For budget gamers out there, Huawei and Xiaomi have released the Honor Play 8A and Mi Play, respectively, for under Php10k. Between the two, which should you be getting when they’ve been positioned as your cheap gaming phones?
Honor Play 8A and Xiaomi Mi Play Differences
Advantages of Honor Play 8A
- 3020mAh battery
- USB Type-C
Advantages of Xiaomi Mi Play
- FHD+ resolution
- a dual 12MP main camera
- rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
- 4GB/64GB model
Honor Play 8A and Xiaomi Mi Play Similarities
- IPS LCD panel
- dewdrop notch
- polycarbonate build
- microSD support
- 8MP selfie camera
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Bluetooth 4.2
- MediaTek Helio P35
Which is a better buy between the Honor Play 8A and Xiaomi Mi Play?
If not only with their respective branding, these two phones would be indistinguishable. It has the same notch and chin sizes with only the dual camera setup of the Mi Play setting itself apart (more on that later).
When it comes to displaying quality, you’ll enjoy crisper content on the Mi Play thanks to its FHD+ resolution.
Made for budget gaming, both are sporting the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC based on 12nm node in which its performance score is close (sometimes better) to that old-yet-efficient Snapdragon 625. Storage-wise, the Mi Play gets the advantage with 4GB/64GB combo out of the box.
The camera department continues to go to the Xiaomi contender as it features dual camera setup for the rear while the selfie camera is a toss-up at 8MP.
A potential deal-breaker for the Mi Play could be the use of a micro USB port in which the Honor Play 8A has left behind. However, you do get the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which is quicker than face unlock.
The Honor Play 8A is estimated to locally arrive around Php6,000 while the Xiaomi Mi Play could retail around Php9,000.
As much as we want to recommend the Honor Play 8A as your next budget gaming phone, we feel like its 3GB of RAM might hold you back in most recent games. Overall, the Xiaomi Mi Play is looking to be a better buy despite its higher price tag.
|Specs||Honor Play 8A||Xiaomi Mi Play|
|6.09-inch IPS LCD, 720 x 1560, 271ppi, 19:9 ratio||5.84-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2280, 432ppi, 19:9 ratio|
|Dimensions||156.28 x 73.5 x 8.0 mm, 150g||147.8 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm, 150g|
|Chipset||MediaTek Helio P35 (12 nm)||MediaTek Helio P35 (12 nm)|
|GPU||PowerVR GE8320||PowerVR GE8320|
|Memory||32GB/64 GB, 3 GB RAM + microSD||64 GB, 4 GB RAM + microSD, up to 256 GB|
|Main Camera||13 MP, f/1.8, PDAF||dual 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25 μm, PDAF|
|Front Camera||8 MP, f/2.0||8 MP|
|Connectivity||Wi-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|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3020mAh battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh battery (10W charging)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.0||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI|
|Official Price||$120 USD or around Php6,000 (before taxes)||estimated at Php9,000|