Two months ago Huawei unveiled its latest flagship, the P8, that debuted accompanied by its bigger phablet sibling, the P8 Max. Today the manufacturer added another device to the P8 line-up, the Huawei P8 Lite. Being the most compact of the all three phones, the P8 Lite comes as an affordable and hence slightly trimmed down alternative to the P8. The unlocked phone compatible with any GSM carrier, such as AT&T or T-Mobile, is now on sale in the US via third party retail stores.
Unlocked Huawei P8 Lite is now available in the US with 2 year warranty
When we look at both phones, the Huawei P8 and the Huawei P8 Lite, we will see almost identical devices with the main difference lying in their size. The P8 Lite just as its bigger sibling sports a metal body construction and highly attractive sleek design. However, when we take a close-up at the phones’ lists of specs we will soon notice that their external appearance is their one and only common feature.
On the hardware side, the Huawei P8 Lite is nothing else than a decent mid-ranger which is far from the standards represented by its flagship prototype. The phone comes powered by an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz and paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable up to 32GB built-in storage. Moreover, the phone is kept alive by a 2,200 mAh battery.
As for OS platform, the P8 Lite runs the Huawei’s own Emotion 3.0 UI installed on the top of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat, instead of Android 5.0 Lollipop which seems to the most obvious OS choice accessible on the market. What’s more disturbing, there’s still no word on whether and when the phone will get the Lollipop update.
When it comes to optics, the handset sports a nice combination of a 13-megapixel main camera and secondary selfie-friendly 5-megapixel shooter located on its front.
The phone is also available in the dual SIM variant. However, note that when decide to take advantage of this feature, you will have to do without the microSD expansion since the card slot sadly works on “either-or” principle.
Moving on the availability and pricing details, the P8 Lite is being sold contract-free for as little as $249.99. You may purchase it online via Amazon, GetHuawei official website, Target or in your local retail brick and mortar store of B&H and Fry’s Electronics. Note that if you get the phone directly form the Huawei’s online store you may buy it paying 3, 6 or 12 monthly installments.
In addition, the unlocked phone is sold with an extensive two-year warranty providing after-sale support. However, remember that to activate the extended guarantee you will have to register your new Huawei handset on the manufacturer’s website. It’s also worth mentioning that if you decide to buy the P8 Lite before June 6th, you may additionally benefit from special discounts Huawei will be giving its customers in order to celebrate the birthday of its e-commerce.