Date
27 May 2017
Huawei is stepping up competition in the smartphone business by unveiling new larger-screen and advanced devices. Credit: Bloomberg
Huawei is stepping up competition in the smartphone business by unveiling new larger-screen and advanced devices. Credit: Bloomberg

Huawei unveils new Ascend P8 smartphones

China’s Huawei Technologies unveiled its latest flagship Ascend smartphones– the P8 and P8 Max — on Wednesday, stepping up competition with bigger players such as Samsung and Apple.

The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen and an eight-core 64-bit processor, Reuters reported.

The screen size would make it slightly bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S6 phone that was unveiled last month, as well as the iPhone 6. 

 

Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is also thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimeters, Huawei was quoted as saying at a global launch event in London.

 

Like Apple, Huawei also launched a super-size version, the P8 Max, which comes with a 6.8 inch screen.

Seeking to differentiate itself from rivals, Huawei has incorporated features such as “knuckle sense”, which can differentiate between a knuckle and a finger to select and share content, the report said.

The standard version of the P8 will go on sale within weeks in 30 markets, including China, the UK, France and Germany.

Huawei ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units, giving it a 5.5 percent share, according to research group Gartner.

 

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