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HONOR Play Review: Crazy Smart and Crazy Fast

GadgetFrame 21 Jan, 2019

Honor is a sub-brand under the Huawei Group which was founded in 2011 and built up in 2013. Its sister company, Huawei, has been one of the mainstream and smashing-hit brands in the Nepalese market and Honor is one of the newcomer in the Nepali market with mid-run cost smartphones. Honor has recently launched 4 smartphones in Nepal: Honor 7S, Honor 7A, Honor 8X, and Honor Play.




Metal Unibody

The phone can heat up under pressure(during extensive gaming sessions)

Large screen with thin bezels and a notch

Mediocre photos in low light

Top-notch performance(Kirin 970)

No EIS for 4K, 1080p@60fps videos are terrible

Great battery life

 Singular speaker

Good all-around camera experience with some creative options

 No wireless charging





The Honor Play has a full-metal unibody and a look that is vigorously impacted by the plan dialect of the Honor 10. This smartphone feels much simpler to grasp, however, unlike the Honor 10, it doesn't have a glass back, in spite of the fact that it is slightly heavier than the Honor 10 at 176g. The Honor Play comes with a 6.3 inches full HD display with 2340x1080pixels with a stunning aspect ratio of 19.5:9 LTPS LCD with thin bezels around the edges – and that implies there's an indent at the highest point of the smartphone to house the front camera and that's just the beginning. The Honor Play comes with 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage which can further be expanded up to 400GB using a micro SD card.

Honor Play Design

In case you're not in a favor of a notch at the top of the screen, you can cover it up so the smartphone makes the entire segment a dark bar, however, that feels like a misuse of the additional screen space. The Honor logo is confidently snuck into a thin bezel right along the base of the screen. The notch here is comparatively enormous when you compare it with different smartphones available right now, however in case you're not complained about that it shouldn't bring on any issues.



Honor Play is intended for the youthful hearts and mixed media cravers. It has professed to have enhanced the designs for handling the performance effectiveness by 60% and the GPU Turbo brings significantly quick and smooth gaming. It even features a “Do Not Disturb” mode for a smooth and distraction-free gaming session.

The Honor Play accompanies a solid Kirin 970 Chipset additionally presenting a free AI NPU which makes bunches of AI brilliant applications run quicker. The Kirin 970 is a standout amongst the most effective bits of equipment for portable gaming which doesn't cost much yet offers steady and maintainable execution and furthermore not to overlook with the GPU Turbo, things can just improve.

The phone runs on EMUI 8.2 based on Android 8.1 OS - a mix comparative to what we saw on the Honor 10. The EMUI is fully customizable as far as the launcher can get, so the Android perfectionists might need to search somewhere else for a vanilla affair. The new v8.2 enhances the Face Unlock and Gallery with machine learning, there are some new Gaming traps, and a fresh Party Mode for music playback match up over various gadgets.

Honor Play Benchmark Scores

There is an enhanced AI-controlled exhibition with EMUI 8.2. The application presently underpins programmed arranging with features. The machine learning chooses the arranging criteria - location, date, event, and so on.


With respect to the camera, you'll locate a double sensor-shooter on the back of the gadget, yet this doesn't pursue the ordinary Honor design. Honor regularly incorporates one RGB (shading) sensor with another highly contrasting one, with the smartphone taking a picture with both and consolidating them for a far clearer picture. Unlike, here, Honor has incorporated a 16MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, paired with a 2MP depth sensor. The second sensor is simply to enable you to take bokeh shots and in addition to empowering a couple of different smarts on the gadget's shooter. This isn't probably going to give you the best photography, yet we found that it performed well under great lighting.

With regards to low lighting, in any case, we found that the camera battled, with pictures winding up perceptibly grainy. So, you'll have the capacity to catch some great shots amid the day, yet less indoor or in obscurity. There are a lot of settings and highlights to play around with, including the bokeh mode, which we discovered delivered decent outcomes, and in addition, 3D lighting which empowers you to change how your subject gives off an impression of being lit post-shoot.

The selfie camera is an amazing 16MP unit with an f/2.0 sensor, which ought to have the capacity to take some great selfie shots for you to share. The greater part of the previously mentioned highlights is accessible here as well, including the bokeh mode – in spite of the fact that we discovered its outcomes were less noteworthy than that on the rear camera – and also portrait features including 3D lighting.

While it comes to the video, the Honor Play is able to capture 4K video at 30fps. The phone captures 1080p video at the same frame rate which is a bit downside of the device.


The Honor Play is fueled by a large 3,750 mAh battery. It offers Huawei's custom arrangement called QuickCharge, which isn't to be mixed up with SuperCharge. Despite everything it requires utilizing the given 18W charger and uncommon link combo, which can be constraining. Those two pieces come packaged with the Honor Play, so at any rate, you don't need to go out on the town to shop.

The 9V/2A Quick Charge connector can bring the Honor Play from 0% to about 35% in around 30 minutes, which isn't frightfully quick either. The Honor Play has scored an incredible outcome in our battery test with a 94-hour endurance rating. It has worked to perfection in every tried situation - video playback, calls, web browsing, and even the stand by performance. We generally found the Honor Play would last a whole day from one charge with middling to intensive usage. But what we noticed was, after lots of gaming and watching lots of video with the screen at full brightness, the battery drained a bit earlier.

AI GAMING(4D Gaming Experience with Smart Shock and 3D Gaming Sound effect):

Honor Play has got impressive features for the Game lovers. Honor Play has got a refreshed Game Center. It empowers the 4G Smart Shock - dynamic vibrations like the ones on the PlayStation's DualShock controller in compatible games. The primary game to help this new component will be PUBG Mobile. It perceives the gaming situation of group fights, the utilization of extraordinary abilities, exchanging and shooting firearms, and so forth and keenly coordinates vibration input like you would on a gaming console. The 3D Game Sound is additionally accessible which works in different diversions when utilizing wired earphones ought to copy 3D sound. With Honor sound technology, it brings an amazing 3D sound giving you a much more immersive experience when gaming.


The plan and highlights on the Honor Play make for a noteworthy gadget, however not an awesome one. The enormous moving point is the amount you arrive thinking about the cost. Sitting between the Honor 8X and Honor 10, it's not pressing the majority of the most recent highlights that the organization packs into its best end gadgets.

Rather this is a slight repackaging of a significant number of those highlights with a much lower value, which will make the Honor Play an increasingly tasteful decision for those looking for a gaming smartphone on a financial plan. So, if you are a passionate game lover and also you have a limited budget, Honor Play is definitely the one for you.

 Honor Play Overall Specifications:

  • Body:Aluminum body, 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm, 176g
  • Screen:3" 2,340x1,080px (19.5:9) LTPS LCD, 409ppi, notched
  • Chipset:HiSilicon Kirin 970, Octa-core (4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory:4/6GB RAM, 64GB of storage, (hybrid) microSD slot
  • Camera:Dual: 16MP RGB (f/2.2) + 2MP for depth sensing, phase detection autofocus; 2160p @ 30fps video
  • Selfie cam:16MP (f/2.0), 1080p video
  • OS:Android 8.1 Oreo with Huawei EMUI 8.2 + AI features
  • Battery:3,750 mAh non-removable, 18W fast charging
  • Connectivity:Dual Nano-SIM; USB-C (USB 2.0), NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS
  • Misc:Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, single bottom-firing loudspeaker, 3.5mm audio port


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