Huawei GR3 2017 Quietly Released for Only Php8,990

While everybody was busy talking about the latest Leica-certified P10 and P10 Plus smartphones over the weekend, Huawei Philippines quietly released a midrange and affordable device called the GR3 2017. Yes, that phone known as P8 Lite 2017 or Honor 8 Lite in other countries, is now in the Philippines and available for purchase from Huawei authorized retailers.

I am just not sure why Huawei is naming this phone or other devices very differently in various markets, but here in the Philippines we have the Huawei GR3 2017. As you may have already seen in the title this device is a sub-9k mobile phone, very affordable and probably one of the most beautiful devices we see around within this price range.

The Huawei GR3 2017 sports a 5.2-inch screen with Full HD IPS display, and it also appears to have a 2.5D curved glass around the edges just like many other phones today. In terms of performance, the GR3 2017 is supplied with an eight-core Kirin 655 processor and 3GB of RAM. For storage, there will be a 16GB space which is expandable via microSD card up to 256GB. It uses the second SIM slot for microSD support however.

Camera side, users will have a 12MP rear shooter with autofocus and LED flash partnered with a front camera that is pegged at 8MP. Then for the software, it's so nice to know that it runs on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat OS with Huawei's own EMUI 5.0 interface on top. It supports 4G LTE network and it even has its own fingerprint scanner at the back.

Huawei GR3 2017 specs:
  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS Display
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Octa-core Kirin 655 processor
  • Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Supports microSD card up to 256GB (uses second SIM slot)
  • 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Php8,990
Overall the Huawei GR3 2017 is a beautiful device both inside and out. But what about the performance? Of course we can't say anything until we try it. Hopefully we can also get a review unit of this device.  Right now, you can purchase this at Huawei concept stores and authorized retailers nationwide for just Php8,990.

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