It seems as though it was only yesterday that Huawei unveiled the iPhone look-a-like Ascend P7, but rumors about its successor, the Ascend P8, are already swirling around the Internet. Reports from China’s MyDrivers.com say the P8 will offer modest upgrades over the P7 and a sleek design. The phone may even arrive this spring.
Updated on 03-19-2015 by Malarie Gokey: Added leaked photo of Ascend P8, possible specs, and launch date rumors.
Sleek design with a metal frame
Huawei doesn’t always use high-end materials on its smartphones, but it’s Ascend P lineup has always focused on premium design elements. Based on the leak, it sounds like the Ascend P8 won’t be an exception to the rule. The phone will reportedly feature a metal chassis and a ceramic back.
The screen may also be “2.5D,” meaning it could be slightly curved, just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Huawei is no stranger to mimicking the iPhone’s iconic design language, and the Ascend P7 could easily be mistaken for Apple’s popular smartphone.
Most recently, French leaker Onleaks posted a photo of what he claims is a prototype version of the Ascend P8. The photo only shows a small portion of the phone’s back, but based on what we can see, it has a metal frame and some kind of textured or patterned back. The metal edges appear to be chamfered to reflect light.
Launch date and possible price info
Yesterday, Huawei invited members of the press to an event in London on April 15, where the company is expected to launch the Ascend P8. Huawei could also surprise us with a few other tidbits of news, but that remains to be seen. We should be reporting from the event, so we’ll keep you updated on all the latest news here.
An earlier report erroneously hinted that Huawei might release the Ascend P8 in January around the same time as CES in Las Vegas. The phone’s price is estimated to come in around 2,999 CNY or approximately $490.
Quality specs, but not the best
Like its predecessor, the Ascend P8 is expected to have 1080p screen, rather than the Quad HD panel seen on many of its flagship rivals, such as the LG G3. However, this time around the screen will allegedly measure 5.2-inches, resulting in a pixel density of 424 ppi. Even though the screen won’t be any sharper than that of the P7, its display looked bright and sharp, so we’re not put off.
The speculation about the Ascend P8’s processor is the only questionable part of the report. The MyDrivers leak claims that the 16nm FinFET Huawei Kirin 930 processor from TSMC will power the device. This claim seems pretty doubtful, as TSMC is expected to start work on the 16nm processor late in 2015.