The Huawei Maimang 5 has become official today. This is the successor to the Maimang 4 - and since that model went on sale outside of China as the Huawei G8, we assume the new handset might be known as the G9 in other countries. A G9 lite has already been outed, so this would complement that nicely in the company's international portfolio.

The Maimang 5 has a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and 4K video recording support, an 8 MP selfie cam, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 at the helm (with a 2 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU), 3 or 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB of expandable storage, 4G, and a 3,340 mAh battery.

It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's EMUI 4.1 on top. Its dimensions are 151.8 x 75.7 x 7.3 mm, and it weighs 160g. It's got a metal construction, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will be offered in the three color versions portrayed above.

The first to go on sale will be the gold one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This will be available on July 21 through Huawei's own online store in China, priced at CNY 2,599 (that's $388 or 349 at the moment).

However, as far as I am concerned, I am more interested in its Honor V8.

The Honor 8 has a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, and a dual-12 MP camera setup on the back, with f/2.2 aperture. The selfie shooter is an 8 MP unit with f/2.4 aperture. The phone has up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. So far, on paper the Honor 8 is pretty much identical to the Huawei P9.

The big difference is the chipset employed. The cheaper Honor 8 has to make do with the older Kirin 950, whereas the P9 sports the Kirin 955. The 950 inside the new Honor handset comes with an octa-core CPU with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at up to 2.3 GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores that go up to 1.8 GHz.

4G LTE is built-in, along with dual-SIM functionality (although the second SIM slot doubles as a microSD card slot so you can't use two SIMs and an expansion card at the same time unfortunately). The Honor 8 has a 3,000 mAh battery that you charge through a USB Type-C port. The 3.5 mm headset jack is in too, and that's becoming more and more rare these days.

The phone's dimensions are 145.5 x 71 x 7.45 mm, it weighs 153g, and it runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath Huawei's EMUI 4.1 (the software is another similarity to the P9, by the way). A fingerprint scanner is on the back.

Wonder what you guys think about these two phones?

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