Huawei has today announced the Huawei Ascend P8 at their event in London today.
Featuring a design that doesn’t look too far away from a lot of modern phones out there, particularly the iPhone 6, where the P8 has obviously found its main inspiration, featuring a metal unibody design, along with lines that don’t look to dissimilar from what you will find Tim Cook bragging over.
On the sides you will also find chamfered edges that Huawei say will fit comfortably in your hand. It’s also 6.4mm thin.
The P8 will also be available in Mystic Champagne, Prestige Gold, Titanium Grey and Carbon Black colour options.
In terms of specs the Ascend P8 will feature a 5.2 inch IPS-NEO display with a 78.3% screen to body ratio. Alongside a camera that is said to be the end to our usual woes with low light conditions of normal smartphone cameras, which they say they do with Optical Image Stabilisation, and what they say is the world’s 1st 4 colour 13MP RGBW imaging sensor and finally a DSLR-level independent image signal processor.
Huawei say that 4-colour imaging sensor has 32% higher brightness in high contrast and 78% less colour noise in low light conditions when compared to a 3-colour sensor.
In terms of video, the P8 will also support 4-angle in a director mode, using up to four phones that are connecting to each other, all done right from the phone where you can cut instantly.
Huawei have also included dual antennas to ensure the phone keeps a good signal for longer, one at the bottom of the phone and the other at the top, both of which are said to switch seamlessly, this also stops the “dead hold” problem by automatically switching to the antenna with the best signal.
The P8 also uses dual SIM-cards, both of with are compatible with Nano SIMs, offering dual 4G LTE.
Knuckle Sense technology is yet another feature on the P8, a kind of strange idea, it allows you to perform actions with a gesture with your knuckle, probably the strangest thing I have seen on a smartphone yet.
However to bring this back to normality, Huawei announced that the P8 features the Octa-core 64-bit Kirin 930/935, alongside the big.LITTLE core architecture to ensure things stay fast whilst keeping your battery life.
Huawei also say that the P8 includes the world’s first power consumption firewall to block apps that are using too much power in the background, ensuring a longer life.
In terms of that battery life, Huawei says the battery will last 1.5 days in normal use and 1 day in heavy use.
One pretty cool added extra that Huawei have included is an E-ink Cover, which attaches to the back over the P8, allowing users to read books or various pieces of information on a 4.3 inch e-ink display to keep the battery life in check.
Huawei also opted out of fingerprint technology, instead opting for compatibility with their TalkBand, which will communicate with the phone and allow auto unlock it when close to the phone, or lock it when far away.
And when you are far away, Huawei has added a feature that will allow you to find the phone by shouting “Hey, Buddy”.
Huawei also say the Huawei Ascend P8 is spill resistant with nano-coating.
The P8 will be priced at 499 Euros for the standard version with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or 599 Euros for the premium version with 3GB RAM and 64GB of storage.
The standard is available in Titanium Grey and Mystic Champagne, whilst the premium will be available in Carbon Black and Prestige Gold.
It will be available in over 30 countries from today, and then worldwide in just over a month.