News by Luke Jones on Wednesday June 03, 2015.
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Huawei has announced a smartphone that will be launched in the United States, a rarity for the Chinese company. The handset was rolled out in the U.S. today and is called the Huawei P8 Lite, a device you may already be well familiar with. However, before discussing the launch, there is some history to clear up... bear with us.Huawei revealed earlier in the year that it would begin launching smartphones in the United States during 2015, starting the company's first true attempt to crack the North American market. In April the Chinese giant rolled out the P8 Flagship, alongside the bigger P8max, and the lower spec'd P8 Lite, all spiffing smartphones in their own way. It is the latter that we are getting in the U.S., the P8 Lite, although it has some minor changes. It is the exact same handset, aside for the fact that Huawei has swapped out its own Kirin 620 and has instead put a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 clocked at 1.5GHz and with eight cores. The other specs are solid for a mid-range handset and include 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear snapper, a 5 megapixel front facing lens, and a 2,200mAh battery. Elsewhere there is 16GB of internal storage that can be bumped by up to 32GB extra thanks to a micro SD card slot. In terms of design, the Huawei P8 Lite is a very good looking and sleek smartphone. It looks similar to the P8 proper, but arguably stands out more because it is in a modest price band, whereas the P8 competes against high design flagships. Sure, there are plenty of good-looking handsets in the mid-range too, but Huawei's is certainly one of the best in an aesthetic sense. It probably isn't the best in terms of software though, as Huawei has decided to launch the handset in the U.S. with Android 4.4.4 KitKat and not Android 5.0 Lollipop. It?s a strange decision from the company as the Chinese variant of the device rocks Lollipop. We are sure the U.S. variant will get Android 5.0 eventually, but out of the box would have been nice. On top of Android is Huawei's own Emotion UI 3.0, which we are not huge fans of, but is a passable Android skin (definitely the weak point here though). As for pricing and availability, the Huawei P8 Lite will arrive in the United States from today and can be bought from Amazon, Target, GetHuawei.com, and various bricks and mortar locations around the country. The device is a bit of a bargain at just $249.99, and if you buy it through GetHuawei.com, you can purchase it monthly over 3, 6, or 12 months.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.