01 Jun Huawei P8max
Huawei is a Chinese company that is currently believed to be the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world. With more than five billion US dollars per year dedicated for research & development, it does come up with fairly good stuff every now and then and the Huawei P8max is perhaps one of the most prominent new smartphones, or rather tablets with the capability to make phone calls. The P8max is being released momentarily and will probably shake things up a bit, because it is a flagship phone with top level performance and specs, with a competitive price, but is from a manufacturer that has been largely ignored and not taken seriously. Well, with the release of the P8max, everybody will take Huawei more seriously.
What is inside
HiSilicon is a Huawei subsidiary and is perhaps the largest designer and manufacturer of computer processors, semiconductors and integrated circuits in China. Their Kirin 935 processor is based on the ARMv8-A instruction set and is a true 64-bit processor, dual quad-core, considered octa-core, but it is rather dual quad-core, clocked at 2.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz, with the Mali-T628 MP4 GPU. It has 64 GB internal storage and 3 GB of RAM, microSD card slot that allows currently up to 64 GB expansion, and then there is a non-removable 4360 mAh Li-Po battery.
Other features, outside and inside
The biggest and most interesting feature is perhaps the size, whereby the display is a 6.8 inches LTPS LCD touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, it is almost edge to edge with the almost 83% screen to body ratio. Resolution is also very decent, 1080 x 1920 pixels amount to approximately 326 ppi pixel density, more than enough to count as equal to Apple’s “Retina” quality. Looking at the display, it seems crisp and wonderfully sharp, which is probably because of the excellent contrast, 1500:1, the higher colour saturation and the CABC gimmick, something called Content Adaptive Backlight Control, which is supposed to provide better transparency.
There are two cameras, the rear camera is 13 megapixels, with dual-LED flash and RGBW sensor, autofocus and a capability to record video at 1080p@30fps., the secondary camera is 5 megapixels, more than enough for selfies and video conferencing/calling.
Performance, looks and how it feels
The full-body integrated magnesium alloy body casing feels really nice to the touch, the phone is surprisingly thin, only 6.8 mm, yet it does feel sturdy and durable. The size is a bit of a problem for people with small hands, it is almost a 7 inch tablet, to be honest, it may be a bit large, but if you owned a Samsung Galaxy Note and it felt a bit small, this is your phone. The initial impression is that at first glance it looks very similar to the HTC One max, also the Huawei user interface Emotion UI does appear similar to the HTC Sense, which only makes the similarity bigger. On the other hand, it does appear familiar looking, which is a plus, yet not quite the same, just staying enough away in terms of design, to ward off copyright and patent claims.
Huawei P8max is trying to break new ground, providing a flagship phone in a size that is approximately the common smaller tablet size, but with top level smartphone performance. While it does feel a bit like breaking new ground, on the other hand we have seen similar releases in the past, most prominently the already mentioned Samsung Galaxy Note series and the HTC One max series as well. The Huawei P8max is undoubtedly an excellent phone, it does introduce one of the most powerful processors ever encountered in a handheld device, yet despite all the positive sides, it will largely depend on the consumer acceptance of the size and the actual lack of any novelty factor, gimmick or never before seen feature to raise it from the crowd. It is tough to compete with the new “Edge” display gimmick by Samsung.