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Huawei’s Honor 8 with 12 MP dual camera and Kirin 950 processor lands in the US

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Last month, Huawei launched its Honor 8 smartphone in China. Now, the company has announced the launch of the same in US to get a foothold of the american flagship smartphones market.

While the device is not a flagship smartphone from the company, it has some top-of-the-line features putting it comfortably in that league. It has a glass layer at front as well as at the back. As per the company, the device is the result of 15 different steps in the manufacturing process, from coating to adding optical films to polishing.

The phone features a 5.2-inch full HD LTPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Under the hood, the device is powered by company’s own Kirin 950 octa-core processor, along with 4GB of RAM. It will be available in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB. There is also a microSD card slot to expand storage.

One of the major highlight of the smartphone is the dual camera setup. It comes with an 12 megapixel dual rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash and laser auto focus. It has an 8 megapixel front facing camera. Huawei says that the dual camera system captures “three times more light than a single lens.”

The fingerprint sensor on the back is also a clickable button. The sensor click works as a “convenience key”. The sensor can be used to do variety of things, such as opening an app, turn on the flashlight, launch the camera, etc.

As of connectivity options, the handset supports 4G LTE, along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC and Infrared sensor. It comes with USB-Type C port instead of a micro-USB slot.

The phone is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery. It runs on company’s own EMUI 4.1 Android 6.0 Marshmallow based operating system. The device measures 145.5 x 71 x 7.4 mm and weighs 153 grams.

The pricing of Honor 8 is bit more compared to its price in China. The 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage model comes for $399, while the 64GB internal storage variant costs $449.99. Preorders starts August 17 at Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, Newegg, and Huawei. The blue version will be available exclusively at Best Buy.

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