Honor has launched another ultra-affordable phone called Play 8, but don’t get mistaken – it is not completely new, it is a re-badged Honor 8S for the Chinese market. Powered by the Helio A22 chipset, it has one camera on the back and a basic tall panel, but comes with a very aggressive CNY599 ($120) price tag.
The display is a 5.71-inch LCD with somewhat thick bezels and a waterdrop notch on the top. The resolution is HD+ and the exact ratio is 19:9.
The camera on the back has a 13 MP sensor and an f/1.8 lens and brings some neat features like HDR. The front-facing snapper does 5 MP stills and has an f/2.2 lens. Honor uses the latter with the Android face-unlocking tech to compensate for the lack of a fingerprint scanner.
The Honor Play 8 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which you can expand by up to 512 GB via a microSD card. The phone actually has a triple slot so that won’t cost you the dual SIM functionality (complete with Dual 4G).
The phone runs EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie and packs in a 3,020 mAh battery. Sadly you get the dated microUSB port and no fast charging support, but that’s about what you can expect at this price point.
Honor Play 8 Specifications
- 2G bands: GSM, GPRS, EDGE 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz.
- 3G bands: UMTS, WCDMA, HSDPA 900 / 2100 MHz
- 4G bands: LTE 1(2100) / 3(1800) / 5(850) / 40(2300) / 41(2500)
- Speed: HSPA, LTE-A
- Announced: July 2019
- Market Availability: July 2019
- Android 9 Pie + EMUI 9
- Dimensions: 157.2 X 76.25 X 8.05 mm
- Weight: g
- Colours: Black
- Physical Build: Plastic#
- SIM Type: Nano-SIM, Dual SIM
- Type: IPS LCD screen with a waterdrop notch.
- Size: 5.71 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 aspect ratio
- Processor Type: 64-bit, 1.8 GHz Octa-core, Cortex-A53
- Processor Name: Mediatek Helio A22
- Graphics Processor:
- RAM: 2 GB
- Internal Storage: 32 GB
- External Storage: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)
- Rear Camera: 13 MP single camera, f1.8 Aperture, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video recording
- Front-facing Camera: 5 MP, f2.2 Aperture, Face Recognition, 1080p@30fps video capture.
- Music Support: PCM, AAC / AAC + / eAAC + / MP3 / AMR – NB / WB / APE
- Audio: 3.5 mm audio jack
- Loudspeaker: Mono speakers
- Video Support: H.264/MP4/MPEG4 player
- FM Radio:
- Digital Compass: No.
- Proximity Sensor:
- Ambient Light Sensor:
- Barometer: No.
- Pedometer: No.
- Heart Rate Monitor: No.
- Gyroscope (G-Sensor): No.
- Fingerprint Scanner:
- Face Unlock: Yes.
- Iris Scanner: No.
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No.
- Voice Control:
- Intelligent Digital Assistant:
- Infra-red Senor: No.
- Bluetooth: v4.2, A2DP
- WiFi: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- GPS: Yes, A-GPS, GLONASS.
- USB: microUSB v2.0.
- NFC: No.
- Battery Type and Capacity: Non-Removable Lithium-Ion 3020 mAh
- Battery Charging: 5V/1A Standard Charging
- Reverse Charging: No.
Honor Play 8 Price and Market Availability
- Country Availability: China, Global (Honor 8S)
- Price: $120, CNY599. That is about N43,000.
Honor announced the Play 8 in a collaboration with D.Phone, a Chinese smartphone retailer, but you can also purchase it at Vmall, TMall, JD and Suning, among others.
TellForce Blog Buyer’s Guide Verdict
The Honor Play 8 is an entry-level Android smartphone with a $120 price tag. The specs and features are not bad at all for the price.
Honor Play 8 Review Rating
We are yet to review the Honor Play 8 and so do not have a review rating for it yet. This section will be updated with our review rating and a link to the review page, as soon as we have a review ready.
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