Huawei is releasing a new phone, the Huawei P8. It is designed as an affordable premium phone, being priced less than Apple’s iPhone 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S6. Its design looks similar to an iPhone with squared edges, and comes with Android’s Lollipop 5.0. The major draw card being advertised by Huawei is its camera, which is claimed to work well in low light.
The camera on the P8 comes with a mode called “Light Painting” low light mode. This gives users the ability to capture moving light sources in long exposure shots. Another mode allows users to capture video from their phone’s camera as well as three other Android cameras and is called “Director Mode”. The camera has optical image stabilization capability with a dual-color temperature flash. The front camera also offers a selfie mode that is aimed to give selfies an enhancement.
The P8 has some interesting functions. Double tapping your knuckles against the screen takes a screenshot. Using your finger to trace a circle around the screen crops the screen cap before saving. A hardware development is the dual antennas built into the device. Huawei calls this “Signal+ technology”, and it means that when the phone moves between towers there’s less chance of the signal being cut out. The P8 also has the ability to “hear” you when you call for it and plays music when it hears your voice. Handy for people who put their phones down and lose them around the house.
The specs of the Huawei P8 include a 5.2-inch, 1080p display (A downgrade on other devices that use a Quad HD panel.), a 64-bit, 2GHz octa-core Kirin 930 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,680mAh battery. There are two slots for sim cards, a micro and a nano slot. Memory is expandable with a micro SD card. It is 4G capable and 6.4mm thick. The hardware inside is different to that of other Android phones, but comes at a cheaper price. The standard model is $530, while a premium version that contains 64GB of internal storage is $635.
The price is lower than other smart phone models, but the premium model doesn’t seem that premium. It is good to have a decent camera on the phone; it’s not the be all and end all. Customers don’t exactly need faster or higher specs on the inside either. The screen being a downgrade of competitor’s models will be a downside, as nothing really stands out on the P8 to say “buy me”.