"Huawei's P8 is skinny, metal, affordable"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
Huawei's P8 is skinny, metal, affordable
I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET, and I'm here taking a look at the Huawei P8.
It's Huawei's latest affordable flagship phone, which squashes a full HD display and a good camera into a solid skinny metal body.
The design is certainly the headline feature of this phone.
For one, it's extremely slim, and it's made entirely from metal with a one-piece design.
Now that helps make the P8 feel very secure when you're holding it in one hand.
Not to mention makes it feel a whole lot more premium than a lot of Huawei's other phones.
It's quite attractive to look at too, although doesn't quite have the same luxury appeal as the curving Galaxy S6.
5.2 inch screen has a full HD resolution which makes text and icons look crisp and it has good colors too.
It's a great screen for multimedia and it's certainly among the best displays available in the mid price range.
It's running on the latest Android Lollipop software, but Qualway has customized it so heavily you really can't tell.
Qualway has changed everything from the color schemes and the fonts to the app icons as well.
But the biggest change is that there's no app tray.
Instead all your apps are scattered among multiple home screens, amongst your widget.
I don't like this, I think it's very easy for it to become quite cluttered.
A 13 megapixel camera sits on the back of the phone, which I found capable of taking some really good looking shots.
Down light range and colors are both nicely balance, although there is a lack of detail when you zoom in.
For Facebook and Instagram snaps, though, it's more than fine.
It also has a cool night mode for taking shots of light trails in the dark.
The P8 delivers a solid all-around experience, with a good camera and a vibrant display, all wrapped up an attractive metal body.
And it doesn't charge the earth for it, either.
If you've been eyeing up the latest crop of flagship phones, but can't quite [UNKNOWN] up to the high prices, the P8 is a much more affordable option that doesn't force you to compromise on features or performance.
I'm Andrew Holt, CNET, and I'm here with the Puawei P8.
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