For the past couple of years, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been one synonymous with releasing premium-looking well-specced devices at an affordable price. This year, it appears the company is looking to step up its game. A TENAA listing for the upcoming Honor V8 suggests the company is about to launch something of a flagship killer…

For reference, TENAA is almost like the Chinese version of the FCC. Before products are launched in China, their applications are sent to TENAA, which happens to be a live, freely accessible database. What’s more, listings almost always come with photos of the device and likely specifications. While specs sometimes differ a little due to regional differences in specific handset models, the design is generally accurate.

The Honor V8 was recently teased and is rumored to be getting its unveiling on May 10th, the same day the Xiaomi Max is due to be announced. The TENAA listing for the Honor V8 points to a phone which could not only be the most powerful and specced-out mid-range phablet, but also one that will give the best phones a run for their money.

Borrowing inspiration from its parent company’s latest phone, the Honor V8 is set to feature a dual camera system on the back. If I’m reading the listing correctly, it will be made up of a 12MP and 8MP camera.

Perhaps most impressive is the display, which is listed as featuring a Quad HD 5.7-inch panel, making it the first Honor-branded smartphone to feature a 2K screen.

Powering the phone is a 2.5GHz processor (probably octa-core), paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB. As well as that, there’s a generous 3,400mAh battery which we imagine will be touted as a 2-day battery thanks to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and EMUI’s battery optimization features. We imagine it will also feature some kind of fast-charging technology.

Like most Honor phones, these features and components will be stuffed inside a sleak, attractive metal body with a soft anodized finish which — in this instance — is pink.

Depending on which markets this smartphone lands in, and how much it costs, this could well be an incredible device for Honor. Given the spec-list, and our experience with other Honor phones, it should be fantastic. What’s more, if it costs $100-$200 less than a comparable big-name flagship, it will be incredibly hard to justify buying a phone from a more familiar brand.

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