The ability to install two SIM slots in your smartphone is a niche feature, but it is a nice perk for business travelers. That's because it lets you access both your regular phone number and a local or international number when you're abroad simultaneously, with no need to swap your primary SIM card in and out.
That's what makes Huawei's P8 Lite smartphone an interesting product for business users, despite its relatively middling hardware. Which brings us to its other major selling point: value. The 5-inch device is available for just $249 off contract, making it a great value for business users on a budget.
If you've never purchased an off-contract smartphone, $249 might not sound like such a great deal; flagship smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy S6 sell for $200 when you sign a two-year contract with a major carrier like Verizon or AT&T. The key is that you'll be making up for that subsidized price with steep monthly payments. Buying an off-contract phone like the P8 Lite means you can own the phone outright for about the same price upfront, then opt for a cheap monthly data plan that's half the cost (or less) than you would have paid for that flagship phone.
So what do you get for your money? For starters, you get a solidly built, surprisingly slim plastic smartphone with superthin side bezels around the 5-inch, 720p display. Speaking of the display, it's not as large or as sharp as the screens on competing off-contract phones like the OnePlus One or Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3, both of which offer 5.5-inch, full-HD panels.
Under the hood you get Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 processor with 2GB of RAM, which is the same chip that powers the Idol 3. That should give the P8 Lite pretty good performance for everyday business tasks.
Those dual SIM slots, meanwhile, are equipped to work on AT&T or T-Mobile's networks, with up to 4G LTE speeds. One of the SIM slots even supports SD cards, so you can expand the phone's relatively meager 16GB of internal storage, which might come in handy when you're not traveling.
Check back for a full review of the Huawei P8 Lite soon.