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Honor Play 5: Dimensity 800U, OLED screen, 66W fast charging

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Honor’s latest midrange phone, the Honor Play 5, has made its official debut in China.

The Honor Play 5 is a descendant of the first Honor Play. Remember that device? A flagship-spec-ed midrange phone that went against the first POCO?

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Like is predecessors, the Play 5 boasts a couple of interesting specs for the price. For starters, it has a flagship-level 66W fast charger. A full 0% to 100% charge will only take 35 minutes as it has a relatively small 3,800mAh battery.

Under the hood, it’s powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 800U octa-core processor — a chipset that carries 5G connectivity. We then have a 6.53-inch OLED screen on the front with a standard 60Hz refresh rate.

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The Play 5 runs on last gen’s Android 10-based Magic UI 4.0 interface. Since its separation from Huawei, Honor is now allowed to have Google Mobile Services on their smartphones. But since this one came out in China, it will not have one. But expect the global version (if it will ever have one) to come with GMS.

Around the back, there’s a 2×2 layout for the quad cameras with the LED flash in the middle. It comes in Black, a White-Blue gradient, and a more attractive Purple with sunrise-like reflections. You can also notice the flat edges. Quite refreshing than the curved chassis that most smartphones have today.

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The Honor Play 5 has a price of CNY2,099 (around Php15,600) for the 8GB/128GB version, while the 8GB/256GB is available for CNY2,299 (around Php17,100). It will be available in China this May 26.

Honor Play 5 Specs

  • Android 10, Magic UI 4.0 (no GMS)
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • 6.53-inch FHD+ OLED display, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, ~403ppi
  • 2.4GHz MediaTek Dimensity 800U 5G octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • Mali-G57 MC3 GPU
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage
  • 16-megapixel front camera
  • 64-megapixel (f/1.9, PDAF) + 8-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, macro) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, depth sensor) rear cameras, LED flash
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Face unlock
  • HSPA+, 4G LTE, 5G
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C
  • Dimensions: 161.6 x 74.8 x 7.5mm
  • Weight: 179g
  • Colors: Light Blue, Purple, Black
  • 3,800mAh non-removable battery, 66W fast charging

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