Huawei loves to bring different variations of his models to the market. As you can remember Honor Play was released last year, received a good reputation for the budget version of the smartphone. Now you can get the next generation gaming phone with some improvements but at a lower price.
Just recently, the company Xiaomi also introduced a budget phone called Mi Play. Therefore, Huawei decided not to lag behind and launched its own line of phones called Honor Play 8A. In this review, we want to tell all aspects of the phone for both every day use and also in gaming performance.
Like Mi Play, the new competitor Honor Play 8A received the new Helio P35 processor from MediaTek. Let’s begin our full review of Huawei Honor Play 8A.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Specifications
|Huawei Honor Play 8A:||Specs|
|Display:||6.01 inches with 720 x 1560 pixels|
|CPU:||MediaTek Helio P35 Octa Core 2.3GHz|
|GPU:||IMG PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory extension:||up to 256GB|
|Cameras:||13.0MP main and 8MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band,3G, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS|
|OS:||Android 9.0 (EMUI 9)|
|Connections:||Micro USB slot and 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Dimensions:||156.3 x 73.5 x 8 mm|
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Design and Appearance
In fact, these smartphones look similar, but you can quickly distinguish the Honor Play 8A from the Mi Play. Visually, the smartphone from Huawei in the version with gradient is a real eye-catcher.
The design looks classy and the color by no means kitschy but refreshing. The global version of the Honor Play 8A is currently available in blue, black, gold and red colors.
The black model comes with some gradient. In the blue model, the gradient runs from a dark but bright blue to a dark purple tone at the bottom.
For the metal frame, Huawei uses a high-gloss finish and colors it in the respective accent color.
The frame is black in the black model and blue in the blue model. The hardware buttons made of metal were also colored accordingly.
The front, however, is black in all color versions. Especially with the blue model, however, looks very chic, as the black front against the blue forms a nice contrast.
As far as processing is concerned, the Huawei Honor Play 8A in its price range ($130-$160) is at the highest level.
The manufacturer has really done nothing wrong here. Although the smartphone is relatively light at 150g, it is sturdily built.
The plastic on the back is glued clean and closes evenly to the metal frame.
The camera module is slightly out of the back, although the Honor Play 8A is also built very slim with 8.0mm. When operating on a table, the smartphone hardly wobbles.
As for the processing of SIM drawer, openings, and the hardware buttons, there is nothing to criticize.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Display
Huawei has again done a good job with the display and gives the Honor Play 8A a high-quality LCD display with great colors, good contrast, and sharpness.
But in Honor Play 8A you will get only HD + with 720 x 1560 resolution, but Mi Play has a full Full HD + display. As for its price, the new Huawei phone has a good screen.
The brightness reaches up to 430 nits. On paper, this is not the best, but readability outdoors is still sufficient.
The display has rounded corners and a water drop notch, which is much better than the regular Honor Play.
On the touch screen, the Honor Play 8A surprisingly performs better than the regular Honor Play. You will get a smoother typing experience, which makes typing quicker and more comfortable.
The whole thing is comparable to what one of the iPhones knows.
Finally, there is nothing wrong with the display glass. Imprints settle slowly and are easy to wipe off. The scratches are not available yet – despite key test.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Hardware and Performance
Also, the performance does not disappoint with the Huawei Honor Play 8A. The smartphone is equipped with a MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35, which optionally supports 3GB LPDDR4X RAM as well as 32GB or 64GB eMMC 5.1 memory.
Although the Helio P35 has been on the market for some time, it is from newer. Even today he still delivers a very good performance and makes fun in everyday life.
Slight weaknesses are slowly showing up in current games such as Asphalt 9, where slight stuttering at the highest graphics settings can be seen.
Nevertheless, who is not demanding games, is still well served here. Under load, the Honor Play 8A heats up noticeably but not unpleasantly.
It is striking, however, that the chip slows down the performance quite quickly. The cooling does not seem to be optimal.
There is nothing we miss about the sensors. Light, approach, acceleration – the basics are all there. Then there is a large number of additional sensors such as a pedometer, a compass, and a gyroscope. All sensors are working properly.
To unlock, there is a no fingerprint sensor on the back or anywhere else place. However, you can unlock with Face Unlock.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Software
In the beginning, the Huawei Honor Play 8A Global in our test was still shipped with EMUI 9. That also applied to our test device.
At the Android based on latest Android 9 Pie version.
The Honor Play 8 Global, unlike the China version, supports many languages. The Google Play Store is preinstalled at the factory and can be used immediately after logging in without manual intervention.
Syncing with Google services works well, and the Honor Play 8A is Google certified.
Annoying bugs did not stand out during the trial period. The system was stable throughout. The only annoying point for some could be the lack of Widevine Level 1 support.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Connectivity
Most Huawei smartphones offer an absolutely exemplary reception performance and the Honor Play 8A does not look any different in our analisis.
The device has performed well in all nets in the test and also in poorly-covered areas or indoor no difficulty to maintain a stable connection.
Although the frequency support does not include all globally used bands, the band 20 LTE is on board. In Germany and the rest of the EU, the phone can be used without any problems.
With there is WLAN, but without 2×2 MIMO. Again, the Honor Play 8A offers a good reception performance. The same applies to Bluetooth 4.2 which is also supported.
In GPS, the handset offers excellent reception and accuracy despite the lack of dual-band support – even in bad weather. There were never any problems with tracking and navigation in various situations.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Sound
The Huawei Honor Play 8A in the test offers only a mono speaker for media playback, but this has a pretty good sound at the start.
Expects no sound like flagships beyond the price range of $200, but the smartphone comes close. The sound is the price range more than adequate.
Users of 3.5mm headphones are pleased because there is audio jack.
When talking on the phone does not disappoint the Honor Play 8A and delivers on both sides of a really good sound.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Camera
So far, the Huawei Honor Play 8A has shown a really good price performance. With the camera, the smartphone manages to continue the trend.
In terms of value for money, the camera fits easily. You should not expect a flagship camera, but get a solid mid-range camera, where there are only in detail points that you can criticize.
Let’s start with the performance during the day. Accurate autofocus and fast shutter speed are points that the camera could still deliver. The quality of the pictures is impressive.
In terms of color of Honor Play 8A, the pictures are very realistic and the richness of detail can be seen in spite of the constant twilight.
The only weakness that can be seen, again and again, is a picture noise, which is very fast, especially in darker areas of the picture. It is good at this point that the camera does not try to conceal this by blurring.
Low-light shots are surprisingly good with the Huawei Honor Play 8A and are really impressive. In some cases, the smartphone at this point has even more convincing than the Mi Play.
However, this is true only to a certain point. As long as there are enough artificial light sources, the Honor Play 8A class will be great. At a certain point, however, the camera becomes too dark and the quality decreases suddenly, which then leads to rather useless photos. In the examples below you can see this rapid drop in quality very well.
Surprisingly, the camera beats when using the LED flash because in the Honor Play 8A only one LED flash was installed with an LED.
Nevertheless, the photos are convincing of the colors and the brightness. The range of the flash can be seen for a mid-range smartphone.
Videos can be recorded with the main camera in 1080p at 30fps. The pictures look really good only in sunshine. Unfortunately, the 1080p shots here again show a clear reddish sting.
The front camera shoots with a maximum of Full HD and 30fps. The quality is fine but works well here only in sunlight.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Battery
Very satisfactory is the battery life. With an advertised value of 3020mAh, the Honor Play 8A is not the smartphone with the largest battery from Huawei but still convinces with very good stamina.
Even with very intensive use with the camera, GPS and mobile hotspot you can get up late into the night. In everyday life, the smartphone lasts around two days.
Charging the battery takes about two hours with the supplied 5V/1A power adapter (20% to 100%). It’s faster with a Quick Charge 3.0 power supply.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Conclusions and Reviews
The Huawei Honor Play 8A in our review is a very solid low-cost smartphone with few weaknesses. For a price of $135 to $160 depending on the dealer and model, the Honor Play 8A offers excellent value for money.
In direct comparison, we even consider the phone to be the better choice over the Xiaomi Mi Play but not all aspects.
The smartphone leaves a coherent overall impression and offers the possibility of memory expansion via a micro SD card.
The performance is the same as Mo Play, the battery life is much better with HD + display and in the end, you pay less for it.
For the Huawei Honor Play 8A, there is, therefore, a full buy recommendation.
Huawei Honor Play 8A: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, Honor Play 8A prices are much lower than on Mi Play.
Now you can buy a Huawei Honor Play 8A phone at a good and low price for only $136.88 for the 3 and 32GB versions, and $169.88 for the 3 and 64GB versions with global firmware.
In general, it is a really good phone with high-end design and performance for a small amount of money.