Honor Play global release announced: Focused on mobile gaming and multimedia

Honor is Huawei's brand for younger people and with the rise of high end gaming on smartphones, the new Honor Play is targeted to offer an enhanced gaming and entertainment experience.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

The Honor Play was first revealed in Asia at the beginning of this month. At IFA in Berlin, Honor announced the launch of this gaming phone around the world.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9, see our full review, recently launched with a partnership with Fortnite as gaming on a lovely, large display device was a great demonstration of its power and the glorious large Samsung display. While enterprise users aren't necessarily gaming on their work phones, pushing these mobile devices to handle high end graphics leads to further enhancements in mobile devices with AR, VR, and heat management.

The Honor Play is powered by a high end Kirin 970 processor and Honor's new GPU Turbo. The new GPU Turbo is advertised at providing an average frame rate of 40 on PUBG Mobile while allowing up to 4.5 hours of gameplay. AI vibration is also part of the experience so you can 'feel' the game.


  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 970 octa-core
  • Display: 6.3 inch 2160x1080 pixels resolution
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.0
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB internal with microSD expansion card slot
  • Cameras: Rear 16 megapixel f/2.2 and 2 megapixel f/2.4 aperture cameras. Front 16 megapixel with f/2.0 aperture
  • Battery: 3750 mAh
  • Wireless connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm and 176 grams
  • Colors: Ultra Violet, Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Player Edition Red, Player Edition Black

While most manufacturers, including Huawei, have removed the 3.5mm headset jack from its flagships and focused on wireless headphones, the Honor Play has a 3.5mm audio port.

Honor is clearly focused on the gaming and multimedia experience with the GPU Turbo being a major asset of this phone. It is reported to increase efficiency by 60 percent and reduce SoC energy consumption by 30 percent. 3D audio and the 4D Smart Shock vibration are designed to help you engage more closely with the gaming experience.

Pricing and availability information will be revealed shortly.

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