When the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 appeared in leaks, it took many by surprise give that the phone was coming in as part of a series that was unveiled in 2015.
The original Huawei P8 Lite was announced in April 2015 and released the following month. The phone came in as the low-end offering in the Huawei P8 series and last year, it was succeeded by the Huawei P9 Lite, which also came in as a low-end variant of the P9 series. This year will see the Huawei P10 come to life and as usual, a P10 Lite should follow suit. But before this happens, Huawei has a recently unveiled the P8 Lite 2017 edition, which steps up the specs that came with the original P8 Lite, but has a lower price tag.
Now, according to renowned leaker Evan Blass, the said Huawei P8 Lite 2017 will be sold as the Huawei Nova Lite in some markets, which is an interesting move from the Chinese OEM. Initially, it was thought that the P8 Lite 2017 will remain exclusive to the European market, but it appears the phone could be sold in other markets with a different name.
So, Huawei's P8 lite (2017) — sequel to a 2015 model & debuted b/w 2016's P9 & 2017's P10 — will retail in some markets as the Nova lite. pic.twitter.com/HuEDSQgDHB
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 7, 2017
Despite the change in names, the Huawei Nova Lite should keep the same specs and features as the P8 Lite 2017 model. These include a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display screen with a full HD resolution. Under the hood, the Nova Lite will ship with a HiSilicon Kirin 655 SoC, an upgrade to the 2015 processor, alongside a RAM of 3GB. In terms of storage, you get a mere 16GB, but there is room to expand it via a microSD card. The back of the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 has a 12MP lens that comes with PDAF and LED flash – so will the Huawei Nova Lite. As for the selfie camera, you get an 8MP lens.
To keep the phone going is a huge 3000mAh battery unit that is recharged via a microUSB port. Software-wise, Android 7.0 Nougat runs the show out of the box.
The Huawei Nova and Nova Plus were unveiled last year and apparently, the incoming Huawei Nova Lite will take its place in the series as the low-end offering.