Huawei P8 lite is the latest unlocked budget smartphone compatible with T-Mobile’s band 12 LTE


The list of phones compatible with T-Mobile’s newest network frequency is seemingly getting longer by the day. Late last night, the Xperia Z3 finally got a software update to add support for the 700MHz frequency. Earlier today, Huawei officially launched its budget version of the P8.

Dubbed the Huawei P8 lite, the device features a 5-inch 720×1280 display, a 5MP wide angle camera on the front with a 13MP f/2.2 snapper on the back. It also packs in a Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor made up of two quad-core chips (1.5GHz quad-core and 1.0GHz quad-core). It also features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage – which can be boosted up to an extra 32GB via Micro SD – and a 2,200mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 with Huawei’s customer EMUI 3.0 skin on top. But more importantly to T-Mobile subscribers, it’s also compatible with band 12 LTE. In fact, it’s compatible with bands 2, 4 and 12 making it perfect for usage on the magenta network.

The P8 Lite is available to buy from today, direct from Huawei or on Amazon for just $249. This puts its right in the same territory as the impressive Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. It’s available in black or white and looks just like a cheaper version of the more premium P8.

Via: PhoneScoop

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  • Acdc1a

    Alcatel has the better device.

    • Fabian Cortez

      The only thing missing from the [unlocked U.S. version of the] Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 that this phone has is the dual SIM card capability.

      • steveb944

        Don’t forget the Alcatel has a larger screen, larger capacity expansion of SD (tho I think the 32 is wrong), and you get Lollipop near Vanilla state.

        • Spencer Walker

          Probably better speakers updates and battery life

      • qmc

        And a non-giant screen.

  • THIS is a nice device! I like this. It has LTE and 2MB’s of RAM, I’m going to upgrade my father from the LG L90 to this!

    • Kilroy672

      You mean 2GB of ram not 2MB.

    • Jose

      No WiFi calling cause its not direct from T-Mobile. WiFi calling is a top thing needed with Tmobile

      • And only with IOS and Android devices once Windows 10 mobile is released. Microsoft has plans to install Wi-Fi Calling on all unlocked devices running Windows 10 Mobile.

      • Spencer Walker

        Just use Google hangouts for wifi calling or a third party app like talkatone

      • yankeesusa

        Yea, only other phone that has it that is not tmobile is the nexus 6.

    • Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a good rival to this phone. Good speakers!

  • YABD

    I want an iPhone 6+ with kitkat stock in it.

    • confused

      I want a Note 4 with iOS 8.

      • YABD

        I like that one too, should be a perfect combination.

  • taxandspend

    No wifi calling obviously, but what about VoLTE?

    • Most likely no. As the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 does not either.

      • Fabian Cortez

        The FCC documents for the Idol 3 clearly state VoLTE support.

        Since Alcatel OneTouch makes T-Mobile-branded phones, I wouldn’t be surprised if VoLTE comes in an update. No, I’m not waiting on it as it was never advertised.

        • Nice to know, yeah I was just saying based off of official info from Alcatel’s website. I hope it does get an update that enables it though.

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  • Jay J. Blanco

    Too bad t-mobile doesn’t carry cool devicestuff like this

  • Bill Berry

    I gave up on T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling; I lost count on how many phones they made promises would get it and haven’t. Gave up on Skype too….use Google Hangouts now.

    • yankeesusa

      What phones did you have that didn’t have wifi calling? Almost every phone made directly for tmobile made in the last 2 years has wifi calling.

  • Bill Berry

    Not one word about a proposed Dish Network and T-Mobile merger as reported on the Huffington Post right this moment? Heard rumors about this a while back; says they’re in the formative stage.

  • Zacamandapio

    I bought the Alcatel Idol 3 for the presale amount.
    Also, I bought this one yesterday for 199 (with the free speaker, and free case). I’m going to see how this works. The Huawei has a better processor, smaller screen and lower resolution, which I think it will help it with the performance.

    • Spencer Walker

      Alactal idol 3 uses the same snapdragon 615as the p8 does and battery life should be equivalent if not better 2900 vs 2220 can’t forget front facing speakers

      • Zacamandapio

        I agree.
        What I tried to say is that since it has the same processor, the smaller screen, lower resolution should help it with the performance.
        I used the Idol a couple of days. I can’t complain since it was only 199.

  • yankeesusa

    I was going to buy but no NFC is a bust. NFC is a must in all phones today.

    • alfonzso

      It has NFC. I’m using it on mine.