tech2 News StaffApr 16, 2015 11:49:28 IST
Huawei has unveiled its flagship P8 smartphone, a device that stacks up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The company has also announced the larger P8 Max with a massive 6.8-inch 1080p display. Apart from the larger display, the only change is the battery, which has been spruced up to 4,360mAh.
The P8, which runs Google's Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen -- slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 -- and an eight-core 64-bit processor. It is powered by Huawei's Kirin 930 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM . It also supports storage space starting from 16GB and expandable via microSD card slot.
Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimetres, Huawei said at a packed global launch event in London.
On the camera front, it is armed by a 13MP snapper on the back and also gets an 8MP front-facing camera.
Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a 5.5 percent share, according to research group Gartner.
The market is dominated by Samsung and Apple, which Gartner said had combined sales of nearly 500 million units.
Huawei, and fellow Chinese companies Lenovo and Xiaomi, are leading the challenge to the two big players, particularly in their home market.
The Huawei P8 is likely to cost less than $530, while the larger P8 Max will be priced around $581. It is expected to reach the UK and Europe later this month, followed by the US in May.
With inputs from Reuters
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