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.

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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.

huawei p8 camera

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.

p8 max

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).

via Huawei 

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14 replies on “Huawei introduces P8 smartphone”

  1. Just what poor old Sony needed… a Chinese outfit that outdoes them on their design.

    1. It isn’t exactly cheap. And while it looks nicely made and Huawei is a large enough outfit to know what they’re doing, nobody has any data on the longevity. Not to mention any idea if these are bug ridden or pretty clean.

      Sony kept annoying me with their Z2 loosing basic settings after reboots and other retarded moves.

      …Huawei’s home baked processors aren’t exactly known to be competitive with the latest Snapdragons for speed either.

  2. Kary – Please don’t criticize the author regarding thinness of phone and bezels as plenty people find that very appealing in a sea of smartphones. There are plenty of thick smartphones out there for you if that is not important.

    1. Seriously? Many of these you would have to put them next to one another or actually measure them to tell. It’s become a meaningless stat which leads to bad results (short battery life, bendgate, etc.).

      But in any case, I’m not against reporting the thinness of a phone–just putting it near the end because it’s a meaningless stat to most serious buyers.

    2. I’m sure you enjoy putting your ueber-thin phone into a thick protective case, just to prevent it from bending in your pocket :p

      And yeah, put that info near the end, so the seriously pedantic still can diligently compare the 10th of a millimeter win for the next gadget, while everybody else can see immediately if functionality is up to snuff.

  3. Note to author: Please do not lead by noting how thin a smartphone is. That just encourages manufacturers to make devices with smaller batteries. Move such comments to the bottom and then say “not that many consumers care.” 😉

    1. I agree with you Kary. Look what thiness has brought us! Bendable phones, no sdcards, built in battteries that need to go back to the manufacturer for a fee to change them! While there are plenty of thick phones, therr is also now a plethora if even thinner and getting thinner phones androiduser99if thats whats important to you!

      1. The ‘no sdcards’ was actually mandated by Google for Nexus phones and encouraged for any other phone, to force us into their cloud offerings and slurp even more of our data.

        Beyond that, Samsung’s ‘old’ Galaxy S5 has proven you can have MicroSD cards, removable batteries and even a waterproof back in a phone that.

        After having the Sony Z3’s camera melt the glue holding its back, I could see, that Sony *could* have done the same thing as Samsung and made the back removable – if they wanted – but Sony loves giving their service centers another opportunity to rape you.

        1. Google’s no microSD card is more of a security issue, since they don’t control the total amount of installed memory. But other manufacturers have ignored that concern.

  4. First! Holy Carps, this is the way Samsung should have gone, “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.” Its the way they all should be! Any other know if this is possible with other phones?

    1. Yes, that is rather a ingenious compromise. I’m going to assume there are no dual sim devices with microSD, which might appeal to even more people, but this is a good way to appeal to many more people (ones interested in microSD or dual sim).

    2. There’s still a Samsung Galaxy S6 Pro coming, with MicroSD card and removable battery, no?

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