Honor Play 3 Launched With Punch Hole Display for Cheap

Along with the Honor 20S, the company has launched another mid-range smartphone called the Honor Play 3. Both were launched in China, and right now, there is no word about their international availability.

Honor Play 3, succeeding the Honor Play, comes with impressive specifications featuring a triple sensor rear camera, a 4000 mAh battery and a new type of gradient design.

Design and Display

Featuring a “pixelated” paint job with small trusses on the back, the smartphone comes in three colors black, blue and pink. The triple sensor rear camera is vertically aligned on the top left and unfortunately, the smartphone does not come with a fingerprint sensor.

On the front, the smartphone features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with 720 x 1560 pixels resolution topped with scratch-resistant aluminosilicate glass for protection. Honor claims that the punch hole camera is 30% smaller, boosting the screen to body ratio to 90 percent.

The company claims that Honor Play 3 is water-resistant, however, it has only showcased IP5x rating which depicts dust proofing, not waterproofing.

Internals and Storage

Internally, Honor Play 3 is powered by the Kirin 710F chipset accompanied by 4 GB or 6 GB RAM and 64 GB and 128 GB storage.

Users can either get 6 GB RAM with 64 GB memory or 4 GB RAM with 128 GB storage. The smartphone also has a third variant featuring 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

Software-wise the smartphone runs on EMUI 9.1 flavored Android 9.0 Pie.


The triple sensor rear camera features a 48 MP main sensor followed by an 8 MP ultra-wide lens with 120 degrees field of view and a 2 MP depth sensor.

Sitting in the punch hole is an unimpressive 8 MP single sensor shooter for selfies.

Battery and Pricing

The whole package is fueled by a 4000 mAh battery charged over MicroUSB with 10W charging only.

Prices for Honor Play 3 variants are as follows:

  • 4GB/64GB ~CNY 1000 ($139)
  • 6GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB ~CNY 1300 ($182)

Honor Play 3 Specifications

  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G51 MP4
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 710F (12 nm)
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.1
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE;
  • Display:
    • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 6.39 inches, 720 x 1560 pixels resolution,
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 4 GB/6 GB
    • Internal: 64 GB/128 GB
    • Card slot: Yes, up to 1 TB
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP
    • Secondary: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: LTE, MicroUSB, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, headphone jack
  • Fingerprint scanner: No
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Price:
    • (4GB/64GB) $140
    • (6GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB) $182