Honor, a sub-brand of Huawei Technologies, recently released Play 8. It is coming as another ultra-affordable smartphone from the maker. The device, however, isn’t 100% new, as it’s a rebadged Honor 8S, which was unveiled in April, for the Chinese market.
It draws power from the Helio A22 chipset and features 5.71” LCD that has somewhat thick bezels as well as a water-drop notch on the top. It gets an HD+ resolution, and its aspect ratio stands at 19:9.
The phone packs a single rear cam and a basic tall panel, but its price tag — CNY599 ($120) — is quite aggressive.
The rear cam has a 13-megapixel sensor as well as an f/1.8 lens, bringing you some interesting features, such as HDR. Turning the device to the front section, you will see the front-facing 5-MP shooter with its f/2.2 lens. The Chinese manufacturer utilizes this lens with the Android face-unlocking option for making up for the lack of a fingerprint scanner.
The Helio A22 chip works in tandem with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, expandable by as much as 512 GB with your microSD card. Honor Play 8 comes with a triple-slot, ensuring the memory card slot will not cost you the dual SIM functionality (which is offered complete with Dual 4G).
It boots EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie. In the battery section, there is a 3,020-mAh non-replaceable battery. Unfortunately, it has the dated microUSB port and offers you no fast charging support. But the lack of these specs isn’t surprising considering the price point.
The sub-brand unveiled the Honor Play 8 in partnership with a Chinese smartphone retailer, D.Phone. However, you can equally get the smartphone at Vmall, JD & Suning, TMall, etc.