The thing with rumors is that while usually they can give you an insight into phone’s specs weeks, or sometimes months, before the device is launched, they can also be misleading on certain occasions. That’s what happened with Huawei’s new handsets. We were led to believe that one of them will be a Lite model, but it turns out that we got it all wrong. As expected, two phones were announced at an event in London, but none of them is ‘lite’. In addition to the Huawei P8, the Chinese company also introduced the Huawei P8 Max phablet – a supersized version of the flagship phone with a monster 6.8-inch 1080p display.
6.8-inch Huawei P8 Max Phablet
The name, although suggesting a big device, doesn’t even begin to explain how big the phone really is. The Huawei P8 Max is huge in the deepest meaning of the word. It’s massive 6.8-inch display takes up 83% of the front panel which was possible thanks to super thin bezels. The screen has 1080p resolution which normally would be a reason to be proud of; however, combined with such large dimensions, it works out to a pixel density of 326ppi – not particularly impressive results by today’s standards. The P8 Max also packs a bigger battery. The 4,360 mAh unit is expected to offer up to two days of normal usage and about a day and a half of heavy usage.
Design-wise, the Huawei P8 Max is identical to its smaller brother including metal unibody made of aerospace-grade aluminum. Both phones share many specs such as 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 64GB of internal memory and 13-megapixel main camera. However, the P8 Max has a 5-megapixel selfie camera instead of the 8-megapixel sensor used in the regular P8. The Max variant will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box with Emotion UI on top.
The Huawei P8 Max with 16GB of storage will cost €549, or about $590, while the 64GB variant will be priced at €649, that is approximately $698. The phone will go on sale next month in 30 countries unlocked and without contract, however, don’t expect it to be available in the US.