Honor Joins The Gaming Phone Segment with the Honor Play and Honor 9i

Honor Joins The Gaming Phone Segment with the Honor Play and Honor 9i

Featuring GPU optimizations for better gaming performance

Honor is the latest brand to join the gaming phone craze with two models: The Honor Play and the Honor 9i.

The Honor Play sports a large 6.3-inch display and comes with GPU Turbo. The latter aims to offer a boost in performance though CPU tweaks. In addition, the Honor Play has 3D audio and 7.1 channel virtualization tweaks thanks to Histen audio.

On the other hand, the Honor 9i is an affordable option, swapping the Kirin 970 processor for a Kirin 659 while still equipped with GPU Turbo. Appearance-wise, the Honor 9i is very similar to the Honor 9 Lite, save for the notch-sporting display and the fancy color options that include Dream Purple and Japser.


Honor Play Specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 6.3-inch Full HD+ display, 2160×1080 resolution
  • 64GB of expandable storage (up to 128GB)
  • 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear cameras with PDAF, Dual Tone LED flash, and AI Camera
  • 16-megapixel front camera with 3D Portrait Lighting
  • Dual SIM (Hybrid Tray)
  • 4G, LTE, VoLTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Fingerprint sensor, GPU Turbo, Histen audio
  • USB Type-C
  • 3750mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (EMUI 8.2)

Honor 9i Specs

  • 2.36GHz octa-core Kirin 659 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.84-inch Full HD+ IPS display, 2160 x 1080 resolution
  • 64GB/128GB of expandable storage (up to 256GB via MicroSD)
  • 13-megapixel f/2.2 and 2-megapixel rear cameras with PDAF, LED flash, Portrait mode
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with AI Selfie
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint sensor, face unlock, GPU Turbo
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
  • 3000mAh battery

The Honor Play is priced at CNY 2000(~Php 16.5k) for the 4GB variant and CNY 2400(~Php 19.7k) for the 6GB variant, making them the most affordable phones sporting a Kirin 970 processor. The Honor 9i, on the other hand, is priced at CNY 1400(~Php 11.5k) for the 4GB/64GB variant, and CNY 1700(~Php 14k) for the 4GB/128GB variant.



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