Highlights: Honor Play launches in India with GPU Turbo, AI camera, and more
Honor Play launched in India today. The new gaming-focused phone comes with Kirin 970 processor and GPU Turbo for better gaming experience.
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Huawei’s online-only brand Honor launched a new smartphone in India today. Called Honor Play, the new phone is aimed at gaming enthusiasts. The smartphone comes with top-of-the-line specifications and will compete with the likes of OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy S9.
The phone is available in two colour options: Midnight Black and Navy Blue. Honor Play comes in two variants - 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 23,999 respectively. ALSO READ: Honor Play: First impressions
Here are the highlights from the Honor Play India launch event.
Honor Play: Price, availability
Honor Play is available in two variants - 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The two variants are priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 23,999 respectively. The phone will go on sale in India via Amazon India at 4pm today.
Honor Play: Design
It has a slim 7.48mm body and retains 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone has a 19:5:9 display. The phone is available in Midnight Black and Navy Blue.
Honor Play: Software
The phone runs on Android Oreo-based custom EMUI OS. It has 3D facial recognition. The company also announced the launch of Hi Touch, an AI shopping feature. Essentially, customers can point the camera at an item and look up on Amazon.
Honor Play: iPhone X-like portrait mode
The phone comes with studio lighting, similar to Apple’s iPhone X. It has several AR filters. There’s also an AI-enabled gallery, which can categorise photos based on people, location and more, similar to Google Photos. Users can also search photos in the gallery.
Honor Play: Low-light photography
The phone will soon get an AI stablisation mode. The company claims the mode will help users take better photos in low-light without using a tripod.
Honor Play: AI Camera
Honor Play comes with 16MP + 2MP camera with AI capabilities. It comes with 22 object categories and over 500 scenarios to detect using the AI on-board.
Honor Play: Games
The phone comes with 3D audio feature for gaming. It has a gaming suite as well.
Honor Play: RAM, Battery, Dual-SIM
Honor Play comes with 3,750mAh battery with fast charge support. It has dual-SIM (dual VoLTE). It has top-end 6GB RAM.
Honor Play: Dedicated NPU, GPU Turbo
Aimed at improving performance on the phone, a dedicated NPU helps improving battery efficiency. The GPU Turbo allows better gaming experience on the phone. The technology also helps improve average frame per second without draining a lot of battery. Honor says GPU Turbo allows users to play games for longer sessions than any other phone.
Honor Play: Fast
Honor Play comes with Kirin 970 processor. The chipset has been designed and developed in-house and is a top-end processor from Huawei. Kirin 970 is also touted as the world’s first chipset with Artificial Intelligence capabilities.
The launch event kicks off with the company showcasing the recent phones in the Honor lineup.
Honor Play: Gaming focused
Honor Play will be aimed at gaming enthusiasts. The phone comes with GPU Turbo which is said to improve graphics processing efficiency by 60% and reducing SoC (System on Chip) energy consumption by 30%