. The custom skin also has useful features like One-key Split Screen function to offers faster multi-management experience, App Twin that allows you to login to two different accounts for the same app at the same time.
The UI also enables Face unlock and comes with an intelligent AI Gallery that makes it possible to classify pictures on basis of time, location, holiday, and birthday etc. This makes Honor Play efficient and fun to use.
Impressive AI enabled dual-lens rear camera setup
To ensure best-in-class camera performance, Honor Play features a 16MP+2MP Dual AI rear camera setup. The camera features EIS and AIS is also injected with artificial intelligence power that gives Honor Play the ability to quickly understand the shooting scene to improve the final image output.
The AI camera on Honor Play identifies 22 different categories and 500 more scenarios in real-time It then optimizes the camera settings such as saturation, contrast and white balance to create a better final image output. The camera also gives you full control to tweak important settings in Pro mode such as ISO, exposure, white balance, etc. to derive the required image output.
As far as front-facing camera is concerned, Honor Play sports a 16MP selfie camera that works on 2.0µm pixels. The selfie camera offers software driven bokeh effect and utilizes the power of machine learning to help you experiment with five different studio-like portraits to enhance your selfie game.
Smart Face Unlock
In addition to capture crisp selfies, the front-facing camera on Honor Play also performs one very useful feature to ensure security of your device. The front-facing camera and accompanied sensors enable safe and fast face unlocking on Honor Play. As the smartphone is also equipped with intelligent machine learning algorithms, AI lets the face unlock adapt various lighting conditions and small changes of your face to unlock it more accurately.
Moreover, the AI algorithms also take extreme care of your content security. The AI secures your notifications and don't reveal them on the locked screen if anyone else bypass the face unlock. Honor Play will only reveal the notifications when the smartphone recognizes your face by analyzing the data with its secured database.
Fast charging support
Last but not the least;Honor Play also solves your battery issues. The smartphone is backed by a powerful 3,750 mAh battery unit, which is coupled with fast charging technology to ensure continues and long-lasting usage. You can immerse yourself in long gaming sessions and can stream videos on a stretch without worrying about battery dying quickly. When the 3,750 mAh battery is running out of fuel, simply plug in the fast charger and experience unmatched charging speeds in real-time.
Summing up all, we can say that Honor Play covers all important aspects of a performance driven smartphone to offer a flagship user experience in a reasonable price-point. If performance is what matters for you most, Honor Play is worth every penny you spend on the handset.