Honor Play launched in India with Kirin 970: Hands On review

Honor Play

Huawei and its sub-brand Honor, has kept all the media houses buzzing with launches of new phones stacked one after the other. This time Huawei announced Honor Play, the smartphone is set to give flagship performance in a mid-range budget. While not compromising on Camera and battery.

Price and Availability

The Honor Play has been launched in India, the Smartphone will be an Amazon exclusive smartphone with Sale starting from 6th August 4 pm onwards on the Website and Apps of the E-commerce giant. The smartphone has a sturdy metal design and will be available in 2 color options being Blue and Black.

The Honor play price starts from 19,999 for the 4+64Gb variant and 23,999 for the 6+64GB variant.


The new phone sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a notch on top. Under the hood, It is powered by the top-end Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC that is paired with 4/6GB Ram options with 64Gb internal storage. The phone has a 3750 mAh lithium polymer battery and supports Fast charging.

Honor Play

On the Camera front, the smartphone has dual rear camera setup at the rear end, with the primary 16-megapixel sensor sporting a f/2.2 aperture, and the secondary 2-megapixel sensor sporting a f/2.4 aperture. At the front, features a 16-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture.

The Honor Play comes with EMUI 8 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, with Fingerprint sensor at the back and a support of the Facial detection.

Hands-On Review


The smartphone features an Enormous 6.3-inch display. Which feels a tad bigger than the Oneplus 6 due to a chin with Honor branding on it. The device sports a metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner placed precisely at the back. The phone has a perfect size for a good gaming experience with the display being crisp enough.

Honor Play

The Honor play is prone to heating due to its metal body. The tallness of the phone may feel an issue for people who like small phones. But an average gamer might like the size as it gives them a bigger display to play on.

Metal back on the smartphone is a premium version of the one used by Xiaomi on the Mi 6X. While the LCD panel is the premium version to seen in P20 lite but not very premium.


The Honor play has Kirin 970 chipset with 4/6GB RAM at heart. This is a flagship processor from Huawei earlier scene on Huawei p20 pro, Honor 10 and Nova 3. The phone with Advanced NPU can easily run any App lag-less. While Playing PUBG, we can play smoothly even at HDR setting on Ultra fast frame rate.

Honor Play

The phone gives a pretty high score on Antutu benchmarks similar to the scores of the device running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. Snap 835 was the flagship processor used in 2017 flagship smartphones.

Kirin processors are well-optimized for battery performance, A huge 3750 mAh battery makes it even better. The phone will easily hold Charge up to 12 hours on heavy gaming and more than a day on regular usage.


Huawei has never failed to impress users with its camera performance, the 16+2mp combination might seem a lower version. But this is the same module the company has been using in the other phones regardless of the budget they fall in. With Huawei’s feature of 68-different scene mode and AI-powered camera, the camera performance of the smartphone is not compromised a single bit.

Honor Play

Camera sample of Honor Play

Honor Play

Camera samples of Honor Play

The Rear camera might be one of the best available in the segment and is neck to neck to the Huawei’s Nova 3I camera which is a Camera-centric smartphone. But, the Same can’t be said for the front camera. The Nova 3i packs a Dual camera as compared to the single shooter in the Honor Play.

While the front cam is not bad though it is not the best but performs well in special lighting. We weren’t able to use the camera in Low-light but it should perform well there too. The Facial detection is based on the Front camera and is pretty fast.


The smartphone can be said to worth every buck it costs, at a price of Rs 19,999 for the 4GB variant and Rs 23,999 for the 6GB variant. The phone is a real powerhouse with a flagship processor, As compared to the other companies pitching a mid-tier Qualcomm 400-series and 600-series in the price range.

This is currently the best phone available in the price range. In the eyes of an Average gamer, this phone is just Eutopia. This makes the market for much-awaited smartphones such as Mi A2 and Nokia 6.1 plus more challenging.



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