Huawei Honor Play Review

5 October 2018, 06:02:51

Huawei Honor Play Review
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Networks, calls and connectivity

The modem built-in the Kirin 970 chipset onboard the Huawei Honor Play implements the 3GPP LTE Release 13 and supports downlink speeds of up to 1200Mbps thanks to up to 5x20MHz carrier aggregation with 256-QAM. These features put it on one level with Qualcomm's X20 LTE modem placed in the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform. The new modem enables dual-LTE/VoLTE and dual-4G (depending on the mobile network operator). The handset supports a plethora of network bands, including 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 2.5G CDMA 800 MHz, 3G TD-SCDMA (1880-1920, 2010-2025 MHz), 3G UMTS (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz ), 4G LTE-FDD (850, 900, 1800, 2100 MHz), and 4G LTE-TDD (1900, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHz). The CDMA BC0 (800MHz) band is supported only for China Telecom. With the Honor Play, you can use either two Nano-SIM cards or a Nano-SIM and a microSD card. The SIM tray is placed on the left frame of the device. If you use two SIM cards, they can use 4G services (if that's enabled by your local carriers). The microSD card slot supports UHS-1, Class 10, exFAT and NTFS format. The wireless connectivity options of the Honor Play include dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac with 2x2 MiMO, Wi-Fi Bridge, Wi-Fi+, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2. The model is equipped with a 3.5 mm jack and a USB Type-C 2.0 port with OTG support.
We are reviewing the COR-L29 version of Honor Play, which also arrives with NFC and Huawei Beam on board. Our review unit arrives with two additional services. The first one is the Huawei Share, which allows nearby Huawei devices that are in one and the same network with yours to discover your device. The second is the MirrorShare, which is similar to the cast display feature. It lets you mirror the content from your device to a nearby TV/STB. However, only Miracast devices support this feature. The model supports GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. Our review unit managed to detect a good number from all three with an accuracy of up to 4-5 meters. Finally, the renewed Printing service is moved to the Connected Devices menu under the Settings and is compatible with all Mopria-certified printers, which make up 97% of printers sold worldwide.

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