As we gear up for next month’s unveiling of the Huawei Mate 10, a few other models are popping up. For example, the midrange machine Huawei Honor V9 Play became official today in China, with a pretty solid design.


Interestingly Huawei opted for a MediaTek processor here, in lieu of the usual HiSilicon Kirin or the sometimes used Snapdragon. The handset uses a metal unibody case and features a 5.2 inch 2.5D display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Inside we find an octa core MediaTek MT6750 processor, as well as the Mali T860 GPU. There’s also 3 or 4 GB of RAM here, plus 32 GB of storage.

A microSD card slot is of course present, as well as a main 13 megapixel camera, with F/2.2 aperture and PDAF, an 8 MP selfie camera and Android 7.0 Nougat as the OS, with EMUI 5.1 on top. Huawei Honor V9 Play uses a 3000 mAh battery and it’s a dual SIM smartphone with microUSB 2.0 port, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and 4G LTE support. It measures 7.65 mm in thickness, weighs 145 grams and it’s priced at just $150 for the 3 GB RAM model and $185 for the 4 GB RAM one.


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