Huawei has announced the newest flagship to join its smartphone range today in the form of the Ascend P8, a successor to 2014’s P7 device.
The handset keeps the same solid metal chassis as previous models. The company said it has a “completely flat” design to make it sleeker, stronger and more comfortable to hold. The camera sensor also has no protrusion from the rear whatsoever. For comparison, the iPhone 6’s sticks out by 0.67mm.
Hardware wise, it offers up a 5.2-inch full HD display and a 4-color (RGBW) 13-megapixel camera with OIS. Most cameras use a 3-color sensor, Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, said.
The camera also has three dedicated selfie modes, like helping you fit a group of people into a shot, for example. Yu also touted the cameras low-light abilities, retaining sharpness and more details than rivals. We’ll have to wait for our own tests to confirm this, though.
The handset will be offered in Champagne, Gold, Grey and Black when it goes on sale later in the year. The handset will also get its own range of accessories too, like a leather flip cover.
With a large portion of the presentation dedicated to the design story behind the device and the quality of the new camera system, the clear message behind Huawei’s announcement is ‘we can do premium too,’ as it looks to compete with more established rivals like Samsung, HTC or Motorola.
Alongside the 5.2-inch-equipped smartphone, the company also announced a huge 6.8-inch P8max, which brings along a larger (4,360mAh) battery as well as a larger display.