Huawei, a leading name in Android manufacturers, had earlier announced to launch their new venture – Huawei Honor 8 Lite at upcoming Mobile World Congress 2017 this month but they have listed the new smartphone for pre-orders on a Finnish online retailer.
Following the speculation and rumors about the smartphone, the Huawei Honor 8 Lite is now officially available in Finland on an online retailer. Like previous iterations, Huawei has used an approach to sell a lighter version of its high-end smartphones for an affordable price.
This time Huawei did the same with its Honor brand having launched a “Lite” variant of the applauded Honor 8 smartphone. The Honor 8 Lite indeed features lower specifications (not greatly lowered anyway) but is cost effective as well as it comes with Android 7.0 Nougat software pre-installed with Huawei’s EMUI 5.0.
The Huawei Honor 8 Lite sports the same 5.2 inch screen with the exact full HD resolution as the Honor 8, also with the 2.5D curved glass on the front and the same reflective rear glass.
The lite version of the smartphone actually demotes at the power with a mid-range Kirin 655 octa-core processor whereas the original Huawei Honor 8 has the high-end Kirin 950. The Lite model, instead of 4GB, stands at 3GB of RAM that seems great for rigorous daily use.
The internal storage of the Honor 8 Lite is only 16GB in space including ROM. However the phone features expandable memory via microSD card. The phone also features the fingerprint scanner – not sure, whether or not exactly a piece from original Honor 8 but it’s placed right there on the back.
Even though the dual-SIM phone features lower graded processor, it features the same 3000 mAh battery as came with original Honor 8. It will be really great to have this capacity of backup as the phone still features similar display components.
Visually the rear camera is what makes the phone look different as the Honor 8 Lite features only the single camera module on the back unlike the dual-cam in Honor 8. The Lite model boasts a single 12-megapixel rear camera while features a similar 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
|Chipset||Huawei Kirin 655|
|OS||Android 7.0 Nougat, customized with Emotion UI 5.0|
|Supported Networks||2G, 3G, 4G LTE|
|Display||5.2″ 2.5D curved with 1080p resolution|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Card Slot||yes, by up to 128 GB|
|Primary Camera||12 MP, f/2.2, LED|
|Secondary Camera||8 MP, 77-degree wide-angle|
|Price||€269, $292, PKR 30,000|
As mentioned earlier, the Huawei Honor 8 Lite is currently on pre-order in Finland and will be available from February 17, 2017. There is no clue of the phone’s global appearance but it is expected to be available in Pakistan in the second quarter or so.
While the listing on the Finnish retailer is only offering a white version of the Honor 8 Lite, the blue, black and gold models were previously appeared with a covers suggesting to be launched at MWC 2017. The black variant was also shared by Huawei Finland on their Instagram page.
Honor 8 Lite wasn’t revealed via an official announcement but the listing on the Finnish retailer is official with the price tag of €269 or approximately $290 –about PKR ~30,000.