Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei, which produces affordable and high-quality smartphones. Usually, all the best and innovative goes to smartphones under the brand from Huawei, Honor also gets technologies proven by time. But not at this time. Honor Play was one of the first smartphones to receive a graphics processor with a turbo mode (increase to 60%). The review of Honor Play shows us what other interesting features are hidden by this smartphone.
Main Features of Honor Play:
- dimensions: 74.27 x 157.9 x 7.48 mm;
- The weight: 176 g;
- SoC: Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 970;
- Processor: 4x 2.36 GHz ARM Cortex-A73, 4x 1.84 GHz ARM Cortex-A53;
- Graphics Processor: ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 767 MHz, 12 cores;
- RAM: 4 GB, 6 GB, 1833 MHz;
- Built-in Memory: 64 GB;
- Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC;
- Screen: 6.3 in, IPS, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 24 bits;
- Battery: 3750 mAh, Li-polymer (Lithium polymer);
- Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo;
- Camera: 4608 x 3456 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 frames / sec;
- SIM card: Nano-SIM, Nano-SIM / microSD;
- WiFi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct;
- USB: 2.0, USB Type-C;
- Bluetooth: 4.2;
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou;
Package Contents Honor Play
In addition to the smartphone itself, the package includes a silicone case, charger, USB cable and instructions.
Design and screen
The screen with a cutout is one of the most visible components of this smartphone. The quality is high, the image is clear, the panel is large. Visibility in the sun is not the best, but sufficient.
The device feels very premium device, which is facilitated by high-level metal assembly. One of the drawbacks of the black matte surface will be stains and fingerprints, which accumulate here very quickly. Periodically, the body needs to be wiped, but this happens on many smartphones and it can be easily experienced.
The camera with AI support is another advantage of the smartphone. But we'll talk more about the camera later. The front camera shoots maximum with a resolution of 16 MP, has a fairly powerful LED flash.
The fingerprint reader is accurate and fast. There is also the possibility of unlocking the smartphone face. However, due to the use of a conventional front camera, unlocking works at a sufficient level of light.
Honor Play has a hybrid tray for the SIM card. It's time for all smartphone manufacturers to learn from Xiaomi Redmi S2.
Iron and productivity
Honor Play 4/64GB работает на 8мя ядерном чипе Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 970, которому помогает недавно представленная технология Turbo GPU (при необходимости мощность возрастает на 60%). В зависимости от версии смартфон может быть оснащен 4 ГБ или 6 ГБ оперативной памяти.
Declared support for 4D, but on the eye to notice the difference with other smartphone is extremely difficult (more precisely not possible). Gaming performance is generally excellent. Several running 3D games on the maximum settings on this device flew without any problems. Even PUBG Mobile at the maximum does not experience any difficulties. Smartphone Honor Play has a flagship performance.
According to the results of testing in Geekbench in a single-core test, the smartphone typed 1 891 ball, in the multi-core 6 624 ball.
By results of testing in AnTuTu the smartphone has typed hardly more 200 000 balls.
The user interface of Honor Play 4 / 64GB resembles any other smartphone Huawei. The review had a Chinese version of the device, so Google services were not preinstalled, but there were a lot of unnecessary applications. Services can be installed independently, and all unnecessary to remove.
As usual in the handsets of this manufacturer, there are many functionalities and options available. This refers to the screen, smart features, there are different methods of navigating through the interface. The smartphone works very quickly and smoothly, without hangs and lags.
Honor Play camera test
Smartphone Honor Play is equipped with a main camera with two modules, which has the following characteristics:
- Sensor type: CMOS BSI (backside illumination);
- Diaphragm: f / 2.2;
- Flash: yes, LED;
- Photo resolution: 16 MP (4608 x 3456 pixels);
- Video resolution: 8 MP (3840 x 2160 pixels);
- More: has a maximum resolution of 2 MP and a lens with aperture f / 2.4;
The photo capabilities of the device are also at a very good level. The images are clear and saturated, the details are high. Each time during shooting, artificial intelligence recognizes the scene and applies the appropriate settings.
AI works well, but the contrast and colors may be too strong. On the other hand, this approach can be useful for displaying images on social networks in order to attract more attention.
Photos with augmented reality:
Photos from bokeh effects that looks realistic:
The most interesting is shooting at insufficient level of illumination, at which better photos were expected. It can not be said that they look bad, but I would like to see less digital noise and detailing higher. See for yourself:
Selfies are also beautiful and clear, portrait mode provides a high-level bokeh effect:
The video in 4K format is quite good. Unfortunately, there is no image stabilization, so it can shake.
Shooting with the front camera with 1080p resolution also offers a high level of detail. There are no complaints when recording video.
In this regard, Honor Play shows itself excellently. The quality of phone calls and signal strength in cellular networks is excellent, the ringing speaker is loud, GPS works exactly like other communication standards. The device has several traditional sensors, including a gyroscope.
The duration of operation without recharging is quite high. With the screen on, the device worked 10 hours. At this time it was used for photography, social networking and games.
On recharging from zero to 100% with the adapter that came with it took an hour and a half.
Honor Play 4 / 64GB was a solid smartphone with a number of premium features at a price of about $ 300 (20 000 p. At the time of review).
Photos in low light could be better, just as frustrating the lack of NFC in the Chinese version (in the version for the RF NFC is). In the rest you get a handsome device with a good screen, high gaming and normal performance, solid cameras and good autonomy.
It can not be said that this smartphone is the best in its price category, but it definitely deserves your attention!