In Short

We've come to know and generally not dislike the Huawei P8 — now meet it's little brother, the P8 lite, destined for the North American unlocked market. It's a 5-inch (720p) smartphone that retails for $249. And that's a pretty solid price for a pretty decent phone that has one major problem:

It's available in mid-2015 running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. And that is not acceptable, especially when there are other phones at that same price point running newer software.

That said, the P8 lite isn't a horrible phone. Think of it as a scaled-down, spec'd down version of the P8, powered by a Snapdragon 610 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage, which you can increase via a microSD card.

And if you're looking for a different sort of Android experience, the P8 lite sports Huawei's EMUI user interface, for a more — let's just be honest here — iOS-like experience. It's not the worst thing in the world, though the P8 isn't even running Huawei's newer EMUI 3.1 for some reason.