90% metal Huawei GX8 arriving in US for $350

by: John DyeJanuary 5, 2016
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At CES today, Huawei confirmed the suspicions of many by making a bold push into the US smartphone market. The Chinese multinational mobile provider turned heads when they showcased the GX8 smartphone, which will be hitting US soil with a price tag of $350. In addition to it’s 90% metal chassis, the device also sports OIS and a finger scanner. Add these to its 5.5 inch 1080p Full HD display and 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615, and we’re talking about some pretty serious power for a midrange device.

RAM-wise, the Huawei GX8 has 2 GB. Internal storage is 16 GB, but there’s an option to expand it with a microSD slot. These specs put it into a competitive position with most other mid-range smartphones, but what looks to set the GX8 apart is its high-quality 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, sapphire lense, and a wider aperture than what we’re used to, which should provide higher quality imaging in low-light situations. Not bad for a phone that clocks in at 167 grams and has a 7.5mm thick frame housing a 3000 mAh battery.

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We’re expecting to see the Huawei GX8 Plus by March 2016 at the latest. It will be available through Amazon as well as directly from GetHuawei.com for $350 sans-contract. What are your thoughts regarding Huawei’s serious foray into the American mid-range market? Enough bang for the buck to merit an investment, or not enough razzle dazzle to pique your interest? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Bob F

    If the screen quality is on par, I would definitely be interested.

  • Tony Whack Jr

    I think it’s a good move for them. With the success of the nexus 6P, they should definitely make the move to expand more in the US.

  • Avrumi

    Will it have all the LTE bands for AT&T as well as T-Mobile?

  • 404

    My heart fell when i read 615. Can’t they use the 808?
    Actually, if average US consumers actually managed to get hold of the specs, they probably won’t even know it’s a midrange processor

  • Box

    Sweeeet little phone!

  • Neel

    Wish it was Amoled

  • D’ohrk!

    Why 2GB RAM?

    • Dilan Singh

      Because it’s a mid-range device..

      • D’ohrk!

        That 2GB seems more appropriate for a low-end device.

        • Dilan Singh

          If 3GB of RAM is the standard for high-end devices, how is 2GB low-end?

          • D’ohrk!

            Galaxy S6 series has 4GB.

          • Dilan Singh

            No. S6 and S6 Edge both have 3GB of RAM. S6 Edge+ and Note 5 have 4GB. Most high-end phones have 3GB. A rare few have 4GB. 3GB is ample for current software demands.

          • D’ohrk!

            In the last 6 months, these models have 4GB: Galaxy Note 5; Asus Zenphone 2 Deluxe; Galaxy Edge 6+; LG V10; Meizu Pro 5; Oppo R7s; OnePlus 2.

            I think if you’re releasing a new phone in 2016, it’s fairly clear that 4GB is the high end, while 3GB is the starting point for mid-range.

          • Dilan Singh

            Right now, the standard for mid-rangers is still 2GB. As we progress through the year, it may go up to 3GB. In reality, 3GB is ample memory for today’s software. 4GB is just for spec hungry consumers, which is why most flagships this year will have it.The mid-rangers are likely to stay at 2GB RAM until at least Q3 2016 as there’s not as much demand for competitive specs.

          • D’ohrk!

            I don’t know what you mean by “spec hungry consumers”. Aren’t we all spec hungry? Do we not all want Core i7s for the price of a Pentium?
            Xiaomi Mi 5 looks like it’ll have 4GB; I don’t think there’s any question that a flagship phone in 2016 must have 4GB.

          • Dilan Singh

            Yes.. Most enthusiasts are spec hungry, myself included. I am sure the flagships of this year will have 4GB of RAM. The point is that the majority of consumers that are in the market for a mid-range device are not spec hungry. They are looking for a good performer at a low price. That is attainable by manufacturers with the use of 2GB of RAM.

          • D’ohrk!

            LOL…in that case, both you and I are looking for 4GB, are we not?

          • Dilan Singh

            Yes, but that’s not the point. The point is that 2GB is adequate for a mid-range device.

  • Marc Perrusquia

    The Honor 5x seems like a much better deal.

  • Vishnu

    again its Snapdragon 615.. the heater .. im not gonna buy any 615 smartphones . .

  • alreadyout

    This phone is already available WW known as huawei G8 with 3GB RAM.

  • iHonor

    Seems like Honor 7 which is available in many countries except US. Camera is just different, Honor 7 has 20mpx but without image stabilizer. Great deal tho. Looks like it too

  • raffr

    The Honor 5x is the same phone for $150 less. Strange marketing.

    • Kelvin Njuguna

      Agreed

  • Rodger Hodgson

    Sorry….5.5″ LG G Flex 2 ….32gb, 3gb ram…SnapDragon 810…..Under $300 new on ebay….WAYYYYY better phone and camera etc…. No, it doesn’t over heat on Lollipop 5.1.1

  • Leonid Zolotarev

    Snapdragon 615 for $349? Is it a joke? I bought Idol 3 with the same processor for $199. This one is DOD.:)