Honor is jumping onto the gaming smartphone market with the Honor Play. Set to debut in the Philippines on August 11, 2018 in SM Fairview, Honor’s gamer-centric smartphone will also be up for pre-order on its launch.

Packing a Kirin 970 with GPU Turbo as well as 4GB of RAM, the Honor Play aims to satisfy both casual and hardcore mobile gamers out looking for a brand new smartphone.  This new GPU Turbo update that comes in most Kirin 970 SoCs pumps out 60% processing efficiency while reducing the SoC’s power consumption by up to 30%.

The Honor Play comes with a notched 6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 screen that should deliver a superb gaming experience. Despite its focus on gaming, however, Honor has still placed a dual rear camera setup at the back in the form of 16MP + 2MP shooters with LED Flash and AI capabilities. At the front, meanwhile, is a 16MP selfie camera with AI Portrait Mode and 3D Portrait Lighting.

Of course, AI has been implemented with the Honor Play. The smartphone now has AI 4D Smart Shock that recognizes image and audio, which vibrates the smartphone in 30 different scenarios according to the direction of approaching enemies and gunfire.

Audio has also been improved with AI 3D Sound. Inside the Honor Play is the Histen 3D Audio Technology that offers 3D sound field for gamers. It essentially acts as virtual surround sound that offer three modes of experiences: near, front, and wide. This new audio technology in the Honor Play supports both wired earphones and headphones with 3D stereo.

Chipset Kirin 970
Screen 6.3-inch, 2340 x 1080
OS Android 8.0 with EMUI 8.2
Rear Camera 16MP + 2MP, LED Flash
Front Camera 16MP
Storage 64GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD slot
Network Dual-SIM, 4G LTE
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/c/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS, USB Type-C
Others Facial Recognition, AI Cameras, Fingerprint Scanner, 3.5mm jack
Battery 3,750mAh
Colors Purple, Black, Blue

Priced at PhP 15,990, pre-orders will start on August 11, 2018. If you’re unable to go to SM Fairview for the debut, here is a list of authorized Honor Play retailers nationwide where you can place your order.

Metro Manila

  • SM City North Edsa – Mediabox
  • SM Megamall – PCX Mobile
  • SM Mall of Asia – PC Express
  • Ayala Malls Trinoma – Sienna Mobile
  • Market! Market! – PC Express
  • Robinsons Place Manila – MegaOne

North Luzon

  • SM City Clark – Gentext
  • SM City Olongapo – Mobile Extras
  • SM City Tarlac – Digital Tunnel

South Luzon

  • SM City Calamba – Greentelcom
  • SM City Lipa – Greentelcom
  • SM City Lucena – Greentelcom
  • SM City Batangas – Presnet
  • Robinsons Place Lipa – Skywaves
  • Waltermart Tanauan – Presnet


  • SM City Cebu- Aerophone
  • SM City Iloilo – Aerophone
  • Robinsons Tacloban – Cellcom

Those who will pre-order would need to give a down-payment of PhP 1,000. The remaining balance will be paid on August 13, 2018. Pre-order perks include a free JBL Clip 2.