Review: Chinese Huawei mean it seriously, with their latest flagship. Exquisite design, excellent performance, good camera and a sharp, sharp price.
Many associates continue the Chinese fire Huawei with cheap cell phones and internet dongles, but the company touches on it, with a gradual evolution toward ever-more interesting topmobiler. But the price it remains sharp.
Recently bid on a flagship phone from the company with the curious name, dropping Ascend-middle name and is now called card good P8. And it starts to look like something that should worry the established names and topmobiler.
Materials and finish is at the forefront in front, but this time both performance, camera and features are also at the forefront. You are, therefore, willing to put aside any prejudices about China-products page for awhile, you will find much to welcome in Huaweis new star.
Specifications Huawei P8
Goals: 144 x 71.9 x 6.4 mm, 144 grams
Screen: 5.2 “Full HD (424 PPI)
Camera: 13 MP f/2.0 lens, optical image stabilization, 8MP front
Performance: Kirin 930 4 x 2, 0 + 4×1, 5 GHz octa-core, 3 GB RAM
Battery: 2680 mAh
Storage: 16 GB/64 GB + up to 128 GB micro-SD
Software: Android 5.0 Lollipop, EMUI 3.0
Moreover: available in lysguld, titanium (16 GB) or gold, carbon-black (64 GB – not in DK)
Price: indicative 3,699.0-NOK
Already at the first Golden gleam, prisoners Huawei P8 eye. Do you have a penchant for noble materials, her built metal and sleek lines will not disappoint you P8.
Huawei P8 is cut out of a piece of aluminium, only interrupted by small, nicely integrated, plastic surfaces for antennas.
The party is a large window front of the powerful Gorilla Glass 3, which, together with the metal casing gives a reassuring sense of both luxury and strength. My test cell has already been postponed for more than two weeks of intense use is still looks almost like new.
Actual finish will awaken associations, for although Huawei iPhone comes with a long tale about the long history behind P-series design, reminds the mixture of white and gold on Apple’s iPhone 5s. You put them up against each other, however, will quickly notice that the champagne-the finish is lighter and resembles rather the white gold.
When you grab on your phone, the P8 is experienced completely different a Apple inspiration. Even if the edges are pulled up with a millimeter thin polished surface, feels the less edgy and thus more comfortable.
It is very welcome, with a screen of 5.2 “is the considerable greater than Apple’s compact 5 ‘ is. It measures 72 x 145 x 6.4 mm and with its relatively sharp corners reminds hand image a great deal about Sony’s topmobil, Xperia Z3.
It is interesting to note that last year’s design-Huawei Ascend, P7, also were regarded as a hybrid, then just between iPhone 4 and Sony’s Xperia Z2. It is delightful to have role models, but at the same time, I am curious to see what Huawei would create if they dared design-coat and tried it with their own unique design language.
An attractive size
As soon as you take P8 in use, however, you will quickly forget all the talk about copy, or loans of design.Huaweis engineering teams have been talented to ennoble the phone’s mechanical qualities. It feels like a real topmobil.
Buttons are conveniently located on the right side, where a relatively large power-button is activated with a safe pressure, while volume button is slender, but click fast.
Huawei selects while keeping the other distracting design elements to the right side. Here are two doors respectively to nano-SIM and micro-SD card. It makes to the stylish design is completely uninterrupted on the left side, a nice touch, for righties will typically cover for the other hand while using your phone.
At the top keeps jack-plug to, while a simple speaker hiding behind two dotted speaker-stripes. One is only for decoration, which you will learn that as soon as you get to keep your phone sideways – as will sound hollow brand.
The sound quality is Honorable, and reminiscent of the iPhone’s soundscape. There will be played, however, is not nearly as high as that of Samsung’s S6 or just as well as HTC’s One M9.
The supplied headset leans again unmistakably up by Apple’s ditto with white and rounded plastic.Unfortunately, it does not follow up on his clear and open sound. Audio file should look elsewhere.
When you are watching movies or races around in the racing game Asphalt accompanied the sound of a great display at 5.2 “inch. The resolution is full HD, which means that all your content is sharply pulled up.
The screen also belong to the best when we talk about colors and contrast, the colours are saturated without being excessive and the contrast is excellent. The screen has a slight tendency to be slightly bluish, but Huawei offers the opportunity to change the white balance settings which is always a plus.
Where Huawei drawing inspiration with the exterior, the Interior on the other hand, entirely his own. It is Huaweis own newly developed processor, Kirin 930 ranging as the stick and it is not a silly size.
The chip consists of 8 cores, or rely on devices that spin at up to 2 GHz and backed by 3 GB RAM. On paper, the individual grains are not nearly as advanced as those found in Samsung and HTC’s latest and fastest, but it does not feel dull.
For daily chores, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and the alternation between these, misses the P8 never a beat. The experienced just as fast as the other topmobiler in 2015 – however, with one reservation.
Huawei has chosen not to upgrade the graphics processor, and it is thus 1-2 generations behind leads the field. It is not something that is felt in most games, but in some graphics-intensive games like Anomaly 2 or X-COM, it is clear that it is not the same level of detail as with Android’s newest and most expensive.
There is a good reason for that graphics are unambitious, P8 seems to find it difficult to limit power consumption when shooting for 3D aliens. Although the battery on 2680 mAh is relatively large, drained it of power in just 3 ½ hour.
Are you not the great mobile gamer, however, the battery range of anything anymore. Huawei promises himself that there is enough power for a day use – which have materialized during the entire test period.
You are very active at the cell keys may cause trouble to the power of the evening, and here I miss a quick charger which has now become a common feature of many competing phones. A full charge takes just over 2 ½ hour.
Huawei compensates for it through the slit equal operating time by offering an aggressive power management which they call ‘ Power Firewall ‘. P8 moniters all of your apps and off very hard down apps that take plenty for care of battery resources.
It works, but it is at times of hårhændet in its sort, for I have seen that apps like Endomondo or DRs radiostreaming got pulled the plug while I was actually using them. Luckily you can go in and white list the apps that you think should not meddle with the P8.
Tastes of both Android and iOS
There are two main themes that go again when P8’s software: extreme personalization and a distinct iOS-inspiration.
It is otherwise, Google’s Android software driver 5.0 Lollipop P8, but Huaweis EMUI software in its 3.1 variant arouses many Apple-associations, added a sprinkle of HTC’s Sense.
Android application tray is for example the wreck for the benefit of apps distributed out across multiple home screens. A counterpart to the iOS ‘ search function is also to be found, and works exactly as in an iPhone, where the background fades with a transparent effect.
It is up to you to judge whether P8 borrows too much of its design from the outside. Personally it bothered me not, for now, Huawei is adept at only to select the best solutions from Google and Apple’s operating systems. And would you forsake iOS-look, can you like on any other Android device choose an entirely different launcher.
The second of Huaweis strengths is customization. With themed app, you can quickly change the appearance of the home screens and icons. Who made hundreds of free themes available and you’ll quickly find one you like.
Already from the lock screen you will experience the P8 is rich in features. A flick up the lock screen gives a quick menu where media control, calculator, camera and flashlight tones above.
Diving you down in the settings function wealth continues. You can mikrojustere data-and power consumption for your apps, change the navigation buttons, hit glove features, and much more. Are you crazy about fiddling with settings, the possibilities are many.
Huawei-innovation and funny inventions
The design team at Huawei has even been started with nothing more than the Copier, and baked some innovative features into P8 software.
First is the simple solution to do single-handed easier. When the thumb totten cannot reach the top of the screen, you can instead generously grown ironing your finger from the left edge and back towards the navigation buttons. So will the entire screen shrink to a smaller format where everything can be easily reached.
Another interesting innovation is a ‘ knobetjening ‘, where you can take a screen shot by knocking in two times. You are only a part of the screen you want to save and share content with the CIRC knoen lets you and your screenshot contains now only the selected.
However, not everything is thought out with Huawei, for appearing at times funny translations on menus and some small bugs are spoiling the experience.
For example, it appears my Gmail notifications on the lock screen twice, once with the Gmail message and an extra time with Huaweis own formatting.
Another small bet is some of the most creative translations in the menus. Voice commands, for example, will be translated into the more philosophical awareness ‘ talk ‘, and I pull da also smile when the camera’s night-mode will be called ‘ supernat ‘.
Really good photos
During the presentation in Paris spent the Huawei much time explaining the camera. And it is with good reason. As with the other 2015-flag ships is given great strength in pulling the best possible photos and videos out of the microscopic camera modules. And Huawei P8 are among the best, and not just in its price class.
Most eye-catching is the optical image stabilization, a rarity in this price range. The Huawei has built into the P8, is extremely effective and match the best. It makes P8 for a competent partner when darkness falls, or to avoid those pesky shook his home movies.
At the same time, however, without beating Scamp focus speed records as that of Samsung’s and Apple’s much more expensive phones.
The pictures are taken are at 13 megapixels and optics udemærker itself by being the richness of detail from edge to edge and quite bright (f/2.0). The colours are saturated without being exaggerated, and it all ends up with a nice, natural and contrasted result.
On the video front are stabilising again helps to ensure good footage, but the results are missing the last shot sharpness. It is not just that 4 k is not supported, but also because the actual Full HD footage is not detailed enough. The reason should probably exist in the violent compression of the files to less than 10 mbit/s-half of what rivals offer.
However, the files will fill half as much, which is a slight advantage when the films should be stored – especially when now the storage space on the 16 GB is a little, in a world where 32 GB starts to become standard among topmobilerne. However, it can be expanded via Micro-SD, and a more expensive P8 with 64 GB may find its way to the Danish market.
The body of the camera app has quickly become a favorite. It is a shameless plagiarism of Apple’s ditto, but as with Apple is the simple and feature-rich. I particularly love the way exposure can be changed towards the lighter or darker by a smooth upwards or downwards.
Huawei adds, however, a sprinkle of new innovative features. One is ‘ directors mode ‘ where you can connect up to 3 mobiles to your Huawei and create a video where the footage cut together in real time.
The second innovation is the funny named ‘ super nat’ mode. Here you must have a rock steady hand or take a tripod in use. When super night is activated using P8 second long exposure times, which gives great results even in complete darkness.
The function provides creative opportunities to paint with light. So will light that moves, drawing long lit mirrors which gives great results with URf.eks. cars whizzing in the night or lysskrift pulled up by a simple bike light.
Selfie-photographers there is also fondled. 8 megapixel camera on the front allows for sharp results, even maybe too sharp for some.
Is the resulting selfies a little too talented to show skin impurities and to highlight the pimples, featuring P8 on an arsenal of image retouching. Most profound is ‘ perfect selfie’ feature not only smoothes the skin out, but also removes wrinkles, slims the face and enlarge the eyes. It quickly becomes too much of a good thing, but now it is fun to play with.
An excellent alternative
With P8 builds Huawei safely on the qualities in last year’s P-mobile. The design was again exquisite, materials are nobles, the camera is excellent and the software is rich in opportunities.
However, you’ll relive the same clear iOS inspiration that characterized its predecessor, but this time around is Huawei been better to add new innovative features.
The software is at the same time, further finpoleret and appear modern, and more available than ever.
The mechanics are at the same time, competent and which occurs rarely reflection in the daily use – just until you are fired up for demanding games or expect several days of run time.
P8-package is rounded of by a camera which easily can wrestle with the market’s best, although models with both 16 and 20 megapixels haunts out there.
The general impression of P8, though, is that it is mobile as experienced and feels like a piece of topmobil.When the price at the same time finds himself well two thousands dollars during spring topmobiler is P8 certainly worth considering.
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