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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000 (2019)

Honor Play

The Honor Play, as per its name, is a smartphone that has a focus on power under the hood. But it’s fallen somewhat under the radar thanks to the hype that the Pocophone F1’s (you can read more about this in our buyer’s guide for smartphones under RM1,500) timely release generated. Nonetheless, with a price cut that places the Honor Play at just below RM1,000, it’s certainly worth considering if you’re looking for a budget gaming phone.

It has a flagship-class Kirin 970, which is mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage—keep in mind that this is a slightly old SoC, with the upcoming flagships to come with the Kirin 990. In keeping with its gamer theme, Honor has also included its GPU Turbo technology which is supposed to optimise graphic performance for mobile games. Interestingly, there’s an AI-enabled Smart Shock 4D that simulates a dual-shock vibration effect when you’re playing games.

Display-wise, you get a decently-sized 6.3″ Full HD+ IPS notched screen, with a 3,750mAh battery that can be fast-charged via a USB Type-C port. Photo-taking capabilities for the Honor Play is average, with a 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 dual-camera setup at the back with AI features. There’s also a 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter up front with 3D lighting effects.

As with many smartphones launched last year, it still utilises a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner on a metal body, which feels pretty nice in the hand. Overall, it’s an average phone with a standout SoC, so that’s something you need to consider—not many smartphone in this price range can match it for raw power.

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Honor Play4GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM999

Where to buy:
Online: Lazada, Shopee
Store: Authorised Honor retailers