Back in May last year, Huawei reiterated on its vision of what a 5-inch flagship should be with the Ascend P7
(seen left) – a sleek, 0.26 inch-thick (6.5 mm) smartphone with a metal frame and an outstanding front-facing camera. With that same time of the year drawing near, however, it's time that we turn our attention to its successor.
According to intel gathered by Chinese MyDrivers
, the P8 (we expect) will be showcased at a press conference in the UK in April. Huawei's commitment to exploring materials other than plastic and metal
may also finally yield results, for zirconia ceramics are now suggested as the likely material the company will utilize with the P8's frame. To round off the premium feel, Huawei is said to be prepping third gen Gorilla Glass for both the display and
the back panel of the device. Like the P7, the P8 too will be a very slim device, supposedly measuring just 0.24 inches (6 mm) in thickness.
As for the P8's innards, we're told to expect one of Huawei's own Kirin 930 octa-core processors, built on a 16 nm HiFET process, though it's possible for the company to fail to deliver the new silicon in time. As for the rest of the rumored specs, we're looking at a 5.2-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution (Huawei has publicly dismissed Quad HD panels in the past
, so that's plausible), a dual camera setup similar to that of the Honor 6 Plus
(but perhaps with 13 megapixels), and a 2,600 mAh battery. Currently, word on the street is that the P8 will retail for ¥2,999 (~$480) in China, though prices in Europe and elsewhere will likely be higher.