Gaming centric Honor Play & Honor 9i launched: Read Everything You Need To Know

Honor enters the gaming arena in the smartphone world

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Lately, a number of phone manufacturers are discovering a newfound interest in gaming. So far this year, BlackShark and Razer have launched smartphones with the hardware and specifications tuned more for performing gaming duties smoothly more than anything else.

And now, Honor is vying for a space in this exclusive segment of smartphones. The sub-brand of Huawei, Honor has launched a game-centric smartphone, Honor Play, today in China. To get an important point out of the way, there is currently no information of this phone’s availability outside of China. But clearly, it would make sense for the company to eventually sell it in other markets as well.


This smartphone is quite interestingly put together with some of the best components that Honor can find in its bag, and that too at a competitive price tag. The Honor Play is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, which is Huawei’s most powerful yet, and gets a GPU Turbo feature to boost performance especially while gaming.

Honor Play dual camera

And making the gaming experience thoroughly enjoyable is the humongous 6.3-inch display delivering the Full HD+ resolution (1080p x 2280p). Furthermore, there’s Histen audio to provide 3D surround sound as well as emulate 7.1 virtual surround sound.

Along with the Kirin 970, there’s a choice of GB RAM option and a 6 GB RAM option. In both cases, the internal storage is 64 GB. There’s Android Oreo 8.1 onboard topped with EMUI 8.2, a 3750 mAh battery and a dual camera with 16 MP + 2 MP combination. The main camera also gets the AI assistance for scene recognition. At the front, there’s a 16 MP camera with Portrait lighting.

Honor Play design

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The price is CNY 2,000 (which translates to around Rs 19,999) for the 4 GB RAM model whereas the price for the 6 GB RAM model is CNY 2,400 (which translates to around Rs 23,999).


Honor 9i is another handset which is launched at an even lower starting price tag of CNY 1,400 (4 GB RAM & 64 GB storage).

Honor 9i dual camera

The handset is powered by Kirin 659 (already experienced in Honor 7X and Honor 9 Lite), but it also gets the GPU Turbo feature to accelerate the performance while gaming. The main dual camera has a combination of 13 MP + 2 MP lenses while the front gets a 16 MP camera with AI for improved selfies.

Honor 9i display

The battery is a 3,000 mAh unit while the OS is the Android Oreo 8.0 along with EMUI 8.0. The price for the 4 GB RAM & 128 storage variant is CNY 1,700.

Keep watching this space as we bring more information about the handsets’ availability in other markets.

Images credits: Weibo

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