Huawei Honor Play review
AI gaming and photography
FullView display and a new colour
The Huawei Honor Play has an expansive 6.3” FullView display. This display has a 89% screen to body ratio and a superb resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. There are more rows of pixels than on a tradition smartphone, reducing scrolling and offering a bigger view of games and movies.
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The thin 7.48mm thick metal body gives a premium feel and the phone isn’t too heavy at 176g. Midnight Black and Navy Blue offer colour schemes we have seem before and there is a new colour called Ultra Violet.
There will also be two Player Edition models with a special finish. These have laser engraving over their red and black base colours.
Phone Set Up
Face Unlock on the Honor Play uses AI to improve reliability through different lighting scenarios. There is also a fingerprint sensor, which has been positioned on the back.
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If you need to move content over from your last phone, then there is a very healthy 64GB memory. If you are going to be downloading lots of games, then you will be pleased to hear that there is an up to 256GB memory card slot.
The Huawei Honor Play is designed for gamers and it delivers 4D gaming with Smart Shock. Smart Shock recognises special skills in team battles, along with the switching of guns, to give vibration feedback at these critical moments.
A GPU Turbo creates smooth and fast gaming and accelerates game interactions. There is a 60% performance boost and crucially a 30% reduction in power consumption. This means that not only are your games fast but you can play them for longer. If you game using the headphones, then you will enjoy 3D sound effects.
AI processor and OS
The Huawei Honor Play has a 2.36GHz AI Kirin 970 octa-core neuron processor with 4GB RAM. Needless to say, this opens apps and photos quickly. The Android 8.1 Oreo operating system is paired up with Huawei’s EMUI 8.2 user interface.
Camera & Video
Dual AI camera
The Honor Play has a 16MP + 2MP dual AI camera. The AI element recognises 22 individual categories (dog, beach, snow etc.) and more than 500 shooting scenarios. This works to automatically get great results, without you ever needing to adjust the camera settings.
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The AI camera can retouch different parts of the photo as you shoot. You can also enjoy 4K video recording.
AI Portrait Mode Selfies
There is a 16MP front camera with a special AI Portrait Mode Selfies shooting mode. You can get studio quality results with bokeh blurred backgrounds or with 3D Portrait Lighting, created through the use of AI algorithms. Lighting options include:
- Soft Lighting
- Split Lighting
- Classic Lighting
- Stage Lighting
- Butterfly Lighting
Finally, there is an AI Gallery that classifies your photos and sorts them by location, holiday, time, birthday and more.