On Tuesday at CES 2016, Huawei announced several new devices, and one of them is the Huawei GX8, known in other countries as the G8 or G7+. This is a mid-range device launching with Android 5.1 and Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 overlayed on top. The GX8 is coming to the US in Q1 of 2016, so hopefully it will show up online and in-stores in a month or so.
Here are all the specs for this phone:
- Display: Size: 5.5 inches, 1920×1080 (Full HD)
- Operating System: Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1
- Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa
- Memory: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM, microSD expandable up to 128GB
- Camera: Rear: 13.0MP AF, Front: 5.0MP
- Battery: 3000mAh
- Dimension: 152mm x 76.5mm x 7.5mm; 167 g
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 ; WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G; MicroUSB 2.0 high speed
- Sensors: Accelerometer; Proximity sensor; Ambient light sensor; Compass, Fingerprint
It is certainly disappointing that a phone is launching in Q1 of 2016 with Android 5.1, as 6.0 has been out for a few months now. However, it has the 3000mAh battery and the fingerprint scanner (which Huawei claims is very good) going for it, so there’s that.
Read the full press release on the Huawei GX8 below:
The stylish Huawei GX8 stands out from the crowd with a beautiful, aluminum uni-body design. Featuring a scratch-resistant 5.5-inch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen and innovative fingerprint security, GX8 brings beauty, balance and function to your life. Its industry-leading fingerprint sensor delivers a 94 percent unlock success rate, so you can access the GX8 quickly and confidently. Superb connectivity and a powerful, 3000 mAH battery make the GX8 a true powerhouse. Available for just $349.99 USD in gold, gray and silver, Huawei GX8 will be available at BestBuy.com, select Best Buy stores, GetHuawei.com and Amazon.com in the first quarter of 2016.
However, even with the plus of great hardware design, the Huawei GX8 may be a tough phone to sell, considering the Moto X Pure and Nexus 5X are close in price and offer a much better software experience. The worst part is that the GX8 is not quite worth the $150 price increase from the newly announced and similarly spec’d $200 Huawei Honor 5X.