The Huawei Honor 8 seems to be making all the headlines for Huawei, but it’s not the only phone recently released by the Chinese company. In fact, Huawei has just quietly launched the new G9 Plus exclusively in China. The phone is aimed at being a successor to the G9 Lite, which is also known as the P9 Lite in some markets. It features an all-metal unibody design with nicely rounded corners, and a single camera on the back — that’s right, it seems like rumors the phone would have a dual camera were unfounded.
The Chinese telecommunications company has been manufacturing mobile phones since 1997. It is also the largest telecom infrastructure maker in the world. The company also makes Android smartphones and tablets. Recently it has stepped into the smartwatch market with an Android Wear based device. It is another one of the big smartphone manufacturers from China.
The device features a 16MP rear-facing camera with both optical image stabilization and PDAF. For the selfie-lovers out there, the device also offers an 8MP front-facing camera. Like other major Huawei releases, the device will also feature a fingerprint scanner on the back, and will ship with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 on top. Under the hood, there’s a fairly big 3,340mAh battery to power the device, and Huawei claims that battery will get the phone through two days of normal use.
On the bottom, you’ll find a USB-C port. When it comes to processing power, the phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, which replaces the aging Snapdragon 617 found in the G9. The device also features 32GB of internal storage, and options for either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, with prices starting at 2399 Yuan, which works out to around $360. Sure, the specs of the phone aren’t spectacular, but they’re not bad either, especially for the price.
If you compare, the Huawei G9 Plus looks strikingly similar to the Huawei Maimang 5 that was made official by the Chinese company last month. Unfortunately, if you want to take advantage of that price and you live outside of the U.S., you may need to wait a while — there’s no word on availability outside of China at all, and it’s certainly possible that the phone will never make it stateside. This is it for now, stay tuned for further updates.