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Already available in Europe, the sleek and affordable Huawei P8 lite was announced in London on April 15, 2015 alongside its high-end sibling the Huawei P8. The P8 lite has now been officially introduced in the US market and we had the opportunity to get our hands on it early on, during a private briefing with Zhiqiang Xu, President, Huawei Device USA and Haito Cui, Executive Vice President Huawei Device USA.

Except for the 1.5 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and the Operating System (Android Kitkat at launch), the US model is almost similar to the European one that launched with Android 5.0 and features a HiSilicon Kirin 620 processor.

Except for the 1.5 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and the Operating System (Android Kitkat at launch), the US model is almost similar to the European one that launched with Android 5.0 and features a HiSilicon Kirin 620 processor.

What sets this new Huawei mid-range smartphone apart is its impressive build-quality for the sweet price: at $249, I am sure a number of people would like to get an unlocked GSM smartphone with good performance and a fashionable look. According to the Chinese manufacturer, “up to 42 percent of consumers use or intend to purchase an unlocked device in the US”.

The Huawei P8 lite is available in the US since June 3rd, from Huawei website: http://www.gethuawei.com/p8lite.html and from Amazon.com, B&H store, Fry’s Electronics in-store and online, Target.com and various retailers.

I have played with a P8 lite review unit for a while, and it was a very good experience for a mid-range smartphone.

What’s different?

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Sold as an unlocked phone with dual SIM-card slots

Pursuing its strategy of becoming one of the top three smartphone vendors in the US, Huawei is clearly going after the first-time smartphone users. Getting rid of the carriers with an affordable and high-end looking device is indeed the smartest way to attract a large part of the market.

The presentation we saw emphasized the fact that a growing number of consumers are interested in buying an unlocked device, probably to have the freedom of choosing the carrier that suits their needs the best, and feeling free to switch (or travel) more easily. This is not to say that subsidies are ending soon, but Huawei thinks that the trend is sufficient to establish a significant foothold.

Additionally, the dual-SIM slot is practical for users who travel abroad and have to buy local sim-cards and for the ones who need to operate a secondary phone number. It is pretty rare to find dual-SIM smartphones in the US, whereas it is very common in Asia.

However, knowing that smartphones have become a real social statement, we do not know if a majority of consumers will decide to buy a quite unknown brand and thus, risk their coolness status if they do not go for either Apple or Samsung.

Better warranty than competitors, localized support

To make sure people will have more reasons to hesitate to go for the comfort of the known territories, Huawei offers a two-years warranty with a highly localized customer service for repair and support. Most manufacturers offer one year of warranty.

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Display
5"
1280x720
IPS LCD
294 PPI
Price
~$200 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F2 Aperture F-Stop
Weight
131 g
Battery
2200 mAh
Launched in
2015-04-01
System
2GB RAM
HiSilicon Kirin 620 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
16
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