Huawei today unveiled its latest flagship smartphone - the P8 at a premium SEA event in Bangkok. The smartphone was first introduced at an event back in April 2015, in London.
The Huawei has made a name in Asia by its premium smartphone at a much cheaper prices compared to its rivals. The company is well known for producing beautiful handsets under its mid-to-high-end smartphone segment.
Huawei wants the P8 to be the next big thing in the top-notch smartphone segment. As the two major rival smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S6 and Apple iPhone 6, have already managed to strengthen their respective positions in the high-end smartphone market.
At this point, we are looking at these above mentioned flagship devices compared against each other.
Huawei has designed the P8 with current industrial design language trend. It features a sleek all-aluminum uni-body design. The smartphone has a simplistic design on the edges offering a brushed metal look similar to the other rivals.
The P8 certainly has a step further when it comes to design, but it doesn't mean that it can take on the Galaxy S6, which claimed to be the best-designed smartphone from Samsung so far. However, the Galaxy S6 offers a more refined look with premium feel to it.
The Huawei P8 measures 144.9 x 72.1 mm, the Samsung Galaxy S6 143.4 x 70.5 mm, while the iPhone 6 is slightly smaller and narrower at 138.1 x 67 mm. The Huawei P8 is slightly heavier than the iPhone 6, but the extra weight feels good in the hand with Huawei P8.
Samsung has removed the option for expandable storage and a removable battery in Galaxy S6. However, Huawei keeps a microSD card slot, enabling users to expand storage.
The Huawei P8 sports a 5.2 inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The display is slightly bigger than its rivals, but iPhone comes with a 4.7 inch display which remains a top-notch screen so far.
However, Samsung Galaxy S6 remains a serious player when it comes to display with its 5.1 inch Super AMOLED display with 2K resolution. The Galaxy S6 has more color, better resolution, a brighter display compared with iPhone and Huawei P8.
Meanwhile, Huawei P8 covers the 78.3 percent of its front panel, Samsung Galaxy S6 covers 70.8 percent of its front panel, while Apple iPhone 6 covers 65.8 percent.
It seems the all three smartphone have decided to use their own processor, rather than opting for other companies SoC like Qualcomm. Huawei P8 is powered by its own Kirin 930 SoC similar to Samsung's Exynos 7 and iPhone's A8 processor.
Huawei P8 is powered by a 64-Bit octa-core Cortex-A53 Hisilicon Kirin 935 SoC, clocked with 2GHz and paired with 3GB of RAM. While Samsung houses a 64-Bit Exyno 7420 octa-core processor and coupled with 3GB of RAM. Meanwhile, iPhone 6 also has its own proprietary 64-Bit 1.39 GHz dual-core A8 processor and paired with 1GB RAM.
Core components comprise a Hisilicon Kirin 930/935 octa-core processor with twin quad-core CPUs running at frequencies of 2GHz and 1.5GHz respectively. There is a 3GB of RAM, a Mali T624 GPU, and either 16GB or 64GB of storage, depending on the model you choose.
It feels nippy - much more so than last year's P7 - but benchmarks reveal that despite the impressive-sounding statistics, the P8 isn't in the same league as top-end phones such as the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6, with the GPU particularly letting the side down.
Both Huawei P8 and Samsung Galaxy S6 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. But both smartphones comes with their own user interface. Huawei P8 comes with Emotion 3.1 UI, while the Galaxy S6 comes with TouchWiz UI on top of Android OS. On the other hand, Apple iPhone comes with its very own iOS 8 operating system.
The Huawei P8 sports a 13 megapixels rear camera with LED flash and an optical image stabilization. Huawei claims that the P8's holds the world's first camera sensor that captures images using RGBW (Red, Green, Blue, White) pattern. The company also suggest the camera on P8 is better than average and includes professional features. The smartphone also comes with an impressive 8 megapixels front-facing camera, which is great for the selfie.
Samsung offers a better than average camera to its Galaxy S6 with a 16 megapixels rear camera and a 5 megapixels front-facing camera. The camera claims to capture video up to 4K, while the P8 can only shoot video at 1080p.
While, iPhone 6 comes with an 8 megapixels camera on the back of the device featuring iSight / Facetime HD. The camera comes with upgraded internal optics which is capable of taking outstanding images.
Price and Availability
The Samsung Galaxy S6 is available in two colour option black sapphire and white pearl and at price tag of Rs. 41,000. While the Apple iPhone 6 is available in space gray and gold colour options. The iPhone 6 comes in two storage version: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB at a price of Rs.44,990, Rs.54,500 and Rs.73,000 respectively.
The price and the availability of Huawei P8 in the Indian market is not known, but the device is available in mystic champagne; titanium grey colour options. Based on the last year's flagship smartphone, the P8 could cost around Rs.30,000 approx.
Huawei is something of an unstoppable phenomenon in Asia, so the Huawei P8 will be available in India pretty soon. Price is another factor where the Chinese tech giant can possibly beat its rivals. Even with the Galaxy S6's and iPhone 6's popularity, the Huawei P8 has the potential to make an impression in the premium handset market. The Huawei P8's biggest selling point is its killer design and camera.