Honor Play Review: Designed for gaming, but perfect for every need

Honor Play Review: Designed for gaming, but perfect for every need

Are you looking for a smartphone capable of combining unforgettable gaming experiences and reliable performance? To do for you, in this case, is Honor Play, device that won me over with its perfect fusion of aesthetics and performance.

The technical characteristics of Honor Play


Honor Play is easily able to find its place in the smartphone market thanks to its technical characteristics:



  • Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm;
  • Weight: 176 grams;
  • Display: 6.3 inches - IPS LCD with 1080 × 2340 pixel resolution;
  • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 970;
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP12;
  • RAM: 4 GB;
  • Memory: 64 GB expandable up to 256 GB via microSD;
  • Network: Dual Sim 4G LTE;
  • Connectivity: Wi-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 with LE/EDR/A2DP/aptX, USB Type-C 2.0, NFC;
  • Battery: 3750 mAh;
  • Rear camera: 16 MP + 2 MP;
  • Front Camera: 16 MP;
  • Videos: 4K (2160 p), 30 fps;
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2.

An elegant design

Honor Play impresses first of all with its design. The device is in fact characterized by a structure with rounded corners (similar to those of the previous Honor 10), but with two obvious differences. First of the latter is the arrangement of the double rear camera, placed vertically, parallel to the long side of the device, and with the LED flash immediately below.




Arranged differently is also the fingerprint sensor which is no longer located on the front side, but finds space in the upper part of the back cover. Unlocking by fingerprint is thus made much simpler than that adopted by the previous model, but again presents the problem of configuration which, not immediate, requires the owner a good dose of patience.

The rear facade is almost entirely occupied by the 6.3 inch display with 2340 × 1080 resolution, except for the small lower frame bearing the company logo. On the other hand, the notch is missing, which in this model has been completely eliminated to guarantee a greater surface of use available. Are you missing the famous notch? You can always reactivate it in the settings display menu, where you will find the “Notch” item!

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Performance that leaves you breathless

As announced by the name of the new model itself, Honor Play is specially designed for all avid smartphone gamers. To make it perfect for every gaming need, from the game in your free time to more intensive sessions, are in fact its characteristics, among which the presence of the Kirin 970 processor.

The latter, combined with the battery from 3750 mAh, will push the device to always give its best, ensuring smooth use and excellent resistance even after hours of play.

Does the risk of running out of space scare you? You will have nothing to fear. The Play version manages to blend its nature without compromise Dual Sim with one slot per microSD, which will allow you to expand the base memory from 64 GB up to 256 GB.



Absolutely good 3750 mAh battery, designed for get to the end of the day without too much trouble, and the software which, yes, always needs a graphic restyling, but still remains quite fluid.


AI strikes again

As well as for its predecessors, to score a huge point in favor of the latest signed arrival Honor is the camera. On the back there is in fact a double chamber configuration from 16 + 2 MP which, thanks to the support provided by Artificial Intelligence, will allow you to create excellent quality photos, with bright colors even in poor light conditions.



As soon as a photograph is taken, however, it will be necessary to check the results anyway: the AI ​​tends to exaggerate with the brilliance of the colors, making some details excessive. Furthermore, once the shooting mode with artificial intelligence is activated, it will no longer be possible to zoom, a detail that often forces you to be satisfied with a not exceptional result.

Selfie lovers? Honor Play it will also provide you with a good front photographic compartment, through the 16 MP front camera and its wide range of functions, including the now famous portrait effect.

Honor Play: buy it or not?

The caratteristiche di Honor Play definitely make it an attractive smartphone. The latest addition signed by the Huawei sub-brand is in fact capable of providing excellent support to every user, both in the event that the latter is actually looking for a device for gaming and for normal use.


To make it even more interesting is its availability in multiple colors, including some capable of making it always recognizable compared to other models. The device is in fact available, a 329 euros on the official website, in the colors Midnight Black, Navy Blue e Ultra-Violet.

Do you want not only performance, but also a gaming aesthetic? Then you can opt for the special Player edition, characterized by a black and red color.

Honor Play

Pro Honor Play Review: Designed for gaming, but perfect for every need
  • designed for gaming
  • battery duratura
  • Processor for efficient performance
  • Expandable memory
  • Convenient price
Cons Honor Play Review: Designed for gaming, but perfect for every need
  • AI Camera without zoom
  • Fingerprint sensor not easy to set up
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