Review: Huawei P8

It's big and beautiful, but is it enough to crack Samsung's dominance in the West?



Unboxing the P8 for the first time left us purring in excitement, as the unibody aluminium design is excellent. In an age where everyone is looking to be different, the P8 simply refines the already solid design work from the Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6 to provide an all-round classy device that doesn’t cut corners in its build or use of bezel space.

There’s a sleek white bar that circles the bottom of the device, which is purely for aesthetic purposes, and a plastic panel that houses the rear camera with an accompanying sensor. We can argue it’s merely a copycat, but when Samsung and Apple are at the top of the food chain, it’s their devices you need to take inspiration from.

It feels good in your hand and while the lack of real curved edges adds a bit of bulk to the device, at just 6.4mm thick it’s noticeably thinner than most current flagships. Dotted around the sides are the usual selection of ports, as well as the always-welcomed inclusion of a microSD slot, but there is no support for a removable battery, which is becoming a rarity with each new wave of flagship devices.

Music lovers can find dual speakers at the bottom of the aluminium body, plus a single speaker that sits next to the front-facing camera. Sound is generally crisp and clear with no distortion to note, but you’re going to be reaching for your headphones if you want to enjoy any high-fidelity tracks.


Find out more about what we thought of the Huawei P8 in our complete review in issue 55 of Android Magazine.

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