Back in the middle of this April, Huawei had announced its flagship 5.2-inch Huawei P8 smartphone with a 6.4mm all-metal unibody along with the 6.8-inch P8max phablet. During a press event in New York City, Huawei has launched the new budget-friendly P8 lite for customers in the United States. At the moment we don’t if it will be available only to American customers, but that looks to be the case.
The smartphone is already available to order for a price of $249.99, being unlocked and contract free. Just as the name suggests, this new handset is a cheaper version of the P8 flagship, getting a plastic body instead of metal and dumbed down specs. Here’s how its specs sheet looks like:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC with octa-core CPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB of expandable memory, microSD slot supports cards up to 32GB
- 5-inch 720p IPS display
- 13MP main camera, 5MP front-facing unit
- 2,200mAh non-removable battery
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat-based Emotion UI 3.0
- LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 2.0, and Wi-Fi b/g/n, Dual SIM card capable
- 7.7 mm thin
The smartphone also comes with a number of optional accessories, such as a portable Power Pak, Bluetooth speaker and headset and hybrid Stereo Earphones. To try and further increase its presence, Huawei is also offering a “localized repair service” that includes free shipping and return of the device and preinstalled support apps on the device.
The new Huawei P8 lite will be available in white/gold or black/gray colors and interested will be able to get it from the manufacturer’s online GetHuawei store, but it will be coming to Amazon, BestBuy and other retailers. It’s interesting that Huawei didn’t bring its flagship and not even the phablet to American soil, but chose to target the affordable market with a new device. It could be that they are just being cautious or maybe the American market isn’t as profitable as the domestic one.