On Jun 3, 2020, Honor has unveiled its first 5G smartphones from Honor lineup – Honor Play 4 and Play 4 Pro. These phones come packed with powerful specs and specially designed for smartphone gaming.
Honor Play 4 series is, in our view, the actual successors of the Honor Play, which was launched in 2018.
Honor Play 4:
Honor Play 4 comes with a giant 6.81-inch display, FullHD+ (2400 x 1080) resolution, and punch-hole display design to house a front-facing camera. It is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 800 5G processor with NSA/SA dual-mode 5G support.
Honor Play 4 5G features quad-camera setup comprising a 64 MP (high resolution lens, f/1.7 aperture) + 8 MP (ultra wide angle lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 2 MP (Bokeh lens, f/2.4 aperture) + 2 MP (macro lens, f/2.4 aperture).
The phone expands at 170×78.5×8.9(mm) and weighs 213g with embedding side fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Honor Play 4 packs with a 4300mAh battery that recharges with 22.5W charging and runs the latest Magic UI 3.1 (Android 10). To keep the phone cool, the company has also installed a VC cooling system.
Honor Play 4 Pro:
Honor Play 4 Pro sports a 6.57-inch FullHD display with a pill-type cutout design to house two front camera – 32MP selfie + 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera.
The Honor Play 4 Pro equips a dual rear camera setup consisting of 40MP f/1.8 aperture main camera with IMX600 sensor and RYYB color mapping to take brighter images in low light conditions. The 8MP telephoto camera offers 3X optical zoom with optical image stabilization (OIS).
Honor Play 4 Pro comes in two versions – standard and Infrared temperature sensor version. Below the camera setup, the phone has a temperature sensor, capable of measuring the temperature of humans and non-living objects.
Honor Play 4 Pro powered via Kirin 990 clocked at 2.86Ghz, Mali-G76GPU, and Da Vinci NPU for AI capabilities. It has UFS 3.0 storage for faster file transfers. As well as dual-mode 5G support with 5G smart dual-card and dual-card VoLTE.
It comes packed with a 4200mAh battery with 40W Huawei SuperCharge. The phone measures at 162.7mm x 75.8mm x 8.9mm and weighs at 213g, with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Honor Play 4 Series Price:
Honor Play 4 6GB RAM+ 128GB ROM = 1799 CNY ($253)
Honor Play 4 8GB RAM+ 128GB ROM = 1999 CNY ($281)
Honor Play 4 Pro 8GB RAM+ 128GB ROM = 2899 CNY ($407)
Honor Play 4 Pro (IR Temperature Sensor Version) 8GB RAM+ 128GB ROM = 2999 CNY ($421)
Pre-order of Honor Play 4 and Play 4 Pro will start on June 3. The first sale of Honor Play 4 Pro will start on June 9, while Honor Play 4 will kick off its sale on June 12.
Huawei will bring a surprise chipset this year: Tipster
2023 brought in new opportunities for Huawei and the tech make is preparing to bring in a surprise in the chipset category, suggesting a well-known Huawei tipster, which seems really exciting.
Classmateguan said that Huawei will work hard to forge ahead in 2023 and the company will craft technologies to resolve issues. However, the company could also bring some small surprises in the chipset, which remains confidential from Huawei.
The tipster hints that the surprise could drop in the second half of this year and it is likely to be a good sign for the Chinese semiconductor industry. To be mentioned, there’s no specific signal about Kirin or HiSilicon. But we can expect a large number of votes going in favor of Huawei SoC.
Chipset Manufacturing Equipment Ban:
According to a Bloomberg report, the U.S. has secured a deal with Netherlands and Japan to tighten access of chipset manufacturing technologies for China. This new move is designed to limit China’s ability to come up with a breakthrough in chip production technology.
Amid this situation, firms such as Huawei are an example of U.S. chip control restrictions and the extent that the U.S. has gone to control Chinese tech makers’ progress in the global telecom market.
Since 2019, the U.S. is continuously imposing restrictions on Huawei. Thereafter, Huawei lost access to Google Mobile Services (GMS) and the ability to print new Kirin chips via Taiwan’s TSMC.
The result of these actions caused a major drop in Huawei smartphone sales and the firm had to announce the ending of Kirin. Thus relying on Qualcomm is the sole option for the company and since 2021, Huawei is using Snapdragon semiconductors for all of its new devices.
It’s good to see what continues to rumble into the world of Huawei and we are eager to know what kind of chipset surprise the company has prepared for us.
(source – Weibo)
Honor 90 series could launch in May
Honor continues to launch new smartphones among consumers and the company could launch its next smartphone lineup, Honor 90 series around May.
According to the input coming from Weibo tipster Classmateguan, Honor 90 series could launch by the end of May. It’s expected that this lineup will be empowered over Honor 80 series, and the feedback from customers will help the company to achieve its aim.
The tipster reveals that Honor 90 devices will bring dual speakers and an Optical image stabilization anti-shake camera system. The smartphone lineup will be enhanced until the launch event and we could expect major improvements in video shooting.
It is anticipated that the Honor 90 series won’t disappoint customers and will lead the smartphone market further in a new direction. Meanwhile, Honor has not made an official announcement.
Honor 80 series:
Last year, Honor launched Honor 80 series featuring a beautiful desing that includes a brand new center, pill shape punch-hole display design, 120Hz high refresh rate, high-frequency PWM dimming, and a hyperbolic screen that supports 1.07 billion colors.
Honor 80 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and it’s supported by a 4800mAh battery that could recharge with a 66W super fast charger. The rear design of the Honor 80 Pro is attractive and comes in four different colors.
Huawei Mate 50 series offering $44 discount in China
Huawei’s latest smartphone flagship, the Huawei Mate 50 series is getting a new price discount of 300 yuan ($44). However, it’s a limited-time discount and people in China must have to hurry to grab it.
After the discount, the initial price of the Huawei Mate 50 is 4699, and the Huawei Mate 50 Pro falls to 6499. The Huawei Mate 50E model has a 200 yuan discount, while it lands at 3799. This is a big saving for people who want to grab a model from the Huawei Mate 50 series and this discount price is not worth ignoring.
To be mentioned, This offer is currently available on China’s Jingdong e-commerce website.
Huawei Mate 50 Series:
Huawei Mate 50 brings a 6.7-inch display with a resolution of 2700×1224, it is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. It has a 13 MP selfie camera, and triple rear cameras including a 50 MP pixel ultra-variable camera (f/1.4~f/4.0 aperture) + 13 MP pixel super wide-angle Camera (f/2.2 aperture) + 12 MP periscope telephoto camera (f/3.4 aperture, OIS optical image stabilization).
The phone brings autofocus, while the battery is 4460mAh, and has a 66W wired and 50W wireless charging (support).
Looking into the Mate 50 Pro, which has a 6.74-inch screen with a resolution of 2616×1212. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a big-notch front-facing camera system containing a 13MP selfie + 3D depth-sensing camera.
On the back, it has a 50MP ultra-variable camera (f/1.4~f/4.0 aperture, OIS optical image stabilization) + 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2 aperture) + 64-megapixel periscope telephoto camera (f/3.5 aperture, OIS optical image stabilization), supports autofocus.
This phone packs a 4700mAh battery, which supports 66W Wired, and 50W wireless charging. Coming to the Mate 50E, provides a 6.7-inch flat screen with a resolution of 2700×1224 pixels. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 4G processor.
In terms of camera, you will get a rear 50MP ultra-variable camera + a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera (f/2.2 aperture), while it also supports autofocus, front 13MP pixels, supports 66W wired flash charging.