Honor is the sister company of Huawei; always tries to provide bang for your buck devices at an aggressive price.
Apart from their most expensive smartphone released till date aka Honor 8 Pro; all their smartphones have competes with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo and Moto.
Similarly, the all new Honor V9 Play and Honor 6 Play are continuing the legacy by opting good looking design and powerful spec sheet for an afforadable price.
Huawei Honor V9 Play
Starting from the V9 Play; it doesn’t share any close resemblance from the V9/8 Pro released months ago. Except for the colour range such as Black, Gold, Red and Blue; there’s nothing common which would make them count as siblings.
It flaunts a 5.2 inch HD (1280*720) pixels LCD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. While it comes with black front in most of the colour options; it does a pretty good job of hiding the bezels. Sadly, they’ve still retained their logo at the chin; which could’ve been replaced with off-screen navigation buttons; helping with more screen real estate.
Sadly, they’ve still retained their logo at the chin; which could’ve been replaced with off-screen navigation buttons; helping with more screen real estate.
While the top and bottom panels are plastic; the back is made of metal. At the back, there is a rear camera and a fingerprint scanner.
It sports a flat back and curved sides 7.6mm thickness and weighing approx 145 grams.
The V9 Play is driven by a MediaTek MT6750 SOC with 1.5 GHz clock speed Octa-core Cortex -A53 processor.
The SOC is coupled with Mali-T860MP2 GPU and comes with 3 GB/4 GB of RAM. Although, the 32 GB internal storage option remains the same across both the models. It can further be expanded by using the hybrid SIM slot.
The phone features a 13 Megapixel, f/2.0 aperture rear camera with PDAF and fast focus. While the front has an 8 MP, f/2.2 aperture selfie camera. Unfortunately, there’s no front flash for better low light selfies.
Powering the device is a sizeable 3000 mAH battery pack and there was no mention of any fast charging feature. It also comes with Android v7.0 and EMUI 5.1 out of the box.
As far as connectivity is concerned it does support 4G/VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.1 and other native connectivity options.
The phone is priced at $153 (approx Rs 9,700) for the 3 GB variant; while the 4 GB variant would cost approx $183 (approx Rs 11,700). It’ll go on sale in China from September 12th and will be available in 4 colour options as mentioned above.
Honor 6 Play
The Honor 6 Play is a more of an entry-level smartphone compared to the mid-range V9 Play.
Design wise the phone sports a 5 inch HD display (1280*720) pixels with a flat glass (no 2.5D curved glass). While the front still retains the Honor logo at the chin; and the 6 Play does come with a front flash to augment the selfies.
The back side comes with a poly plastic build with a mesh design. The overall phone does seem to be on the bulkier side. It measures 8.85 mm in thickness and weighs at approx 150g.
The Honor 6 Play is driven by a MediaTek MT6737T SOC which is clocked at 1.4 GHz (Quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU). The processor is paired with Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It comes in 16GB internal and supports expandable storage as well.
It comes with 16 GB internal storage and supports expandable storage as well.
The smartphone comes with an 8 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash. While the front features a 5 MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture and a dedicated front flash.
Powering the device is 3020 mAh battery with no fast charging support.
Egregiously, the phone comes with Android Marshmallow v6.0 and EMUI 4.1 out of the box. Which is a shame; since it’s almost the end of Q3 of 2017; where all the smartphones should be equipped with Android Nougat and looking forward to Android Oreo.
The Honor 6 Play will be available at a price tag of $91 (approx Rs 5,900) in China from tomorrow itself.
Both the smartphones look to be aiming at a budget section of consumers. And as of now; nobody knows whether or not they’ll be sold globally.