Honor Play 6
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About the Phone
- Outstanding battery backup
- Powerful octa-core processor
- GPU Turbo technology
- Sturdy metal unibody design
- Excellent performance
- Decent camera with an array of creative options
- Fingerprint sensor
- Hybrid Dual SIM support
- The phone may heat up with continuous usage/while charging.
- No wireless charging support.
- No water/dust resistance features
- No display protection such as Gorilla Glass.
- Bluetooth version is dated (4.2 version)
- There exist minor software and connection glitches.
With so many premium features packed together in the Honor Play 6, a few bumps as missing wireless charging and lack of display protection shouldn’t be a problem for you. Honour Play wins brownie points for being a budget phone and nothing less than a gaming beast in smartphones.
While many have tried to ace the gaming experience on the smartphone, success in this field has been relatively limited until Honor Play 6 was unravelled to the world. Priced at just Rs. 25,000, Honor Play is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip and GPU Turbo to make your gaming experience ultra smooth and fast! GPU Turbo is Huawei’s next big revolution in the world of mobile gaming. This smart tech has been designed to minimise battery drainage, thereby boosting the phone’s performance. Honor Play is the first smartphone in India that boasts of this cutting-edge technology.
With a decent price tag, the Honor Play features a sleek metal unibody, and is powered by Octa-core processor paired with a massive 6 GB RAM! Also, the 6.3-inch full-HD + IPS LCD panel has a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels, featuring a 19.5:9 display aspect ratio, makes the phone your ultimate gaming and entertainment buddy. Boasting of a 19.5:9 display ratio, the phone can be operated with one hand (however, two-hand usage would be best for the optimal experience). The phone features powerful specs that is seen in phones like Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi A2, Vivo V9, and Oppo F7.
In India, there are only two colour variants of the Honor Play 6 – Navy Blue and Midnight Black.
In Honor Play 6, Huawei ditched the glass back design for the sturdier aluminium metal unibody, which seems to be the practical choice considering that the phone doesn’t support wireless charging. The phone has a neat design with a smooth back. On the rear lies the fingerprint sensor, and the dual camera is mounted vertically (on the right corner). On the right side, you will find the volume button and the power button sitting just under it. The left side of the frame very conveniently fits in the hybrid SIM tray. At the bottom, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mono speaker grill, and a USB Type-C port (for fast charging). Overall, the minimalist bezel and the edge-to-edge design of the phone gives it a premium feel.
The phone is sleek and slim with a thickness of just 7.5mm and the display measuring 6.3 inches (diagonally). While the side bezels are slim, the bottom chin is relatively thicker and has the Honor logo on it. The notch is slightly bigger than what we’ve seen in the Honor 10.
Honor Play runs on the HiSilicon Kirin 970 Octa-core processor (2.36 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A73 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Cortex A53). Kirin chips are again Huawei’s custom chips that can be equated with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 (a popular choice for many top-end smartphones). The processor is not only powerful but it also ensures a smooth experience while gaming, browsing, and even while using multiple apps simultaneously. Minor bloatware issues aside, the Honor Play 6 excels in performance and given the price range, it is a steal!
As mentioned above, the phone features dual cameras, stacked vertically – a 16-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture, with an LED flash placed right below it. The rear camera offers 4K video recording. Like Honor 10, Honor Play also features Huawei’s AIS, a technology that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence for image stabilisation. The AI feature enhances the camera’s scene and object-recognition abilities. Then there’s also the Neural Processing Unit (part of the phone’s processor) that can smartly detect the presence of a person and activate the Portrait mode whenever the phone points towards someone.
Although Honor Play’s camera does not offer an optimal intuitive user interface, it does have some features like Manual Aperture, Portrait, Photo, Video, slow-motion recording, time-lapse mode, and AR Lens to get the work done. Overall, the camera seems to perform better in brightly lit surroundings rather than in low light.
When it comes to power, Honor Play 6 does not disappoint at all. In a mid-price range, this phone packs up the powerful Kirin 970 processor, GPU Turbo tech, coupled with a 3750 mAH battery. This robust combination has helped the phone emerge out victorious in AnTuTu, and with a score of 202639, it is just behind the OnePlus 6.
So, the overall verdict – Honor Play is perhaps the most affordable phones you can find in the market under Rs. 25,000 to feature high-end tech specs like Kirin 970 SoC and GPU Turbo. Add to that its elegant and classy design, and you got yourself a steal deal! If you are an avid gamer, this phone is what you need in your life. With an excellent battery backup, it will undoubtedly be your best entertainment buddy.