The Huawei P8lite Is a Smartphone That Everyone Can Afford

If you are tired of paying higher data rates for your under-contract cell phone, then you might want to look at paying full price for an unlocked smartphone. But if a $500+ phone isn’t in your budget, you don’t have to buy a crappy cheap phone just to avoid making monthly payments; instead check out the $249.99 Huawei P8lite.

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At this price you can’t expect absolute top of the line features, but the P8lite does have a 5″ 720p HD Gorilla Glass 3 display, an Octa-core Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 615 processor, ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity with support for all US GSM LTE bands, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, along with a 2200mAh battery.

Not too shabby, right?

But even better, it is a dual-SIM phone, which means that if you are a frequent traveller or if you have two numbers, you now don’t need to carry two phones or give up your home line to save money in roaming areas.

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Huawei P8lite Specifications

Size: (L) 5.63 inches x (W) 2.78 inches x (T) .30 inches, 4.76 Oz.
Color: Black or White
Display:5.0-inch, 1280×720 enhanced HD
CPU: Powerful Octa-core Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 615 processor
Operation System: Android 4.4.4 with intuitive and easy-to-use Emotion UI 3.0 interface
Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM
Connectivity: Ultra-fast 4G LTE connectivity with support for all US GSM LTE bands, Dual-SIM/SIM+Expandable MicroSD up to 32GB
Sensors: Accelerometer/ Proximity sensor/ Ambient light sensor/ Compass
Camera: 13 MP BSI camera+5 MP camera, Unique photo capture options including: All Focus: Change the focal point of saved images, Ultra Snapshot: access the camera instantly, even from sleep mode
Audio: *.mp3, *.mid, *.amr, *.3gp, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.aac, *.wav,*.ogg, *.flac, *.mkv
Emotion UI: HUAWEI EMUI 3.1
Battery: 2200mAh with ultra-power saving mode

If you don’t want to be locked into a two-year contract in order to pay off your phone, and if you don’t want to pay full price for a top of the line smartphone, then you may want to spring for the P8lite; it has enough features to make it a solid mid-level smartphone offering.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.