Huawei has just unveiled their newest flagship device, the Huawei P8, at a big conference in London. The new P8 features a full aluminum body coupled with a 5.2-inch IPS NEO display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels giving it a pixel density of 424ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of 78.3% which is one of the highest in the market.
The body of the new P8 measures only 6.4mm thin which makes it one of the thinnest smartphones in the market today. The body also features Spill Resistant Nano-coating Technology which helps protect the phone from liquid spills and even sweat. Additionally, the P8 will be available in four different colors – Mystic Champagne, Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey, and Carbon Black.
The P8 is also the first smartphone to feature a 4-color 13-megapixel RGBW camera image sensor. The new sensor gives the images 32% higher brightness, better contrast, and 78% less color noise in low light. The P8’s camera also features Optical Image Stabilization, a DSLR-level Independent Image Signal Processor (ISP) which also helps with raw noise reduction as well as scene recognition, a Light Painting for light graffiti and tail light tracking, and a Director Mode for professional video story creation.
On the inside, the Huawei P8 is powered by a Kirin 930 octa-core 64-bit processor which outputs 80% higher CPU performance and 100% 3D graphics performance when compared to the previous flagship P7. The processor also has big.LITTLE architecture which combines four A53 enhanced cores (4 x 2.0GHz) with four A53 (4 x 1.5GHz) standard cores for 20% improved power efficiency.
The Huawei P8 is also powered by 3GB of RAM, 16/64GB of storage, and a 2,600 mAh battery that gives the device, according to the company, 1.5 days of battery life with normal usage. The P8 also features dual-SIM/dual-4G LTE support with its nano-SIM slot and nano-SIM/microSD hybrid slot. The hybrid slot can support either a nano-SIM or a microSD card up to 128GB in size.
Huawei has announced a slew of new exclusive hardware and software features that come with the P8 including Huawei Signal+ which is a dual-antenna design with seamless switching technology which optimizes the device’s reception no matter how you hold the device or even at high-speeds (e.g. on a train). The P8 also comes with Huawei WiFi + which automatically chooses the best Wi-Fi connection in your area so you won’t have to manually switch hotspots when you move around. Then there’s Huawei Music+ which is the P8’s built-in Audio DSP Hi6402 + Smart PA (power amplifier) and single box audio chamber for clear and loud music or audio playback.
The company also understands that some of the P8’s users are travelers so they’ve included a few features that cater to them including Huawei Roaming+ which is the company’s network database that makes piggy-backing on other networks in foreign countries faster. There’s also the Smart International Dialer that automatically adds the country code of the number you’re trying to call so you won’t have to.
Other call-enhancing features of the P8 include Huawei Voice+ which gives the device a loud voice mode that increases the call volume by up to 58%, a wind-noise reduction mode that reduces wind noise by up to 90% when using a single-mic headset, and a super hands free mode which extends the microphones range by up to 2 meters for conference calls.
The P8 also plays hosts to a number of new and unique features including a new Rich Touch usability feature called Knuckle Sense Technology which lets users capture screenshots and crop them by using just their knuckle. The phone is able to detect whether the user is tapping with a fingertip or knuckle and respond appropriately to the gesture.
Another new piece of technology that Huawei has introduced with the P8 is the Voice Wake Up + Remote Voice Capture feature that allows users to wake up and find their phones by using just their office. Users need only say a user-defined phrase to wake up the P8 then ask it where it is and the phone will respond making it easier for users to find their misplaced phones. Lastly, along with the P8, Huawei will release an e-ink back cover for the new smartphone with a 4.3-inch e-ink display so users can read books and other information without fear of damaging their eyes.
The Huawei P8 will be initially available in more than 30 countries including the UK, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Spain, Mexico, the UAE, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia, with more countries getting it later on.
The Standard version of the Huawei P8 with 16GB of storage will come in either Titanium Grey or Mystic Champagne at a retail price of €499 while the premium version with 64GB of storage will be available in Carbon Black or Prestige Gold for €599.
Huawei P8 Specifications:
Height: 144.9mm; Width: 72.1mm; Depth: 6.4mm; Weight: 144g
Mystic Champagne; Titanium Grey
5.2” FHD Screen; 1080p (1920 x 1080); 424ppi; 16M colors
Hisilicon Kirin 930; 8-core 64bit; 2.0GHz
3 GB RAM; 16 GB ROM or 64 GB ROM (Premium version)
TDD LTE: B40
FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28
TDD LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41 (2555MHz~2655MHz)
UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz(B8/B5/B4/B2/B1) GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; Second card:
GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System)
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct support
MicroUSB (High Speed USB)
G-sensor; Gyroscope sensor; Ambient Light sensor; Proximity sensor;
Main camera: 13 Mega pixel, OIS, RBGW sensor, DSLR-level Image Signal
Processor, 1080p video recording/1080p video playback;F2.0; Dual-tone color temperature flash
Front camera: 8 Mega pixel
Audio: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM, WMA
Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV, ASF, RM, RMVB
3.5mm Audio Jack
Video Codec: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, VP8, RV7-10, Xvid, WMV9
Video File Format: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv
Image Codec: PNG, GIF (Static only), JPEG, BMP Image File Format: .png, .gif (Static only), .jpeg, .bmp Picture: PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP, WEBP, WBMP
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