Huawei Honor Play 8A Review – Price, Release Date, Features and Specifications

Huawei Honor Play 8A

Huawei’s subsidiary brand “Honor” has now announced (in fact released) a new budget-friendly smartphone named Honor Play 8A in China. Honor has equipped Play 8A with a massive and bright 6.01 LCD HD+ display with a waterdrop-like notch and an eight-core processor “MediaTek Helio P35”.

It’s not deniable that Honor throughout 2018 relied on Technological innovations to achieve a counterattack of Internet brands on a battleground. Honor managed to become 2018’s biggest winners of Chinese smartphone brands.

The key highlights of Play 8A are related to the single 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, 6.01-inches LCD screen, 3GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of onboard memory and 3020mAh non-removable battery. What else does it bring along? Let’s find out in Honor Play 8A Review below!

Huawei Honor Play 8A Specifications

The Honor Play 8A Specs include average 3020mAh non-removable battery, 4 different color options to select from, Bluetooth 4.2 and 1080p video recording at 30fps. Other details are as follow:

  • Screen Size: 6.01-inches IPS LCD (720 x 1560 Pixels)
  • Operating System: 9.0 Pie
  • Dimensions: 156.3 x 73.5 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 150 grams
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35
  • GPU: PowerVR GE8320
  • RAM: 3GB
  • ROM: 32GB/64GB
  • Card Slot: microSD Up to 512GB
  • Rear Camera: 13MP f/1.8
  • Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, micro USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer and Proximity
  • Battery: 3020mAh non-removable
  • Colors: Red, Gold, Blue, and Black

Huawei Honor Play 8A Release Date

The January 8th, 2019 is an official Honor Play 8A release date in China whereas it’ll arrive on shores in India a bit late – most probably after February 1st.

Talking about Honor Play 8A release date for the rest of the world such as in Australia, UK, Germany, and other regions, it’s yet to be revealed when (or if) it arrives on shelves.

Huawei Honor Play 8A Price

The Honor Play 8A Price in China ranges from CNY 799 for base variant – 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. The other variant with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM set users back approx. CNY 999.

The Honor Play 8A Price for other countries after conversion to around $110 for 3GB/32GB variant and $149 for 3GB/64GB variant. The handset arrives in 4 different color options to choose from – Black, Blue, Gold, and Red.

Huawei Honor Play 8A Design

The Honor Play 8A Design is quite original thanks to its small waterdrop-like notch. This feature sounds like a smaller copy of Honor 8X Max. The front surface is occupied by 6.01-inches screen with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 – approx. 78.8% of the entire front area.

Though it looks fashionable handset, it cannot be named frameless as the bottom is quite huge – seemingly, in order to place the caption Honor on it. The back side of the handset resembles 8X Max (as mentioned above), only without a second camera lens, AI camera label, and a fingerprint scanner.

The case is made of quality materials – power button and volume rockers are mounted on the right-hand side make it look more expensive as compared to a $100 smartphone. The dimensions are 156.3 x 73.5 x 8 mm and weigh only 150 grams.

Huawei Honor Play 8A Display

Not really impressive but large and trendy 6.01-inches LCD display makes Honor Play 8A stands out from a competition. The screen is based on IPS Technology which is used with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels (19.5:9 aspect ratio).

For excellent visuals, the PPI density is 283. Frankly speaking, it’s not impressive and Honor Play 8A Display cannot be called really clear. However, the figure is almost close to a comfortable level.

Huawei Honor Play 8A Performance

According to several online sources, Honor Play 8A Performance is satisfied. With 3GB of RAM, Chipset comes with MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 – made based on norms of the 12-nanometer process Technology.

The graphics go PowerVR GE8320 and 8 ARM Cores with Cortex-A53 architecture with operating frequencies up to 2.3 GHz for one-half of the cores is used. In normal, it’s a new processor and no one really saw it in action while working on multiple apps simultaneously or playing graphics-enriched games. According to the first test in a network, it gets a score around 86000 points in AnTuTu – not a record, but quite a decent result which goes against Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Chipset.

It’s more than enough for vigorous daily use and for the smooth and silky operation of different apps and heavy games – even it at low settings.

Storage and OS

The handset received an excellent memory volume – 32GB or 64GB to accommodate your files and all other stuff with ease. Both memories are constant along with 3GB of RAM. If necessary, there is a slot for microSD memory cards up to 512GB. Well, the slot for it will be separated.

The Honor Play 8A runs on Android’s latest operating system Android Pie 9.0 out of the box along with proprietary shell EMUI 9.0.


As the cost of the handset is quite lower, it managed to come with a single rear camera instead of a double or triple camera. There is only one main rear camera with a maximum resolution of 13MP and an 8MP camera is available out front to assist you in selfies and video calls.

The Honor Play 8A Camera has a bunch of features i.e. Phase Focus, LED Flash, a wide aperture of f/1.8 and shooting video in Full HD 1080p at 30fps.

The cameras aren’t really a major strength of the handset – however, they look quite adequate as far as money is concerned.


In terms of Honor Play 8A Battery, don’t expect very high autonomy. Rather, it’s powered by an ordinary battery with a capacity of 3020mAh. A moderate user will at least go through an entire day with 10% juice left in the tank.

There is an ordinary screen resolution and a thin 12-nanometer process technology of the process. Even with that, you will hardly afford to get your handset changed less than once a day.

The Final Word Looking for a smartphone with fully-baked features and running short on budget? Chances are so many of us will recommend you to get your hands on a mid-range or entry-level smartphone from a less-known brand. But it looks like you have some requirements for it that wouldn’t be met by the majority of second-tier brands. For all such cases when you want to have a good smartphone for an ultra-low price tag, stop looking around except Honor Play 8A. Besides being the cheapest handset, it’s bringing a lot of surprises. It’s indeed one of the most appealing and budget-friendly smartphones backed by a stylish look and glitch-free performance, etc.

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