Every time Huawei presents a new smartphone, always followed by the Honor brand. It always happens in the budget segment. What’s even more interesting, Honor devices are not only cheaper, they are also much more interesting. It’s a good alternative to Huawei’s Y series of 2019. Here’s a review of Huawei Honor 8A – a cheap smartphone with NFC support.
- Attractive design
- Waterdrop notch style
- Dual SIM and microSD support
- Single-camera with standard quality
- No fingerprint sensor
- Short battery life without fast charging support
What’s in the box?
The Honor 8A box is made up of the usual things. Inside the box, there is a power adapter (5 V / 1 A), a USB / micro USB cable, and a SIM injector tool.
Huawei Honor 8A Specifications
|Specification||Huawei Honor 8A|
|Size||156.28 × 73.5 × 8.0 mm|
|Display||6.09 inches HD+ 1560×720 pixels|
|Chipset||Mediatek MT6765 (MediaTek Helio P35) octa-core|
|OS||EMUI 9.0 (Android 9 Pie)|
|External Memory||Up to 512GB|
|Connections||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, Glonass, Galileo, AGPS, LTEPP, SUPL, NFC, USB-C|
|Rear Camera||13 megapixels|
|Front Camera||8 megapixels|
|Price||About 150 euros|
Here Honor 8A looks like a modern smartphone from the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. There are a waterdrop notch and an interesting back case.
The waterdrop notch is a good solution. But, unfortunately, at the same time, there is a thick bezel underneath. In general, it is roughly the same size as the first smartphones with extended displays.
But you have to remember that this is a cheap smartphone. But in addition to the large size, there is also the brand logo at the bottom.
On the back, things are better. First of all, the visual separation of the panel attracts attention. These are two different surfaces: glossy and matte, in a ratio of about 70/30. Some readers, looking at Honor 8A, will surely remember Honor 8X.
But instead of the Honor 8A gradient, we see something like a “starry sky”. It looks good and certainly better than the usual black color.
The fact that the body is completely plastic is obvious. The shiny black part gets dirty easily. But, this phone built-in quality is excellent.
On the top screen, we have the earpiece speaker and the light and proximity sensors. On the right side, there is a small LED for notifications. Under the speaker, in the notch is the front camera.
On the right side, there are the power and volume buttons. The left side has a slot for two SIM cards and a microSD.
On the lower end, there are a microphone and a multimedia speaker. Among them, in the center is the old micro USB port. Don’t expect Type-C for this price. At the top, there are a 3.5mm audio jack and an additional microphone.
The rear panel has a single main camera with a flash on the left. There are also a fingerprint scanner in the center.
Honor 8A is a compact smartphone due to the small screen size. Not very large in height and weight. Thanks to this, you can use the gadget comfortably even with one hand, very comfortable. Buttons, scanners, etc. Everything is in the right place.
Display | Huawei Honor 8A Review
The smartphone is equipped with a 6.09 inch LCD with HD+ (1560 × 720 pixels) resolution. The screen aspect ratio is 19.5: 9 and occupies 87% of the front panel. The manufacturer also talks about the TUV Rheinland certification for eye comfort, which means that the screen has a less blue light.
In practice, the display is quite good. The image is beautiful – the color and contrasts are fine. The maximum brightness is not bad for a smartphone at this level.
As for viewing angles, everything is standard. There are no distortions when looking at different angles, but there is a slight tinge of dark shades.
The resolution is quite low for this screen size. The text looks fine, but the small elements of some applications don’t seem very clear. And on Instagram, in general, all the icons show the pixels. But I think this is solvable, because in other smartphones with HD+ I have not encountered this problem.
Automatic brightness adjustment works correctly and relatively quickly. There is a display temperature setting using a color wheel or default settings. An eye protection mode is available for comfortable use in the dark.
In addition, you can force full-screen viewing in all applications and hide the notch. As usual, you can choose the applications in which the notch will be masked or vice versa.
Honor 8A performance
The heart of the device is a 12nm MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) on-chip system. It consists of 8 Cortex A53 cores. Four operate at a maximum frequency of 2.3 GHz and four others at 1.8 GHz. In tests, the benchmark’s results are roughly the same as Snapdragon 625.
The amount of RAM is almost unbelievable: 2 GB. This amount is sufficient to keep up to 5 applications open. If there are others in memory, they will likely restart continuously.
From 32 GB of storage, the user has 23.81 GB. If that’s not enough, there is a separate dedicated slot for a micro SD memory card up to 512 GB.
Surprisingly, this phone performance is very fast. But PUBG Mobile will work with average graphics, but it is better not to have high expectations. You can play at low settings, but don’t expect much.
Camera Review | Huawei Honor 8A
Seeing just one camera module on the back is weird now, even on low budget devices. The main camera of Honor 8A has a single sensor with a resolution of 13 megapixels f / 1.8 (PDAF). The front camera is 8 megapixels (f / 2.0).
The quality of the photo is decent. During the day, it is possible to get a high-quality photo with all the key parameters. Good detail and sharpness, excellent color reproduction, dynamic range are acceptable for this price. If you shoot in a room with medium light, the noises become more noticeable.
The video is recorded with a maximum resolution of Full HD with 30 fps. Electronic image stabilization is not provided. In short, the video quality is not very good.
There are some modes in the camera application: beautification, manual mode, panorama, and HDR. There are some settings: grid, timer, audio control.
The fingerprint scanner in Honor 8A works great. But it’s not surprising, given the experience with previous Huawei / Honor models. The additional features remain the same.
There is an unlocking feature with facial recognition. The method is not bad and in most cases, it works quickly. In the dark, the screen brightness will increase until the face is completely highlighted. So yes, you can use the function in any condition.
Honor 8A’s battery isn’t big, so don’t expect much. They are only 3020 mAh. This is exactly enough for a whole day.
With the usual usage scenarios – with messenger, listening to music, social networks, and similar undemanding activities – I get about 5 hours of the screen activity from a smartphone.
Charging speed with a normal charger and cable took just over two hours.
Honor 8A runs on Android 9 Pie with Huawei’s user interface, EMUI 9.0.1. The UI design hasn’t changed.
There are three gestures: turn the smartphone to deactivate the sound of calls/alarms, activate the screen when collected, and take a screenshot with three fingers. There are only two ways of navigating the system: traditional buttons, the position of which can be changed, or full-screen gestures.
Conclusion | Huawei Honor 8A Review
At first sight. Honor 8A looks like an ordinary budget phone. But after using it, I agree that this is not the case. The most obvious advantage is NFC support. Even Huawei Y7 2019 does not have it and costs much more.
Everything else is okay. No surprise, all the usual advantages of a budget smartphone. So if you need a cheap smartphone with NFC, Honor 8A is a good choice.