Huawei (The leading Mobile Brand) on Wednesday launched its flagship smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P8, alongside its large-screen variant, the Huawei Ascend P8max. The dual-SIM Android 5.0 Lollipop-based smartphones feature the company’s EmotionUI 3.1 skin on top.
Huawei’s P line of phones have always looked attractive, partially due to how much the company borrows from the iPhone design and Sony’s Xperia phone design. The P8 looks even sleeker than last year’s model with polished, double-chamfered edges just like those found on the iPhone 5. The 5.2-inch IPS screen is almost bezel-free with a resolution of 1,920 x 1080 pixels, and the entire device is encased in an aluminum unibody. The P8 Max has the same look, but packs a massive 6.8-inch 1080p JDL screen for those who what a tablet-sized smartphone.
Huawei really invested in making a top-notch camera for the P8. The device has a 13-megapixel camera on the back that features a four-color RGBW sensor that aims to improve contrast and reduce noise in low-light conditions. Most cameras only have a tri-color sensor. Huawei also boasted that the P8 can offer up DSLR level imaging processor thanks to an internal Image Signal Processor. Which improves exposure, white balance, and natural colors?
On the front of the phone is what Huawei describes as a “frameless” 5.2-inch screen, which means that like the Ascend Mate 7 before it, it has an extremely slim bezel. The Full HD display takes up around 78 percent of the phone’s front, meaning very little space has been wasted. Under the hood is an octa-core chipset using 64-bit processors, which should deliver some decent power and speed.
Powered by the same 64-bit octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 935 SoC, but this time clocked at 2.2GHz, the Ascend P8max features 3GB RAM alongside a Mali-T628 MP4 GPU. The Huawei Ascend P8max comes with the same 13-megapixel rear camera module as the Ascend P8, but sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Backed by a 4360mAh battery, the device is rated to last for over two days of normal usage and 1.5 day of heavy usage, while it can offer 15 hours of continuous video playback.
The Huawei Ascend P8max is due to launch in 30 countries and will arrive almost a month after the Ascend P8. Priced at EUR 550 (Rs. 36,700) for its 16GB inbuilt storage variant, the phablet will also be available with 64GB inbuilt storage version at EUR 650 (roughly Rs. 43,300). Both the Ascend P8 and Ascend P8max sport a metal unibody design made of space-grade aluminium.
One unique aspect here is an e-paper on the back of the P8. Based on Huawei’s description is sounds like an optional cover that attaches to the phone so that you can read an e-book or see other information from the phone without running down the battery too quickly. The pair of phones has decent batteries inside regardless: The P8 power pack has a 2680mAh capacity while the larger P8max has a 4360mAh battery.