Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has unveiled its latest P8 Lite (2017) smartphone running on Android 7.0 and featuring a 1080p screen. The phone is expected to hit various EU markets by the end of this month.
The new device is actually successor to the two-year-old Huawei P8 Lite, and many people are finding the timing of this launch very odd, as the smartphone maker is expected to launch the P10 Lite in coming weeks.
Huawei P8 Lite (2017) runs on latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, and is powered by in-house Kirin 655 chip with an octa-core A53 processor and Mali-T830MP2 GPU. The device features a 5.2-inch IPS full-HD display of 1080×1920 resolution, and is equipped with a 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD.
The phone also boasts an 8-megapixel front selfie camera and a 12 megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC. The dual-SIM phone packs a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery, which is same was on the P9 Lite. The device also features a fingerprint scanner at the rear.
The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) is expected to be available in various EU markets by the end of this month for €239. The device will be made available in Germany in Black color, and will also be launched in Gold and White color options in coming weeks.
Headquartered in Guangdong, Huawei is a Chinese company that specializes in manufacturing smartphones, tablet computers, mobile and fixed broadband networks, multimedia technology, etc. Huawei was founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei. In its initial days, Huawei used to produce phone switches, but later expanded its business to become the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and also overtaking Ericsson in 2012. In 2015, Huawei had more than 170,000 employees with 76,000 engaged in R&D in countries including the US, China, Canada, the UK, India, France, Turkey, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Colombia, Ireland, Russia, and Israel.
In recent years, Huawei has focused on increasing its smartphone production to establish itself as a major player in the market. Huawei Mate 8 phablet device got a warm welcome around the world for its long battery life and incredible power. In 2015, the company – for the first time – shipped over 100 million smartphones worldwide, and the company is coming up with several high and mid-end devices to expand its product range.
At IFA 2016, Huawei unveiled the Nova and Nova Plus smartphones targeting the budget-conscious younger customers.