[Exclusive] Honor Play 8A Budget Android Smartphone Will Soon be Launched in India

Honor Play 8A will soon take on popular budget Android smartphones like the Realme 2 and the ASUS ZenFone Max M2 in India.


Huawei sub-brand Honor launched the Honor Play 8A budget Android smartphone in China earlier this month. The handset comes with a waterdrop notch display boasting an impressive 87% screen-to-body ratio. According to one of our trusted sources, Honor will soon be bringing the Honor Play 8A to the Indian market.

Honor Play 8A is the Company’s First Smartphone to Feature the Helio P35 SoC

The Honor Play 8A launch event in India is likely to take place within the next few weeks. Unfortunately, however, we cannot confirm a specific launch date at this point. Nor do we have any confirmed information regarding the handset’s pricing. In China, the Honor Play 8A is priced at CNY 799 yuan (INR 8,400 approx.) for the 32GB storage version and 999 yuan (INR 10,500 approx.) for the 64GB storage version. Honor had launched the 7A in India in May last year at INR 8,999. We expect the Honor Play 8A to be priced under the INR 10,000 mark for the 32GB storage version.

Honor 8A Play sports a 6.09-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1560 pixels HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 12nm octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.3 GHz with an IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. In terms of memory, the 8A Play packs 3GB of RAM and comes in 32GB and 64GB storage versions. The smartphone supports further memory expansion up to 512GB, thanks to a microSD card slot. While the smartphone boasts a very high screen-to-body ratio, it isn’t the most impressive budget Android smartphone in the camera department. It features a 13MP rear camera with an f/1.8 aperture lens and an 8MP selfie snapper with an f/2.0 aperture. Connectivity-wise, it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and Dual 4G VoLTE. Keeping the lights on is a 3020mAh capacity battery. While there is no fingerprint sensor on the Honor Play 8A, the handset does offer face unlock support. Honor claims the facial recognition tech on the smartphone can scan 1,024 facial points. The smartphone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie-based EMUI 9.0 out of the box.