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Honor's latest phone is the sub-US$150, Unisoc T610-powered Play 20

The new Play 20. (Source: Honor)
The new Play 20. (Source: Honor)
The newest addition to Honor's Play series of smartphones is a markedly low-end entrant, starting at just 899 yuan (~US$139). That is not the only unusual thing about it, however, as the OEM has settled on a lesser-spotted Unisoc platform to power the device. It runs Android 10 using the Play 20's large 5,000mAh battery.

Motorola has just launched the Moto G20 with a Unisoc processor: serendipitously enough, Honor has revealed it has made a similar choice for its new Play 20. It joins a series that featured members of top-end Kirin performance back when the brand was owned by Huawei. However, that was then, and it now has to make its own way in terms of sourcing SoCs as an independent OEM.

Accordingly, the Play 20 is powered by the 12nm T610 processor, made up of 2 ARM Cortex-A75 "performance" cores and 6 more economical Cortex-A55 cores, all clocked at 1.8GHz. It drives a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS-LCD display with a retrograde V-shaped notch and no mention of an up-to-date refresh rate.

All-in-all, the Play 20's best features just might be its probably long-lasting 5,000mAh battery (although it charges at a low 10W rate) and its 3.5mm jack. It starts at 899 yuan (~US$139) for a SKU with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

That sounds like a bargain for some Chinese consumers - unless they consider that for 200 yuan (~$31) more, the Realme Q3i is available with its 90Hz display, Dimensity 700 processor, superior 48+2+2MP rear cameras and identical battery capacity.

Therefore, Honor might well hope it has the brand-loyalty it might well need to shift this new ultra-budget Magic UI 4.0 (Android 10) vehicle.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-27 (Update: 2021-04-27)