The honor Play smartphone has been in the Malaysian market for close to two weeks now. Marketed as a gaming smartphone, honor said that it is a device that is ideal for playing PUBG Mobile. Here are some of the reasons why.
Kirin 970 SoC and NPU
Due to its nature as a gaming phone, it’s quite obvious that the honor Play is going to need a pretty beefy CPU and GPU unit. To that end, honor equipped the phone with its latest Kirin 970 SoC, a powerful 10nm octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.4GHz – that’s quite impressive.
To top it off, the Kirin 970 is also accompanied by a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that further optimises many of the phone’s AI-centric smart applications. Basically, the NPU makes the phone intelligent, allowing it to run smoother and virtually lag-free.
Gaming on a mobile device is usually hampered by two factors: throttling and poor battery consumption. CPU and GPU throttling occurs when the processor becomes too hot for the phone to handle, which in turn leads to frame rate reduction in-game. Likewise, playing games such as PUBG on a mobile device can drain your phone’s battery at a faster-than-average rate.
The honor Play addresses that issue with a nifty feature known as GPU Turbo. According to honor, the feature essentially increases the SoC’s on-board GPU efficiency by 60%, while reducing its power consumption by 30%.
This essentially means that the honor Play can maintain high frame rates in-game on the phone’s 6.3-inch FullView Display, while also extending the overall battery life of the phone’s pretty sizable 3750mAh battery – allowing gamers to cram in more matches over extended periods of time.
While GPU Turbo enables the honor Play to maintain a high frame rate in-game and prolong battery life, the phone adds another layer of immersion by intelligently taking advantage of an already existing feature: haptic feedback.
The feature is called Smart Shock, is exclusive to the honor Play. And its function is similar to the way the controller of game console vibrates in-game. In the case of the honor Play, the phone’s NPU cleverly sends vibrations through the phone whenever the player gets a kill, activates a special skill, or when they are killed – very neat.
At a retail price of RM1249, the honor Play is arguably one of the most affordable gaming smartphones in the current market with a flagship-tier chipset. At its price point, the phone’s performance-to-price ratio is hard to top, especially with all the gaming-centric features that it comes loaded with.
Of course, when you’re not gaming, the honor Play still comes with a perfectly serviceable 16MP + 2MP dual-camera setup. Couple that with the on-board AI Camera feature, the phone is more than capable of guaranteeing some relatively decent pictures, as you can see from the images below.
The honor Play is already available in Malaysia at all authorised resellers. To learn more about the honor Play, head on over to honor’s official site.
Disclosure: This article is sponsored by honor Malaysia.