Honor Play hands-on: Solid hardware for a budget ‘gaming’ phone


Chinese language model Honor is entering the gaming phone arena with its  new Play mannequin, which launched yesterday in India and right now in Malaysia. The corporate is hoping to win over cellular avid gamers on a price range with a low-key system that, on the floor, is indistinguishable from most different Android handsets with a notched show.

I acquired an opportunity to check out the brand new cellphone in Kuala Lumpur, and from my transient time with the Honor Play, it looks as if deal. You’re primarily getting a Huawei P20 Pro – minus the Leica digital camera techniques and 2GB much less RAM – for a 3rd of the worth (the 4GB/64GB model prices INR 19,999 ($291) and 1,249 MYR in Malaysia).

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With Android eight.1 and Huawei’s EMUI model eight.2 pores and skin on prime, it’s pretty snappy and straightforward to navigate – although OnePlus’ OxygenOS feels a bit sooner and is definitely extra versatile.

There’s a good bit of bloatware taking over house on the Malaysian version, together with a bunch of video games I don’t care to play in any respect. By the way, Honor teamed up with Tencent Video games to optimize the system for the favored Battle Royale-style sport, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), however that didn’t come pre-installed.

I had bother putting in the title from Google Play on my resort Wi-Fi, so I’ll solely have the ability to totally take a look at Honor’s claims of a 60 p.c efficiency increase together with a 30 p.c discount in energy consumption in my full evaluate in a while.

That mentioned, different current graphics-intensive releases like Darkness Rises ran easily sufficient, with excessive body charges and minimal jitter. Thus far, so good.

Darkness Rises works great on the Honor Play