Do innovations in the Huawei P8 justify its iPhone or Galaxy S level pricing?

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

Dimensions

5.7 x 2.84 x 0.25 inches

144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

Huawei P8

Huawei P8

Dimensions

5.7 x 2.84 x 0.25 inches

144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm

Weight

5.08 oz (144 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.76 x 0.28 inches

142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm

Weight

4.66 oz (132 g)

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Slowly but surely Huawei built its P-line of flagship handsets as a direct alternative to the more established iPhone and Galaxy S premium smartphone franchises. The P6, P7 and, now, the newly-announced P8, have all shipped with $500+ MSRPs, which is way above what the typical Chinese handset costs, even the flagship ones.

It is Apple that Huawei mimics with the strategy, rather than Samsung, as the Korean company usually stuffs its phones to the gills with the latest specs, while the team from Cupertino bets on a proven specs sheet that is a level below the top-shelf stuff, but stuffed in a well-crafted body, and polished to perfection. Well, the "premium" Huawei P8 version (you know, the one with enough internal storage, as the microSD slot doubles as a nano SIM one, too) will cost 600 EUR or USD, which is not that far off from the price tag that a basic iPhone 6 ($650) or Galaxy S6 ($700) command now. Moreover, while the P8 is thinner than both, it doesn't sport a fingerprint sensor, or a Quad HD display - features that its direct competitors have.

Thus, Huawei breaks the affordable value-for-money mould that we've come to expect from Chinese handsets for years, and Xiaomi seems poised to follow suit, judging from the Mi4 and current Mi Note flagships' pricing. The trend comes to show that Chinese handset companies are becoming more and more confident in their abilities to pull off handsets rivaling the best out there, and are pricing them very similarly, with about a Benjamin discount for the brand name only, hoping to emulate the profit margins of Apple or Samsung. 

That is why we wanted to ask you if you think that Huawei is right to be confident enough about the P8, and price its new flagship close enough to an iPhone 6 or a Galaxy S6. Huawei brags that the P7 sold 4 million units in the first six months, but that number would undoubtedly be much higher if it didn't command this comparatively high price tag that the P8 now shows up with, too. Take your pick, and sign off in the comments.

Do innovations in the Huawei P8 justify its iPhone or Galaxy S level pricing?

Yes, it's every bit as good
31.77%
No, Huawei went over its head with the P8 price tag
68.23%

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47 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Keep Dreaming Huawei..

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Even iPhone doesn't justify the price tag in S6 & Edge category lolz

24. Simona unregistered

Exactly now do the same crafty - weird poll with your samsung phones and iphones and who will vote for caphone or shamesung will be JUST lying !!

26. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Tell me somethings that justifies this price..

34. Simona unregistered

But android phone prices goes rapidly DOWN exept craiphone.. What justifies that?? all those years delayed innovations ..?? Pleeasee .. ppl are so naive and blind..

46. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I think all this OEM doesn't justify the prices they put in their device's. Apple started it with their so called premium device, as we all know how much iphone cost to be build around $200-$250. Samsung followed thru.

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

We all have our dreams. Huawei dreams to be able to beat Samsung and Apple in the mobile industry, which they will succeed at that in the future. Oh, what dreams does Apple have? Yeah, dreaming about ripping off more money from consumers.

25. Simona unregistered

Ppl are stupid and naive like Einstein said ! This stupid weird crafty poll !

31. FluffyBled unregistered

Sherlock ... is that you?

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Keep Dreaming Huawei

3. kabiluddin

Posts: 279; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I dislike Huawei but even I think they created a very beautiful and compelling device. I agree with PA that fingerprint sensor is important feature but QHD resolution on a 5 inch phone is unnecessary especially if its RGB stripe. So, Yes. HUAWEI P8 JUSTIFY ITS IPHONE OR GALAXY S LEVEL PRICING.

35. Simona unregistered

since when is fingerprint important?? ar u serious .. HEy ARENA do Poll how many ppl uses fingerprint .. Thnx

4. DonChoi

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

P8 is the fingerprint scanner is not fatal. Look forward to the era of mobile banking, payment is in trend. Huawei didn't read the trend.

5. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This is their first real competitive device. The P6 and P7 were nice but had lots of compromises. The P8 is a huge jump from their previous efforts. I won't buy one but only because I'm not into phablets. Also, their SOC is a little unknown. Would love to see how it does in reviews. not so interested in how it benchmarks. Just if it runs fluidly and gets good battery life.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Huawei's Ascend series now only P (P8) series is li'l costlier from earlier and it's OK as their affordable series is Honor series, which also packs same type of stuffs in a cheaper price. Though the price should be under $500 or in between $400-500, but it's OK, only needed to add few more features like fingerprint scanner.

7. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Overpriced China phone

12. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Way better than overpriced iCrap with no innovations.

36. Simona unregistered

Exactly same boring crapiphone .. what new is there . pathetic pay ? where nobody pays with it ??

8. romeo1

Posts: 818; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

im pretty sure the phone is just as good in some areas maybe even better. But the problem is the brand name. If samsung/sony/htc/lg released this phone it would be right priced

9. Guaire

Posts: 891; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Don't forget they left P6 at Kitkat.

21. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Huawei is slow with updates.

33. Guaire

Posts: 891; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

37. Simona unregistered

man is even laggier .. you previously wanted kitkat now it is crap for you ??? naive person .. best android version is 4.4.2 !

13. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

For the innovations that P8 offer to the table, and for how good the P8 is, I think this is the best flagship that Huawei has ever made along with the Mate 7 and it's worth for the price. Huawei is a trusted and top phone manufacturer, so the P8 is definitely not overpriced. Only close narrow minded people will think it's an "overpriced China phone".

17. Guaire

Posts: 891; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

It isn't overpriced Chinese phone. It's just an overpriced phone.

38. Simona unregistered

These ppl are so stupid so crapiphone cost almost grand and these isheep will say ; that's fine that is cheap not overpriced.. or it's OK it is iphone so I'll buy it.. Jeesus christ where these ppl move towards to ?? apple anus .!!

14. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

P8 price will come down to 490$ when reach markets in two months. Only then it would fit into that neat interesting category people will chose it over S6 and i6.

40. Simona unregistered

Exactly that I said prices will go down..

15. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Just like oppo and zte, they have to price their flagships ala xiaomi. They don't have the right to sell at apple-level price.

16. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Oppo is overpriced even worse that Samsung and Apple. Zte and Xiaomi are not on the same league as Huawei and Huawei isn't competing with them. Huawei's Honor series lines of phones are reserved for them.

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