Huawei is adding to its smartphone lineup with a new mid-range phone simply called the G8, a successor to the Ascend G7 launched in September last year. The G8 is notable for the fact that it’s a mid-range phone with a fingerprint sensor. Unlike most devices on the market though, Huawei has opted to put the sensor on the back, similar to the HTC One Max.
The G8 also runs the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop, with the company’s Emotion UI on top. It features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, 16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a microSD slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, dual SIM slots, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The 16GB model has 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB variant comes with 3GB.
The G8 has specs similar to a couple of other mid-range smartphones, like the HTC Desire 826 and Samsung’s Galaxy A series of devices (the Galaxy A8 in particular.) The fingerprint sensor is no doubt a nice attraction (and so is the 32GB storage option), but there’s no guarantee it will make the G8 a hit. The phone is priced at $370 and $434 for the 16 and 32GB models respectively, and there’s currently no word on whether it will be making its way to the US.