Huawei P8 unboxing

Things are still relatively cool for the most part, considering we’ve just recently entered spring, but boy are things heating up in the smartphone world. Already, we’ve been treated to several notable flagships in the space this year, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the HTC One M9, so we’re dying to see what else is on the horizon. Next up on the list, though, is none other than the Huawei P8, which was announced last week in the UK. Going off the momentum from the event, we’ve recently secured our hands on a final edition of the handset.

There’s no denying that Huawei approaches the packaging with a minimalist form, evident by its compact size and all-black look. Sure, we have the UPC sticker on the back, P8 name on the front, and Huawei’s signature logos on its sides, but for the most part, we can agree it’s very discrete looking. Removing the outer paper cover, it reveals that the entire thing is indeed a sturdy plastic box – where the front panel is removed to expose the phone.

Instead of being exposed to the front view of the P8, we’re given a side profile view, which is compelling because it makes a bold statement right from the onset. In fact, the phone is notable for its uniform, all-metal design – measuring at a thinness of 6.4mm, which edges out the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. Tucked nearby the phone, there’s a separate paper compartment that accommodates the included accessories. In this particular case, the set includes a SIM removal too, power adapter, microUSB port, and stereo headphones that look eerily similar to Apple’s earpods.

What’s most striking looking at the phone for the first time is its incredible, premium design. Needless to say, the premium aesthetics are commendable, but Huawei is able to do something that many of its competitors fail to accomplish – and that’s to deliver a uniformly flush surface with the rear casing! Unlike recent flagships like the iPhone 6, HTC One M9, and Samsung Galaxy S6, the Huawei P8’s camera lens is flush. Meaning, there’s no hump whatsoever to it.

If you’re curious to know about the specs, here’s what this beauty has to offer.

  • 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

Just from a cursory handling, the Huawei P8 seems like a admirable smartphone, but it’s going to need a lot more than good looks to stand apart from the crop. From a specs point of view, it’s really not a beast in the landscape, as many smartphones already have eclipsed its screen resolution. Regardless, though, it just needs to be a GOOD working phone in all the key areas to make it a solid effort that won’t get lost amidst what’s currently out right now. In the meantime, we’ll be test driving out this thing for the next few days to see how it handles!

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  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2680 mAh



1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Now waiting for a review and benchmarks.

4. QWERTYslider unregistered

What US carriers are Huawei's phones optimized for? No removable battery = FAIL

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

idk all of them but they have phones that work with AT&T and T-Mobile. And I've never taken advantage of a removabme battery so non-removable is fine with me.

7. QWERTYslider unregistered

You've never used a phone until the battery died and hot swapped a fully charged battery? You never used a phone long enough to degrade the battery life? Shaking my head.

9. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

well when i owned the s4, note1,droid x,and htc inspire, I didn't buy a spare battery for any of them so no i've never swapped a dead phone battery for a fully charged one and i get a new phone ever 1-2 years so no ive never used a phone long enough to have a noticeable lost in battery life due to degrading of the battery.

19. Simona unregistered

Hey stupido :-) Please tell me which phone u gonna get with removable battery ? :DDD Any new mobile avail. ? Looks like u gonna end up without smartphone! And u DARE to buy any phone which has no remov. batt.!

31. QWERTYslider unregistered

LG G4. Now, who is the stupid one?????

23. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I used to own iPhone 5s and HTC One M8. Am currently using Z3 compact and never used powerbanks for those units. From what I always see, only my heavy android gaming friends use phones with replaceable battery or powerbanks. If P8 can have decent battery life for casual users, this gadget is ok.

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You have too much time on your hands

10. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

who me?

12. QWERTYslider unregistered

You have too little brains in your heads.

13. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Oh the irony. Get used to it guys, the low IQ ones are usually confident.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Or enough income to upgrade when something new comes out. A flagship is only $600 - $1000. For a hell of a lot of people, that really isn't much at all for an annual or biennial purchase. Even easier with subsidies. Cell phones aren't laptops or tablets after all where there's very little reason to upgrade but once every 3-5 years. That's likely the reason so many people don't care about potential degradation of cell phone batteries. They don't keep them long enough for it to matter. As for hot-swapping... I can honestly say i've literally never seen or known anyone to carry spares with them. Ever.

16. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I use a Huawei Mate2. It's battery is big enough, that with moderately heavy use, it's EASY to get two days use out of one charge. Never had the need for a spare battery. It's not removable but I wouldn't need one.

20. Simona unregistered

Best batt. In the world of smartphones..

29. Simona unregistered

Why u bothered bout benchmarks which are useless.. Be YOU benchmark , yourself!

30. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I like benchmarks

2. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

Very nice design!

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

ikr looks like an iPhone mixed with a z3, with the black bezel of the htc one but much thinner.

5. simplepink

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

We need comparison articles now!

11. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Looks good.

14. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Guys please help I look to this site alot for news and reviews but all of a sudden I have no audio on any video posted on the articles I'm using galaxy note 4 and use chrome browser and I definitely have my media volume all the way up plus I already delete cache and force stop the chorme browser and still no audio on the video posted here, I'd click the link for YouTube the video works fine but not in this Phonearena website. My note is still kitkat though.

17. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

First thing I would do is delete chrome, than reinstall it and try again. Good luck

21. Simona unregistered

I suggest you to get rid of it and buy this beautiful beast P8.. :-)

18. waddup121 unregistered

This phone looks hot man.

22. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Internal memory should have been 32GB. Sometimes some OEMs or their product heads are so stupid. This is a flagship phone.

24. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

There is a 64gb version.

25. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

In case you didn't know, their premium version will have internal memory of 64gb, with micro sd slot. And you shouldn't worry too much because you have an option to expand it or not.

26. cookie_cutter

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 03, 2014

Check out the benchmarks on it clearly shows this is a mediocre chip in terms of GPU.

27. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Looks cool...... i would give that phone a try for the first week, and thats about it

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