Huawei has taken the wraps off its latest Honor smartphone in China and, if the spec list is anything to go by, this could be one of the best-equipped affordable smartphones around. With a 5.7-inch screen, high-end processor, fingerprint sensor, dual cameras and a premium metal build, the Honor V8 looks astonishing for its starting price of 2299 yuan ($352).

As it turns out, the specifications shown on the two individual TENAA listings we discovered were right on the money. Like they suggested, there are two different versions of the Honor V8; one with a 1080p screen and the other with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, both 5.7-inches diagonally.

A look at the spec list suggests this really is a flagship device, boasting features found in devices like the Huawei P9, the manufacturer’s latest high-end smartphone. The 1080p V8 has an octa-core Kirin 950 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, while the QHD model features the more powerful Kirin 955 clocked at 2.5GHz. Both versions come with 4GB RAM inside and a 12MP dual camera system on the back, exactly like the Leica-powered P9.

Other specs include an 8MP wide-angle f/2.4 front camera, an infrared sensor and fingerprint sensor as well as a hybrid dual SIM tray which holds either two SIMs, or one SIM and a MicroSD card. The battery measures in at 3500mAh, and supports Huawei’s fast-charging technology. Storage is either 32GB or 64GB depending on which model you go for, and all versions are equipped with a USB Type-C port.

Software wise, just like the Huawei P9, it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the latest version of Huawei’s EMUI skin on top.

The Honor V8 will be available in China from May 17th in ceramic white, platinum silver, rose gold, champagne gold, ice silver and gray for the following prices:

  • 1080p screen – 4GB RAM/32GB – Kirin 950 – 2299 yuan ($352 USD)
  • 1080p screen – 4GB RAM/32GB – Kirin 950 + expanded network support – 2499 yuan ($383 USD)
  • QHD screen – 4GB RAM/64GB – Kirin 955 – 2799 yuan ($429 USD)

Given the fact that the V8 was launched at an event in China, we’re inclined to assume it will only be available in that region for the time being. As much as we’d love to see this budget-friendly, high-spec phablet on our shores, that may not happen.

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