A little while ago, in April, Huawei released a replacement for their premium Ascend P7 model through the Huawei P8, a promising device that brings an impressive set of features packed inside a gorgeous looking metal body. Among its offerings, we can count optional dual-SIM support, a 5.2 inches display, a 13 megapixels primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one, Android 5.0 Lollipop, an octa-core processor, everything for a reasonable amount of money (its starting price is around $530). Feeling curious? Well, keep reading and find out more details about it.
Inside its classy looking retail box, the Huawei P8 comes along with its charger, a pair of headphones and a USB cable which serves for charging the phone and making data transfers.
Let’s get to my favorite part: the appearance. The Huawei P8 stands at 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm and has a weight of 144 grams. Its design is nothing less than gorgeous and suggests that you’re dealing with a premium device through the metallic and elegant body. The rear has a matte finish which will reject fingerprints or smudges and also offers a good hand grip. The upper side features a glass strip which holds the antennas and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
On its frontal side, the Huawei P8 features a 5.2 inches IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a pixel density of 424 ppi and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. The screen does a great job in terms of image quality, delivering an excellent contrast, some punchy and vibrant colors and very wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also good.
At the software department, the Huawei P8 comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop which has been customized by Huawei with their Emotion UI v3.1. The lockscreen supports iOS inspired shortcuts, widgest, the time and date and its wallpaper is automatically changed with various images on different topics. The homescreen holds five shortcuts at the bottom and supports a maximum number of nine panes. There’s no App drawer on board, so all your applications are gathered on the homescreens, but can be grouped into folders. The homescreen also features support for widgets, effects, themes or wallpapers.
The notification area holds two menus: the first displays your notifications and the second is reserved for quick toggles.
The handset also offers Motion gestures, which consist in muting the ringer when you flip the phone, reducing the ring volume when picking it up, answering a call or switching from speaker by raising the handset to your ear, rearranging the icons by shaking your hand and more.
Let’s see what’s in the hardware basket. The Huawei P8 is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 930 chipset, having a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T628 MP4 GPU, 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 64 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128 GB which will occupy the secondary SIM slot. The handset will deliver an excellent performance when used for daily tasks, but will leave something to be desired if you’re going to use it for graphic-intensive 3D games.
For snapping pictures, the Huawei P8 is equipped with a 13 MP camera with autofocus which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light situations. The camera application features HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance, smile shutter and more. The images produced will reveal a great quality, with accurate colors, plenty of details and a good contrast.
The video camera is also very capable and will please your eyes with some smooth 1080p videos @ 30 fps.
An 8 MP front-facing camera joins the party for producing some great selfies or just regular video calls.
Some other goodies that come on board the Huawei P8 and might interest you are two browsers (the stock one and Google Chrome) for surfing the web, the Phone Manager, which offers control over your settings, battery usage, privacy and more, the Polaris Office for handling document files, a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps and Navigation for getting around, an FM Radio, two excellent media players for video and audio playback and more.
The Huawei P8 holds inside a non-removable 2,680 mAh battery and will offer you two days of moderate usage under a single charge.
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