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    Honor Play 8A

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    Release Date
    5-Jan-19
    Market Status
    Not Released in India
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    3020 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v9.0 (Pie)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.09 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
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    General
    Announced On5-Jan-19
    Market StatusNot Released in India
    BrandHonor
    Price StatusExpected
    PriceRs. 8,190
    Design
    Weight150 grams
    ColorsBlack, Blue, Gold, Red
    BuildGlass front, plastic back, plastic frame
    Dimensions156.2 x 73.5 x 8 mm
    Display
    Screen Size6.09 inches
    Screen TypeIPS LCD
    Screen Resolution720 x 1560 pixels
    Pixel Density282 ppi
    Aspect Ratio19.5:9
    Screen to Body Ratio79.13%
    Screen DesignBezel-less
    Performance
    GPUPowerVR GE8320
    Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie)
    ChipsetMediaTek Helio P35
    CPUOcta core, 2.3 GHz, Cortex A53
    Custom User InterfaceEMUI
    Clock Speed2.3 GHz
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants3GB 32GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 512 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1080p30fps
    Front Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 8MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution8 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Battery
    Battery Capacity3020 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-Polymer
    USB Type-CNo
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    BluetoothYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    Bluetooth Typev4.2
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    Rear Camera
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupSingle, 13MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution13 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/1.8 Primary Camera
    Rear Aperturef/1.8
    Network
    Network Support4G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Sensors
    Fingerprint ScannerNo

    About the Phone

    Pros:

    • Good battery life
    • Good screen display
    • Sleek, lightweight  body
    • Better than average configuration of processor 
    • Has the latest Android 9.0 operating system 
    • High end graphics, suitable for gaming, watching videos, and browsing the internet 
    • Good storage 

    Cons:

    • Average camera 
    • No fingerprint detection 
    • Average screen size
    • Average screen resolution and pixel density 
    • Does not have Gorilla Glass cover
    • It is not water and dust resistant 
    • Wireless charging not available 
    • No barometer or temperature sensor in spite of non- removable battery

    Expected to launch in August, 2019 in India, the expected price for Honor Play 8A is set at Rs. 8, 190. It is a classic budget phone, with a sleek look, great battery life, and good configuration available at a budget price. However, it has an average screen size, screen resolution and an average camera. It lacks features such as fingerprint detection and water and dust resistance. 

    Honor Play 8A is plastic built with metal frames. This model is 8mm slim, with a weight of 150 grams. It has a sleek, slim design with bezels at the bottom of the model. A teardrop notch at the top of the screen contains the front camera and other sensors like face detection. The phone back is rather attractive with it’s two tone design. It has a screen to body ratio of 87%. As of now it is available in four colours, Black, Red, Blue and Gold. The design is pretty good, pleasing to the eye, lightweight and will have a good grip.

    Honor Play 8A has a 6.09 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels at 283 PPI. It has a LCD capacitive touchscreen with a PowerVR GE8320 graphics processor. It also has the water drop notch feature. The screen has a 2.5D curved glass screen with 16M colours. The screen is vivid and suitable for watching television shows. However, the screen size is pretty average. 

    Honor Play 8A has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. This model is based on a MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 octa core processor.  With 3GB RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal storage, there is also a space for a micro SD card which is expandable up to 512 GB. Although, there is ample space, the phone does lag down sometimes. Honor 8A Play has Android 9.0, Pie operating system. With a better than average configuration, this phone is expected to give a pretty good performance for its offering price.

    Honor Play 8A has a single rear camera with 13MP, f/1.8 aperture. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.0 aperture. The camera of the phone is not up to the mark and not at par with the current phones which are available on the market. It has the video recording feature at 1080p and at 30 FPS FHD, geo tagging, auto focus, touch focus and face detection. Although the camera is sharp,all of these features  have now become available as basic features on any other smartphone and does not make the phone camera stand out. 

    The phone has an unremovable 3020 mAh, Li-Po battery. It has a good battery life with an approximate 14 hours of battery life while web browsing, 67 hours while listening to music and a whopping 105 hours while on standby. This model’s battery life trumps all its other features. It will be chargeable by a micro USB port. It does not have the wireless charging feature, which may become cumbersome for those travelling or having long office hours. It also does not provide a temperature sensor for the battery, although the battery is removable.

    With a lightweight body, good display, great battery life and good graphics, the phone will be ideal for gaming, watching videos and browsing the internet at one’s leisure. But the pretty average camera will become a serious disadvantage for this model. This also does not provide for screen protection with Gorilla Glass nor does it provide dust and water protection. But, for its offering price, Honor Play 8A is equipped with all the right features and the latest Android operating system. However, looking at the same budget range, phones with better features are available on the market.