Huawei, the parent brand to Honor has launched another smartphone to add to their mid-range smartphone portfolio – the Honor V9 Play. Huawei has been in the limelight for all the right reasons after it overtook Apple’s spot to become the second biggest smartphone brand. As it appears, the firm is in no mood to let go of this spot anytime soon, not till the iPhone 8 launches, at least.
The V9 Play is another attempt from the company to cater to its audience that is looking for a well-equipped phone on a budget. The smartphone saw its launch in China and is expected to ship by 12 September. In terms of design, the Honor V9 Play rocks a metal unibody design with rounded edges which feels pretty sturdy. It features a fingerprint scanner at the back right below its camera module and antenna lines run through the top and bottom on the rear side of the phone. The device has been made available in Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue and Red colour variations.
Up front, the device features a 5.2-inch HD display bearing a resolution of 720 x 1080 pixels. This feel and durability of this display is also enhanced by the 2.5D curved glass protection that the front of the phone is equipped with. It is also worth mentioning that the device has no bezels on either side of the screen, however, there is a pretty substantial forehead and chin to it, which also bears the Honor logo.
Under the hood, the V9 Play is powered by the octa-core MediaTek MT6750 chip which works alongside the Mali T860 GPU for enhanced graphic performance. The device can be obtained in either in a 3GB or 4GB RAM variant both of which will sport 32GB of internal memory, which can be expanded through a microSD card up to 128GB. The phone can support either two 4G sims or one 4G sim and a microSD card through its hybrid SIM slot.
For the shutterbugs, Honor has included a 13-megapixel primary camera which features an aperture of f/2.0 coupled with LED flash support and PDAF. Up front above its 5.2-inch screen sits an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. To keep the device up and running, the V9 Play also rocks a 3000 mAh non-removable battery unit that should get you well over a day’s usage time.
The phone was launched at a price of CNY 999 (approximately Rs. 9,800) for the 3GB variant and CNY 1,199 (approximately Rs. 11,700) for the 4GB model. It is still unknown when the device will see its launch in India and there has been no word regarding it either.
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