The United States doesn’t see Huawei (pronounced ‘wow-way’) phones very much. However, the company’s other brand, Honor, has seen success in selling unlocked smartphones in the sub-$250 price range. Honor has sold its X model since the Honor 5X, which went on to become a best-seller on Amazon US in the unlocked phones category.
The phone maker hopes that it can find similar success with the Huawei Mate SE. It’s identical to the Honor 7X in screen size, CPU, and hardware design and camera features, but carries Huawei's branding.
The Mate SE runs for $250 but is currently going for $230 at Best Buy, B&H;, and Amazon. The Huawei Mate SE has a couple of advantages over the Honor 7X with a RAM and storage bump of of 4GB+64GB (the 7X has 3GB + 32GB in the US). It comes in gold (+ white) or gray (+ black) color options.
Otherwise, both smartphones run Android Nougat over EMUI 5.1, though both should be getting EMUI 8.0 (Android Oreo) around the same time. In contrast, the Honor 7X runs for $199, a little cheaper than the Mate SE.
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