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Honor Play 8A may make it to India soon: new rumor

Some of the Honor Play 8A's color SKUs. (Source: Honor)
Some of the Honor Play 8A's color SKUs. (Source: Honor)
The Honor Play 8A is a budget smartphone that resembles the Xiaomi Mi Play in numerous ways. However, at an approximate price of US$124, the 8A may be the cheaper of the two, although this may make it the more attractive option for some. A new report alleges that this phone will be launched in India soon.

The Play 8A is a recent release from Honor with a plastic rear panel joined to its LCD screen by a metal frame. With a guide price of US$119 to $129, it may be an attractive option for many in the budget smartphone market. However, those customers would need to be able to buy it in or from China at present. However, a new report from GizChina alleges that it will also become available in India soon.

Then again, this device will have a great deal of competition from others, particularly those sold by the OEM Xiaomi. On this note, it may become heavily compared to the Mi Play from this brand. Besides their very similar model names, both smartphones have a similar build quality, and are powered by the octa-core MediaTek P35 processor and run Android 9.0 (Pie) out of the box. They also have headphone jacks, waterdrop notches, batteries of about 3,000mAh each and color options of blue, gold and black.

This is more or less where the similarities come to an end. The Mi Play’s 5.84-inch IPS-LCD panel is 1080p, whereas that of the 8A Play is 720p, and has the lesser screen-to-body ratio of this group. The Xiaomi offering also has 4GB of RAM to the 8A’s 3, and also has 64GB of internal storage to the Honor’s 32. The Mi Play is also the only one of the two to have dual rear cameras. This may be why the Mi Play is more expensive (at about US$194).

Then again, the Play 8A also supports more external memory (512GB, compared to the Mi Play’s 256GB) and has an extra color SKU (red). Therefore, should this latest rumor prove true, Indian customers in this end of the smartphone market will have a lot to think about soon.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-21 (Update: 2019-01-21)