Honor has officially launched its new budget phone – Honor Play5 Vitality Edition – in China market. Also dubbed Honor Play5 Youth Edition, it’s a variant of the Honor Play5 series launched earlier in May this year, featuring Play 5T Vitality Edition, Play 5T, and Play5 models with an interesting price range. The Honor Play5 Vitality Edition is a mid-range smartphone that comes with 2GB virtual RAM and a high refresh rate. The phone sports an appealing design and offers users some pretty advanced features.

Price and Availability

As noted, the Honor Play5 Vitality Edition was recently launched in two variants. The 8GB RAM + 128GB of storage goes for approximately $281, while the 8GB RAM + 256GB of storage will set you back around $313.

The phones went on sale on November 1.

Key Specifications

For the price, it ships with some impressive specifications, including:

  • Processor: Octa Core (2 x 2.4GHz Cortex A78 + 6 x 2GHz Cortex A55 CPUs), MediaTek Dimensity 900 6nm processor with Mali-G68 MC4 GPU
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Operating system: Android 11 with Magic UI 4.2
  • Camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP, 16MP front camera
  • Battery: 4300mAh

Display and Design

While the Honor Play5 5G featured a 6.53-inch FHD+ OLED display with a 60Hz refresh rate, the new Honor Play5 Vitality Edition sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate.

It boasts an impressive 94.4 percent screen-to-body ratio, with 1.05mm slim bezels. It has a resolution of 2376 x 1080 pixels and supports DCI-P3 color gamut coverage to offer superior color accuracy. At the front, there’s a punch-hole, which houses the selfie camera.

The phone measures 161.8 x 74.7 x 8.5 mm and weighs 192 grams. It comes with a fingerprint sensor at the side and supports both 5G and dual 4G VoLTE. You can choose one of two color options: Midnight Black and Aurora Blue.

Honor Play5 Vitality Edition: Features and Software

The Honor Play5 Vitality Edition is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC along with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 256GB of storage onboard. This is an upgrade from the MediaTek Dimenstiy 800U SoC, used on the Honor Play5 5G model. The RAM can be extended by up to 2GB via the latest virtual RAM technology to give you a total of 10GB RAM.

The MediaTek Dimensity 900 is designed for performance enhancement. Of interest, is its ability to offer 5G tethering to other devices without impacting your own experience, including gaming. The power-efficient chip extends battery life even if you engage in demanding tasks.

According to reports, Dimensity 900 can outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 768G chipset in benchmark tests.

In terms of storage, it comes with plenty of it but it doesn’t support expansion. Unless you plan to shoot lots of videos or need to store large files on your mobile for some reason, that much storage space should be sufficient for most people.

The phone runs with Android 11, with Magic UI 4.2 on top. It also comes with GPU Turbo and Link Turbo X to boost performance.

Apart from a fingerprint sensor, you get the standard 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C, and the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Honor Play5 Vitality Edition: Camera

This device features a triple camera setup at the back, consisting of:

  • 64MP main camera with f/1/9 aperture,
  • 8MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture.

Upfront, you get a 16MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

This camera setup is similar to the Honor Play5 model.

Honor Play5 Vitality Edition: Battery Life


The smartphone features a 4300mAh battery that can last more than a day, depending on phone usage. In fact, the company says a fully charged battery can last up to 30 hours of 4G talk time.

It’s notedly smaller capacity, compared with Honor Play5T and Honor Play5T Vitality Edition, which both feature a 5,000mAh battery. 

However, unlike the previous models, which support 22.5W fast charging, the Honor Play5 Vitality Edition supports a 66W superfast charger. It’s capable of boosting it from zero to 50 percent in just 15 minutes and to 100 percent in 40 minutes.

It’s the same technology used in the Honor Play5, which comes with an even smaller battery of 3500mAh.

Of course, how long the battery lasts is dependent on whether you’re a heavy user or not. The phone uses Honor’s own single-cell dual circuit fast charging solution, which is said to solve the dual-cell aging issue.


The Honor Play5 Vitality Edition is a new addition to the Honor Play5 series. It features an improved processor and fast charging technology. With a price tag of less than $30, it’s a budget phone, meaning you can enjoy these and other impressive features without breaking the bank.

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