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Huawei P8lite: the first mass market smartphone?


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Smartphone with bad features are all over the place.  Sluggish web speed, terrible cameras or horrible pixels has always been associated with cheap smartphones on the Zambian market.

For years, access to high quality phones at affordable prices has been limited. College students and first time employees are looking for a smartphone that doesn’t break the bank but still allows them the bells and whistles found in the high-end, pricey phones currently on the market. Put simply, you don’t want to spend the equivalent of your salary on a phone!

Huawei recently announced that it has shipped more than 10 million Huawei P8lite smartphones making the Huawei P8 series being able to successfully reach more than 16 million people globally. January 2016 was also marked the fourth consecutive month in which Huawei shipped over 10 million smartphones worldwide. So, 10 million people couldn’t be wrong, could they?

The Huawei P8lite is a classy, well-equipped Android smartphone that comes in black, white or gold and is powered by an octa-core processor with 2GB RAM that supports High Definition Resolution (HDR). The chipset also supports ultra-fast LTE Cat4 with downlink speeds of up to 150Mbps which is perfect for most Zambians who use the internet a lot.

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The P8lite smartphone uses Android operating system 5.0 and has an in-built storage capacity of 16GB. Its audio speaker exceeds the limits of other smartphones thanks to the enlarged integrated sound chamber, multiple audio frequency enhancement technology that reduces noise, making every sound played clearer, sharper and more detailed.

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Another convenient feature of the P8lite is its long-lasting 2200mAh ultra-battery which provides optimum performance and remains effective in the midst of all its multi-tasking. This means that consumers can achieve more with this smartphone without worrying about the battery power running out quickly.

The model provides the purest expression of a design concept that provides comfort, ease and stability due to its 5-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 making it easy for the smartphone to sit perfectly balanced in the palm of anyone’s hand. Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, Bluetooth, FM radio, Near Field Communication (NFC), as well as sensors like an accelerometer and proximity are some of the amazing features that the P8lite is equipped with. The smartphone also has message options such as SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail and IM.

Juggling SIM cards has been made easy with the Huawei P8lite offering dual-SIM functionality and supporting LTE, GSM and HSPA network connectivity. The smartphone also comes with sound alert types that include vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones, loudspeakers and a 3.5mm jack.

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The multimedia package included in the Huawei P8lite has a sharp 13MP autofocus and 5MP front camera with LED flash which delivers outstanding shooting capacity, professional specifications, captivating images in stunning detail. And that’s not all; the P8lite is the first smartphone that has a ‘Night Mode’ option included, which allows you to take pictures that are clear and accurate even in the darkest conditions. Night mode is an amazing feature because even with the current power blackouts that we are subjected to everyday in the country, it still produces photos that have sharp details, bright colours and are natural looking.

The P8lite will cost you between K2500 and K3000.

If you’re just getting started with a job or still studying but on the lookout for an entry level smartphone that is both stylish and affordable, the Huawei P8lite ticks a number of boxes on the Zambian market.

Written by Kachepa Mtumbi at KPR Consulting.