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Huawei tries to reclaim its budget phone throne as it entries their first phone for 2019 — the Honor Play 8A. Will it be enough to dethrone the Realme C1 that goes for under Php6k budget?

Honor Play 8A and Realme C1 Differences

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Advantages of Honor Play 8A

  1. smaller notch
  2. Android 9 Pie
  3. MediaTek Helio P35
  4. 8MP selfie camera
  5. starts at 3GB/32GB
  6. USB Type-C

Advantages of Realme C1

  1. 4230mAh battery
  2. audio jack
  3. dedicated microSD slot of up to 256GB
  4. 13MP + 2MP main camera
  5. Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Honor Play 8A and Realme C1 Similarities

  1. IPS LCD
  2. 720p+ resolution
  3. polycarbonate build
  4. a single selfie camera
  5. microSD expansion support
  6. Bluetooth 4.2

Which is a better buy between the Honor Play 8A and Realme C1?

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Both designs of the phones are nothing to write home about aside from the fact that they differ in notch size.

As for the performance, the Honor Play 8A has a more capable MediaTek Helio P35 due to its close performance comparison to the Snapdragon 625. The same thing can be said with other specs under the hood starting at 3GB/32GB as opposed to the 2GB/16GB of the Realme C1.

In exchange for better performance, you need to sacrifice the single 13MP main camera and ANOTHER single 8MP selfie camera for the Honor brand. You’ll be basically missing the dual-camera trend which the Realme variant has.

Where the Realme C1 stands out again is its large 4230mAh battery which charges via micro USB. But for the Honor Play 8A, you can bid goodbye to that and say hello to USB Type-C (so long you don’t mind 3020mAh battery).

Neither will be coming with a fingerprint scanner so you’ll be relying on its face unlock feature.

The Realme C1 is on-sale for Php5,990 while the Honor Play 8A is estimated to arrive around Php6,000(before taxes). Assuming the price difference is less than a thousand, it’s hard not to choose Honor’s latest offering as you’re getting double the storage already, not to mention its better SoC.

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SpecsHonor Play 8ARealme C1
Display6.09-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1560, 271ppi, 19:9 ratio6.2-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1520, 271ppi, 19:9 ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions156.28 x 73.5 x 8.0 mm, 150g156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm, 168g
ChipsetMediaTek Helio P35 (12 nm)Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
GPUPowerVR GE8320Adreno 506
Memory32GB/64 GB, 3 GB RAM + microSD16 GB, 2 GB RAM + dedicated microSD, up to 256 GB
Main Camera13 MP, f/1.8, PDAF13 MP, f/2.2, AF +
2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor
Front Camera8 MP, f/2.05 MP, f/2.2
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, USB Type-C, headphone jack???Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n/, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A2DP, LE, micro USB 2.0, headphone jack
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3020mAh batteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh battery
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS OS 5.2
Official Price$120 USD or around Php6,000 (before taxes)Php5,990

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