Honor Play 40 and Pad X8 Pro tablet are here

The new Honor Play 40 is here and while it looks different than the Play 30, nothing has changed under the hood.
Honor Play 40

The new Honor Play 40 is here and while it looks different than the Play 30, nothing has changed under the hood. The company also introduced the new Pad X8 Pro tablet.

Honor Play 40

The Honor Play 40 is powered by the same Snapdragon 480+ chipset as the Play 30. The storage options have changed though – 6/128GB, 8/128GB and 8/256GB are available. In addition, you can add up to 5 GB of virtual RAM. The operating system used is MagicOS 7.1 based on Android 13, while the predecessor was still delivered with Android 11.

The display is essentially identical. It is also a 6.56-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1,612 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The 5-megapixel selfie camera sits in a waterdrop notch. The main camera has a 13 megapixel sensor that shoots videos at up to 1080p. And just like with the new Honor X50 and X50i, the Chinese are again installing a 2 megapixel depth sensor in the Play 40.

The Honor smartphone’s battery has grown slightly with a capacity of 5,200 mAh (plus 200 mAh), but still only charges with 10 watts. In addition to the USB-C port, there’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as Hi-Res Audio certifications (both wired and wireless). But the biggest upgrade is still the new design with four color options. The camera module is flat, but the camera lenses protrude slightly and there is a glittering ring around the inscription “AI Camera”.

The Honor Play 40 is already available in Honor’s online shop in China. The base 6/128GB model costs 1,380 CNY ($190/€175).

Honor Pad X8 Pro

At 11.5 inches, the Honor Pad X8 Pro is larger than the Pad X8 at 10.1 inches. The IPS LCD display has a resolution of 2,000 x 1,200 pixels, covers 100% of the sRGB color space and delivers 400 nits peak brightness and 2 nits minimum brightness. The panel also runs at 120 Hz, but can alternatively switch back to 90 or 60 Hz. In addition, the tablet has no fewer than six speakers on board.

The Pro model is powered by a Snapdragon 685 chipset that can be configured with 4/6/8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. MagicOS 7.1 with Android 13 runs ex works here too. The Honor Pad X8 Pro has a metal housing that is quite slim and light at 6.9 mm and 495 g. Inside is a 7,250 mAh battery, which Honor claims is enough for 13 hours of video playback. There are three color variants available – Star Grey, Azure Blue and Coral Violet.

The Honor Pad X8 Pro is also available now from Honor’s online shop in China. The 6/128GB version costs 1,100 CNY ($150/€140).


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