Honor Play launched as New Gaming Smartphone with GPU Turbo

A Mid-Range Gaming Machine


Gaming is huge in the smartphone world, and the Honor Play has launched in the footsteps of handsets like the ASUS ROG and the Razer Phone. Gaming phones are officially a hot trend at the moment, and Honor’s new handset is definitely part of that movement.

One of the big draws of smartphones initially was the ability to play games on the go. While early titles were fairly simple, things have progressed quickly. You can now play ports of console games on your smartphone with the hardware improving each year. The Honor Play was announced in China today, and it’s shaping up to be a smartphone to watch.

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Honor Play Specifications

The Honor Play is a sharp looking handset, but for gamers, it’s all about the horsepower and display. The smartphone comes with a Kirin 970 processor under the hood, a chip with plenty of power. The company is offering two variants when it comes to RAM as well with a 4GB and 6GB model, but the storage capacity is 64GB on both devices.

Power is provided by a 3,750mAh battery which is ample but not best in class. It should get you through the day (in most cases) and comes with Oreo Android 8.1 with the EMUI interface on top. As for the cameras, it has a 16MP/2MP camera combo on the rear while the front-facing camera is 16MP. The display is large at 6.3-inches but will disappoint some as its only 2,280 x 1,080.

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As with all great smartphones, the Play has a fingerprint scanner which is located on the back. Thankfully it is dead in the middle, so you don’t have to worry about odd sensor placement on this handset. Other features to note include the usual array of connectivity options and a sweet sound system from Histen which features 3D audio.  Throw in a haptic feedback setup that’s deemed 4K, and you’ve got a solid gaming device.

GPU Turbo

While the Honor Play specifications are sound, the graphics are going to get a boost from a new feature exclusive to the company. It’s called GPU Turbo, and it’s geared to save battery life and improve performance through GPU acceleration and optimization. Nobody has been able to put that to the test just yet, but the company claims it’s capable of increasing the performance by up to 60% on mid-range handsets.

That’s impressive and would definitely give a boost to handsets that struggle with hardcore games. The Honor Play shouldn’t have that issue with the Kirin 970 and 6GB of RAM, so you can expect this phone to fly. You can also expect this tech to show up on other phones from the company down the line as it won’t be limited to this series or smartphone.

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Honor Play Pricing and Availability

While the Play can’t quite measure up to the Razer phone or the Black Shark, it’s not meant to go toe-to-toe with those handsets. The Honor Play is a mid-range gaming phone, which means it the price tag is not unreasonable. In fact, it’s rather affordable given the size and power of the device.

At the moment, the Honor Play is only listed in China where it’s up for pre-order through Vmall and priced at 1,999 Yuan which is around $312 in the states. The phone will launch in three different colors with Magic Night Black, Aurora Blue, and Nebula Violet.

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