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



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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88 Comments

1. jpuv_

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

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

3. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Yup..

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!

14. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Was about to ask the same question :)

39. QWERTYslider unregistered

Removable battery ???

65. samsboy unregistered

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

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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

32. Simona unregistered

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

43. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

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 ..

71. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

78. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 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=

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

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

6. limporgyuk

Posts: 360; Member since: Nov 06, 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

10. jpuv_

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

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

13. limporgyuk

Posts: 360; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

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

5. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

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

34. Simona unregistered

shut up and wait

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

44. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

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 !

54. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

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

83. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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..

84. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

.....

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 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?

15. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

28. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 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.

35. Simona unregistered

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

67. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 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

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