Huawei Honor Play Review

5 October 2018, 06:02:51

Huawei Honor Play Review
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Audio Test

The audio test has been performed by using the TASCAM US-2x2 audio interface and the RightMark Audio Analyzer software as usual. Despite the fact that our review unit has a Very Good overall result, it is one of the few that performs better than average in terms of absolute values for each of the parameters. For starters, the frequency response is excellent but so are the noise level and dynamic range, which is a very rare thing. Moreover, THD (total harmonic distortion) is excellent as well. The THD + Noise and IMD + Noise are rated as Good, hence the lower than an Excellent overall result. The stereo crosstalk and the IMD at 10 kHz are rated as Very Good. In addition, the model arrives with Huawei's 7.1-channel Histen sound for an improved audio experience. The Honor Play is equipped with a single, bottom-firing speaker placed to the right of the USB Type-C 2.0 port. According to our subjective opinion, the speaker is loud enough. The sound is quite average in terms of quality, with tinny highs and the usual lack of bass and depth.
Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.23, -0.24 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -97.1 Excellent
Dynamic range, dB (A) 97.6 Excellent
THD, % 0.0019 Excellent
THD + Noise, dB (A) -83.1 Good
IMD + Noise, % 0.052 Good
Stereo crosstalk, dB -81.9 Very good
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.015 Very good
General performance   Very good
Frequency response
Noise level
Dynamic range
THD + Noise (at -3 dB FS)
Intermodulation distortion
Stereo crosstalk

Music App

The Music application is part of Huawei's proprietary suite of apps. The logic behind it is the same as the one on any other similar UI - LeEco's EUI or Xiaomi's MIUI, for example. Since we're reviewing a global EMUI version, the app lacks its features related to providing access to free and paid online music. When you click on the app's icon you get a direct access to the My Music screen from where you can browse through the files available on your device and manage the app's settings. The files are grouped into four folders - songs, artists, albums and folders. You can create playlists and add songs to favourites. The Now Playing screen has shortcuts to the current playlist and lyrics (if available). The also contains an equalizer with a choice of pre-set audio modes, an option to create a custom one and adjust the mega bass level manually. This equalizer is part of the Huawei Histen Sound Effects which contains a choice of audio improvement modes (Auto, Natural, Standard, 3D Stereo) and choose your headset type for optimized performance.

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