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Up close with the slim, metal Huawei P8 (pictures)

We go hands-on with Huawei's latest skinny metal flagship, the P8.

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Andrew Hoyle
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The P8's 5.2-inch full HD display is set into an all-metal body without any seams. As Huawei puts it, the design combines "elements of ancient manuscripts, illuminated books and the essence of sunlight in stained glass library windows." Mhmm.

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The P8 Max is essentially the same as the P8, but just larger at 6.8 inches.

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The P8 comes in gold (pictured here), black and silver.

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With no physical controls you'll be relying only on virtual keys.

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The 13-megapixel camera sits in the top left corner of the P8's backside. The rear shooter is supposed to have sensors to improve low-light shots.

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As the rear cover isn't removable, the SIM card slot and microSD slot rest on the right spine below the power control and volume rocker.

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The Micro-USB port sits between the speakers. That's your port for charging and syncing the phone with a computer.

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The P8 runs on Android Lollipop, the latest version of Google's software.

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The settings menu has the Lollipop design.

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The icon-based menus won't be confusing to anyone who's used a smartphone before.

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The rear side of the phone is one shiny sheet of metal.

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From the back the P8 and P8 Max do look slightly different.

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Internal storage varies by model -- on the P8 it starts at 16GB.

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