[Updated] Honor Play 9A & Play 4T Pro Magic UI 3.1 public beta program kick-starts

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on July 22, 2020) follows:

Huawei has been facing some serious challenges, especially in the global market. This is in light of the whole US trade ban. With this, new Huawei devices are forced to ship out without Google Play Services, a huge deal-breaker in many markets.

Despite the odds, Huawei is pushing on. The company is actively developing its skins on top of Android, EMUI and Magic UI.

Honor Play4T Pro
Honor Play 4T Pro

The Honor Play 4T Pro was unveiled earlier this year and on the spec sheet, it is a solid package. The device is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 810 chip and juicing things up is a 4,000mAh battery. It spots 6/8GB of RAM and has a 48MP main camera.

Today, reports coming in indicate that Huawei is beginning the Public Beta testing program for two of its devices, the above-mentioned Honor Play 4T Pro and the Honor Play 9A.

magic ui 3.1 honor 9a play

The Honor Play 9A was also unveiled in April 2020 and packs a 720×1600 display, 4GB of RAM, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. Under the hood of this device is the Mediatek Helio P35 chip (MT6765).

Already, a good number of Huawei and Honor devices have already been updated to EMUI 10.1 or Magic UI 3.1. Most recently, we saw the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Honor View30 and Honor View30 Pro 5G variant pick up EMUI 10.1 & Magic UI 3.1 updates. More on that here.

We have a more detailed coverage of the same in our dedicated EMUI 10.1 tracker here.

emui 10.1 tracker

We shall continue to keep an eye on this story and update as and when we get more info on the rollout of Magic UI 3.1 to these two devices and more Huawei/Honor devices.

Update 1 (August 13)

Honor has started rolling out the Magic UI 3.1 beta version for the Play 4T Pro. This new update has been pushed to all users who’s devices are on version The update does not bring any major changes. Here’s the changelog:

Optimizes the camera focus in some scenes.

Improved the Knuckle gestures in a gaming setting.

Optimizes system stability.

NOTE: We have these and many more Huawei stories in our dedicated Huawei section.

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