HUAWEI’s sub-brand Honor launched two smartphones today in China- the Honor 20s which is essentially a pared-down version of the Honor 20 and the Honor Play 3 that succeeds the Honor Play, affordable gaming-focused smartphone. Both the new smartphones are packed with triple rear cameras, hole-punch screen, and in-house Kirin octa-core processors.

The Honor 20s will go on sale from tomorrow in Blue, Black, and White color options with price tags starting at CNY1,900 (Approx. USD265/EUR240) for the 6GB RAM+128GB storage model and CNY2,200 (Approx. USD308/EUR280) for the 8GB RAM+128GB storage model.

The Honor Play 3, on the other hand, will hit the shelves on September 17 in Blue, Black, and Red color options. The smartphone is priced at CNY1,000 (Approx. USD140/EUR125) for the 4GB RAM+128GB storage variant while the 6GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128GB storage variants will cost CNY1,300 (Approx. USD182/EUR165) each.

Honor 20s

The Honor 20s is covered by a 6.26- full HD+ display on the front and is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 810 SoC (versus Kirin 980 SoC in the Honor 20) coupled with Mali G-52 MP6 GPU, 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage without expansion support.

Three camera setup at the back keeps the AI-equipped 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture but the 16MP ultra-wide-angle sensor is replaced with an 8MP counterpart while the 2MP depth sensor is dropped in favor of a 2MP macro camera. The punch-hole on the front packs a 32MP selfie shooter.

The Honor 20s runs Magic UI 2.1.1 based on Android 9 Pie and is fueled by a 3,750mAh battery paired with 20W fast charging support. Other notable inclusions are a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Honor Play 3

The Honor Play 3 sports a 6.39-inch 1560x720p HD+ display with the same a punch-hole cut out. The smartphone is
powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC paired with Mali G51 MP4 GPU, up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.

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In terms of optics, the Honor Play 3 tacks on a triple-rear-camera setup with a 48MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture alongside an 8MP ultra-wide-sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. The front gets an 8MP selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture enclosed in the hole-punch cutout.

On the software side of things, the Honor Play 3 boots Android 9 Pie with Magic UI 2.1.1 running on top. A 4,000mAh battery with 10W fast charge support supplies juice to the device. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for the biometrics. The Honor Play 3 is IP5x rated for dust resistance and comes with micro USB port, missing out on a USB Type-C port.

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Regarding the international availability of both the smartphones, Honor is yet to issue a timeline. Maybe it will take some time considering the ongoing trade war between the US and China in which HUAWEI is staring at a possible Google ban.

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