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Honor launches the Play 5T Pro smartphone along with its new Earbuds 2 Lite

Honor launches the 5T Pro. (Source: Honor)
Honor launches the 5T Pro. (Source: Honor)
Honor has launched 2 new products today (August 5, 2021): a new pair of TWS earbuds and a smartphone. The Play 5T Pro has a 6.6-inch display, driven by a MediaTek processor, and a larger battery compared to the existing Play 5. Similarly, the Earbuds 2 Lite are rated for up to 32 hours of use on a single charge, and for active noise cancellation (ANC).

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Honor is definitely back to business as usual, with a launch for another new low- to mid-range phone, as well as new TWS earbuds, ahead of the debut of its Android flagships for 2021. Then again, the Play 5T Pro sticks out in that the OEM has made a strange choice for its name, especially in relation to the pre-existing 5 variant.

The freshly-introduced device has a larger 6.6-inch FHD display - however, it is LCD as opposed to the AMOLED of the Play5. Furthermore, it runs on the older Helio G80 SoC, whereas the supposedly vanilla 5 has a newer (and, moreover, 5G) Dimensity 800U.

At 4000mAh, the 5T Pro does have the larger battery of the two, at least; although the Play5 is the only one with Honor's high-end 66W charging solution. Finally, the newer Magic UI 4.0-powered model has dual 64+2MP rear shooters, whereas the 5 has a quad-sensor set-up.

The Honor Play 5T Pro's price has been set at 1,499 yuan (~US$231), and may only be available in China. The Earbuds 2 Lite will be available in more countries, such as the UK, Germany, France and Finland at launch.

Again, despite their name, these new TWS earbuds come across as a markedly stocky take on the AirPod clone. Nevertheless, Honor asserts that they are designed with user comfort and prolonged wear times in mind.

To this end, the OEM estimates that they will last for up to 32 hours (thanks to their unusually long case) of playback between charges. The Earbuds 2 Lite are equipped with 10mm drivers for a "Loud Sound Field", AI for call quality and external mics for ANC.

The new Honor Earbuds 2 Lite are priced at €69.90 (~US$83) and are available in Glacier White or Midnight Black.

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The new Earbuds 2 Lite. (Source: Honor)
The new Earbuds 2 Lite. (Source: Honor)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08- 5 (Update: 2021-08- 5)