Huawei’s latest flagship phone features a 5.2 inch display, a metal unbody case, and a slim design: the Huawei P8 measures just 6.4mm thick, making it thinner than an iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6.
The phone also has rather slim bezels, which helped Huawei to make a phone with a 5.2 inch screen that’s about the size of Apple’s 4.7 inch iPhone 6.
The phone features a 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 3GB of RAM, and a Kirin 930/935 octa-core, 64-bit processor. It features 16GB or 64GB of storage, and a 2680 mAh battery. The phone will ship with Android 5.0.
The Huawei P8 will be available in single and dual SIM card models, and both support 4G LTE networks. Interestingly one of the nano SIM card slots can also function as a microSD card slot — so if you only need one SIM card, you can use the second slot for extra storage space.
Huawei is also highlighting the phone’s cameras, promising improved support for photography in low-light settings, and a group selfie feature that stitches together three photos from the front-facing camera for wide shots.
The front camera has an 8 megapixel sensor, and the rear camera is a 13MP shooter with optical image stabilization and an image sensor that is said to offer strong color, brightness, and noise reduction features.
Another unusual camera feature is something called director mode, which lets you link the Huawei P8 with other cameras so you can shoot multi-angle videos by combining video from each smartphone camera.
Want to capture a screenshot? Tap the screen twice with you knuckle. Want to save just part of the screen? Draw with your knuckle to crop the picture.
The Huawei P8 will be available in 4 colors: black, gold, grey, and champagne. Optional accessories include a range of cases (with some models featuring cut-outs so you can see a portion of the screen) and an optional E Ink screen that you can put on the back of the phone for reading eBooks.
Huawei says the smartphone will be available in select markets soon for €499 ($530)and up, before an eventual global launch.
The company is also launching a larger model called the Huawei P8 Max. This has expected to have the same basic specs, but features a larger 6.8 inch display, a 4360 mAh battery, and a case that measures 6.8mm thick (compared with 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch display).
Huawei says the larger model gets up to 15 hours of battery life while web browsing or up to 10 hours of streaming video time. The company is promising more than 2 days of battery life for normal mixed usage.
This model will have a starting price of €549 ($582) for a model with 16GB of storage. The P8 Max will be available a month after the Huawei P8.
Looking for something cheaper? The Huawei P8 Lite has a 5 inch, 720p display, a Kirin 620 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2200mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera and a starting price of €269 ($285).