Huawei unveiled its new high-end flagship phone, the P8, on 15 April 2015, and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on it.
The P8 is the latest in the Chinese company’s premium “P” range, improving on last year’s Ascend P7 with a bigger screen, brighter camera, and longer battery life.
We weren’t able to test the battery when using the demo phone, but we did get to try out its other features.
The word “premium” was repeated a lot during the launch, and that’s certainly the first impression the P8 makes when you pick it up.
Its golden metal body, large screen, and flush camera give it the aesthetic appeal of a high-end device.
The P8 feels comfortable in your hand – it’s not too heavy and the screen-to-body-ratio makes it seem like a much bigger phone than it is.
At the launch Huawei emphasised the phone’s ability to take great photographs in the dark, and that the device boasts a “world first” four-colour RGBW imaging sensor.
The 5.2-inch HD display is 424ppi, and is impressive to use. Huawei promises it will perform well in bright and low-light conditions.
An unusual feature we tried out was Knuckle sense, where you can capture a screenshot by tapping your knuckle on the screen. I was dubious, but it worked surprisingly well .
Overall, the touchscreen is responsive and I found Huawei’s Emotion UI, the user interface they skinned Android with, to be fairly intuitive.
Launch date, price
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.
|Dimensions||144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm|
|Operating system||Android 5.0|
|Display||5.2″ 1080p (1080×1920)|
|Storage, internal||16GB / 64GB|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core Kirin 930|
|Cellular data||LTE, HSPA+|
|SIM type||Dual, flexible|