Huawei announced on April 15, its most recent flagship, Huawei P8 and phablet P8 Max, in a light-themed London event. P8 comes in a 5.2-inch sleek metallic handset with fascinating features of its camera. It follows the company’s flagship last year, Ascend P7, which impressed many with its great display, design and powerful selfie camera.
As the world’s fourth biggest smartphone manufacturer, Huawei has come a long way, especially when it started manufacturing consumer devices. It has introduced big and small phones, and even wearables like the Android Wear. Ascend P7 has been its flagship for nearly a year and it is about time Huawei announce its new flagship phone, sans the “Ascend” on its name – P8 and its bigger version, P8 Max.
The attractive 6.4mm-thick Huawei P8 is available in Carbon Black, Mystic Champaigne, Gold and Titanium Grey. It houses a Huawei-made octa-core Kirin 930 processor, which features an eight 64-bit cores in a big, four Cortex A53 cores at 2GHz and 1.5 GHz. A 3GB RAM is also on board and the expandable storage starts at 16GB. P8’s battery is a 2,680 mAh, squeezed in its 144.99 x 71.8 x 6.4 mm body. It is run by Android Lollipop with EMUI 3.1 of Huawei.
Huawei impressively managed to make the camera at the back of P8 to not stick out, like it does on many high-end mobile phones. The handset has a 13MP and 8MP rear and front cameras, with the main one having dual-LED flash and optical image stabilization. Its maker promises some software camera features, such as “light painting,” time lapse mode, obligatory beautification, “movie director” mode, an image processor that is claimed to rival DSLR, and a “world’s first” 13MP image sensor that is of four colors.
P8 camera’s “director mode” allows capturing the video from the lenses and camera of up to three other Android phones. “Light painting” lets the user take long-exposure shots which capture the path of moving light sources. Meanwhile, the front-facing camera has a new selfie mode that enhances photo results.
Another interesting feature of Huawei P8 is “Signal+ tech,” which helps the handset switch between cell towers fast, so that users will have low rates of dropped calls, especially when jumping between cell towers, like when on-board a train. In roaming, the feature lets the phone pick up new networks immediately.
The EMUI 3.1 OS on top of Lollipop makes double tapping a screen knuckle to take a screenshot, or crop the screen by tracing a circle. If the handset is misplaced, the user can call out to it and P8 will respond with a music and message. Its headphones reduce wind noise when user takes a hands-free call.
On the other hand, the “bigger than bigger” 6.8mm-thick P8 Max highlights a 6.8-inch display, and a beautiful two-tone design at 94 percent metal with the screen taking up to 83 percent of its front. It is said to be just the bigger version of P8 with a massive 1080p display and 4360 mAh battery, which allows to stream videos for 10 hours.
Huawei’s newly-announced P8 and P8 Max will be in the U.S. market in May, or this month in Europe and U.K. Price tags will be $530 and $581, respectively.
By Judith Aparri
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