Honor 8A JAT-LX1 review: the first smartphone for your child

Honor 8A JAT-LX1 review – Unfortunately, the phone uses a micro USB connector which after using Type-C no longer wants to be seen in any device. Two microphones on the lower and upper edge allow you to record videos with stereo sound. Fortunately, the audio jack has not fallen victim to fashion or the economy.

The screen has already been glued with a protective glass, unfortunately without an oleophobic coating. A cutout at the top of the glass leaves the camera and light and proximity sensors exposed.

A multi-colored LED indicator for charging and notifications is hidden under the earpiece grille:

We did not have a wired headset in our test kit, only a charger with an output current of 1A and a cable.



The “engine” for Honor 8A is Mediatek Helio P35 – a rather powerful system on a chip, made on 12 nanometer process technology, with eight fast cores (4 x 2.3 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz) and a Rogue GE8320 PowerVR video core operating at frequencies up to 680 MHz. RAM – the minimum required (2 GB), internal storage provides the user with approximately 24 to 32 GB of flash memory. Despite the declared support for the Wi-Fi ac standard in the specifications of the chipset, the smartphone only works in b / g / n networks and does not see access points with a frequency of 5 GHz.

The display of the smartphone is very good. The color gamut is close to the reference, the color temperature is too high, but deviations from the standard are not critical. A fairly high maximum brightness (469 cd / m 2 ) ensures good readability in all conditions. Black brightness (0.594 cd / m 2 ), a large, it visually resembles dark gray, which results in not very high image contrast, but it is quite sufficient (789: 1). Here are the measurements at default settings:

On a purely subjective level, there is nothing to complain about the picture, we are already used to the cool tint of the screens. But if you have the time and the inclination, you can customize the screen better. To do this, there are three presets in the settings – default, hot and cold, as well as a finer manual adjustment. In the “Heat” mode, we already have a smaller distribution of the color components, and the maximum brightness and contrast values ​​are a few percent lower.

The image remains readable from any viewing angle, with an increase in the angle, the colors are not distorted, only the contrast decreases.

Remember when I said that designing the back of the phone “for a camera” is not without reason? So, the main camera of the Honor 8A clearly falls into a higher price category. It is only one, but what!

F1.8 aperture, fast and precise phase detection autofocus and rich functionality of the camera app will impress mobile photography and videography enthusiasts. A single powerful LED is used as a flash (and flashlight).

In bright enough light the camera pleases with the detail and clarity of the pictures, with lower lighting of course some noise does appear, but unlike most phone cameras noise reduction works. here delicately, carefully handling the boundaries of contrast transitions and not blurring the small details. Even at dusk or in low artificial light, the shots are pretty good (see test gallery below).

The HDR function is effective in stretching out details in the shadows and eliminating overexposure. Although the camera asks to repair the smartphone during the shooting, it does not appear that the camera takes multiple photos with different exposures, but rather software processing of the image (the quick and the absence of ghosts in HDR images speak in favor).

I liked the professional mode with the ability to manually set the shutter speed from 1/4000s to 8 seconds, which allows you to take pictures without loud noise in low light (of course, this is only suitable for stationary objects and provided that the telephone is fixed on a kind of tripod). The RAW (DNG) format is of course not supported – that would be too good. Here are all the camera modes and settings:

I couldn’t resist and, as in digital camera tests, I took a series of photos with different sensitivities from ISO100 to ISO3200 indoors, with diffused light coming from a window through cloudy weather. It is better to download them to your computer and watch them in 1: 1 format, so that they will be published in a separate gallery.

Video is shot in only two possible resolutions – 1080p and 720p (lower by default) with stereo sound. I will not give examples here, because the presale test sample for some reason filmed a video with very low bit rate and the corresponding quality, but the company assured me that everything was in order in the final version of the smartphone.

Telephone functions are standard, there are no special functions. The dialer contains Cyrillic for quick contact search. Call recording is not provided.

The sound quality is excellent, the speaker volume is more than enough, the ringtones also sound loud and clearly.

The Honor 8A doesn’t have any special musical superpowers, but it does reproduce music quite well. The sound is smooth, neutral, with no hollows or elevations evident in any part of the scale. The phone works perfectly with bluetooth headphones.

Honor 8A is one of the most affordable smartphones with NFC support. Finally, this technology is generalizing, I think it will soon be in all smartphones, such as Bluetooth and a fingerprint sensor. By the way, the fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, in addition to identification, can perform gestures (you don’t need to register a fingerprint for this).

Fingerprint recognition is quick and clear, gestures work fine, but due to the small area of ​​the sensor and its recess in the body, they are not very convenient. There are also several additional control methods – a screenshot by swiping the screen with three fingers, unlocking the screen when you lift the phone off the table (triggered by a fairly sudden movement and with noticeable delay) and by turning off the ringer and alarm clock by turning the phone over. When the phone is in your pocket or bag and the sensors at the top of the screen are closed, the screen is locked against accidental clicks.


System and applications

The smartphone runs Android 9 with a proprietary EMUI shell (also the ninth version). There is a separate search menu for apps, the most popular actions for apps can be started by tapping and holding. There aren’t any fancy animated widgets here, just a few different effects as you flip the pages on the desktop. After setup, the desktop can be locked so that icons and widgets cannot be moved in the event of accidental contact.

Much to reviewers’ delight, it’s possible to take long, auto-scrolling screenshots and even save screenshots. Here is an example of such a screenshot:

The screencast recording button is available in the radio buttons:

Among the additional functions I would like to mention the settings section “Digital scale” – there you can see statistics about phone usage, screen time, what apps have been launched. You can limit (for yourself and your child, with PIN code protection) the total time you use the phone, the time you use individual apps, or even block one of them.


Performance and autonomy

The smartphone, despite its small memory size by today’s standards, works very quickly and stably, no problems were noticed during testing. Here are the synthetic benchmarks for 3D Mark, PC Mark, Geekbench and AnTuTu:

Fairly good for its price, most games and apps won’t be a problem. In addition to the mandatory OpenGL ES 3.0 API, the Vulkan Alternative API is supported.

Charging the battery with a capacity of just over three ampere-hours was enough for me for a day and a half without restrictions, and the ultra-power saving mode made it possible to reach the socket at the end of the second day. .


In the dry residue

The company positions the 8A as the first smartphone for a student. Yes, this is a good option with a more than reasonable price, and the “Digital Scale” feature will be very useful in this case, but many parents will prefer to buy their child “for slaughter” for something even cheaper. , up to 3000 UAH, so it’s not so sorry when the child breaks it, drowns it or loses it. Honor 8A, it seems to me, is more likely to be an upgrade after such a super budget model.

It looks like it will also be a good choice for an adult who has a lot of different expenses (family, kids, car, hobbies) and an expensive phone doesn’t fit into an overburdened family budget. Such a buyer is not at all interested in the high end.


3 reasons to buy Honor 8A:

you need a smartphone for a student with sufficient performance for most games;

  • you want to restrict your child’s use of the phone
  • you need a cheap smartphone with NFC for contactless payments;
  • you need a camera capable of shooting in low light.

1 reason not to buy the Honor 8A:

small icons in the notification bar will be inconvenient for the visually impaired.>

Honor 8A specifications
Display IPS LCD, 6.09 inches, 720 x 1560, 283 ppi, 16.7 million colors, capacitive sensor (10 simultaneous keys)
Housing plastic, dimensions 156.28 x 73.5 x 8.22 mm, weight approx.150 g
CPU MTK MT6765 (Helio P35), 8 Cortex-A53 cores (4 cores 2.3 GHz + 4 cores 1.8 GHz), PoverVR Rogue GE8320 graphics
RAM 2 Go
Flash memory Integrated – 32 GB (approximately 24 GB available to the user), removable – microSD
Camera Primary: 13 MP, F1.8, phase detection autofocus, LED flash.


Video: 1080p at 30 fps, 17 Mbps, 44.1 kHz 32-bit stereo audio

Front: 8.0 MP, F2.0

Interface micro USB
Wireless technology Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n 2,4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
Drums Li-Ion, non-removable, 3020 mAh
operating system Android 9.0 with EMUI 9 proprietary shell
carte SIM 2 x nanoSIM (both with 3G / 4G / VoLTE support)
The fingerprint scanner on the back

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