After providing great smartphones from mid-range to high-end, Huawei is all set for a new vertical. The company has launched its first gaming smartphone named Honor Play in China earlier this month. The smartphone comes with the high-end specs and features suitable for gamers. However, the phone was only launched in China by the company and yet to launch globally. Huawei Honor Play is said to be beast in the gaming smartphone market that comes with some serious hardware support. The company is already known for offering the latest technology in its devices, so it won't be a shocker if Honor Play provides something that you have never seen before. With the new smartphone, Huawei will be competing with recently launched OnePlus Black Shark, Razor Phone and upcoming Asus ROG.
Without continuing the suspense let's go through Huawei Honor Play’s details and find out, will it be able to stand against the competitors or not?
What do you expect from a flagship smartphone that is made for hardcore gaming? A big display with almost zero bezels, sleek design for gaming or crafted from gamer’s perspective. If that’s the case then you should be happy, Huawei Honor 10 got all of these and even much more than you expect. The smartphone comes with a unibody metal design that is crafted over an aluminum frame. The front side of the phone is fullscreen that contains a notch at the top. To give an extreme gaming experience, the screen covers the full front leaving only a very thin chin at the bottom with the company’s name. Honor Play is 7.5mm thick that makes it 0.5 mm thinner than Asus ROG, the Huawei smartphone is much more comfortable while holding in hands. At the back of the phone, you will find rear dual camera accompanied by a flash and fingerprint sensor. The position of the fingerprint sensor is ideal for the users, it is easily reachable.
The bezel-less phone is one of most good looking gaming device that I have ever seen. Unlike Asus ROG it doesn't have gamers look instead it owns a design of a regular smartphone. The smartphone sport a 6.3inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. Huawei has made Honor Play with 19.5:9 ratio to reach the 83% screen to body ratio.
In Spite of using the most common Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, Huawei sticks to its Hisilicon Kirin 970. The company’s preferred chipset is powerful enough to challenge the latest gaming smartphones in the market. The chipset of Huawei Honor Play is backed up by Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) processor. Honor Play comprises 4/6 GB RAM and 64GB internal storage to support the processing unit. The storage of the phone is expandable up to 256GB that uses the SIM slot 2.
The smartphone came with pretty strong hardware support but compared to Asus ROG it still lags behind. Where ROG has 8GB RAM and 512GB storage, Honor Play stands with only 6GB RAM and competitively less storage. Not to mention the clock speed of ROG’s processor that makes the uninterrupted gaming experience possible even on high graphics games. Now coming to the camera, the smartphone comprises a (16MP+2MP) dual rear camera that comes with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama and all essential camera features. With Huawei Honor Play , you will be getting a 16MP front camera that is capable of capturing quality selfies.
There is a 3750 mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery that is enough for the smartphone to provide a long gaming session.
Honor Play was exclusively launched by the company in China this month. The phone isn't available in any other country for now, so if you want it, then you need to import it from China. The Huawei smartphone costs 2,418 CNY that is roughly $378. Huawei may launch the phone globally in August with a different name.
Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.Follow