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Huawei goes for glamour with early reports of the Ascend P8

Huawei is preparing to launch its new flagship phone, the Ascend P8, at CES in January, with early reports revealing a porcelain body…

Huawei’s Ascend P7 is only a mere five months old, but reports are already beginning to circulate surrounding its successor, the Ascend P8. According to gossip dug up by a Chinese site, the company is readying a new device which will deliver some premium features wrapped up in high-end materials, including a curious porcelain frame.

Rumours claim Huawei’s Ascend P8 will feature a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, giving 424 pixels-per-inch (ppi) and 2.5D tapered glass, similar to that seen in Apple’s iPhone 6, as well as a new HiSilicon Kirin 930 octa-core chip, which should deliver plenty of power.

Huawei has always put an emphasis on design with its smartphones, and the Ascend P8 will reportedly rock a metal body featuring a ‘porcelain texture’ back panel, to lend an air of quality to proceedings. Whether Huawei’s attempt to take-on so-called luxury manufacturers like Apple and Samsung will succeed is yet to be seen.

If Huawei’s sights really are set firmly on the smartphone big-hitters, they will need to up their game. While a 1080p screen is by no means poor, it isn’t going to reach the giddy heights of the Quad HD offerings which have been around since the LG G3, and no amount of porcelain or sapphire glass is going to change that.

When the Ascend P8 will launch in Europe is anyone’s guess, but if it’s anything like the special edition P7, we’d expect to see it hit the UK shortly after CES, perhaps around March.

Huawei’s devices have been steadily gaining momentum and things are looking good for the Chinese manufacturer. However, time will tell if the move to more premium devices will pay dividends. We expect its success will hinge more on the price tag than the choice of materials though.

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