Huawei announces the gorgeous P8 and giant P8max



As we’ve remarked in the past, Huawei is “so hot right now.” They’re actually the fourth biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world right now. Today they’ve announced their latest devices, the Huawei P8 and Huawei P8max. These two devices are follow-ups to last year’s Huawei Ascend P7.

Both devices are gorgeous. They’re built from premium metal unibody construction. The P8 comes in at just 6.4mm thick. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 13MP camera that Huawei went on and on about. They claim the four-color RGBW sensor will offer higher brightness and reduce color noise in low light. The camera also has an independent image signal processor for reduced noise reduction in low light. It also has optical image stabilization.

Other specs for the P8 include 2GHz octacore processor, 8MP front camera, 2680 mAh battery, Android 5.0, and 3GB of RAM.


The P8max is the much bigger version of the P8. It has a gigantic 6.8-inch display, but still 1080p resolution. They also packed in a beefier 4360 mAh battery with the extra size and thickness. It has the same 13MP camera and processor.

The P8 will be available for $529-635 in more than 30 countries (not including the US). The P8max will be available for $581 in the same countries.

[via Huawei]

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  1. So the U.S is not included? They’d sell quite a few stateside..

    1. No USA.

    2. With all the sheep in the U.S. flocking to Samsung and Apple, they probably wouldn’t

  2. With 6.8″ you have blown past “Phablet” and reached Tablet size

    1. I considered the Sony Z Ultra borderline phablet/tablet material at 6.3″. 6.8″ is definitely a mini-tablet!

      1. 6.8 is a Mini-Tablet? So what would you call the Nexus 7?

        As you can see, we have a naming problem on our hands. LoL!!

        1. If you don’t like it as a phone… MiniTablet
          For those who don’t like it as a Tablet… Phablet.
          All others, it’s a phone that acts like a Minitablet. ;)

      2. P8max is only a little bigger than Z Ultra (which has a 6.44″ screen, btw, I have one) because the P8max has much less bezel.

    2. I thought the same thing then I went to India and saw taxi drivers literally holding tablets to their heads to make calls. Apparently its a bit of a status symbol over there.

      1. As if the roads there aren’t already crazy enough. Now they’ll be filled with distracted drivers *and* complete insanity.

  3. I think it is a global phone, did you see the LTE bands available

  4. P8 is non-practically thin that’s achieved nothing but gimped the possibility for a bigger battery. Insta-fail #1

    P8max is way to big to be a phone even for those who prefer phablet phones. Insta-fail #2

    Back to the drawing board Huawei. Why can’t phone manufacturers understand that consumers are crying out time and time again for longer battery life.

    1. how is a 4360 mAh battery not big enough??? that is insane for a phone battery.

      1. Easy to have a huge battery with a monster 6.8″ screen. I’m talking about a large battery in a normal size phone for regular folks.

        An example of a good phone is the Blu Studio Energy phone is a 5″ screen phone with a 5000mAh battery ( Another example is Motorola Moto Maxx (although I think this is exclusively available on one carrier in the US).

        1. Man has a point. Nexus device with 5.2″ or smaller screen and about a 3000-3200mAh battery and I’m sold

        2. agreed but I was referring in context. I like a thin phone and don’t want a heavy thick phone just to go a few days without charging. That is what they make battery cases for. But the Galaxy S6 looks like it will have an active version that will have a 3500mAh battery. That should be on Maxx level.

  5. Still find it interesting we measure dimension in “mm” for thickness, and “inches” for display?

    1. Thinness of a device is too small to measure in inches. At least for marketing value. And screens have always been measured by inches.

      “The phone is .3523 inch thin” OR “The phone is 9.2mm thin”

      1. Have you guys found the storage options? I can’t see it here.

    2. Because Americans decide what the world gets to a large degree. Since the rest of world is actually sane and uses the metric system (which is so simple) we end up with this awful meshing of the two systems. Bunch of ridiculous nonsense and stubbornness.

  6. Wonder if T-Mobile bands are supported

    1. Check here:

      Give it a few days & compatibility should show up here:

      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 colors

      Hisilicon Kirin 930; 8-core 64bit; 2.0GHz

      Operating System
      Android™ 5.0

      3 GB RAM; 16 GB ROM or 64 GB ROM (Premium version)


      TDD LTE: B40
      FDD LTE: B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B25/B26/B28
      UMTS: 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)
      FDD LTE:B1/B3/B4/B7
      UMTS: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz(B8/B5/B4/B2/B1) GSM : Main card: 850/900/1800/1900MHz;

      Second card:

      GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS(BeiDou Navigation Satellite System)


      Wi-Fi 2.4GHz b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct support
      BT 4.1+LE
      MicroUSB (High Speed USB)

      G-sensor; Gyroscope sensor; Ambient Light sensor; Proximity sensor;
      Compass, Accelerometer

      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 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

      Emotion IU
      EMUI 3.1

      2680mAh(typical value)

      1. I missed the storage options. Where does it say that?

        1. I copied the above specs from the link,same link that’s in the article.

          1. Damn, I’m sorry I still can’t find it. Did they not post the storage options?

          2. They say 16 or 64
            Gb size Rom?

          3. ROM? Yeah I saw that, weird. Why aren’t they making it clear what storage options both phones come in? Such an important detail to not highlight.

          4. Probably a little something lost in translation.
            Very subtle hints here & there lead me to that conclusion,I wouldn’t assume anything before ordering.
            A call/conversation w/a live humanoid should clarify things……..

  7. A solid offering. Hopefully the much bigger phablet means they’ll up their next MediaPad X beyond 7 inches. I’m seriously considering getting that one after my Nexus 6 gives up the ghost. I love the Nexus 6’s big screen and truly believe there is no such thing as a “too big” screen. Eliminate the bezels and you can fit a 8 inch screen into the same sized body as a Nexus 6 and perhaps a 9 inch screen into the MediaPad.

    1. No such thing as “too big”? 50 inch phone which comes with backpack straps for portability… I’ll stick to phones that fit in my pocket.

      1. 6.8 is beyond stupid. That device is literally bigger in overall dimensions than the majority of pants pockets. I don’t wear skinny jeans, btw, so that’s NOT why I think it’s too big for people’s pockets. The trollf@gs can go climb a wall of dic*s.

        1. It’s nice that you don’t judge other peoples’ opinions of what will work for them. Oh wait. And FYI, you are wrong. The P8max is only a little bigger (3 mm taller, less than 1 mm wider) the Z Ultra, which easily fits in all my pockets. The Z Ultra has a bad screen-to-body ratio, but the P8max has very small bezels, which is why they got a much bigger screen in essentially the same size body.

          1. It’s nice that you don’t think that just because something works in your case that you must be the majority, that it should work for everyone no matter what and that anyone who disagrees is a c&nt because they’re disagreeing with your self-righteous, superior opinion. Oh wait…

            I hope they bury you in those oversized clown pants. It’ll make the funeral much more more bearable.

          2. Haha, kids these days. I never said or implied any of that stuff, as you well know. I understand that your feelings were hurt, but no need for the aggression.

            6.8″ may not work for you, but there are plenty of people that will be delighted to use a screen that big. Also, FYI, I buy perfectly normal pants (although I guess they aren’t normal if you are talking about the hipster types).

      2. Ok, 50 inches is too big, but anything unless its over 8 inches its not too big…for a phone, at least that’s what REAL men think;)

  8. OMG!! That phone looks REALLY nice!!

  9. looks like iphone 6 / galaxy s6. Sweet.

    1. Cool video…nice phone…but that bezel though! Or the lack thereof…I’m liking it! Definitely looks iPhone 6’ish…looks better though imho!

      1. i cant wait to get a hold of it. guess i need to wait a couple of more weeks

  10. Rats. I want that P8max in the US.

  11. Can you guys start a tag on posts like the Deals? Just label articles like these [non US] or [international only] so we don’t waste time reading about things we can’t get (site is US based).

  12. Read the Anandtech’s live blog of the reveal and I am very impressed. Apple better watch their backs because Huawei is really focusing a lot of attention on minute details like their cameras and might soon surpass their phones in both hardware and design.

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