While the relentless march of technology means that we have access to gadgets that only a few years ago would have cost three or four times more, there's still the perception that not all pieces of tech are created alike -- and that you ultimately get what you pay for.
The Huawei P8 breaks from convention by offering a premium phone experience at a reasonable price. The most noticeable element is the super-sleek aluminium unibody. This kind of material is becoming more and more popular in the smartphone arena, but it's ordinarily reserved for expensive mobiles like the iPhone 6, HTC One M9, and Samsung Galaxy S6, while the mid- and low-range handsets tend to opt for cheaper plastic casing.
The Huawei P8's nano-molded chassis bucks the trend by offering a truly premium feel for a more affordable price. At just 6.4mm thick, it's super-thin and will slip effortlessly into any pocket, and with a weight of just 144g, you probably won't even know it's there.
External design is one thing, but the Huawei P8 doesn't cut corners anywhere else. The 5.2-inch full HD IPS screen offers an edge-to-edge view, which keeps the phone at a reasonable size while offering an exceptional visual experience. Browsing the web, flicking through your photos or watching a movie -- all of these activities are enriched and enhanced by the P8's excellent, high-definition display. With a screen of this quality, you'll naturally want to know that it's properly protected; the P8 uses Corning's Gorilla Glass 3, which is highly resistant to marks and scratches.
At the heart of the phone is a 64-bit octa-core CPU, which means that the Huawei P8 not only looks and feels like a top-rank handset, it performs like one, as well. 3GB of RAM ensures that the user experience is never anything less than smooth, while 16GB of internal storage offers enough space for even the most avid of media users. Add to this an amazing 13 megapixel camera packed with innovative shooting modes, the world's first mobile RGBW sensor, and DSLR-standard image processing, and the package becomes even more alluring.
The Huawei P8 ships with Android 5.0, while many of its low-cost rivals are stuck on older versions. By harnessing the power of Android Lollipop, the P8 benefits from increased performance, app compatibility, and security. Huawei's Emotion UI sits on top of Google's Android framework, offering an eye-catching but subtle interface that comes loaded with unique features and apps exclusive to the handset. To round it all off, the roomy 2680mAh battery gives the P8 levels of stamina that its mid-range competitors can only dream of.
It's true that quality costs money, but you really don't need to pay through the nose for a cutting-edge, attractive, and powerful smartphone. The Huawei P8 is capable of standing alongside the best the mobile sector has to offer, despite its modest price tag.
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