Honor Play, Honor 9i with GPU Turbo technology launched in China

By Sourabh Kulesh | Published on 07 Jun 2018

Honor has launched two new phones Honor Play and Honor 9i with GPU Turbo technology in China. While Honor Play is a gaming-centric device, Honor 9i is the company’s first mid-segment device with GPU turbo.

Honor Play, Honor 9i with GPU Turbo technology launched in China

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Honor has launched its gaming-centric phone Honor Play with its newly-unveiled GPU Turbo technology which, with hardware-software integration, is claimed to provide users a smooth and faster mobile experience by dramatically increasing the graphics processing efficiency. Honor Play is joined by Honor 9i, which is the reportedly the first mid-priced device by the Chinese smartphone-maker to incorporate the GPU Turbo technology. The Honor 9i (2018) is different from the one that was launched in India last year.

Honor Play

The Honor Play has a notched 6.3-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display with an 89 percent screen-to-body ratio. On the hardware front, the phone has a 10nm Kirin 970 processor with a dedicated Neural-Network Processing Unit (NPU) to power the AI features and an option of choosing from 4GB or 6GB RAM variants. Both the variants come with 64GB on-board memory.

When it comes to camera, the phone has a dual primary camera setup at the back comprising of 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel units with Dual AF and Artificial Intelligence (AI) scene recognition. As far as the front shooter is concerned, the phone houses a 16-megapixel lens with AI portrait feature and 3D portrait lighting support.

The device also gets a 3,750mAh battery and runs Android Oreo 8.1-based EMUI 8.2.

The Honor Play will be available in Aurora Blue, Black, Violet, Black and Red colours at a starting price of 1,999 yuan (approximately Rs 21,000) from June 11 in China. 

Honor 9i


The Honor 9i gets a 5.84-inch display with full HD+ resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It also sports a notch and is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 processor. Users will have an option of choosing from three variants: 4GB RAM + 32GB ROM, 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, and 4GB RAM + 128GB ROM.

While, the dual camera setup at the back has 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel sensors, the front camera has 16-megapixel lens with AI features. The phone houses a 3,000mAh battery.

The Honor 9i has been launched in Charm Blue, Dream Purple and Magic Night Black colours for a starting price of 1,399 yuan (approximately Rs 14,500). It will be available from June 7 in the country.  

Sourabh Kulesh

A journalist at heart; has knowledge of a wide gamut of topics related to enterprise and consumer tech.


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