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12/03/2019

Huawei Honor Play 4G Smartphone Test

Huawei presented a new smartphone recently in Europe and the new LTE smartphone name is Honor Play, which is aimed especially at users who want to play games in their smartphone. The device has integrated a powerful processor with "GPU Turbo" and offers a very large display. Today, we will check details about the Honor Play and the technology that offered by Huawei in this smartphone.

 
   
 
 
Good display and quick unlock 
 
 The display of the Honor Play is comparatively large with 6.3 inches. The resolution is very high at 2340 x 1080 pixels, so the presentation is always sharp. The positive feature in the test is the very good display brightness. The frame around the display is pretty narrow, in this area of the display, for example, pictograms can be displayed. The Honor Play not only offers a fingerprint sensor to unlock but also a face recognition. Both methods work reliably and quickly. The fingerprint sensor is positioned well on the back and works faster than the face recognition, but overall, the face recognition with sufficient light left a very good impression.
 
 


Enough performance for the gaming smartphone 
 
 Honor Play uses a HiSilicon Kirin 970 chipset, which is the first chipset used in the Huawei Mate 10 in 2017 offers a maximum clock rate of 2.36 GHz per processor core and has 4 GB of RAM available. In addition, the "GPU Turbo" technology is used. According to Honor, this brings up to 60% more power and up to 30% less power consumption for certain games optimized for this purpose. However, if you play a game that is not optimized for the GPU Turbo, then you can only get the regular performance. 
 
    
 

Dual camera with decent picture quality 
 
 The Honor Play features two camera sensors on the back, one with 16-megapixel resolution and the second sensor with 2-megapixel resolution. A kind of "artificial intelligence" (AI), so a software mechanism, is to improve the image quality. In the test, the image quality was usually neat, but could not compete with more expensive smartphones like the Huawei P20 Pro or the Apple iPhone 8. Unfortunately, the colors were often a bit pale. If you turn on the AI photo function, you often get very unnatural looking pictures. Colors are overemphasized and edges - for example, buildings - too sharpened.
 
    
 

Modem, voice quality, battery and more 
 
 The battery lasted in the test pleasingly long, about 2 days were possible with moderate use and about a day with normal use. Charging is via USB C fast charging function, wireless charging via Qi standard does not support the device unfortunately. The modem made a good impression, up to 240 Mbit/s could be measured via LTE in the downlink. The reception and voice quality was good in the test.
 
    
 

Conclusion 
 
 The Honor Play offers great value for money. The display is not only huge, but also offers a very good presentation quality and a great brightness. The system speed is very good thanks to Kirin 970 chipset and the Android software offers many features. With the EMUI user interface, Honor Play would like to use fewer colors. Often the system is overloaded and confusing due to the many menus and apps. Also, many third-party apps are preinstalled, which fortunately can be uninstalled.
 
 
 
The Honor Play is a very good smartphone for the price of just around 400USD. One thing has to mention is that Honor Play is an explicit gaming smartphone. Of course, you can play well with the Honor Play - but that works just as well with many other smartphones. For example, if you value Turbo on the GPU, you can buy an Honor 10 or a Huawei P20 which have the same performance.  
 
 

08/03/2019

Alcatel LinkHub HH70 VS HH40

Many people know Alcatel 4G WiFi Hotspot, but few Alcatel 4G wireless router with Ethernet ports are well-known. Now Alcatel presented a new LinkHub series of wireless router for home use. The Alcatel LinkHub HH70 and HH40 are the two models for the home station. If you want to know the difference between LinkHub HH40 and HH70, you can check the specification table below for the comparison of the two 4G wireless wifi routers.

 

 

 

Model Alcatel LinkHub HH70 Alcatel LinkHub HH40
Product type 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port 4G WiFi Router with Ethernet port
Category LTE Cat.7 LTE Cat.4
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9240-1 Qualcomm MDM9207
LTE Data rates DL 300Mbps/UL 100Mbps DL 150Mbps/UL 50Mbps
Supported 4G LTE frequency bands Band 1/3/7/8/20/38/B40 - EU Version(Alcatel HH40V): Band 1/3/7/8/20 - APAC/MEA Version(Alcatel HH40CM): Band 1/3/5(26)/7/8/20/28/38/40/41
WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Max supported users 64 users 32 users
MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO 2 x 2 MIMO
Antenna Two, SMA-female jacks Two, SMA-female jacks
Buy Antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH70 external antenna Alcatel LinkHub HH40 external antenna
App management Alcatel WiFi Link App Alcatel WiFi Link App
SIM Size Micro SIM Micro SIM
Battery NO NO
Dimensions 146 x 146 x 32 mm 134 x 134 x 31.5mm
Interfaces * 2x 1000Mbps RJ45 port (WAN/LAN) * 1x RJ11 telephone port * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA) * One Micro-SIM card slot * 1 x USB 2.0 port * 1 x LAN port(RJ45) * 1 x LAN/WAN port (RJ45) * Two external LTE antenna ports (SMA) * One micro-SIM card slot * 1 x Micro USB for power supply
Datasheet LinkHub HH70 Datasheet(PDF) LinkHub HH40 Datasheet(PDF)
User Manual LinkHub HH70 User Manual(PDF) LinkHub HH40 User Manual(PDF)
Other features    
Firmware download Linkhub HH70 firmware Linkhub HH40 firmware
Driver Linkhub HH70 driver Linkhub HH40 driver
Reviews LinkHub HH70 Review LinkHub HH40 Review
Price/USD 279.00USD 169.00USD

 

Summary

 

From the specs table, we can see the main difference focus on below point:  

 

Speed:

  • Alcatel Linkhub HH70 supports LTE Cat7 and achieves download speed up to 300Mbps and upload speed to 100Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9240-1
  • Alcatel LinkHub HH40 supports LTE Cat4 and achieves download speed up to 150Mbps and upload speed to 50Mbps based on Qualcomm MDM9207

 

Variant models:

 

LinkHub HH70 has only one variant model now, but Alcatel Linkhub HH40 has two models for different markets: Alcatel HH40V for EU and Alcatel HH40CM for APAC/MEA areas.  

 

Interfaces: Comparing with Linkhub HH40, Alcatel LinkHub HH70 has an extra USB 2.0 port for external disk connection and printer, but it doesn’t has the Micro USB port which is available in LinkHub HH40.  

 

Dimensions: Alcatel LinkHub HH70 is a little bit larger than Linkhub HH40   The Alcatel Linkhub HH70 is advanced than HH40, so the Linkhub HH70 price is higher than HH40. If you would like to buy one home router from the two routers, we recommend the LinkHub HH70.

01/03/2019

Huawei Released a 5G Portable Mobile Wi-Fi Router

February 24, 2019, for the Chinese corporation Huawei is one of the most important days in its history, because it presented to the public not only a revolutionary smart phone with a collapsible case and a flexible screen, but also many other new products, which list included a portable 5G Mobile Wi-Fi. This Huawei 5G mobile WiFi has become the first commercial product on the market that is capable of developing a tremendous speed when connected to fifth-generation networks.

 

 

Due to the fact that the Huawei 5G Mobile Wi-Fi router incorporates the Balong 5000 chipset modem, the maximum data transfer rate can reach 4.6 Gbit/s, which is simply a huge value. At the same time, the new product supports Wi-Fi networks of the Hex generation (ax), using which the data exchange rate within the network reaches 4.8 Gbit/s. Due to this, a file of 1 GB could be downloaded in just 3 seconds, that is, almost incredible on current 4G LTE networks.

 

 

 

Due to the support of HiLink technology based on Wi-Fi 6 (ax), the owners of a new portable router from Huawei can exchange any data with several devices within the network as much as four times faster than using Wi-Fi 5 (ac). And the Huawei 5G router is configured with a large battery 8000 mAh, so it can provide about 7 hours of working time in the 5G network at the highest speed. When using 3G and 4G LTE networks, this working time could increase by 2 - 3 times.

 

 

The Huawei 5G Mobile Wi-Fi portable router supports Qi fast charging technology and can also be used as a stationary access point - to do this, you need to connect the charger to it via the USB Type-C connector. The manufacturer also provided connectors for external antennas in the novelty, and also introduced a touch screen that allows you to control various features of routers without having to enter the admin panel through a third-party device.

 

 

 

The official price of Huawei 5G mobile WiFi hotspot is not known yet, but it is worth waiting for the price. In addition to a portable router, the manufacturer will also introduce a stationary model Huawei 5G CPE Pro for use at home or in the office, as well as a router Huawei 5G CPE Win, which can be used in open spaces, because its case is protected from water and dust according to IP65. Earlier, Huawei Mate X was officially unveiled - the best folding smartphone, but at a high price.