Huawei Terminal brand Honor has launched another smartphone – Honor V9 Play – expanding its portfolio further. The smartphone has been launched in China for now, and is set to go on sale on September 12. The Honor V9 Play has been launched in two variants – 3GB RAM version is priced at CNY 999 (roughly R. 9,800), and the 4GB RAM version is priced at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 11,700). The big highlights of the smartphone are Android Nougat software, fingerprint scanning support, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
The Honor V9 play has been made available in Gold, Rose Gold, Red, Blue, and Black colour options. The smartphone sports a metal unibody with rounded edges, antenna bands on the top and bottom chin just like the iPhone 6, fingerprint scanner at the back right underneath the camera setup. The volume and power keys are on the right edge of the V9 Play, and the front has no home button support. While there’s little to no bezel on the left and right side of the smartphone, there’s sufficient of it on the top and bottom chin, with the logo printed at the bottom of the screen. The Honor V9 Play’s fingerprint scanner claims to unlock the smartphone in just 0.4 seconds.
The Honor V9 Play runs EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports a hybrid dual-SIM slot (Nano + Nano/ microSD). The smartphone features a 5.2-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with 2.5D curved glass protection and 65-percent NTSC colour gamut. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6750 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and Mali T860 GPU. Internal storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further available as well using the hybrid microSD card slot (up to 128GB).
In the camera department, the Honor V9 Play offers a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, LED flash support, PDAF, and 5P lens. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone packs a 3000mAh battery that is rated to offer 16 hours of talk time and 15 days of standby time. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, GPS, GLONASS, Micro USB port, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth v4.1, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The dimensions of the Honor V9 Play measure at 147.9~CHECK~73.2~CHECK~7.65mm, and the smartphone weighs 145 grams. On board sensors include accelerometer, ambient light, digital compass, and proximity sensor.