Huawei is ramping up its presence in the United States, and that doesn’t just mean porting over its devices spec-for-spec. Well, in the case of the GX8, it actually does.
Updated on 02/08/2016 by Julian Chokkattu: Added news of the GX8 becoming available for purchase in the U.S.
It features the same aluminum build as the Nexus 6P, and like the G8 it has a fingerprint sensor — a feature usually seen on higher-end flagships.
Again, the specs are nothing new — the 5.5-inch display has a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. It has 3GB of RAM, a MicroSD card slot, and a big 3,000mAh battery, but it’s not removable. The device has a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing one. The only new addition is presumably support for U.S. bands.
Unfortunately, though Android 6.0.1 has been out for about a month now, the device will ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop, and of course will be layered with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.1.
The GX8 was only one of a number of major announcements that the company made at CES. In addition to the budget-friendly smartphone, the company also announced two new Huawei Watch models — the Jewel and the Elegant — which the company is marketing as the first smart watches designed specifically for women, as well as a new tablet, the MediaPad M2 10.
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