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Everything you need to know about the Huawei P8

Effortlessly fusing form and function into one affordable package, the Huawei P8 offers everything you could possibly want from a handset.


There's processing power on tap for when you want to multi-task various applications or play the latest 3D games, while the pin-sharp, full HD screen makes sure that on-screen images never look anything less than stunning.

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There's a formidable, 13-megapixel camera with a DSLR-quality image signal processor and a microSD card slot so you can expand your storage -- all neatly wrapped up in a metal unibody which delivers an unmistakably premium feel.

Today's mobile phones are approaching the same level of power you'd find in a typical laptop, and with good reason: These pocket-sized devices have become the centre of our worlds, keeping us in touch with friends, educated on current events, and entertained with movies, music and games. To make sure you can undertake all of these activities -- and countless others -- you need some serious processing power at your fingertips, and the Huawei P8 has that in spades.

Powering the phone is an unflappable Octa-core processor that can deal with anything you choose to throw at it. It's backed by 3GB of RAM, which ensures that every activity is silky-smooth and lag-free. Websites load faster, and it's easier to switch between open applications with minimal fuss.

Almost every facet of a phone's functionality is channeled through its screen, and the Huawei P8 delivers in this regard, too. The Full HD IPS display offers stunning detail, expressive colours, and striking contrast, enriching everything from browsing your holiday snaps to viewing your favourite websites or watching an HD movie. It's ably protected by Corning's scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3, and runs from edge to edge horizontally, giving a screen-to-body ratio of over 70 percent. The 5.2-inch display may be massive, but the Huawei P8 remains thin and perfectly pocketable.

Around the back of the Huawei P8 you'll find a 13-megapixel camera, which boasts optical image stabilization to ensure perfect shots every time and a RGBW sensor for more accurate colour reproduction. The camera comes with a wide range of shooting modes -- including one where you can totally embrace your inner Spielberg by using other wirelessly connected Android phones to stage a multi-camera video. Better still, the lens is flush with the casing; it doesn't stick out of the back of the handset, as it does on other many other leading smartphones.

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When it comes to storage, the Huawei P8 is available in 16GB and 64GB variants, so you can choose which option is right for you. Whichever you choose, you can be secure in the knowledge that it's possible to upgrade inexpensively and easily with expandable media, thanks the Huawei P8's built-in microSD card slot.

There's also the potential to use two SIM cards in the phone, which will be a godsend to businesspeople who have a contract for work and one for their personal life. With the Huawei P8, there's no need to carry around two handsets; you can have your entire life in one place, 24 hours a day.

Speaking of your daily routine, the Huawei P8 has the stamina to get you through it without any problems. The 2680 mAh power cell has the capacity to last an entire working day, and the phone's built-in energy saving options mean you can make the most out of a single charge by selectively scaling back certain functions or putting power-hungry apps to sleep whenever the screen is switched off. The Huawei P8 gives you the opportunity to be in full control of what's consuming your battery power, so you can make it last longer than you ever thought possible.

The fact that the Huawei P8 is able to cram all of this capability into a single device is astounding enough, but nothing can prepare you for the first time you cradle the phone in your hand. At just 6.4mm thick and tipping the scales at 144 grams, this is one seriously lightweight offering. With a body fashioned from a single piece of nano-molded metal, the Huawei P8 feels solid and dependable, yet it combines this strength with a look that screams premium quality. The fine lines, bevelled edges, and virtually frameless screen result in a handset that you'll want to show off to your friends, yet the price tag is anything but wallet-busting.

For more information on the Huawei P8 Android smartphone, see here.