Welcome Huawei P8
Style and glamour took centre stage in Johannesburg on Thursday, 02 July when Huawei introduced its latest masterpiece, the P8 smart phone at the Johannesburg Country Club.
Johannesburg is the latest stop in a global tour, with newly appointed GM of Huawei Consumer Business Group SA, Charlene Munilall unveiling a smart phone that flawlessly balances artistry and creativity.
The P8’s outward appeal lies in its sleek, classical design that reflects its users’ sense of style and appreciation of performance and usability.
Combining elegance, craftsmanship and durability, the P8 is manufactured using the latest Nano-injection moldings technology to deliver a one-piece aluminum body. The P8’s 5.2’’ full HD display with a 1080p resolution completes the design of a handset that redefines elegance and a fully immersive experience.
It’s also very light with a beveled body measuring a mere 6,4mm in height and weighing only 144g.
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. The inclusion of SELinux running on all applications allows for protection against vulnerability and malware.
This attention to usability detail is taken a few steps further with the ability to increase the volume by up to 58 percent above normal level in noisy environments, as well as the ability to cut out 90 percent of wind noise when using a headset or earphones with a single mic. The added functionality enables clear hands-free speaker calls within two meters, and the built-in independent audio decoder chipset that doubles the music volume without sacrificing audio quality.
This behemoth of technology is powered by a Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, delivering outstanding performance that outpaces the smart phone market by 20 percent. The 2680mAh battery has been optimized and offers 24 hours of standby power when only 10 percent battery power remains.
Huawei also uses unique battery management technology that includes features such as balancing brightness and energy consumption that provides 20 percent higher efficiency than comparative phones.
The P8 will be available in South African stores and through all network operators from the second week of July, available in silver, gold, black and grey.
Camera User Experience
We have been playing with the Huawei Mate 7 for a while now, so seeing the updates made on the Huawei P8’s camera was pleasing and exciting. Here are eight awesome camera features that you can look forward to with the Huawei P8:
1. No more fuzz: Industry-leading Optical Image Stabilizer technology up to 1.2°, enabling high-quality photos and videos, and managing camera shake so images are consistently sharp.
2. Perfect lighting: The world’s first four-color RGBW sensor enhances brightness by 32 percent in high contrast lighting situations, reduces it by 78 percent in low light environments. DSLR-level independent image processor enables noise reduction when shooting and intelligent detection of a high-contrast lighting environment.
3. Your own virtual studio: Four professional quality low-light shooting modes giving users access to a virtual photo and video studio to capture artistic inspirations.
4. Playful painting: The P8’s ‘Light Painting’ mode, one of the four professional quality low-light shooting modes, leverages the manual camera shutter to capture broad swaths of light. Light Painting mode can capture a rolling ferries wheel at night, showing the circular streams of light in an artistic photo. You can also “light paint” your own freehand pictures using a small torchlight in the dark.
5. Preview functionality: Another industry first low with this light technology is the ‘Light Check and Preview’ mode. By giving you a preview of what the shot will look like, the device makes it easier to experiment creatively with light sources in the dark.
6. Professional filming: The P8’s ‘Director’ mode is the industry’s first professional-level video capture function on a smart phone. It allows you to direct and control up to three other Android phones when shooting a video scene from four angles simultaneously, while also synchronizing video clip editing.
7. Dual-color flashlight: Separate regulation of individual LEDs provides versatile control of flash lighting and optimizes the AWB effect.
8. Super Selfies: The P8’s ‘Perfect Selfie’ mode utilises face recognition and pre-set custom enhancement selections so you can now get the perfect selfie.
The Huawei P8 delivers a new level of usability for applications impacting everyday life – at work and at play. With design craftsmanship that pushes the bounds of possibility and new revolutionary light painting modes, the Huawei P8 provides consumers with inspiration to create.
It’s difficult to distinguish between devices these days, but Huawei has been able to create something unique. Building on the success of its predecessors, the P8 embodies classic yet inspiring design, class-leading technology and ease of use that is bound to amaze and inspire its users. The P series is focused on beauty and the Huawei P8 epitomizes this in all aspects, from the phone’s design, the user interface and including its packaging.
The Huawei P8 is undoubtedly “superlatively fashionable”.
The phone’s design inspiration comes from the ancient tradition of libraries throughout the ages, where knowledge is curated on mahogany bookshelves, and is steeped in history and a respect for culture.
This is reflected in the design that aims to enhance comfort and elegance, with the phone’s curves inspired by the spine of hardcover books that offers outstanding comfort.
The P series is recognized for its minimalist aesthetics including: a flat screen, frameless front and pure back design. Similar to the screen, the camera lens has a flat surface, which reflects the pursuit of a minimalist feel and form.
The P8’s 5.2’’ full HD display with a 1080p resolution completes the design of a handset creates a fully immersive experience.
Creativity knows no bounds with the introduction of the P8’s enhanced video and photography options that are built on Huawei’s revolutionary philosophy for camera design that leverages hardware, software and proprietary algorithms.
Captured through the 13MP camera, the P8 redefines artistic expression to deliver images of the highest quality – no matter the conditions.
The world’s first four-color RGBW sensor enhances brightness in high contrast lighting situations, and reduces it in low light environments. This means that clear, sharp and noise-free images can be captured in even the most trying low-light conditions.
In addition, Huawei has introduced four professional quality shooting modes giving users access to a virtual photo and video studio to capture artistic inspirations. These unique features include the light check and preview mode that offers a preview of the shot, allowing users to experiment creatively with light sources in the dark.
This creativity is taken to the next level with the new Light Painting mode that draws on the P8’s manual camera shutter to capture broad swathes of light. Night scenes take on a new meaning with these effects that bring your images to life.
Add to this the industry-leading Optical Image Stabilisation that reduces camera shake to produce high-quality photos and videos.
Video capabilities have also been given new meaning with the P8’s Director mode – the industry’s first professional-level video capture function on a smart phone. Users can now direct and control up to three other Android phones when shooting a video scene from four different angles simultaneously that are automatically synchronised for hassle-free editing. This is a brilliant feature for the blossoming film and creative industry in South Africa.
New life has also been breathed into the ever-popular selfie, with the Huawei P8 sporting a re-engineered Selfie mode that features preset image enhancement settings to capture and customize everyone’s unique shot from the 8MP front-facing camera.
The P8’s outward appeal lies in its sleek, classical design that reflects its users’ sense of style and appreciation of performance and usability. Combining elegance, craftsmanship and durability, the P8 is manufactured using the latest nano-injection moulding technology to deliver a one-piece aluminum body.
This device has a dual SIM slot that alternatively accepts a second SIM card for storing all your extra photographs, documents or anything else that ignites creativity.
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.
Huawei P8 Specs
Height: 144.9mm; Width: 72.1mm; Depth: 6.4mm; Weight: 144g
Mystic Champagne; Titanium Grey
5.2” FHD Screen; 1080p (1920 x 1080); 424ppi; 16M colours
Hisilicon Kirin 930; 8-core 64bit; 2.0GHz
3 GB RAM; 16 GB ROM
TDD LTE: B40
FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28
TDD LTE: B38/B39/B40/B41 (2555MHz~2655MHz)
GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz; Second card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS(Bei Dou Navigation Satellite System)
Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct support
Micro USB (High Speed USB)
G-sensor; Gyroscope sensor; Ambient Light sensor; Proximity sensor; Compass, Accelerometer
13 Mega pixel, OIS, RBGW sensor, DSLR-level Image Signal Processor, 1080p video recording/1080p video playback;F2.0; Dual-tone color temperature flash
Front camera: 8 Mega pixel
Audio: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, PCM, WMA
Video: H.263, H.264, MPEG-4, MOV, ASF, RM, RMVB
3.5mm Audio Jack
Video Codec: MPEG-4, H.264, H.263, VP8, RV7-10, Xvid, WMV9
Video File Format: .3gp, .mp4, .m4a, .rm, .rmvb, .wmv
Image Codec: PNG, GIF (Static only), JPEG, BMP
Image File Format: .png, .gif (Static only), .jpeg, .bmp
Picture: PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP, WEBP, WBMP
In the box:
Handset; Headset; Charger; USB cable; Quick Start Guide; Safety Information
Where’s Huawei Going
Huawei is one of the worlds leaders in information and communications technology solutions. They have a focus on customer-centric innovation and partnerships with the ability to offer end-to-end solutions for their consumers from networks to devices and cloud computing.
The P8 is another example of the company’s ability to throw tough punches into the market and compete with some of the top players in the South African devices market right now.
Im excited to get my hands on the Huawei P8, and give you a blow-by-blow account of what looks to be a market dominator for devices.