Huawei Honor Play Review

5 October 2018, 06:02:51

Huawei Honor Play Review
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Display

With a diagonal size of 6.3 inches, the Honor Play's display is one of the largest on a Huawei Honor smartphone surpassed only by the recently announced Honor Note 10, Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max. The screen uses an IPS panel with a traditional vertically striped RGB sub-pixel arrangement, a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio. According to the official specs, the display should cover 85% of the NTSC colour space reference, which means more than 100% of the sRGB colour space and less than the Adobe RGB one. The typical brightness is said to be 450 cd/m2. In addition, the display has a special nano-scale microstructure coating for improved touch experience while playing games. The Honor Play arrives with two main colour modes: Normal and Vivid. For each, you can choose a default colour temperature, warm and cold one. In addition, you can manually set it from the settings. We have measured two combinations - Normal mode with default colour temperature and Vivid mode with default colour temperature. With either of the modes on, the content is clearly visible under direct sunlight.

Normal mode with default colour temperature

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 432.507 cd/m2 0.252 cd/m2 1716 : 1 7863 K
75 % 328.592 cd/m2 0.193 cd/m2 1703 : 1 7872 K
50 % 226.938 cd/m2 0.135 cd/m2 1681 : 1 7862 K
25 % 120.597 cd/m2 0.071 cd/m2 1699 : 1 7884 K
0 % 8.897 cd/m2 0.006 cd/m2 1483 : 1 8034 K
The measurements of the display of our review unit correspond to the specifications provided by Huawei. The maximum brightness measured by us on this sample is 432.5 cd/m2, which is very close to the specified 450 cd/m2. The black luminance values are reasonably low so that the contrast ratio is high enough - an average of 1700:1. The temperature of the white point is around 7800-8000 K.
Under the Normal mode with default colour temperature, the CIE diagram shows a colour space coverage that almost equals 100% sRGB and is far from the specified 85% NTSC. We wouldn't use NTSC as a reference as this has never been a colour space that's been used in practice. However, Chinese manufacturers continue to provide colour coverage reference with the NTSC.

Vivid mode with default colour temperature

Brightness White luminance Black luminance Contrast Color temperature
100 % 467.545 cd/m2 0.250 cd/m2 1870 : 1 9153 K
75 % 356.303 cd/m2 0.193 cd/m2 1846 : 1 9200 K
50 % 242.571 cd/m2 0.133 cd/m2 1824 : 1 9214 K
25 % 130.291 cd/m2 0.071 cd/m2 1835 : 1 9252 K
0 % 9.520 cd/m2 0.006 cd/m2 1587 : 1 9476 K
With the Vivid mode and the default colour temperature on, the maximum brightness of our review unit increases to 467.5 cd/m2, which is also very close to the specified 450 cd/m2. The black luminance remains almost unchanged, hence, the static contrast ratio is increased to 1800:1. The increase in brightness, however, comes at a cost - the temperature of the white point is also increased and under these settings measures 9200 K.
Under the Vivid mode with default colour temperature, the CIE diagram shows a colour space coverage that's wider than 100% of the sRGB one, so we can assume it almost reaches 85% of the NTSC colour space reference.
Peak brightness (100% APL)
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478.662 cd/m2
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477.308 cd/m2
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476.87 cd/m2
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470.168 cd/m2
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468.017 cd/m2
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467.545 cd/m2
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448.953 cd/m2
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448.366 cd/m2
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448.14 cd/m2
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447.765 cd/m2

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