Huawei has paired up a phone and wearable to launch in the United States. We’ll have complete coverage of the Talkband B2 later on. First, we’re giving a full physical check-up on the Huawei P8 Lite, or the younger cousin to the international flagship, the Huawei P8. You may question why the Chinese OEM continued its modus operandi of providing lower-end phones to the U.S. market, like the SnapTo and Ascend Mate 2. But it seems that this is as close to a flagship as we might expect from the company for now.

The unlocked phone is competing on a price level similar to that of the ASUS ZenFone 2, the Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 and the OnePlus One. It’s not necessarily competing in the hardware build-out, though: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 manages eight cores (four at 1.5 GHz, four at 1 GHz) with an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. Huawei’s EMUI 3.0 is skinned over Android 4.4.4. The LCD screen has a resolution of 720p, laid out over five inches. The rear camera boasts a 13-megapixel Sony sensor and the front-facer shoots 5-megapixel photos (see how the cameras perform here). Network-wise, the phone can take up T-Mobile and/or AT&T. If you feel frivolous, the device has two SIM slots, though the nano-SIM slot doubles as a microSD card slot.  Huawei’s U.S. site is selling the P8 Lite for $249.99.

Take a look through the video below for our specific first impressions of the Huawei P8 Lite. And remember, we’re not stopping here: we’ve also got the Huawei Talkband B2 in-house, so be sure to leave a comment on what questions you’d like to see answered about both these devices!

24 hours with the Huawei P8 Lite


 

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