System and applications
The device works under Android 8.1 Oreo with the EMUI 8.2 add-on and security updates from the 1st of October 2018. EMUI is a mature, perfected, friendly and an aesthetical interface – personally I like using it, though it is of course your own preference. This is definitely not a solution for fans of a pure Android. I will add that the device came to me with an unlocked boot loader, which after every restart greeted me with such a message:
Still, EMUI is an add-on, which gives a wide manoeuvring ability when it comes to personalizing the interface (those simple wallpapers with animals, which are creatively using the notch are advantage), managing notifications, adjusting apps’ scaling to display’s proportions, changing the display’s resolution, changing the navigation mode...
Additional interface functions are, for example, the floating button, eye-protection mode, the possibility to control the temperature and colours’ saturation (Normal and Vivid), possibility to change the main desktop (with or without the apps’ menu) and system buttons, simple mode, themes, facial recognition system (using infrared), app cloning, gestures support and so on. If you have ever read a review of any of the newest model from Huawei or Honor, you already know what you can expect from EMUI.
As usual, next to the standard set from Google and preinstalled utility and multimedia apps, Huawei preinstalled a number of abundant apps and fames – which, from many users points of view, are totally unneeded. While the presence of the Netflix app might have some sense, placing five poor games in the demo version is too much – Huawei could stop placing bloatware in the soft.