Huawei unveils the P8, wants to redefine the smart phone experience

Huawei last week unveiled its Huawei’s 2015 flagship smartphone, the Huawei P8 at a colorful event in Johannesburg.

P8 max- luxury gold front

According to the company, the Huawei P8’s exciting features, cutting-edge technology, durability and sleek design allows consumers to ignite their creativity.

“The goal of the Huawei P8 is to become the most user-friendly smart phone for consumers globally. Huawei seamlessly combines the best elements of style and durability in this device, delivering a revolutionary and premium user experience. The device symbolises our continuous commitment to provide customers with access to premium quality products” said Charlene Munillal, GM of Huawei Consumer Business Group SA.

Available in silver, gold, black and grey, the P8’s body measures a mere 6,4mm in height and weighing only 144g. It also comes with a 5.2’’ full HD display with a 1080p resolution.

These physical attributes that perfectly blend human-machine design are enhanced by clarity of thought and ease of use in the user interface that delivers a new level of usability for applications impacting everyday life – at work and at play.

This is by virtue of Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.0 (EMUI) user interface that redefines the user experience. Built on top of the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, EMUI offers what can only be called a containerized solution: it’s a look, feel and set of features unique to Huawei.

Android Lollipop 5.0 on the P8 features a bold design that is responsive and allows for quick ways to view and respond to messages directly from the locked screen. It comes with automatic encryption to help protect data on the device if it is lost or stolen. The inclusion of SELinux running on all applications allows for protection against vulnerability and malware. Another great feature that comes part of the Operating System is when the screen is off, simply utter the words “OK Google” to access the full Google offering.

It is powered by Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, and is available with either 16GB or 64GB on-board memory, which can be supplemented with a micro SD card up to 128GB that fits into the dual SIM slot that alternatively accepts a second SIM card.

The Huawei P8 is optimized for 4G/LTE data connections as well as enhanced network roaming – which is performed nearly three times faster than competitor phone models.


Size Height: 144.9mm; Width: 72.1mm; Depth: 6.4mm; Weight: 144g
Color Mystic Champagne; Titanium Grey
Display 5.2” FHD Screen; 1080p (1920 x 1080); 424ppi; 16M colours
CPU Hisilicon Kirin 930; 8-core 64bit; 2.0GHz
Operating System Android™ 5.0
Memory 3 GB RAM; 16 GB ROM
Network GRA_L09:TDD LTE: B40FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28UMTS: 800(B6,Japan)/800(B19,Japan)/850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz

GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

Support NFC



TDD LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41 (2555MHz~2655MHz)


UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz(B8/B5/B4/B2/B1)

GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; Second card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

GPS GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS(Bei Dou Navigation Satellite System)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 2.4GHz  b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct supportBT 4.1+LEMicro USB (High Speed USB)
Sensors G-sensor; Gyroscope sensor; Ambient Light sensor; Proximity sensor; Compass, Accelerometer
Camera Main camera: 13 Mega pixel, OIS, RBGW sensor, DSLR-level Image Signal Processor, 1080p video recording/1080p video playback;F2.0; Dual-tone color temperature flashFront camera: 8 Mega pixel
Audio Audio: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM, WMAVideo: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV, ASF, RM, RMVB3.5mm Audio Jack
Video Video Codec: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, VP8, RV7-10, Xvid, WMV9Video File Format: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .rm, .rmvb, .wmvImage Codec: PNG, GIF (Static only), JPEG, BMPImage File Format: .png, .gif (Static only), .jpeg, .bmp


Emotion IU EMUI 3.1
Battery 2680mAh(typical value)
In the box Handset; Headset; Charger; USB cable; Quick Start Guide; Safety Information

TechTrendsKE will try grabbing it for a full review.


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