In its quest for Apple-contending global smartphone sales numbers, Huawei seems to be taking a page from undisputed champion Samsung’s playbook, flooding the market with more intriguing low to mid to high-end models than we can count.
A large part of the OEM’s forecasted 2016 growth hinges on the commercial success of the P9 and P9 Plus, as well as the super-affordable Honor 5X and likely even cheaper upcoming Honor 5C. In the second half of the year, Huawei is also expected to bet big (literally and figuratively) on the Mate 9, while its future involvement in the Nexus program remains uncertain.
That already sounds like a fairly packed product roadmap, yet there’s still room for one more Honor-series device before summer. This is practically etched in stone for an announcement on May 10, and it’s almost surely dubbed Honor V8.
Following in the footsteps of the June 2015-unveiled Honor 7, it’s definitely no pushover, hauling the same dual rear camera setup as the P9 and P9 Plus, probably with identical 12MP sensors, manufactured by Sunny Optical under a Leica license.
That’s all we can be sure of right now, unfortunately, though given the Honor branding, a lower price tag than P9’s feels like another given. If we were to make educated guesses regarding other specs, we’d expect a Full HD 5.2-inch display to be in tow, alongside a Kirin 950 or 955 processor, 3 or 4GB RAM, and Emotion UI-skinned Android 6.0 Marshmallow software. Bottom line, an inexpensive dual cam hero. Hopefully, for both Asia and Europe.