16 July 2019
Honor has launched a new affordable entry-level smartphone Honor Play 8 in China. It is essentially a rebranded version of the Honor 8S that was unveiled earlier this year. Other than the change in the name, everything remains exactly the same between the two smartphones. Even the pricing has been kept quite similar to the global variant.
The Honor Play 8 sports a 5.71-inch HD+ (1520 x 720 pixels) IPS display with a waterdrop-styled notch and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 processor with PowerVR GE-class GPU. The smartphone has been released in only one configuration that is with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. There is a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion.
In the camera department, it has a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture and LED flash. There is a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture for taking selfies and video calls. It comes with a 3,020mAh battery to keep the lights on which should last for about a day. It will be running Huawei's EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. There is no fingerprint scanner but it does offer Android's native facial recognition functionality.
The Honor Play 8 has been priced at CNY 599 which is about $120. It is already available for purchase via different channels including JD.com, Vmall, and TMall. The two color options are Blue and Black like the global variant.