The new Huawei P8 and P8Max, join the 2015 Smartphone party

Huawei P8

Huawei has today taken the wraps off it’s latest smartphone flagship. The new Huawei P8 rivals flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. The resemblance to last year’s Ascend P7 is strong. The P8 (no “Ascend” this time) will come in Mystic Gold or Titanium Gray, you’re getting the same industrial design: a smooth, cool metal casing with pronounced right angles and an all-glass face, complimented on the back side by a smaller glass window up top containing the camera.

It will have dual nano-SIM slots and one of the SIM trays doubles as a MicroSD card slot, allowing you to boost the onboard 32GB storage to a maximum of 128GB should the need arise.

Other specs include

  • A 1080p display at 5.2 inches– but with a pixel density of 423 ppi
  • A 13MP Sony sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and a dual-tone LED flash with OIS
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Four 2.0GHz Cortex A53E high-power cores with four 1.2GHz Cortex A53s
  • 3GB of RAM
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The Huawei P8 will be available in two versions, differentiated by storage and color options. The 16GB model is €500, while 64GB costs €100 extra. Europe, the Middle East and South Affrica will be the first to get Huawei’s new flagship.

The PMax8

The company has also announced the P8max, a 6.8-inch device that literally expands on the slim, next-to-no-bezel design of its smaller sibling. Besides that cavernous (but sadly 1080p) screen, the biggest advantage is a whopping 4,360mAh battery that promises about 2.2 days of typical battery life, or about 15 hours of non-stop web surfing or video playback. You’ll also get a custom interface that offers multiple “panels” for multitasking (appropriate at these dimensions), and this is billed as one of the thinnest large smartphones at a scant 6.8mm thick.

The Huawei P8max will launch in 30 countries about a month after the P8 and will cost €550 for the base version with 16GB of storage and €650 for the 64GB model. They also differ in color options.