By now, we recognize and understand that not all devices are going to be sold in all markets. Some of the more entry-level devices get targeted at emerging markets, for instance, and some phones with dual SIMs never make it to Canada or the United States. But sometimes, companies rebrand the exact same device and sell it in another part of the world and that’s appears to be what is happening with the Huawei Nova Lite.

Perennial device leaker and miraculous insider Evan Blass is back with his tweeting ways, this time revealing that Huawei is apparently bringing its Europe-exclusive P8 Lite (2017) to the North American market. It’s also known as the Huawei Honor 8 Lite in some markets and shouldn’t be confused with the P8lite from 2015. For North America, they’re dropping the P8 Lite (2017) name and repositioning it as the Huawei Nova Lite.

From what we can gather, this is so that the naming scheme aligns with the already successful Huawei Nova Plus, which is already available in Canada through a number of carriers like Fido. The Huawei P8 Lite is a 2017 device, so it’s still relatively new to the world too.

If everything carries through, and it should based on Evan’s tweet, then the Canada and US-bound Nova Lite will have a 5.2-inch FHD display, a Kirin 655 processor, 16GB of storage, microSD expansion, 3GB of RAM, and a 12MP camera on the back, along with a fingerprint sensor on the back and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.


Considering that the European price for this phone is right around €240, that would translate to about $256 US or $338 Canadian. That sounds ripe for a “free with contract” kind of deal, don’t you think?

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