Hauwei Officially Announces the P8 Lite; Coming to the US Unlocked for Only $250

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  1. dgstorm

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    It looks like Huawei is making another big move into the US market. Their next big push is the P8 Lite, and its main "claim to fame" is that it is a reasonably powerful device for a very cheap unlocked and off contract price of only $249.99.

    Here's a breakdown of the specs you get for that price:
    • 5-inch HD (720p) display
    • 2GB RAM
    • 1.5GHz Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor
    • 13MP rear camera
    • 5MP front camera
    • 2200mAh battery
    • LTE connectivity on AT&T and T-Mobile
    • 16GB storage
    • A micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
    • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
    While that list of specs obviously doesn't qualify as a flagship, it's still a fairly reasonable hardware array for such an affordable price. The fact that it comes with KitKat could be a positive or a negative depending on your point of view.

    Here are a few links where you can grab the Hauwei P8 Lite at US online retailers:
    It will be interesting to see what Huawei's next device to hit US shores will be.
     
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    Here's the full press release:

    Huawei Brings Great Design within Reach with New Unlocked P8 lite Smartphone

    New unlocked purchase benefits make P8 lite and other Huawei unlocked devices even more attractive

    PLANO, Texas [June 3, 2015]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology solutions provider, today launched the Huawei P8 lite in the U.S., making it possible for U.S. consumers to have premium design and features at an accessible price. Available for just $249.99 USD, the P8 lite will be available as an unlocked device, giving consumers the option to take their phone to the network* of their choice.

    “With a perfect balance of style, functionality and value, the P8 lite gives consumers a premium yet easily accessible device and experience,” said Mr. Zhiqiang Xu, President of Huawei Device USA. “We are expanding our smartphone, wearable and tablet portfolio to meet U.S. consumers’ needs and are committed to delivering the right devices at the right prices with a tremendous consumer experience.”

    Accessible Design
    With design and craftsmanship inspired by the company’s premium global flagship devices, Huawei P8 lite’s ultra-slim 7.7mm profile and thin bezels make it perfectly compact and well balanced in the hand. Demonstrating sophisticated design and quality craftsmanship, the metallic appearance of the phone’s back panel is achieved through a layered design of contrasting hues and a hand-crafted satin coating that feels smooth to touch, but glimmers in direct light.

    Accessible Technology
    The P8 lite isn’t just beautiful— it’s also elegantly functional. The 5-inch HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 display is designed for visual clarity and utmost durability. The 13 megapixel rear camera has built-in low light and autofocus capabilities which, along with the multi-frame noise reduction algorithm, ensure photos are clearer and brighter.

    In addition to the solid camera performance and streamlined design, the Huawei P8 offers:

    • 5.0-inch 720p HD screen
    • Powerful Octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor
    • Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity with support for all US GSM LTE bands
    • Intuitive and easy-to-use Emotion UI 3.0 interface
    • 2200mAh battery with ultra-power saving mode
    • Unique photo capture options including:
      • All Focus: Change the focal point of saved images
      • Ultra Snapshot: access the camera instantly, even from sleep mode
    • 5 megapixel front-facing camera
    • Dual-SIM/SIM+Expandable MicroSD up to 32GB
    Transforming the Unlocked Experience
    With the launch of the P8 lite, Huawei is transforming consumers’ unlocked purchase experience. While more than 42 percent1 of consumers use or intend to purchase an unlocked device, there are still significant barriers that give consumers pause or reason to lack confidence. Among the leading roadblocks to purchasing an unlocked device are concerns about after-sales service, phone price and sales channels2. Huawei is addressing all of these concerns by introducing new benefits throughout the unlocked device purchase process.

    Huawei is introducing a new two-year warranty on unlocked smartphones launched this year, including the SnapTo, introduced in April, and the all new P8 lite. Consumers need only register at GetHuawei.com to receive the warranty’s benefits for an extended term. The two-year warranty joins Huawei’s already strong commitment to post-purchase support, with local customer service, localized repair and a variety of contact channels for consumers.

    Though the unlocked purchase model provides more freedom and choice, there is still an upfront cost for the device. Huawei is removing device sticker shock and giving consumers more flexible payment options by partnering with financial services leader Affirm. Now, consumers who purchase devices on www.GetHuawei.comhave the option to select fixed installment plans of three, six and 12-months at the point of sale for device purchases of $99 or more. And once a purchase is made, consumers can have the confidence that it will arrive as promised and with easily accessible customer support thanks to Huawei’s partnership with trusted fulfillment provider Amazon.

    “With the introduction of new unlocked benefits and with close collaboration from our valued partners, Huawei is taking the next step forward to make buying a quality unlocked device worry-free for consumers,” said Xu. “At Huawei, we are committed to not only delivering great devices at the right price, but also the services and support that let consumers purchase our products with confidence.”

    Availability
    P8 lite is available beginning today, June 3, through Huawei’s ecommerce site, GetHuawei.com, Amazon.com, B&H in-store and online, Fry’s Electronics in-store and online, Target.com and various dealer networks. P8 lite will also be coming soon to BestBuy.com and select Best Buy stores.

    In celebration of GetHuawei.com’s one-year anniversary, consumers who are registered or register on the website between June 3 and June 6 will receive promotional incentives good for discounts on select products, including the newly launched P8 lite, Mate2 and SnapTo. For more information about the P8 lite, visithttp://Huawei P8 lite - No Contract Smartphone
     
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    Here comes the Chinese onslaught of well spec'd devices at very good price points.
    Bad for Device sector profit margins everywhere in general but kudos to the US carriers willing to carry these devices (I am not looking at you, VZW).....
     
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    Pretty nice looking device. Too bad the battery is tiny. :confused:
     
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    The specs are pretty decent for $250 unlocked. The 2200mAh battery should do well for a mid range SoC and only 720p screen. Those are the big power eaters. I'd probably get one for my kids if they were old enough.
     
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    I'm not sure how much long VZW can be restrictive on what they allow into their eco system if they are really wanting to move to a non subsidized phone model. It would be easier for them to just go BYOD.
     
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    Cocky Verizon? Pffft. I'll tell you how long: as long as we continue to support them.
     
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