Schick it looks, the Honor Play. The back is made of an aluminum unibody. The antenna lines have the Huawei daughter neatly processed and shipped with curved lines to the side ends. There is also a dual-camera in the iPhone X style and the precisely functioning fingerprint sensor. But the front is really exciting . The covered a huge 6.3-inch display in the oblong 19.5: 9 format. At the top is like the Apple iPhone X, there is a display recess – too Notch – with space for the 16-megapixel front camera.
Curious: The screen is slightly brighter around the notch, highlighting the incision, which disturbs both the main menu as well as in dark games. That solve other manufacturers significantly better. Speaking of display: This resolves in these size regions still sufficiently sharp Full HD + (2340×1080 pixels) and delivers for LCD conditions high contrast and bright colors. An OLED panel would have given games and movies even more brilliance, but is likely to fail the Fees-typical cheap pricing – which will be communicated only at IFA – fail. In terms of brightness, however, Honor could have put on a bit more – bright sunlight makes it so difficult to play games.
Inside, the in-house Hisilicon Kirin 970 turns up the smartphone. An announcement! Because the eight-core processor with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) chip is also in high-end devices such as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and the Huawei P20 Pro . The Honor Play also benefits from the new “Turbo” update – straight reference games such as the new “Asphalt 9” or “PUBG” thus run with a constant high refresh rate, thus enabling a liquid Daddelei. Despite the focus on gaming, the 4 gigabyte main memory is a bit modest for today’s standards, which is not significant when playing games. If the mobile games in the future but more thirsty for massive power, could take revenge.
In addition to the camera functions known from other Huawei and Honor smartphones, such as automatic scene recognition, the AI has another task: In some games, Honor focuses on targeted vibration effects that are designed to enhance the gaming experience. On the advertising leaflets sounds like the Sony Xperia XZ2 auspicious, but in practice it takes a lot of getting used to and definitely a matter of taste. Also a matter of taste: The advertised by Honor 3D sound turns out to be more than sham. Instead of a wide stereo sound, the sound comes only from the speaker on the underside of the honors, the earpiece remains silent. The problem with this: Depending on the game and the attitude of the hands, the roar dice is covered, which silences the sound. Also striking: In high-volume regions, the speaker sounds unpleasant tinny. This is the virtual surround sound with headphones succeeded, which facilitates, for example, in ball games, the position location of opponents.
The internal memory offers 64 gigabytes of space for pictures, photos, apps and games. For this he can be inexpensively expanded by microSD card. If you can do without the memory expansion, you can also fill the second slot in the compartment with an additional Nano-SIM card. With a capacity of 3,750 milliamp hours, the Honor Play offers enough juice for long game nights. In the practice test, the gaming phone lost in full half an hour only 13 percent of battery power in technically demanding “Asphalt 9”. So fast does not make the new Honor so limp.
This is also ensured by the economical operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo with user interface EMUI 8.2. For mobile photographers even more important: The 16 megapixel main camera is supported by a 2 megapixel camera for bokeh shots. In daylight, the pictures can be seen, but with little light, the play has to fight – the snapshots then roar visibly. The rest is standard as far as possible: the smartphone makes data connections via fast LTE, WLAN ac and Bluetooth 4.2.