Honor Play 7 announced - 18:9 panel on a very tight budget

Victor, 19 May 2018

Amid all the commotion around the Huawei Honor 10 and it's May 15 launch event, some less spectacular Honor news appears to have slipped under the radar. A new entry-level Honor Play 7 was unveiled on the local Chinese market, with an impressively low MSRP of CNY 599, or just shy of $95.

Of course, pricing outside of Honor's local market will likely be a bit higher. But even so, there appears to be quite a bit of value crammed in the affordable Play 7 package. For one, there is a 5.45-inch, 1440 x 720 pixel display, in the new and trendy, extra-tall 18:9 aspect ratio. The FullView panel in question is an IPS one and is covered by a 2.5D curved glass, for some extra style points.

Under the hood, a MediaTek MT6739 chipset powers an Android 8.1 Oreo OS, with EMUI 8.1 on top. It only has a modest four Cortex-A53 cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. Not ideal, for sure, but the MediaTek chip does still come with a WorldMode LTE, Dual SIM, Dual VoLTE modem, which pairs great with the duo of dedicated SIM slots. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS. There's also an FM radio receiver and a 3.5 mm audio jack for extra convenience.

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The MT6739 is accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, expandable through a microSD card, which also gets a dedicated slot. The camera setup includes a 13MP main snapper on the back, complete with PDAF and an LED flash. On the front - a 5MP unit, also paired with its own LED flash. A 3020 mAh battery keeps the light on and everything is packed into a 146.570.98.3mm body, tipping the scale at 142 grams.

This all sounds suspiciously similar to a certain Honor 7S handset, that was spotted on TENAA a few days ago. So, you can likely expect to find either moniker eventually, depending on the market. For now, the Honor 7 Play will start selling in China on May 22 in a trio of colors - Blue, Black and Gold. Once again, the tantalizingly low local price tag is CNY 599, or about $95.

Source (in Chinese)

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