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Many of us believe that iPhones are overpriced and that you can find an even better phone at a much lower price. Still, we usually end up with a brand new iPhone after our carrier contracts end. This is why reviews and articles like this one can be of great help, simply to show that there’s still a lot to choose from.

Huawei Honor 8: A New $400 Flagship Smartphone

Even though Huawei is not as popular in some markets as it deserves to be, this is still the world’s third-largest smartphone maker. Based in China, this brand is slowly trying to take over the U.S. market by offering smartphones with powerful specs at a very low price (at least in comparison to iPhone and Android flagships). The most recent effort comes in the form of a new Millennial-centric phone, called Honor 8.

Huawei’s new smartphone is the latest Honor in a long-standing series. It brings a glassy, colorful design and an admirably built quality. If you take a look at its glassy surfaces and smooth curves, you might think that you’re looking at a brand new iPhone.

It is also very similar to the recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which tells you how premium-like it looks. On the back side, you can even find a fingerprint sensor, where the company already showed that is knows how to make a reliable sensor thanks to its Nexus 6P.

In case you didn’t know, Google offered Huawei to manufacture its flagship Android phone, which tells a lot.

You won’t be disappointed with its internals either. Behind a full 5.2-inch Full HD display, there is an ultra-fast processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It is actually not that far off some from the current flagship smartphones like the Note 7 or Moto Z. The only thing that is missing here is a ridiculously high price, since Honor 8 is priced at $400.

Moreover, we shouldn’t forget to tell you about its camera, especially since this phone is designed for Millennials. Huawei has bundled two 12-megapixel Sony camera sensors on the back. One of the cameras acts as an RGB sensor, which means that it captures color data. The other one is a monochrome sensor that only records the details. What you’ll end up with are great-looking photos with amazing colors.

Honor 8 is powered by Android 6.0, even though you might not recognize this OS at first. The smartphone brings its own version of Android, which comes without an app drawer. It seems like the Chinese smartphone maker has tried to imitate iPhone by excluding the app drawer, and bringing rows of icons organized through several rotating screens.

As it’s clear by now, this $400 smartphone has a lot to offer and it can be compared to current flagships. Sure enough, there are also some other great choices as well, like the OnePlus 3, the Nextbit Robin, or the Xiaomi Mi 5.

However, you’ve probably never heard of these phones, which is mostly because they are not pushed through a prism of aggressive marketing. Furthermore, you can’t find them at your local career store. This certainly doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider one of those smartphones to be your next purchase. So, the next time you decide to buy a new phone, don’t just go to a carrier store, but instead do some online research first.

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Novak Bozovic
Tech editor and architecture student. His stories have featured in numerous online publications covering hottest stories about IT-and tech trends.