Sunday, 19 August 2018

Huawei Honor Play Unboxing & Key Features

Honor has a new high-end phone its aimed at the gamer crowd, happily named the Honor Play is just arrived, so let's check it out.
Huawei Honor Play Unboxing

Take off the cover and you see the phone covered in some kind of sleeve, let's get that off and here's the owner play, ours is in the signature ultraviolet color no it looks more like a lilac, alright put that off to the side and next is a little box with a case inside and we have a little paper holder for the sim key, there doesn't seem to be any headphones here but here's a USB type-c cable and the 18 watt Huawei quick charger.

So now that we have the honor playing our hands let's go over as key features.

There are quite a few features on the honor play which cater specifically to gamers, the first is of course the processing power, the honor play comes with Huawei top chipset the keren 970 neither four or six gigs of ram, because it's a last year's chipset it's a bit outclassed by the current top performers and benchmarks, but still it is flagship level and even has a dedicated chip for AI driven tasks.

The honor play also comes with hallways GPU turbo software update pre-installed this software helps the GPU run games more efficiently resulting in steadier frame rates, however GPU turbo only works with two supported games right now Pub-G and mobile legends bang bang, we did a whole video on GPU turbo a couple of weeks ago. The honor play will attempt to add an extra dimension to gaming via a new feature called smart shot, the phone will vibrate based on scenarios that detects in a game like explosions or shooting sort of like vibration feedback in a gaming controller, unfortunately there's no rumbling yet honor says it will be added later via software update and even then it'll be for select titles like Pub-G, you should be able to download plenty of games through the honor play there's 64 or 128 gigs of internal storage and it is expandable.

Hopefully the large 3700 mah power battery will keep you gaming for quite a while without need for a top-up, with the bundled 18 watt quick charger though charging speed shouldn't be an issue and finally if you plug in headphones you get access to Huawei instant sound options, these include 3d audio which simulates sounds coming from specific directions in game. The games must be supported though I was only able to get it working on a couple so far, unplug the headphones and you just have your standard bottom firing speaker.

Unlike recent Honor and Huawei phones, the honor play is made of aluminum not glass. It isn't a compact foam it's quite tall and not too thin either, though it is and glossy and eye-catching it's still pretty easy on the eyes, on top of our ultra violet color there's also a midnight black and a navy blue option there's also a player edition with red accents and laser engraved PCB like design.

The fingerprint reader is on the back it's nice and responsive to wake up the phone on the front the honor play has a 6.3 inch IPS LCD the 1080p resolution and it's Hall aspect ratio there's a pretty wide notch cut out at the top which thankfully you're able to hide with a black bar.
Overall the screen looks good it seems bright enough and content is sharp.

The Honor Play comes with the latest EMUY 8.2 and most extended AI integration EMUY has always been a heavy skin but since it's well optimized for the hardware inside it runs without a hitch, there are quite a few proprietary features and a lot of them use the neural processor for example in this latest edition of EMUY the gallery is supposed to be able to sort photos for you based on the scenario in the picture and create highlight videos.

The AI is also used to boost face unlock making it more accurate and reliable, of course AI driven scene detection is present on the camera too just like on the latest Huawei phones, don't classify the scene and adjust settings accordingly don't worry even if you turn off the AI mode photos with the 16 megapixel F 2.2 main shooter will still look pretty good and here's a portrait shot made possible by the depth sensing 2 megapixel secondary cam.

Finally let's take a look at the selfies taken with a 16 megapixel F 2.0 front-facing camera we'll go more in depth about the camera quality in our full review.

So there you have it guys Honor really wants to attract gamers with this phone, I'm excited to see whether these features are actually worth it or just a gimmick, what do you think? let us know in the comments down below as well as any questions you might have we'll try to answer them in our for review coming soon.

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