Introducing Honor Play4 and Play4 Pro – 5G phones with powerful cameras

Introducing Honor Play4 and Play4 Pro – 5G phones with powerful cameras

Introducing Honor Play4 and Play4 Pro – 5G phones with powerful cameras

News unit Honor Play is one of the well-known smartphone series Honor (sub-brand Huawei). The main focus of this series of phones is to provide products with high purchase value for markets like China (considering the needs of target market consumers). Honor recently unveiled two new phones in the Honor Play series on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (June 14, 2019). These two devices, Honor Play4 and Play4 Pro It has a name that despite the name similarity, they have many differences. Of course, both phones, while benefiting from 5G communication, have powerful 7nm chipsets and their camera sets have advanced capabilities in proportion to the price of the phones.

Honor Play4 Pro

This phone is designed in dimensions equal to 8.9 x 75.8 x 162.7 mm and weighs 213 grams. This phone comes in black color (Magic Night Black) and a soft blue color called Iceland Illusion. Another color of this phone is a blue color called Mecha Blue, which is mainly seen in gaming phones. The phone’s LCD display is of IPS type and its diameter is 6.57 inches. The screen resolution is Full HD Plus (equivalent to 1080 x 2400 pixels). Apparently, the aspect ratio of the screen is 20:9 and in the upper left part, a hole can be seen that houses two cameras.

One of the highlights about Honor Play4 Pro, it will be equipped with a chip Kirin 990. This chip is made with 7nm lithography and at least in terms of performance and processing, it puts Honor’s new phone in the ranks of flagships. The Kirin 990 chipset consists of 2 cores of 2.86 GHz and 2 cores of 2.09 GHz (based on the architecture of Cortex-A76 processors) and 4 cores of 1.86 GHz (based on the architecture of Cortex-A55 processors) and its graphics processing unit is Mali-G76. Thanks to the external 5G modem on the chip, the Honor Play4 Pro supports both autonomous (SA) and non-autonomous (NSA) 5G communication modes. Not to mention, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (apparently non-expandable) are considered for this phone.

Instead of 3 or 4 cameras, there are only 2 cameras on the back of the device, but these 2 cameras have many functions. The main camera consists of a Sony IMX600 sensor. This 1/1.7-inch sensor has a resolution of 40 megapixels and has an RYYB filter (like the Honor 30 and Honor X10). The lens aperture of this camera is equal to f/1.8 and according to the manufacturer, it absorbs up to 40% more light compared to conventional sensors. The ISO quantity has also been upgraded to 204,800 in this sensor and it also benefits from automatic focus.

The second camera is an 8-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture. Considering that this is a telephoto sensor, its most important feature will be the ability to zoom. According to Honor’s claim, the optical zoom of this sensor is up to 3 times, its hybrid zoom is up to 5 times, and its digital zoom is up to 30 times. In addition to automatic focus, laser focus, fuzzy focus and contrast focus are also visible in the list of features of the main camera, and the telephoto camera also supports automatic focus. The 8-megapixel camera is equipped with optical image stabilization, but the main camera lacks this feature. Of course, according to Honor, thanks to the image signal processor (ISP) in the Kirin 990 chip, the main camera is equipped with a type of stabilizer that the manufacturer calls AIS.

with smartphone Honor Play4 Pro can record 4K video at 60 frames per second. Slow-motion video recording with 1080p resolution and 960 frames per second is also mentioned among the capabilities of the camera set. According to the manufacturer, due to the electronic stabilization (EIS) of the camera assembly, the video recording on the move will be of good quality – at least on paper. According to some experts, using fewer but powerful cameras is better than putting 4 or 5 unused cameras on the back of a phone just for marketing purposes.

As mentioned before, there are two cameras in the hole of the phone’s display. The main camera of this set has a resolution of 32 megapixels and the lens aperture is f/2.0. This camera has the ability to record 4K video and is also equipped with an electronic stabilizer. In addition to this camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera also comes with the help of the front camera and enables taking group selfies.

The battery capacity of Honor Play4 Pro is stated to be 4,200 mAh, which can be charged quickly using a 40-watt charger through the USB-C port. According to the manufacturer, with 30 minutes of charging, the battery reserve can be increased from zero to 70%. Apparently, this phone also has the ability to reverse charge, because in its list of specifications, it is mentioned that it supports OTG and its output power of 5 watts when charging other devices.

Honor Play4 Pro is a smartphone with two SIM cards (nano type) and as mentioned before, thanks to the Kirin 990 processor and apparently an external modem, it uses fifth generation communication. Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC are also among its other communication features. According to some sources, the fingerprint sensor is installed on the right edge of the phone. The operating system of the phone is Android 10 and its internal menu is developed based on Honor’s proprietary user interface (Magic UI 3.1.0).

It should be mentioned, Honor Play4 Pro is produced in two versions; A normal version and a version equipped with an infrared heat sensor. The infrared sensor can measure the temperature of objects, animals and humans. According to Honor, this sensor can detect a temperature range between -20 and 100 degrees Celsius. This feature can be useful especially in the current situation when the world is involved in the corona virus, because measuring the body temperature is one of the ways to diagnose COVID-19 (of course, a high temperature is not always a sign of the corona virus).

Honor Play4

This phone generally has lower specifications than the Pro version. Honor Play4 Dimensions equal to 8.9 It measures 170 x 78.5 mm and despite the larger body, it weighs 213 grams like the Pro version. The colors black and Iceland Illusion in this phone are no different from the Pro model, but the blue color in Honor Play4 is simpler than the Pro model and is called Phantom Blue. The screen of Honor Play4 is slightly bigger and its diameter is 6.81 inches. But the resolution (+FHD) has not changed and its aspect ratio is 20:9. In the introduction of this phone, Honor has mentioned the full laminate display technology and the presence of an anti-fingerprint layer on it. It should be noted that silicon aluminum resistant glass is used in this phone, but the manufacturer has not mentioned the type of this glass; The screen-to-body ratio of this screen is 90.33%.

The processing of this phone is carried out by a 7 nm chip ” title=”Introducing Dimensity 800 is MediaTek’s new mid-range chipset with built-in 5G modem”>Dimensity 800. This chip consists of 4 Cortex-A76 cores and 4 Cortex-A55 cores (all with a frequency of 2 GHz) and a Mali-G57 graphics processing unit. 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory are expected for Honor 4 Play, which can be expanded up to 512 GB through a memory card (although it is not specified whether this memory card is microSD or nano memory).

The number of cameras on the back Honor Play4 has increased to 4 cameras. The main camera is 64 megapixels and the lens aperture is f/1.89. According to some sources, the sensor size of this camera is the same as 1/1.7 inches, and with the technology of combining pixels, the size of each pixel will be practically 1.6 microns, and the camera will take 16 megapixel photos by default. Instead of a telephoto camera – which we saw in the Pro model – an 8-megapixel wide camera is used in the Honor Play4. The absence of a telephoto lens means that there is no optical zoom in this phone and the zoom is done only digitally.

Two depth and macro cameras, each with a resolution of 2 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.4, complete the rear camera set. Like the Pro model, the user can also record 4K video with this phone. Electronic stabilization (EIS) is also active in this phone. Needless to say, there is only one 16-megapixel (f/2.0) camera on the front of the device, which is embedded in the display hole.

Battery capacity in Honor Play4 has slightly increased and reached 4,300 mAh. This battery is charged with a 22.5 W charger and through the USB-C port. Like the Pro model, this phone also uses fifth generation communication, but unlike the Pro model, Honor Play4 does not have NFC. Another interesting thing about this phone is the presence of a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The operating system of the phone is Android 10 and its skin is Magic UI 3.1.0. Despite the fact that the display of Honor Play4 is LCD (and not OLED), the manufacturer has used the term “on-screen” to describe the fingerprint sensor of this phone. Of course, this phrase is only the result of a machine translation from Chinese to English, and to ensure the exact location of the fingerprint sensor, we have to wait for future news. Of course, from the pictures of this model, the location of the fingerprint sensor on the power button on the side of the device is evident.

Pre-order registration for these products has started and they will be officially sold in the Chinese market in June 2020. Of course, the international release of these two phones is still unknown. The prices of Honor’s new products in different models are:

Honor Play4 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage: 1,799 yuan, which is roughly equivalent to $253 at the current exchange rate

Honor Play4 with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory: 1,999 yuan ($281)

Honor Play4 Pro with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory: 2,899 yuan ($408)

Honor Play4 Pro in the version equipped with infrared thermal sensor: 2,999 yuan ($422)

Finally, Honor Play4 Pro is one of the most affordable devices equipped with Kirin 990.

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