Huawei Honor Play Review

5 October 2018, 06:02:51

Huawei Honor Play Review
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Design, build and controls

Huawei Honor Play is a strange combination of 2017 and 2018 looks. The body is made entirely of aluminium alloy - a typical feature of mass high-end smartphones until a year ago. The discrete antenna design is there as well along with the rounded edges and flat back. At the same time, the front features a huge full screen with a notch - a feature that has partially become the norm for the past year and is definitely here to stay for upcoming models as well. However, you have the option to hide the notch and get an entirely classic appearance. The handset looks great. Sleek and stylish, it lies comfortably and steadily in the hand. The available colours include black, blue and violet. We are reviewing a violet unit. The special edition of the model that's more appealing to gamers with its design has a red colour. In general, the Honor Play has average dimensions for a smartphone with a 6.3-inch display. More specifically, it is 74.27 mm wide and 157.9 mm high. If we add the 3750 mAh battery to the equation, it turns out that the width and height of this model are well below average. It also houses a beefy battery, while maintaining a low waistline for this size class. With a 7.48 mm profile (without the camera bump), it is one of the thinnest smartphones with a 6.3-inch display and a 3000-4000 mAh battery. With a weight of 176 grammes, it is rather lightweight as well compared to other models with displays and batteries of corresponding sizes. The Huawei Honor Play display takes up 83.35% of the total front surface of the model's body and has rounded corners. The top and side bezels are rather thick. There's a notch that houses the front camera, earpiece and light/proximity sensor as well as a thin chin that has the Honor logo imprinted on it. There's a LED notification light that's visible through the left end of the earpiece mesh. The front of the handset is covered with a 2.5D curved glass that offers great tactile experience but we have no official information about the glass type. The back of the device features a dual-camera module that's vertically aligned in the upper left corner. It is followed by a single LED flash, an AI camera inscription and the Honor logo in the bottom left corner. The circular fingerprint sensor is placed in the upper middle on the back of the body and the CE inscription can be seen in the bottom right corner. The nano-injection moulded antenna bands are discretely visible forming a U shape at the top and bottom of the handset's back. The left frame of the body houses the hybrid, dual-SIM card tray. With it, you can use either two Nano-SIM cards or a Nano-SIM and a microSD card. The Volume Up/Down and Power buttons are made of metal and placed on the right frame. They provide excellent tactile experience. The top frame of the model houses only a microphone hole. The bottom one includes a 3.5 mm jack, a USB Type-C 2.0 port, a microphone hole and a single speaker to the far right.

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