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Honor Play 30 silently unveiled with Snapdragon 480+ 5G chipset

Honor Play 30

An entry-level smartphone with the name "Honor Play 30" has been silently unveiled in China. It does not offer much in terms of specs compared to the Plus model that was released last year.

The device comes with a 6.5-inch LCD screen with HD+ (1600x720) resolution and 60Hz refresh rate and 20:9 aspect ratio. Powering the hardware is Qualcomm Snapdragon 480+ 5G 8nm processor clocked at 2.2GHz, paired with 4GB RAM.

The firm also offer an 8GB RAM version, both bundled with 128GB storage. A microSD slot is provided to further expand the limited storage up to 512GB. The Honor Play 30 does not have a dedicated dual SIM slot but an hybrid one.

The camera island on its back is a reminiscence of the ones on the latest iPhones, although only one camera exist here, which has a 13MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, supported by a single LED flash.

A dew-drop notch at the top of the screen harbors a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture. These cameras can only record 1080p videos in case you are wondering. While the software aspect is at least pleasing with Android 11-based Magic UI 5.0 onboard (well, still better), it lacked a fingerprint sensor.

We suspect that the Honor Play 30 only supports face unlock, which is not as secure and easy to use as the fingerprint sensor. Apart from 5G, other connectivity features it offer are 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual band), GPS, USB Type-C, and FM radio.

Behind is a 5,000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery with 10W fast charging supports. The phone will be available in Black, Blue, Gold, and Gradient colors when it officially arrives to the market, although there are no details about that yet. We do not have the pricing information either.

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