Huawei is at the head of a veritable financial empire. The company achieved a turnover of 46.5 billion euros last year, an increase of 20% in the space of just one year. Better still, it currently employs more than 150,000 people around the world and its products are even present in more than 140 countries.
If you are interested in this company and its products, then you probably know that it presented a new high-end terminal last April: the Huawei P8 .
On paper, it has it all. Pretty lines, a high-end technical sheet and an overlay that is both very simple and very accessible. This is precisely what made me want to test it.
As usual, my test will be divided into two parts. This grip will act as an introduction and it will focus on unboxing and presenting the product.
A more complete article will be published in ten days.
And we attack directly with the technical characteristics of the beast.
The Huawei P8 has a 5.2-inch screen capable of displaying Full HD 1080p (1920 × 1080) type definition, which gives something like 424 ppi.
True to form, the manufacturer did not want to switch to QHD.
On the processor side, we find a Hisilicon Kirin 930 made up of eight cores clocked at 2 GHz. It will be able to interpret 64-bit instructions and it will be coupled with 3 GB of RAM.
The storage space does not exceed 16 GB but it will be possible to expand it through a micro SD card. The port will accept cards up to 128 GB, leaving plenty of room for you.
Huawei has taken great care in the photo part. The terminal thus carries a main sensor of 13 million pixels surmounted by stabilized optics. This is an RBGW sensor and it comes with a Dual Tone Flash and an 8 million pixel front camera.
802.11 b / g / n WiFi is part of the game, as is Bluetooth 4.1 LE and NFC. The battery reaches a capacity of 2,680 mAh. No wireless charging or fast charging, however, and that's a shame.
But the best asset of the terminal, ultimately, is its price since it is offered from 499 euros, or 200 euros less than most flagships on the market.
To summarize :
- 5.2 inch Full HD screen.
- Kirin 930 8-core @ 2 GHz processor.
- 3 GB of RAM.
- 16 GB of storage + micro SD.
- 13 million pixel RBGW sensor (+ OIS).
- 8 million pixel front camera.
- WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, 4G.
- 2,680 mAh battery.
- 499 euros.
On paper, it's not bad, isn't it?
Packaging, Design & Ergonomics
The box of the P8 goes straight to the point. It is narrow, black and has no visuals apart from the terminal logo.
After removing the cover of the box, we will find ourselves in front of a case housing the terminal (in profile) and two compartments grouping documentation and accessories. Huawei's offer is rather solid on this side with a very elegant synchronization cable, a power unit and a hands-free kit.
I know a lot of people don't care about their smartphone box, but I don't. In fact, the packaging of a product is often indicative of how the manufacturer sees his own product. And there, we are clearly in the presence of a high-end terminal.
This feeling persists when you pick up the phone. The P8 has a brushed metal shell that's extremely soft to the touch. It is cut from a single block but the builder has added plastic tabs and a glass piece to let the signals pass.
There are no buttons on the front of the terminal. They are all grouped together on the right side and they will allow us to control the sound volume or power up the terminal. Further down, we will also find two hatches giving access to the SIM card and the micro SD card.
The micro USB port is placed on the lower edge, between two grilles concealing the speaker and the microphone. The headphone jack is on the other side, on the top edge.
The Huawei P8 impresses with its finishes. Its shell is no more than 6.4 mm thick and the terminal will have no trouble being forgotten when it is in your pants pocket.
Huawei lent me the champagne version. She is simply beautiful and I can only recommend her to you.
I have had the opportunity to test a lot of high-end smartphones lately. I'm thinking in particular of the Galaxy S6 Edge or even the LG G4 but also of the HTC M9 which has been accompanying me for a few weeks now.
And yes, I fell behind on the focus but that you already suspected.
Either way, the P8 doesn't have much to envy them in terms of design and finishes. Huawei has released the big game to seduce us, without inflating the selling price of the terminal. It is finely played.
Now, the whole question is whether he fully fulfills his daily functions. But there, it will be necessary to wait for test to have a beginning of response.
In the meantime, if you have any questions … well, you know the song.