News by Luke Jones on Wednesday April 15, 2015.
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Huawei is in rude health. The company has contended with Xiaomi in its homeland and still managed a stellar sales performance through 2014. The company has today raised the curtain on the Huawei P8, the brand's new flagship that will take the fight to Xiaomi and could prove a solid alternative to the Galaxy S6's and iPhone 6's of this world.This is a new series in a way because Huawei decided to drop the Ascend branding that followed the company?s flagships up until last year's Ascend P7. The Huawei P8 looks fantastic, almost like a greatest hits of some of the major handsets of the moment. There is a touch of the iPhone in there, with splashing of the HTC One M9 and even Sony's Xperia Z3. Huawei has avoided aping those devices though and the P8 looks fresh and even unique, certainly carrying a more professional look than some rival handsets. It is wafer thin too, measuring just 6.4mm thick, while it weigh 144 grams with its all-metal unibody. Here are some of the key specs: Operating System: Android 5.0 Lollipop with EMUI 3.1 Display: 5.2" 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD display Dimensions: 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm, weight 144g Chip: HiSilicon Kirin 930 chip with octa-core CPU (4x Cortex A53 @ 2GHz, 4x A53 @ 1.5GHz) RAM: 3GB Internal storage: 16GB Rear camera: 13-megapixel main cam with OIS, RBGW sensor, f/2.0 lens Front Lens: 8-megapixel Connectivity: 4G LTE and Dual SIM Battery: 2680mAh So, the Huawei P8 is a well spec'd machine, bringing it in line with the best devices out there, aside from the lack of a Quad HD screen. The company explained the lack of that feature earlier in the year by saying it was not necessary in the quest for improved battery life. Huawei is not shunning the Quad HD shift entirely though, so expect the company's first 1440p packing smartphone later this year. The P8 is running Android Lollipop out of the box, but it comes loaded with the company?s own EMUI 3.1 system. If you have used a high end Huawei recently you will know that the UI experience has certainly improved, but is still far from perfect. We will reserve judgement on the P8 until we have it in hand, but the new EMUI 3.1 skin has some promising new features. Chief among those is Knuckle Gesture, which lets you double tap with your knuckle to grab a screenshot and circle in images with a knuckle to crop. It's a bit of a novelty and we are not sure right now how important this feature is, but it is nice to see Huawei experimenting with its UI to find new ways of interacting with a smartphone. The company was quick to talk up the camera of the P8, something all smartphone vendors seem to do during launches these days. The Huawei P8 features a new type of camera lens, it is only 13 megapixels, but the RGBW arrangement should lead to enhanced camera performance. The company says it is "the world's first four-color RGBW sensor" and allows 32% more light in when snapping away. As for the price, the P8 is competitive against other flagships with the 16GB version costing 499 Euros and the 64GB costing 599 Euros. Both instances are quite a bit more affordable than the likes of the One M9, iPhone 6, and Galaxy S6. The Huawei P8 will launch in Europe during May, unfortunately there was no word of a roll out in the United States.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.