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Honor Play vs Samsung Galaxy J8: Specs Comparison

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The new Honor Play single-handedly revolutionizes the midrange smartphone market in the Philippines. Despite being in the midrange segment, the device packs some serious punch that almost categorizes it to be a high-end smartphone.

We’re not sure how Honor Philippines was able to do this, but we’re certain that we have stumbled on something really special here.

But how good is the Honor Play, really? Well, let’s try comparing it with one of its main competitors, the Samsung Galaxy J8, a smartphone that’s in the forefront of Samsung’s midrange line-up.

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Both the Honor Play and Samsung Galaxy J8 are priced exactly the same at Php15,990, which is why we are curious to see how much of a difference these two have. Will the Honor Play completely obliterate the Galaxy J8? Or can Samsung’s offering stand a chance? Check out our Honor Play versus Samsung Galaxy J8 specifications and features comparison.

 Honor PlaySamsung Galaxy J8
Operating SystemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
EMUI 8.2
Android 8.0 Oreo
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~409ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED
1480 x 720 pixel resolution
~274pp
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core
RAM4GB4GB
GPUMali-G72 MP12
GPU Turbo technology
Adreno 506
Storage64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
64GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
Front camera16-megapixel
3D Portrait Lighting
16-megapixel
f/1.7
LED flash
Rear Camera16-megapixel +
2-megapixel
PDAF
f/2.2
AI scene detection
LED flash
16-megapixel +
5-megapixel
f/1.7
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
Fingerprint scanner
Face Unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
NFC
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
FM Radio
microUSB
Dimensions157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5mm160 x 75.8 x 7.95mm
Weight176g177g
Colors Midnight Black
Navy Blue
Violet
Black
Gold
Purple
Battery3,750mAh
non-removable
fast charging
3,500mAh
non-removable
PricePhp15,990Php15,990

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I guess we kind of knew what the results would be from the start. As what you’ve seen from the table above, the Samsung Galaxy J8 has been easily defeated by the new Honor Play.

The Honor Play’s most obvious win is in the processor department. Honor was able to put a flagship Kirin 970 processor on this midrange device which is a feat that we rarely see. That, all by itself, is an easy must-buy trigger for this device. But clearly, it didn’t stop there.

Since it has a more powerful processor, the Honor Play also has a better GPU. What’s more interesting is, it comes with GPU Turbo Technology out of the box. So if you’re into mobile gaming, you’d really appreciate this thing.

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Related: Honor Play vs Huawei Nova 3i: Specs Comparison

Moreover, Honor’s phone has a better display. The 6.3-inch FHD+ screen on this handset is way superior to the unacceptable 6-inch HD+ screen on the Galaxy J8.

The Honor Play also runs on a newer version of Android. It comes with Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.2 out of the box, while the latter, although is still fairly respectable, only comes with Android 8.0.

They might have an identical pair of cameras on paper, but there’s no denying that the Honor Play still wins this round. That is all thanks to its AI capabilities. We have tested this feature in a lot of Huawei and Honor devices in the past, and we can safely say that it really works.

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Lastly, the Honor Play gets a few good extras over the Galaxy J8. There’s the NFC connectivity for those who need it plus a more modern USB Type-C port, and a marginally bigger battery with fast-charging.

To finally wrap it up, going with the Honor Play is the most obvious route here. This smartphone is definitely one of the best, if not the best, midrange smartphone in the market today. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy J8 is just an underwhelming smartphone, even when compared to other competing devices around.

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