Huawei launches 5.2″ Ascend P8 smartphone and 6.8″ P8max phablet

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Chinese company Huawei has just announced its latest flagship device to join its smartphone range in the form of the Ascend P8, the successor to last year’s Ascend P7.

The phone keeps the same metal chassis, but has a “completely flat” design to make it strong, sleeker and more comfortable to hold, according to the company. The camera also doesn’t protrude from the back, unlike the iPhone 6 camera which sticks out by 0.67 mm. And overall, it measures 144.9mm x 72.1mm x 6.4mm and weighs 144 grams.

Huawei Ascend P8

In terms of the hardware, it’s a 5.2-inch full HD display (1,920 x 1,080) and has a 4 colour (RGBW) 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation. According to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, most other cameras use a 3 colour sensor.

For those people who like selfies, there are three dedicated mode, for example to fit a group of people into a shot. The company is also promoting the camera’s low-light capabilities, which are said to retain more sharpness and details that rival cameras.

Huawei Ascend P8

The phone supports dual SIMs (popular in Asia) and LTE (4G), and has a full one day battery life for very heavy users and a 1.5 days duration for regular users. It runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, but has Huawei’s own Emotion UI on top of that, so it doesn’t look 100% like stock Android.

In terms of colours, it will be available in Champagne Silver, Gold, Grey and Black when it goes on sale later in the year.

The P8 will go on sale in more than 30 countries for 499 Euros (for 16 GB of storage), and there’s a premium version with 64 GB of storage for 599 Euros. Huawei said it will be available imminently in the launch countries and worldwide within a month.

Huawei Ascend P8maxHuawei P8max

Besides the 5.2-inch Ascend P8 smartphone, the company also announced the larger 6.8-inch version called the P8max, which adds a larger battery (4,360 mAh) and a bigger display. That results in more than 15 hours of video playback for local files – which equates to about 2 days of normal use or 1.5 days for heavy users.

The cameras are the same as the P8 – a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front sensor, as well as an octacore CPU, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which can be expanded using a microSD card.

The phone sounds enormous, but it still manages to be just 6.8 mm thick and weighs 228 grams. Like the Ascend P8, the P8max has Android 5.0 Lollipop and the Emotion UI.

In terms of availability, it will be offered in the same 30 markets as the P8 at 599 Euros for the standard model (32 GB of storage) and 649 Euros for the 64 GB premium version, both being dual SIM and arriving in one month from now.

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