15 January 2019
Huawei has announced its new budget Android smartphone the Honor 8A under the Honor Play 8A name in China. The phone comes with a water drop styled notch and is powered by the all-new MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. The phone was listed on Chinese e-commerce store VMall earlier today.
Honor Play 8A is the only second smartphone after Xiaomi’s Mi Play to sport a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC and for some odd reason carries a ‘Play’ in its name.
Talking about specifications, the Honor Play 8A comes with a 6.09-inches display with a waterdrop notch with a resolution of 720*1560 pixels. This entry-level Honor phone comes in a polycarbonate body with a metal frame and weighs 150 grams
A MediaTek Helio P35 processor clocked at 2.3GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM powers the phone. It is available in a couple of storage options 32GB and 64GB. It is powered by a 3,020 mAh battery with fast charging support and comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera. On the front there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
This dual sim phone comes with regular features like microSD card slot, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, micro USB 2.0, and 3.5mm audio jack. The phone, though, does lack a fingerprint sensor. It runs on EMUI 9.0 on top of Android 9 Pie.
The Honor Play 8A or Honor 8A is priced at CNY 799 or $116 approximately for the 32GB storage variant while the price of the 64GB variant hasn’t been announced yet. The phone is available in Magic Night Black, Aurora Blue and Platinum Gold with shipments starting on January 8.