Honor 8A Pro
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About the Phone
- It features a glass body (both front and back) with an aluminium casing.
- It features a waterdrop notch display.
- The 6.09-inch screen ensures an immersive viewing experience.
- It has the latest Android version.
- It has a fingerprint sensor.
- It offers only 3GB RAM, which is limited.
- The processor isn’t the best-in-class and delivers mediocre performance.
- The cameras disappoint in low-lighting conditions.
- Despite having a glass body, there’s no wireless charging support.
The Honor 8A Pro feels like just another device with mediocre specs – it has nothing exceptional to offer. Perhaps the stylish and sleek design is the only saving grace here. In terms of processor, battery, and camera, it all falls into the average category.
The Honor 8A Pro was recently launched in April 2019. It features a 6.09-inch screen with a resolution of 720×1560 pixels and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone incorporates an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) processor and runs on Huawei’s custom EMUI 9.0 based on Android v9.0 (Pie). Also, it has a PowerVR GE8320 GPU to handle graphical performance.
A 3020mAh battery powers the dual-SIM phone. It offers 3GB RAM along with 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card. As for cameras, it has a 13MP rear camera (f/1.8 aperture) and an 8MP front camera (f/2.0 aperture) for selfies.
Sensors on the phone include Fingerprint Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, and Accelerometer. It also supports Face Unlock.
There are two colour variants available for the Honor 8A Pro – Black and Blue. In India, the phone costs around Rs. 15,000.
As we said earlier, the design of the Honor 8A Pro is one of the best things about it. The phone features a 2.5D curved glass display along with a glass back design. There’s a metal casing sandwiched between the glass panels. The glossy back imparts a premium and classy look to the phone. On the top left portion of the rear panel, you get a 13MP primary camera and an LED flash, aligned vertically. The fingerprint sensor is placed conveniently on the top middle portion of the glass-back panel.
Coming to the front display, it boasts of a drop-notch and minimalistic bezel design. Apart from a prominent chin and the tiny notch on top, the phone is bezel-less. So, rest assured, you will enjoy an expansive viewing experience. The drop-notch houses the 8MP selfie camera. Despite the big size, the phone feels light in hand. While the right side of the metal casing holds the volume and power buttons, the left side houses the dual-SIM tray. At the bottom, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, a micro USB port, and a speaker grille.
Honor 8A Pro sports a 6.09-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with HD+ resolution. It has a screen resolution of 720×1560 pixels and a pixel density of 283 PPI. The big screen offers an expansive viewing and gaming space.
Although the display has a limited resolution, the screen looks bright enough. The colour and contrast balance is good. The colours never look too bright or oversaturated to hurt your eyes. As for sunlight legibility, it is not so good. Even at maximum brightness, it becomes difficult to watch the display content. Overall, the display is decent enough for watching movies, videos, or reading. However, for high-resolution content, such as 4K videos, you might be disappointed with the experience.
Honor 8A Pro packs in an octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) processor comprising of four cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz. The processor is manufactured through 12nm technology.
For the most part, the phone can handle routine and daily tasks smoothly without showing any signs of lagging. Apps load pretty fast, and even multitasking is very efficient. The 3GB RAM is enough if you use the phone for regular day-to-day tasks like calling, texting, browsing, and multitasking. However, gaming is not a forte of the Honor 8A Pro. While you can play lightweight games at ease, for graphics-intensive games like Asphalt and PUBG, the experience is not something to look forward to. You will experience frame rate drops and sluggishness during gaming sessions, which spoils the gaming experience altogether.
The phone features a 13MP primary camera and an 8MP selfie camera. The rear cam packs in many useful features like Auto Flash, PDAF, HDR imaging, Touch to Focus, Auto Focus, Face Detection, and much more. In daylight conditions, the rear camera can deliver some good shots. The captured images show enough detail and also accurate colour reproduction. Sadly, the camera performance is inconsistent owing to the lack of Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS). As a result, you need to have a very steady hand while clicking photos. In low-light conditions, the camera struggles to perform. The captured images look grainy and out of focus. Also, there’s a lot of noise in them.
Moving on to the 8MP selfie camera, the results are decent only in favourable light settings. The images clicked in well-lit surroundings appear bright and crisp, with the right amount of detail. In low-light conditions, the front camera struggles just like the rear cam – captured photos end up looking hazy. All in all, the selfie cam can provide for your social media needs, provided there’s ample light around you.
The Honor 8A Pro uses a 3020mAh non-removable battery. Considering the phone’s size, the battery capacity seems to be insufficient. On a single charge, the battery can last a day provided you use the phone sparingly and only for routine tasks. For more power intensive and graphics-intensive tasks like online video streaming or gaming, the battery is bound to drain faster.
Connectivity options on the Honor 8A Pro include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, micro USB port, dual-SIM, FM Radio, GPS with Glonass, and 2G/3G/4G support.
To conclude, you should only go for the Honor 8A Pro if you are a diehard Honor fan. With average specs and features, the phone can be a good daily driver. If you’re into gaming and photography, you should definitely stay away! In the same price bracket, you can also check out other models like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2, and Samsung Galaxy M30, to name a few.