Huawei isn’t first to think it can coax America off its smartphone subsidy addiction, but the new P8 lite is more than an also-ran in unlocked devices. Launching today as the pared-back – and thus more affordable – sibling to the Huawei P8, the P8 lite carries a $249.99 price tag but hits that with no need for carrier financing or any sort of minimum contract: just slot in the AT&T or T-Mobile USA SIM card of your choice. With a tag like that, though, you know Huawei had to trim some of the tech.
So, you get a 5-inch display, but it’s running at 1280 x 720 resolution rather than the 1080p or Quad HD we’re seeing in recent high-end phones. The processor is an octa-core, too, but it’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 (the 1.5GHz MSM8939, to be exact) rather than something from the top-tier 8xx series.
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