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Huawei P8 unveiled: 5.2-inch super slim flagship with full metal unibody and innovative RGBW camera sensor

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Huawei P8 unveiled: 5.2-inch super slim flagship with full metal unibody and innovative RGBW camera sensor

Huawei just unveiled its brand new flagship Android phone for 2015: the Huawei P8.

It’s a start to the new Huawei P series (Huawei is dropping the Ascend name for this new family of devices): and the P8 kicks it off with super slim, 6.4mm design and a full-metal unibody. The phone comes in two versions: a 16GB regular one, and a 64GB, 'premium' one.

The Huawei P8 is a 5.2-inch phone that comes in four colors: mystic champagne, prestige gold, titanium gray, carbon black. While the phone is not water-proof, it does have nano-coating that makes it spill-resistant.

Here is a quick run-down of the Huawei P8 specs:
Platform: Android 5.0 Lollipop with EMUI 3.1
Screen: 5.2" 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD display
Dimensions: 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm, weight 144g
System chip: HiSilicon Kirin 930 chip with octa-core CPU (4x Cortex A53 @ 2GHz, 4x A53 @ 1.5GHz)
RAM: 3GB
Internal storage: 16GB
Main camera: 13-megapixel main cam with OIS, RBGW sensor, f/2.0 lens
Front cam: 8-megapixel
Battery: 2680mAh


Advertized as a mixture of ‘advanced technology and sophisticated design’, it packs Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 930 system chip with an octa-core CPU running at up to 2GHz. There's also 3GB of RAM on board and 16 gigs of internal storage.

EMUI 3.1 with Knuckle Gesture


The Huawei P8 features Android 5.0 Lollipop with a refreshed EMUI 3.1 custom user interface by Huawei.

The interesting thing about this new skin is that it gets support for knuckle gestures, as opposed to regular taps: double tap with your knuckle to capture a screenshot, and draw with your knuckle to crop out screenshots.

13-megapixel RGBW camera sensor


The most innovative and advertized new feature of the handset, however, is the new type of camera sensor: a 13-megapixel one with RGBW arrangement that should allegedly allow for better performance in limited light conditions. Huawei officially claims that this is 'the world’s first four-color RGBW sensor' that is said to bring brightness up by 32% in high-contrast lighting scenes, and reduce it by 78% in low-light environments.

We don't know the fine details about this new sensor yet, but RGBW stands for red-green-blue-white, a different arrangement on top of the sensor than the standard Bayer RGBG one. Having a fourth white pixel could likely be used to gather more light information, and thus improve the sensitivity of the sensor. We've seen the Motorola Moto X adopt a similar (RGBC, with the C standing for clear) sensor two years ago, and we're curious to see how this new Huawei solution will perform.


Connectivity


Finally, the Huawei P8 is a dual-SIM phone (there will be a single-SIM version as well) with 4G connectivity supported on both SIM cards. It features two antennas - one at the top and another one at the bottom, a solution that solves dropped calls issue. Huawei claims that you will experience 50% less dropped calls, and get a 6.8% increase in call connection rate.

Another neat trick the Huawei P8 pulls out is that it does much better filtering out side noises in calls, even when connected to an earpiece. The company demonstrated the wind-suppression feature, and it worked impressively well.

Huawei P8 price and release date


Huawei P8 unveiled: 5.2-inch super slim flagship with full metal unibody and innovative RGBW camera sensor

The flagship Huawei P8 16GB base model will go on sale in Europe in May 2015 with a starting price of 499 euro (~$530) off contract, much more affordable than devices from Samsung and Apple. The 64GB 'premium' offering will be sold at 599 euro.

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posted on 15 Apr 2015, 09:45 7

1. jpuv_ (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


Isn't RGBW the same to RGBC sensor of Moto X 2013?

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 09:52

3. SmartNingen (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Yup..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:11 2

12. waddup121 (unregistered)


lol, just that their claming it with a different colour LOL

Still seems Huawei has pulled themselves off with this one, I'm waiting patiently for hands on and a full fledged review!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:13

14. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 244; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Was about to ask the same question :)

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:27

39. QWERTYslider (unregistered)


Removable battery ???

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 17:57 4

65. samsboy (unregistered)


You will certainly be making your own phones with removable battery.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 13:49

82. Simona (unregistered)


Hey guyz check this out :D note 4 such tiny .. :D

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b633/Ethos-Evoss/Clipboard0136_zpssg3hxhgf.jpg

http://i1295.photobucket.com/albums/b633/Ethos-Evoss/Clipboard01_zpswc249pmz.jpg

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 09:46 1

2. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Nice can't wait to read the review that PA does on this phone.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:20 1

32. Simona (unregistered)


i don't need review i buy it straight !
will do my review to my self !

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 12:41 4

43. dimas (Posts: 2122; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Count me in the hype train. Gonna buy that sexy premium black once it's available in my country.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 13:49

47. Simona (unregistered)


I preffer white .. bit disapointed that - that strip on top back phone is still black even in silver or gold.. they could do it same color .. so silver- silver black-black , gold gold.. only that white looks OK ..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 19:37 1

71. dimas (Posts: 2122; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Maybe the strip looks good on the actual device. The real thing will always be different from pictures.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 04:11

78. rnagic (Posts: 155; Member since: 13 Jul 2014)


Hopefully they release their source code or whatever so we can get some decent roms. It could be the most sexy device I've ever seen, but their os is goofy.

Black P8 with CM12 D=

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 09:54 4

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


I like this phone...a lot. Good job, Huawei!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:00 2

6. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Agreed, just watching the live-stream and there's a lot of nice and clever features like the knuckle use and power firewall. Very impressed

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:03 4

10. jpuv_ (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I like that too. That's what we call an Innovation!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:11 2

13. limporgyuk (Posts: 276; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Holy s**t it's nano coated as well

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 09:55 1

5. WallStreet (Posts: 256; Member since: 21 Sep 2014)


Yes please- an objective review with a battery test and benchmarks comparison, but when will PA get a hold of this phone????

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:22 1

34. Simona (unregistered)


shut up and wait

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:00 8

7. jellmoo (Posts: 1585; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It's a nice looking device, but I'm tired of seeing 16gb internal storage on new devices. In 2015, that just shouldn't be the case for flagship level phones.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 12:44 2

44. dimas (Posts: 2122; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


They didn't remove the sd slot so it's still good if you want to expand storage. At least you don't need to shell out extra hundred dollars just for a higher memory model.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 13:51 2

48. Simona (unregistered)


you don't know what is SC card ?
u wont EVEN fill up those 16GB .. u have no idea that all apps can be installed on SD card ???
ppl cut this crap pls .. and START think !

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 16:04 3

54. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Even up to 80% of the app stays in phone's internal memory.

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 09:58

83. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


if u'r not into gaming stuff, u wont fill those 16Gigs, and if u just like HD gaming, u wont need this phone..

posted on 18 Apr 2015, 10:43

84. ibend (Posts: 4573; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


.....

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:00 3

8. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 149; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Their launch was a great example of how not to launch a new product. The phone is really nice but they lost the attention of the crowed because most of the crowd can't understand what the presenters are saying luckily there are slides to make sense of it. I just can't understand why most of the asian smartphone brands who can't speak proper english have to present the product. why can't they use professional presenters?

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:14 3

15. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Their vice president of the design team speaks English very well. But for those who is not good in English, at least they still know how to speak.

And no, why would you need professional presenters from outside when they don't even know any s**t about the phone and the way they present will sound like it's scripted. So, hell no.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:42 2

28. MINDoSOUL (Posts: 149; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


We are talking here about a launch of a product were you need to grab as much interest and attention from the crowd as much as possible, so not speaking proper understandable English is a hindrance to achieving that outcome.

Now in regards of the presenter being from outside or from inside that is irrelevant we simply need someone to present the product in the best possible way. By the way any presentation that uses slides is to a certain point scripted, and i will take a scripted presentation over that kind of presentation any day.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:23

35. Simona (unregistered)


It MUST be owner of company NOT other ppl ! get subtitles

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 18:37

67. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Interesting point, however I also notice sometimes the presenters for Samsung and LG have poor english too. If Korean company with more money is fine with it, I am pretty sure Huawei deserve to get a pass

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:01 3

9. MTT84 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Sep 2014)


It looks a very nice phone, dual sim and support for microsd card.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:03

11. Oneight (Posts: 32; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)


Seems good

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:15 4

16. Nathan (Posts: 85; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Looks like a mesh of the Nokia Lumia 925 and iPhone 5s. I like it.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:24

36. Simona (unregistered)


yeah i said that but if u get white version with white strips it wont be nokial looking ..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:17 1

17. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


So the Kirin 930 is basically a Snapdragon 615 with all cores overclocked by 500MHz?

Can't wait to see the benchmarks

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:27

22. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


It should perform better than the 615. Because the a53 cores clocked at 2GHz are suppose to some new enhanced Version of the a53 called a53e cores.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 12:46

45. sasamw (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Mediapad x2 have over 50000 on antutu, same SoC like P8. Check GizChina Italia yt channel

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 13:52

49. Simona (unregistered)


That is amazing how it is compare with max?

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 16:06

55. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


It has better GPU (but still below Adreno 330/420).

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 16:13

61. Guaire (Posts: 517; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


It's a bit faster than MT6752 both CPU and GPU wise.

http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/search?q=HUAWEI+HUAWEI+GRA-L09

That one below Mediapad X2's GPU benchmarks which also used Kirin 930.

http://gfxbench.com/device.jsp?benchmark=gfx31&os=Android&api=gl&did=25418082&D=Huawei%20GEM-703L%20MediaPad%20X2

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:21

18. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)


It looks like a nice phone.

Only thing I might find it weird is that 2680mAh battery.

Plus this combo : 5.2" 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD display, win win!

You're improving Huawei that's good.

Keep it up.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:25

19. Pattyface (Posts: 1612; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


If they can't get their phones in the hands of folks here in the US then their success won't be enough to complete with the other big players

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:26

20. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


the p8 MAX huge battery nice

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:26

21. x88yunkw (Posts: 123; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


I want EMUI 3.1 with Knuckle Gesture on my mate 7. Come on Huawei!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:25

37. Simona (unregistered)


that will be long wait

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:30

23. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


and free p8 as gift for those attending the event in london..so lucky.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:21

33. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


WHAT???!!! Gosh, I envy those people. :'(

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:30

24. nebula (Posts: 576; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Each and everyone at presentations will got P8 for free :) That is awesome!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:32

25. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The screen may have ~78 screen to body ratio and be slightly slimmer than the S5 but we know which is the better phone, has the better processor, battery life etc.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:38 1

27. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


....but we also know what price difference is between these two devices...:-0

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:48 2

29. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


At least they came up with an original design, unlike a certain other company.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 16:12

60. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Screen to body raio is 71,4%.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 19:18 1

68. dimas (Posts: 2122; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Better processor: You won't feel the difference in real life since both of them have 3gb ram, multitasking requires more ram and not more processing speed by today's standard.

Battery life: Full HD using 2600mAh with battery conserving powerwall while Sammy uses QHD with 2500mAh.

Both are premium and offer same functions but the other one charges less.

Popular doesn't mean it's better.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:34

26. Wiencon (Posts: 1870; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Please Huawei, bring finally phone with good audio quality. It looks fantastic, has sd support so it'd be nice to be able to listen music in good quality.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 11:26

38. Simona (unregistered)


phone is NOT made to listen music .. get music player ..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 13:03 3

46. Niva. (Posts: 423; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


Why carry a music player around if your phone can do the job? Not everyone lugs around a purse full of gadgets everywhere they go.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 13:54

50. Simona (unregistered)


but phones has acceptable sound .. mine mate 7 sound great ..
I also needs great headphones not some crappy earphones..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 19:21

69. dimas (Posts: 2122; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


You must be using their mid range phones. I've tried their p7 before for mp3 testing and it was good. Pair it with a high quality earphones and you'll have balanced listening with proper bass equalizing.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 10:56

30. mobiledroid (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)


The phone looks awesome but I'm a bit disappointed by the GPU.

They claim 100% improvement on the P7, which equates to about 35-40% of the performance of the GPU in the Galaxy S6. From the figures I guess they have switched out the Mali-T628 MP4 in the Kirin 930 and put in a Mali-T628 MP6 with the 935.

CPU performance should be solid through! Expecting around 1,000 in geekbench single and between 4500 - 5000 in multi - not too shabby!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 16:08

56. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


It's the same GPU which you can find in the Galaxy Alpha. It's nice but far from the best on the market (it's even below Adreno 330/420).

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