Today, I managed to get my hands on a Titanium Grey unit of the P8, courtesy of Huawei Malaysia. The P8 is one of the devices in Huawei’s stylish P-series of smartphones. Here’s my first impressions on the Huawei P8.
Huawei P8 hands on and first impressions
If you’re a fan of technology and smartphones, then chances are you’re already familiar with Huawei’s P-series of smartphones. The P-series is a section of smartphones dedicated to being the most stylish and well built smartphones on the block. Every entry in the series has managed to wow people in terms of design and build, like the Ascend P6 and it’s thinness or the Ascend P7 and it’s dual glass setup. The Huawei P8 looks to follow that trend. But how does it actually look and feel?
Simply put, the Huawei P8 is one of the most gorgeous looking smartphones I’ve set my eyes on. The Titanium Grey verison of the device is compromised of a black glass panel on the front, a solid metal frame with chamfered edges in the middle and a solid metal rear panel, with a small piece of glass on top. The result is an extremely elegant and sophisticated looking device that you would be proud to pull out and show to your friends. It’s also very slim at only 6.4mm, slightly slimmer than the iPhone 6.
The build of the device is also stellar. The metal frame going around the device is incredibly rigid and solid. The chamfered edges around the frame help make the device comfortable to hold and easy to manage, despite the device being so thin. I made an attempt to bend the phone, but the phone didn’t even flex in the slightest. The same amount of force on the ECOO E04 however made the device flex to an almost LG G Flex-like state. In other words, the Huawei P8 definitely delivers in terms of build quality.
The Huawei P8 comes with a 5.2-inch JDI sourced 1920 x 1080p full HD IPS display, a 64-bit octa core Hisilicon Kirin 930 processor clocked at 2.0GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, up to 128GB of expandable storage, a 13MP OIS equipped rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a 2680mAh battery, dual sim card slots, NFC and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.1 on top.
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The display on the P8 is fantastic, with great viewing angles and good color reproduction. Blacks are almost AMOLED black, and all the other colors look natural. The display is however very reflective, which makes using the device in direct sunlight tougher than it needs to be. Aside from that, the panel seems to be a pretty high quality one, capable of matching even Apple’s retina displays.
My experience with the Huawei P8 has so far been a very snappy and quick one. Emotion UI 3.1 is much more refined and fast compared to it’s earlier, clunkier renditions. The P8 zoomed past the daily tasks that I usually did, like checking my email, going through Slack, reading some Google+ posts, checking the Gizchina Core group, snapping pictures and making calls and texts. I haven’t tried any intense gaming yet, that’ll be in the full review.
Emotion UI is now much better than it’s early days with very few bugs and no random stutters or slowdowns. The default theme that comes with the P8 is clean and sophisticated, with deep colored icons and smooth animations. The dropdown notification bar is now translucent and sorts your notifications by the date and time that they appeared. If there’s a single gripe I have with EmUI, it’s the recent apps page. The page can only show 4 apps at a time, and it’s cumbersome to go through them when you’ve got a lot of apps open. I’ve yet to use the UI extensively, but so far things are looking positive.
Another thing to mention is the sound quality of the P8, which is very good for a mobile device. It can get slightly tinny at the highest volume, but it compensates by being quite clear and loud, especially for a mobile device. It’s no HTC Boomsound, but it’s still pretty good.
That’s all for my first impressions on the device. So far I’ve been very impressed by the device. If you want to see more pictures you can check the gallery below, and if you have any questions to ask feel free to ask in the comments.