Gaming phones are now a thing. We have the razor phones, we’ve ROG phones and now we’ve honor Play. but those two phones were quite premium, expensive and high performance. Honor play is a gaming phone and aimed at a slightly more budget-friendly audience. But the question is that it can still game?
GPU turbo is what honor is calling are the customizations that aim to enhance performance and frame rates by Kirin 970 processor during gaming thus bringing a 4D experience. The brand claims the gamers can enjoy a 60% increase in GPU efficiency and a 30% reduction in single frame CPU energy consumption. Thanks to this technology so you can be able to enjoy smoother frame rates on higher graphical settings. GPU turbo also claims to reduce power consumption during gaming by 15% providing solution to one of the biggest challenges while gaming on mobile helped by very generous 3,750mAH battery. Otherwise, the Honor variant comes with 4GB RAM although a 6GB model is available and 64GB of storage expandable to 256GB. The screen is a 6.3 inch full HD plus IPS LCD display with a 19 : 9 aspect ratio that takes up 89% of the front of the device. There is a notch which will be putting off to some but it can be turned off in settings. The rear camera is 16 mp backed up by 2 megapixel for extra effects and a 16 mp front camera. Around the front, there is a headphone jack, a quick fingerprint scanner and a USB type C down the bottom. Honor play ships with Android 8.1.
We like the way it looks it feels pretty premium actually but we have found that the back panel scratches fairly easily. The Kirin 970SOC is a flagship chipset and it’s the same one found in P20 pro and it’s the one found in Honor play and other Huawei’s flagship phones.
We have found interesting that honor 10 and other devices that seem to underperform in benchmark tests and it probably translates the gaming as well so you might be getting a boost that just brings you back up to normal.
Lack of software optimization or whatever it is it left us with relatively low expectations for the Play in terms of gaming but we’re excited to report that in geek convention and to two scores to play mash to perform around the same pace as a Galaxy Note 8 that puts it way ahead of the honor sets. Frame rates are stable even with graphics turned up and it all looks great.
Unfortunately, it couldn’t quite manage our custom made games to test performances. Keep in mind that games like PUBG & other heavy games that are trending work fine as the devices are optimized for them. You can disable home and other in screen buttons to avoid distraction during gaming.
Device’s brightness quality is not bad as compared to Samsung phones. The device lacks dual front-facing speakers which are also a bit of a disappointment on a gaming phone but the company claims they’ve installed a 3D sound technology that makes sure you enjoy gaming at its best.
Talking about the cameras, AI technology is there to make sure that you’re not left behind for capturing the perfect clicks.
– The Kirin 970SOC chip: The perfect choice for a phone with these specs.
– The AI based cameras: Dual rear cameras make sure that the moments are captured precisely.
– Exceptional Price: With 300 bucks you get a phone with great specifications for gaming.
– Wifi coverage: Wifi sometimes produces connectivity issues that are quite bad for online gaming.
– Speakers: As talked earlier, Honor Play lacks dual front speakers that would slightly reduce the gaming environment’s charm.
The best thing about Honor Play is the price. With around 300 bucks, you get a premium looking phone with all the features mentioned. If you love smartphone gaming & budget is around 300 bucks, this phone is a worth to buy!