Huawei P8max review
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Yesterday we took a look at the Huawei P8 smartphone which we described as intuitive, crafted and photographically inspirational.
Today we take a look at its significantly larger cousin in our Huawei P8max review and you can find out what we thought below.
In my opinion you are not going to find a better looking smartphone, which due to its size we could categorise as a phablet or even a tablet.
The edge-to-edge 6.8” display delivers an impressive 83% screen-to-body ratio so get set to be visually stunned with a fine resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen, which is protected behind Corning Gorilla Glass, uses Content Adaptive Backlight Control to give high luminousness of up to 91% with 95.9% more colour saturation.
The Huawei P8max is the first smartphone with integrated magnesium alloys that are used in advanced aviation construction. This 94% metal casing is coupled together with DX19 conductive materials where required to expel heat three times faster than magnesium alloys and nine times faster than steel, which overall gives more efficiency and comfort in the hand.
Processing power hasn’t been overlooked and the Kirin 2.2GHz 64-bit octa-core processor with 3GB RAM offers lightening fast performance with maximum energy efficiency. I think the 64GB internal memory is extremely generous and should the need ever arise then a 64GB memory card can be inserted.
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This smartphone also has lower head radiation with an improved antenna signal and is supplied in Luxurious Gold, Mystic Champagne or Titanium Grey colour schemes. The Huawei P8max is very thin at 6.8mm thick but it is heavier than a traditional smartphone at 228 grams.
Phone Set Up
The set up for the Huawei P8 will introduce you to the Emotion UI 3.1. This user interface offers plenty of themes and customisation opportunities yet the experience remains familiar, largely due to the Android Lollipop operating system.
If you are buying the Huawei P8max on EE don’t forget to consider taking their unique dual-card 4G option to benefit from even faster 4G internet and download speeds.
Almost any feature or function can be realised with an app download from Google Play and with the Huawei P8max sporting GPS this device has many practical applications including in-car navigation with a very large display.
It is the hardware though that makes for a real stand out feature and music lovers are really going to like the huge 0.91cc sound chamber which houses a 1 watt loudspeaker and Smart PA amplifiers. The base mounted speaker isn’t muffled when the phone is placed on a surface so sounds remain loud over a wide range that is more balanced to the ear.
Camera & Video
The camera and its accompanying features are quite special and the 13MP main camera has plenty to play around with:
- Time Lapse mode - Use delayed photography and combine the results to create unique videos.
- Light Painting - Using a small torch or anything that emits light you can get creative and add special effects to your results.
- Director Mode - Use the Huawei P8max to control and edit video feeds from up to three other Android phones in much the same way that a director does when creating a blockbuster movie.
The main camera also utilises a double colour-temperature flash for natural colour reproduction under low light scenarios. It isn’t all about the main camera though as the 5MP secondary ‘selfie’ camera has some great features of its own. The most popular of these will most likely be the beauty feature. This learns your portrait editing preferences and identifies your image in any frame and applies them automatically.
The super-high-capacity 4,360mAh battery has its own special abilities and features intelligent reverse charging should you need to top up the power of another device. There is also power saving software and lower power dissipation hardware to help give the user 2 days usage under a mixed usage scenario or video playback for up to 16 hours or Wi-Fi browsing for 10 hours.
Huawei P8max verdict: Whether a 6.8 inch screened device can become your only smartphone device is still up for debate but the specification and premium build quality do make it a question worth pondering upon. It is a shame that the 8MP selfie camera used on the Huawei P8 hasn’t made its way over to the P8max but this certainly isn’t a deal breaker. So the question remains; Will you replace your smartphone with a Huawei P8max sized device?
Written by: Michael Brown