Honor Play 8A review
Low blue light display and PA speaker
In our Honor Play 8A review, we take a lookat an affordable smartphone with some excellent innovations that make it stand out from the crowd. This Honor device has been given the TUV Rheinland certification for low blue light. You also get a built-in FM antenna and a loud Smart PA speaker.
TUV Rheinland certified display.
The Honor Play 8A has a 6.09-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels. An aspect ratio of 19.5:9 gives you a longer view when browsing web pages and cinematic experience in landscape mode.
One of the best things about the display is that it has been given the TUV Rheinland certification for low blue light. Blue light can be damaging to your eyes when using screens for long periods. This certification means the display filters out more of this harmful light to protect your eyes and reduce eye strain.
This certification has also been given to the Honor 8X but that phone costs a lot more than the Play 8A.
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Dewdrop camera notch
The screen space is maximised thanks to the dewdrop design of the camera notch. This gives you a slim bezel at the top with an only a minimal dewdrop or hole punch sensor hole for the camera lens.
The Honor Play 8A is available in three colours: Midnight Black, Aurora Blue and Gold, There will be a special red edition but that has not officially launched yet. The phone weighs in at just 150 grams and measures a slim 8.mm thick.
Phone Set Up
The Honor Play 8A available in two different memory variants. You can opt for the 32GB or 64GB models. Each of the models has 3GB RAM and a MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 processor.
A dedicated memory card slot is included which can be used with a memory card of up to 512GB. This will give you lots of flexibility for transferring your existing photos and other files from your existing phone.
Dual SIM card slot
The Honor Play 8A includes a dual SIM card slot, this is ideal if you have a mobile number for work and a different one for personal calls.
You can also use a data SIM plan and a different voice plan SIM card. Dual SIM mobiles are a great way of controlling your spending or splitting your business and personal calls using one device.
Android 9.0 EMUI 9.0
The latest Android 9.0 OS 12 is on board giving you a whole host of familiar apps. You will find Chrome, Gmail and Google Assistant on board. New apps and content can be downloaded from the Play Store.
This OS has been enhanced with the EMUI user interface. Honor has added extra features to help you customise the phone to suit you. You can choose from different themes, colours and background images.
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Smart PA loudspeaker
A feature that many people will love is the sound quality on this phone. The high-power Smart PA increases the external sound by 30% compared to the previous model. Advanced technology within the speaker delivers quality to the acoustic vibration for more bass and less distortion.
Most smartphones allow you to listen to FM radio, although you have to attach the headphones to act as an antenna to pick it up. The Honor Play 8A has an FM antenna built-in which means you can listen to the radio out loud.
Camera & Video
13MP rear camera
The 13MP rear camera has an f/1.8 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. You can choose from different shooting modes to capture your subject perfectly. Timer mode allows you to set up the camera for a group shot and get into it yourself.
Pro Mode gives you access to advanced settings to change things like ISO etc. You can capture amazing Panorama shots, the camera does this by stitching images together.
Selfie lovers will find an 8-megapixel camera on the front. You can use your voice to activate the shutter to make sure you are in place. Beauty mode and face recognition will ensure you get a perfect shot to post to your social networks.