Honor Play 4 Pro debuted with Kirin 990, 40MP main camera and 3x tele camera

Today Honor introduced the Play 4 pair, two 5 G phones equipped with strong 7 nm chipsets and a passion for photography. Nevertheless, despite having a name the two apps are very distinct.

Honor Play 4 Pro

The Honor Play 4 Pro uses the Kirin 990 (the 7 nm variant with embedded 5 G modem), which makes it both flagship performance and 5 G compatibility. The phone runs Magic UI 3.1 out of the box (based on Android 10). It has 8 GB of capacity and 128 GB of RAM.

Just two cameras are on the back of the Pro but they're very different. The main shooter is based on the Sony IMX600, a 40MP size, 1/1.7 "sensor and a RYYB filter. Honor claims it catches 40% lighter than conventional sensors, which can increase the ISO to 204,800.

The second camera has 3x optical zoom (5x hybrid and up to 30x digital zoom). It has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and takes 8MP photos. There’s a Laser AF system to help with the autofocus.

The phone is capable of recording 4K/60fps of video and makes up for the lack of OIS with "AIS" on the main camera, stabilization operated by the Kirin ISP. The 6.57 "LCD has 1080p+ resolution and a dual punch aperture, and holds an ultra-wide 32MP main selfie camera and 8MP (both have fixed focusing lenses).

The 4,200mAh battery supports quick 40W charging-a charge of 30 minutes will fill 70% of the battery.

The Honor Play 4 Pro is now available in Blue and Black pre-order colours. Its price is CNY 2,900 ($410/€365), rendering it one of Kirin 990's most accessible phones to date (the Honor V30 released at CNY 3,300, though reasonable to use the marginally faster Kirin 990 5 G chip).

Honor Play 4

The Honor Play 4 is larger and has a 6.81 "frame, a 1080p+ quality IPS LCD display. The fingerprint reader is placed on the side as is the case with the Pro. In comparison to this, there is only one front camera that has a 16MP sensor.

There are four cameras to the back. The main one packs a 64MP sensor, which is just as big as the one in the Pro (1/1.7), "but is configured for higher resolution as opposed to low-light. The effective pixel size is 1.6μm with pixel binning, and the aperture is f/1.89, and the camera can always be well in the night.

Next is an ultra large camera of 8MP, then a macro camera of 2MP and, ultimately, a sensor of 2MP size. The main camera is capable of capturing 4 K footage but has a 30fps limit.

The Play 4 is operated by a MediaTek Dimension 800, 7 nm chipset with four Cortex-A76 cores and four A55 cores, plus a Mali-G57 MC4 GPU – close to the Kirin 's hardware, but aiming for mid-range output. It does also have an incorporated 5 G modem. To hold it working cold, the processor is filled with a huge 991mm2 vapor chamber.

The capacity of the battery is equivalent, 4,300mAh but the charging falls down to 22,5W (which is still reasonably fast).

Just like the Pro, the phone has 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage but this model also has a microSD slot (cards up to 512 GB are supported). There are dual SIM slots on both models.

The Honor Play 4 is pre-ordered with a combination between Blue and Black colours. It costs CNY 2,000 (US$ 280 / Euros 250). Both the model Play 4 and Play 4 Pro will soon also be given an opalescent white colour.

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