While the Honor Play runs on the same Kirin 970 processor found in Huawei and Honor flagships (Huawei P20/P20 Pro, Mate 10/10 Pro, Nova 3, and Honor 10), it is priced way below those smartphones (at only P15,990) and is designed for both casual and hardcore mobile gamers – the Honor Play is the company’s first device with GPU Turbo, which is designed for improved gaming performance by up to 60 percent and power efficiency by up to 30 percent. With a 6.3-inch FHD+ display (with a notch), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage, 3750mAh battery (with fast charging), 16MP selfie camera, and dual 16MP + 2MP rear cameras, the Honor Play is (as of this post) the best-spec’d smartphone under P20,000 (see specs comparison with similarly priced Nova 3i below). The Honor Play will launch on August 11 (see pre-order info and promo below). Starting August 13, it will also be available at Shopee and Lazada and in Honor physical stores (see list below).

Honor Play specs, Honor Play price, Honor Play review

Huawei Nova 3i Honor Play
Display 6.3-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi 6.3-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass protected IPS screen with 2340 x  1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU 2.2GHz 64-bit Kirin 710 octa-core processor 2.36GHz 64-bit Kirin 970 octa-core processor with NPU and i7 co-processor
GPU Mali-G51 MP4 with GPU Turbo Mali-G72 MP12 with GPU Turbo
Storage 128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Rear Camera/s 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP with PDAF, contrast focus, Master AI, and LED flash 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 with PDAF, CAF, and dual tone LED flash
Selfie Camera/s 24MP f/2.0+ 2MP with AF, Master AI, HDR Pro, and screen flash 16MP f/2.0
Battery and Charging 3,340mAh | Micro USB port 3,750mAh with fast charging
OS Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2
Connectivity WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 700MHz 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD, FM Radio, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, dual SIM (hybrid) WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE Cat 18, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, OTG, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic, pressure
Others Rear Fingerprint sensor, 3D face unlock Rear Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, USB Type-C, 7.1 channel Histen audio
Colors Black, Blue, Purple, Red Black, Blue
Dimensions 157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm 167.91 x 74.27 x 7.84 mm
Weight 169 g 176 g
Price PHP 15,990 PHP 15,990

Honor Play specs, Honor Play price, Honor Play review

AI-Enhanced Gaming Experience

AI 4D Smart Shock. The Honor Play offers an immersive 4D gaming experience (not just graphics and 3D audio effects) but vibrations driven by AI. The device will vibrate in 30 different scenarios according to both the direction of approaching enemies and gunfire in select games (you can feel a “kickback” when firing). The 4D AI vibration (and in-game notification mute) can be activated via gaming assistant. AI 4D Smart Shock covers 30 different gameplay scenarios and 10 modes and weaponry options.

AI 3D surround sound. The Honor Play’s Histen 3D audio technology gives gamers an ultra-wide 3D sound field, and this offers a cinematic experience with three modes: near, front and wide. This audio effect is supported by both wire earphones and headphones with 3D stereo effect.

Honor Play specs, Honor Play price, Honor Play review
Thanks to Peter Icogo of Gizguide for this pic.

Honor Play Pre-Order Promo

At the ‘Game with the Brave’ Event at SM City Fairview on August 11 (Saturday), 2018, customers (1) can pay a down-payment of P1,000 and (2) select a preferred PC Express branch to claim their Honor Play with FREE JBL Clip 2 starting August 13, by presenting their claim stub and receipt.

Pre-Order buyers of the Honor Play will get a FREE JBL Clip 2.
The JBL Clip 2 is your clip-on-to-anything (via a built-in carabiner), bring anywhere, pocketable, water-submersible, 8-hour playtime, wireless speaker with an echo and noise-cancelling speaker phone feature. Comes in black, blue, grey, red, and teal.

Honor Play Store List Nationwide

Metro Manila
· SM City North Edsa – Mediabox
· SM Megamall – PCX Mobile
· SM Mall of Asia – PC Express
· Ayala Malls Trinoma – Sienna Mobile
· Market! Market! – PC Express
· Robinsons Place Manila – MegaOne

North Luzon
· SM City Clark – Gentext
· SM City Olongapo – Mobile Extras
· SM City Tarlac – Digital Tunnel

South Luzon
· SM City Calamba – Greentelcom
· SM City Lipa – Greentelcom
· SM City Lucena – Greentelcom
· SM City Batangas – Presnet
· Robinsons Place Lipa – Skywaves
· Waltermart Tanauan – Presnet

· SM City Cebu- Aerophone
· SM City Iloilo – Aerophone
· Robinsons Tacloban – Cellcom

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