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Huawei P8 plays up design to stand out

Huawei focuses on getting an edge in the smartphone market through the high-class design of the P8.

“The P8 is all about premium, exceptional quality,” said Joonshu Kim, vice president of Huawei Mobile Devices.

“The P8 was stripped of all unnecessary design elements and is perfectly balanced to fit in the user’s hand.”

Sleek steel design

The device is lighter and thinner – 6.4mm – than other high-end smartphone, including the Samsung Galaxy S6, the iPhone 6, and the HTC One M9.

Its steel unibody, glass construction, and silver or gold colouring are design elements that Huawei has chosen to make the phone feel luxurious.

Huawei paired the metal frame with a premium glass solution that is not just thin, but also solid, Kim said.

“It is a perfectly balanced beauty that reflects the purity of advanced technology with premium quality, but it will also feel stable in your palm,” he added.

“The design is instantly recognisable, with the right balance of curves and straightness, all working together. You can see softness in hardness – harmony is everywhere.”

Low-light camera capabilities

Another talking point of the P8 is the 13-megapixel rear camera and its low-light performance.

“In normal light most phones can now take good photos, but in low light and high contrast it’s hard for most smartphones,” said Huawei CEO Richard Yu.

The rear camera is equipped with a dual-time flash, professional-grade image signal processor, and dual-tone flash to bring out colour in night photos.

“We moved to improve low light and high contrast smartphone capabilities by adding optical imaging stabilisation and the world’s first four-colour 13MP RGBW imaging sensors. Then we added an independent DSLR level imaging processor,” Yu said.

Huawei also offers consumers unique photo taking capabilities, including its light painting function with real-time preview display and manual control of the aperture.

Huawei said the initial launch of the P8 would extend to over 30 countries, with the phone set to arrive in South Africa in June.

Expect to pay between R7,000 – R8,000 for the P8, according to local Huawei representatives.

The P8’s specifications are detailed in the table below.

Specifications Huawei P8
Dimensions 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm
Weight 144g
Operating system Android 5.0
Display 5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920)
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 8MP
Storage, internal 16GB / 64GB
Storage, expandable microSD
RAM 3GB
Processor 2GHz octa-core Kirin 930
Battery 2,680mAh
Cellular data LTE, HSPA+
SIM type Dual, flexible

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