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.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the digital camera system: the 16-megapixel snapper that’s paired with a 2-megapixel digital camera manages first rate photographs and provides loads of choices for handbook shooters, nevertheless it merely couldn’t choose up the sunshine shade of inexperienced on a pair of apples, regardless of how a lot I fiddled with the settings or turned to the AI mode for assist.
The 16-megapixel entrance digital camera, in the meantime, couldn’t appear to seize a lot element even in well-lit situations. In a number of selfies, I appeared like I’d had my pores and skin smoothened by some form of beautification mode, nevertheless it wasn’t even turned on.
There’s not a lot else to complain about: the 6.Three-inch FHD+ IPS show is vibrant and vibrant, and the sound from the underside speaker is surprisingly good. I additionally love the shade of blue that’s out there in most markets – it seems to be incredible on the all-metal physique, to the purpose that I’m tempted to make use of the Play and not using a case.
I’m additionally glad the Play helps quick charging over USB-C, comes with a Three.5mm audio jack, and room for twin SIMs.
Minor niggles embrace the broad notch and the marginally thick chin (which seems bigger than it’s, due to the Honor badge on there), and the intense white interface components throughout EMUI.
At this level, I can say that the Honor Play has so much going for it at its value, no matter whether or not you need to use it to frag baddies or browse Instagram all day – nevertheless it’s not one of the best system a gamer can purchase proper now. Keep tuned for our full evaluate in a few weeks.
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