As you now know, Huawei’s announcement for today was for the Huawei P8 Lite, their new affordable unlocked phone for the US. The phone starts at just $249 yet includes mostly solid specs (HD display, 13MP camera, octa-core Qualcomm processor, etc.). It also comes in a couple of colors and should work perfectly on AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks. The total package here is quite nice for the price, but Huawei had better be ready to compete with companies like ASUS, who are also dealing unlocked phones with solid specs at low prices.
We have had a chance to kick it with the P8 Lite a couple of times now, including the unboxing you will see below. My takeaway at this point is this. You get a phone that feels great in hand, thanks to its smallish 5-inch display and premium-like design. It performs well, is capable of taking good pictures, and really is a great package at that price.
The problem here is the fact that the phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box. Seriously, it’s June 3 and a phone is launching without Lollipop (ignore the faux-Lollipop navigation buttons, they are a trick). We don’t know if or when this phone will be upgraded, so should you buy it, well, you might be stuck with the old for longer than you might want. That’s a serious item to take into consideration.
Below, you will find our unboxing and initial set of impressions.
You can buy the Huawei P8 Lite at Amazon today.