Hands-on with the Huawei P8 Lite

Greenbot | Jun 3, 2015

This $250 mid-range Android phone looks like it should cost twice as much.

Unlocked phones are still a foreign idea here in the US, but Chinese-based Huawei is hoping to change that by introducing the P8 Lite.

Now, there’s more to this phone than just a sleek body and 5-inch edge-to-edge display. This is the phone that will officially launch Huawei’s new sales strategy on this side of the world. The mid-range P8 Lite will sell online and at various retailers for $250 unlocked, so you can travel with it without worrying about your carrier. The company plans to use this phone to gauge how to proceed further in this particular market. But will this mid-range device be sufficient enough to compete with the rest?

That depends. On the outside, the P8 is slim and good looking—it’s not plastic or clunky like Motorola’s Moto G, for instance, and it looks a bit more high-end than other phones in its class. It’s also got a capable 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with enhanced capture modes, and a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 under the hood, as well as dual-SIM slots, so you can travel with it around the world.

However, no one in the US really knows who Huawei is. The company hopes that by offering things like a two year warranty, localized repair with free shipping, US-based call center support, and even financing options, that it can convince customers to buy Huawei.

The Huawei P8 Lite looks like decent deal for an unlocked Android device, but at the end of the day, it still packed with mid-range specs. My mind's not yet made up, so stay tuned for my final review.