News by Luke Jones on Friday April 24, 2015.
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The Huawei P8 was announced earlier in the month, the Chinese company's newest flagship that looks a little like the iPhone 6. It is a fantastic smartphone in terms of design and specifications and it seems as though consumers in Huawei's Chinese homeland agree. The device will not be available around the world until next month, but today Huawei launched the P8 in China via its Vmail online store.The handset is retailing in China for 3,588 CNY (about $579) and Huawei says the first day on sale has been a huge success. Indeed, the company revealed that the P8 has already sold out, less than one day after being made available. Huawei did not say exactly how many units were made available in the first run, but did confirm that it is currently starting to refill inventory. The P8 is expected to arrive in Europe during May and will cost 499 Euros.
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.
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