Just right after receiving confirmation that the much-anticipated Honor Play is indeed launching in the Philippines this August 11, we also received quite a shocking bit of information along with the device’s full list of specs and features – it’s price.
The Honor Play is by its name, a gaming-focused device, and sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ FullView display, and is powered by a Kirin 970 SoC. Yes, that’s the same flagship grade chip that powers the Nova 3, the Mate 10 Series, the P20 and the P20 Pro. It comes with the new GPU Turbo technology, which touted to raise performance in graphically demanding applications.
With GPU Turbo, graphics processing efficiency is increased by up to 60%, while actually reducing the SoC energy consumption by 30%, in a breakthrough balancing act of performance and efficiency.
The device is also loaded with AI-features to add to the gaming experience, such as AI 4D Smart Shock, which makes the device vibrate according to what is happening in selected games, and AI 3D surround sound which utilizes Histen 3D audio technology to deliver an ultra-wide 3D sound field, and can be set to three modes. It works with both wired and wireless headphones.
For imaging, the Honor Play has an AI-assisted 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera system, which can smartly optimize itself for 500+ different scenarios and 22 objects in real time. Add to that, AI Motion Detection and Image Stabilization. Up front is a 16MP snapper with AI Portrait Mode and 3D Portrait Lighting.
There’s 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of on-board storage, expandable with a microSD card. The device runs on EMUI 8.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, and packs a 3,750mAh battery. Other features include a USB-C port and aptX HD.
|Processor||Kirin 970 (Octa-Core)|
|Storage||Up to 64GB (Expandable)|
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ 19.5:9|
|Rear Camera||16MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)|
|Front Camera||16MP (f/2.0)|
|OS||Android 8.1 with EMUI 8.2|
|Other Features||GPU Turbo|
|AI Scene Detection|
|AI Portrait Mode|
|AI 4D Smart Shock|
|AI 3D surround sound|
|AI Motion Detection|
|AI Image Stabilization|
Pricing and Availability
Now the most awaited, and this time, shocking part. The Honor Play is priced at (brace yourselves) PhP15,990! that’s seriously a killer price if you ask me. What they made here, is the most affordable flagship to date. How they were able to do this, is just beyond me.
The Honor Play will come in Black and Blue colors, and will be available at the following stores, Shopee and Lazada starting August 13, 2018.
- 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
- SM City Clark – Gentext
- SM City Olongapo – Mobile Extras
- SM City Tarlac – Digital Tunnel
- 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
So how do you get it? you can pre-order one on August 11, 2018, at the launch event in SM Fairview. All you have to do is make a PhP1,000 deposit, and then claim your phone on your selected PC Express branch starting August 13, 2018 upon settling the remaining balance. You’ll also get JBL Clip 2 Bluetooth speaker for FREE!