A quick recap of the Huawei P8 Lite spec sheet: this handset comes with a 5.0-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS LCD display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood lies Huawei’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipset, which comprises of an octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A53 cluster. The chipset is paired with ARM’s Mali-450 GPU in quad-core configuration.
The P8 Lite sports 2 GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage (occupies the second SIM slot), 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras, and a 2,200 mAh non-removable battery. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop runs the show, albeit a heavily skinned version of it dubbed Emotion 3.1 UI, once again an in-house product from Huawei.
Consumers might not get the whole buzz surrounding the P8 Lite handset; what’s so special about this mid-range handset? Huawei doesn’t see it that way, especially since the P8 Lite is their first handset to achieve better sales in international markets than in China.
One of the most interesting numbers that you can extract from Huawei’s PR is its record-breaking sales in January. The Chinese company shipped a cool 12 million smartphones in January 2016. And get this, year-on-year growth is 93%, i.e. Huawei sold 93% more smartphones last month than it did in January 2015. January also marked the fourth consecutive month in which the company sold over 10 million handsets.
Overall, Huawei had a top-notch year, having shipped 108 million smartphones in 2015. That’s a 44% year-on-year growth, helping the brand retain its position as the world’s third-largest phone maker. It also propelled the company to become the largest Chinese smartphone maker, beating Lenovo and Xiaomi to it, and become the first Chinese smartphone maker to break the 100 million sales milestone as well.