Honor V9 Play hero profile

Huawei’s sub brand, Honor today launched the budget Honor 8 handset. The device is meant to appeal to entry-level customers with an eye for a premium finish. This though was not the only smartphone that surfaced on Huawei’s vMall online retail site. It was accompanied by the even cheaper Honor 6 Play.

Huawei Honor V9 Play

The Huawei Honor V9 Play was leaked towards the end of August via TENAA. The budget smartphone features an all-metal unibody chassis with curved edges all around. It features a fingerprint scanner at the back but unlike more expensive designs does not feature the moulded signal antenna at the rear.

Honor V9 Play front profile

The V9 Play is powered by a MediaTek MT6750 SoC coupled with 3GB /4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The display up front is a 5.2-inch HD (720 x1280) IPS panel with quite thin side bezels although the chin and forehead remain. The display is clad under a layer of 2.5D curved Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Honor has provisioned the device with a 13-megapixel shooter with a f/2.2 aperture and PDAF support at the rear with a LED flash. Selfie duties are handled by an 8-megapixel shooter and powering all this hardware is a 3000mAh non-removable battery.

Out of the box, the Honor V9 Play is running Android v.7.x, Nougat under the company’s EMUI skin. Although the handset sports dual-SIM support, thanks to the SIM-tray being a hybrid design, it can either accommodate an extra SIM or a microSD card.

Honor V9 Play colour options

The smartphone will go on sale in China from the 12th of September in a myriad of colour options (above). It will be priced at ¥999 (~$155) for the 3GB variant and ¥1199 (~$185) for the 4GB variant.

Huawei Honor 6 Play

The Huawei Honor 6 Play is an even cheaper device vis-à-vis the V9 Play. Thus the device gets an ABS plastic chassis instead of a metal one.

Huawei Honor 6 Play

The internal hardware gets a downgrade too, packing a lowly MediaTek MT6737T SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The display is a smaller 5.0-inch HD (720 x1280) panel. The rear shooter is an 8-megapixel sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and selfie duties are handled by a 5-megapixel sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. The handset is powered by a 3020mAh battery and out of the box, it is running Android v.6.0, Marshmallow under Huawei’s proprietary EMUI 4.1 skin.

If you were surprised by the Honor V9 Play’s pricing, the Honor 6 is going to blow you away. It would be available on sale from today onwards for the low, low price of ¥599 (~$92).

Currently, we are not aware, if these smartphones will be released out of the Chinese market but it is too early to speculate. Follow us on our social media to keep up to date with the latest in the world of Android.