Huawei has continued its good form on the mobile market this week, revealing its latest flagship smartphone – the Huawei P8.
Being touted as the obvious successor to the P7, the P8 looks set to offer high-end mobile users yet another option following the launch of the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9.
Huawei doesn’t quite have the reputation of Apple or Samsung when it comes down to smartphone design, but it’s quickly building a name for itself with some brilliant handsets – and the P8 is arguably its best to date.
Offering a full metal build, the P8 is crafted with an aluminium chassis that measures up at just 6.4mm thick. This makes it notably slimmer than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, and neither of those handsets are what you’d call bulky.
On top of this, Huawei has added a special nano-coating to the P8 which makes it ‘splash-proof’, saving you from turning it into a paperweight thanks to a random spillage.
Whilst Huawei is more well-known for its work on the budget smartphone market, the P8 is a completely different beast.
Offering a spacious 5.2” 1080p display, the P8 ensures that you have plenty of screen space to manage even the most immersive tasks. Also, with some of the smallest bezels on the market, this screen makes up a whopping 78.3% of the front of the phone – more than the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6.
A HiSilicon Kirin 935 chipset couples an octa-core processor, whilst a Mali T628 GPU handles the graphical quality of the handset without an issue.
Internal storage is split into two distinct options as well, with a 16GB version and 64GB version each offering different colour styles to help you differentiate between the two.
Both styles offer the same amount if RAM (3GB), whilst a 2680mAh battery also guarantees a decent amount of battery life before you’re forced to plug in.
Photos are also being heavily favoured on the P8 as well, with a 13 megapixel lens supported by a sizeable 8 megapixel front facing snapper as well – making selfies show up with real quality.
Huawei isn’t happy with sticking purely to specs and design, so has also introduced several new features for us to get accustomed to with the launch of the P8 handset.
The first of which is Knuckle Sense Technology, which allows you to screenshot or crop your display using your knuckles. Typically, this kind of feature is reserved for stylus toting models, but Huawei has somehow made it useably for your knuckles.
Also, Signal+ technology also makes sure that you won’t be lacking any coverage by offering two separate antennas either end of the P8. You can seamlessly switch between the two mid-call, so if one antenna is struggling, you needn’t worry too much about your call quality suffering.
As it comes in two different memory styles, there are two different pricing options for the P8, with the 16GB version costing £360, and the 64GB version pricing up at £430. Contract deals for both are yet to be announced, but estimates suggest a monthly cost of around £30/month with an unlimited tariff.
Both devices are set to hit UK stores in May – with an official release date set to be revealed in the very near future.
Written by Luke Hatfield