NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Smartphone buyers might not recognize the name Huawei Technology but the company has been making popular cell phones for years. They've been mostly mid-range, mid-priced devices. But now, Huawei is making a new push to begin selling its smartphone and other personal technology items under its own name.
Earlier this month Huawei announced the release of its P8 Lite Android smartphone and the TalkBand B2 - a combination fitness band and Bluetooth headset.
The phone is quite attractive. Extremely thin at less than one-third of an inch and lightweight, at 4.6 ounces. It's large enough to support a 5-inch, 720 by 1280 pixels IPS touchscreen, an eight-core, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm (QCOM) 615 processor, 16 GB of internal storage (plus a microSD expansion card slot), 2 GB of RAM plus 13 and 5 megapixel cameras back and front.
Just like some of the competition's newest products aimed at the U.S. market, including the Asus Zenfone 2, the P8 lite is one of of a new breed to support two SIM cards/phone accounts. That means your phone can make and accept calls and messages from two separate numbers and/or carriers. It's a popular for world travelers in almost every other country on the planet. Like with the Asus, the P8 Lite handled our two test SIM accounts with aplomb.
The P8 lite worked smoothly flawlessly during our tests. It looks and feels great. Huawei's screen and icon design are both unusual (in a good way) and pleasing. The rear camera took nice photos and the phone's sound quality was good. We found the battery basically lasted a full day handling both SIMs under normal use.