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.

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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