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The Clone Wars continue: Huawei’s iPhone-like P8 reviewed
3.8Overall Score

Price (RRP): $699; Available on plans from Vodafone;
Manufacturer: Huawei

Huawei’s P series has always been about the best of the best without you needing to sell a kidney, so can this year’s model fight the threat that is the iPhone, or is it just a poor cousin?

Features

Another entry in Huawei’s performance range of handsets, the P8 aims to offer improvements to the company’s efforts in its EmotionUI Android overlay, with a fair heap of technology for not too flagship a price.

Inside this phone, you’ll find an eight-core chip, the Hisilicon Kirin 930 running at 3.5GHz, consisting of one 2GHz quad-core section and another quad-core at 1.5GHz.

This processor is paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage, with a microSD slot for upgrading this further if need be.

Google’s Android is also on the P8, running version 5.0 “Lollipop”, with Huawei’s EmotionUI flavour and overlay of the Google operating system.

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Cameras on phones are part and parcel of design these days, and there are two here, with a 13 megapixel module on the back, as well as a 8 megapixel on the front. Both of these are capable of Full HD 1080p video capture, though only the rear camera supports a flash.

Connections on the P8 are fairly standard, including 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4 with A2DP and Low Energy (LE), Near-Field Communication (NFC), GPS and A-GPS, and 4G LTE for high-speed mobile connectivity.

All of this sits under a 5.2 inch Full HD 1920×1080 display, providing a pixel clarity of roughly 424 pixels per inch, with this protected by a layer of Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 3.

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Buttons on the phone aren’t found in abundance, hardly surprising given that phones are technically just touchscreen blocks these days, and the Huawei P8 is no different providing three soft buttons at the base of the display when switch on, and only two physical buttons, both found on the right edge with a volume rocker just above a square power button.

Two pin ejectable slots can be found below these buttons, the first of which is used for a microSD slot, while the second is for a microSD card.

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Ports are also easily located here, with a 3.5mm headphone jack up top while the microUSB port sits at the very bottom.

The battery in this phone is not removable and is rated at 2680mAh.