Huawei has been in the limelight off late thanks to the blockbuster hit that the Nexus 6P has been. The smartphone has been perhaps the most highly appreciated Nexus device yet and has been selling fairly well too. And given that the phone has propelled Huawei into the big league, every little launch by Huawei at least in the near past is going to be coming under microscopic observation.
The latest device to come out of Huawei’s industrious labs is a midrange smartphone called the Huawei GX8. The phone will be retailing for a cost of $350, making it a mid-budget segment device. The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5 inch TFT display which is protected by a Gorilla Glass 3. Running the show on the phone is a Snapdragon 615 chipset which is an Octacore SoC with 2 GB of RAM. We have our reservations with the configuration, as we have seen the likes of Xiaomi Mi 4i and Motorola Moto X Play really stutter along with Snapdragon 615 driving the 1080P panel. We shall see how well the engineering team has done their magic on the GX8. There is a fingerprint scanner that is located on the back of the phone, but the scanner is square in shape unlike the round on the Nexus 6P. The Huawei GX8 has a metallic build, resonating that of the Nexus 6P too.
The internal memory on board is 16 GB with a Micro SD slot available too, if you want additional storage. The rear camera is a 13 MP sensor with Dual LED FLah, and surprisingly, there is OIS in there which will make sure your snaps come super steady. The front facing camera comes with 5 MP sensor for your selfies and there is a 3000 mAh battery in there to ensure a long run time for your phone. On the side of the software, the phone runs the customised EMUI 3.1 on top of Android Lollipop 5.1. There is no news of a potential arrival for Marshmallow yet. The phone will support global 4G LTE bands. he phone is expected to go on sale in the Q1 of 2016, though to start with, we feel it will be available only in selected regions.