Huawei P8 Launch Live Blog (10AM EDT)by Ian Cutress on April 15, 2015 9:20 AM EST
11:25AM EDT - Looks like that's a wrap. Product demos now.
11:24AM EDT - Looks like we're getting a P8 sample to take away
11:23AM EDT - P8 Max available in one month
11:23AM EDT - 649 Euro for 3GB/64GB
11:23AM EDT - 549 EUro for 3GB/32GB
11:23AM EDT - For P8 Max
11:22AM EDT - 1 month later available worldwide
11:22AM EDT - 30 countries after todays launch
11:22AM EDT - Two colors per storage size
11:22AM EDT - those were for the P8
11:21AM EDT - 599 Euro for 3GB DRAM and 64GB Storage
11:21AM EDT - 499 Euro for 3GB DRAM and 16GB Storage
11:21AM EDT - now pricing
11:21AM EDT - because a 6.8-inch phablet might be difficult to hold (!) for a call
11:20AM EDT - Pair the phone with a TalkBand B2 for hands free calling
11:20AM EDT - dot cover, similar to HTC
11:19AM EDT - magnetic leather case
11:19AM EDT - Gorilla Glass 4
11:18AM EDT - 6.8mm
11:18AM EDT - 83% screen to body ratio
11:18AM EDT - 7-layer heat conduction structure
11:17AM EDT - Patented cooling tech
11:17AM EDT - back panel is 5C cooler after 3 hours video streaming
11:16AM EDT - 2.23 days on normal use
11:16AM EDT - Li-Poly
11:16AM EDT - 4360 mAh battery
11:15AM EDT - customized UI for bigger display
11:15AM EDT - Auto adjusts brightness in 'sun view mode'
11:14AM EDT - 95.9% saturation
11:13AM EDT - 6.8-inch JDI IPS-Neo FHD display 1500:1
11:13AM EDT - Huawei P8 Max ! !
11:13AM EDT - video over
11:12AM EDT - the video had the big A53s in the CPU listed as A53X
11:12AM EDT - surprised they only just mentioned it now
11:12AM EDT - Full-HD
11:11AM EDT - Another video
11:11AM EDT - No mention of the rating or the nano coating
11:10AM EDT - or just an IP number
11:10AM EDT - Superhydrophobic*
11:10AM EDT - So superhydrophic ?!
11:10AM EDT - Spill resistant with nano coating
11:09AM EDT - The Yotaphone 2 actually puts the e-ink on the back, Huawei makes it an accessory
11:09AM EDT - Even when phone is in sleep mode
11:09AM EDT - accessory for back cover
11:08AM EDT - 4.3-inch
11:08AM EDT - Now an e-ink cover
11:08AM EDT - almost like keyless entry with cars
11:07AM EDT - In case your phone is not with you
11:07AM EDT - e.g. TalkBand B2
11:07AM EDT - Unlock via Bluetooth devices
11:06AM EDT - Say 'Hello Buddy' and the phone will make noise
11:05AM EDT - Wake up your phone with voice
11:05AM EDT - Voice Wake Up +
11:04AM EDT - Single Box Audio chamber
11:04AM EDT - Audio DSP Hi6402 + Smart PA
11:04AM EDT - Music+
11:02AM EDT - Super hands free mode, 2m range for group call
11:00AM EDT - 58% volume increase
11:00AM EDT - noise cancellation and helps hear in noisy environments
11:00AM EDT - Voice+
10:59AM EDT - call direct international without prefix
10:59AM EDT - 2600 mAh
10:59AM EDT - 1 day heavy use
10:58AM EDT - 1.5 days battery average use
10:57AM EDT - Can detect abnormal power use
10:57AM EDT - gains 2.3 days standby time
10:57AM EDT - blocks all abnormal power usage in apps
10:57AM EDT - App power consumption firewall
10:56AM EDT - 20% better efficiency
10:56AM EDT - Quad A53e/quad A53
10:55AM EDT - 80% higher CPU perf than P8
10:55AM EDT - 64-bit octa core
10:55AM EDT - Kirin 930/935
10:55AM EDT - 'It's a balance'
10:55AM EDT - 'People always want powerful smartphone, but lots of battery life'
10:54AM EDT - Draw with your knuckle on the screen to crop and create a screenshot
10:53AM EDT - it's a macro
10:53AM EDT - for screenshots
10:53AM EDT - use the knuckle to double click and crop
10:53AM EDT - New gesture called Rich Touch - Knuckle Sense Technology
10:53AM EDT - usability
10:52AM EDT - Now for 'useability'
10:52AM EDT - 2nd SIM slot also supports microSD up to 128GB
10:50AM EDT - Dual SIM, Dual 4G LTE
10:49AM EDT - Now talking multi-sim
10:49AM EDT - Faster to find networks when you land
10:48AM EDT - Roaming+
10:47AM EDT - Uses QoE and historical hostspot list
10:47AM EDT - Wi-Fi+
10:46AM EDT - Even works on high speed train at 300 km/h
10:46AM EDT - This combination increase connection rate
10:45AM EDT - 33.5 microsecond blanking time compared to 2800
10:45AM EDT - Tiny antennas and seemless switching
10:45AM EDT - Signal+
10:44AM EDT - Now onto Connectivity
10:44AM EDT - After April 27th, an Instagram P8 Light Painting Competion
10:44AM EDT - Comes through the ISP
10:43AM EDT - 'Outshine the crew'
10:43AM EDT - Selfie mode can apply a filter for one face in a group
10:42AM EDT - From the master P8 you can select the different angles
10:42AM EDT - One is a P8
10:42AM EDT - Allows four cameras to take video at the same time
10:42AM EDT - Director Mode
10:40AM EDT - Video on the sparkling rain
10:39AM EDT - Instant preview in the light painting
10:39AM EDT - 'Star Track'
10:37AM EDT - 'Star Trek mode'
10:37AM EDT - Light Painting function
10:36AM EDT - 'Seemless and sleek'
10:36AM EDT - No bump on the camera from the back
10:35AM EDT - Some benchmark photo comparisons
10:34AM EDT - auto-scene recognition in each frame
10:34AM EDT - then combine
10:34AM EDT - four frames simultaneously
10:34AM EDT - multi-frame dynamic time exposure
10:33AM EDT - auto scene recognition makes it more vivid
10:33AM EDT - Better auto exposure, better auto white balance
10:32AM EDT - Chip says Altek
10:32AM EDT - 'DSLR-like ISP'
10:32AM EDT - less noise
10:32AM EDT - With a 4 color sensor, darker images are better and high contrast is better
10:31AM EDT - probably cant see on my image
10:31AM EDT - P8 image looks sharper
10:29AM EDT - OIS at 1.2 degrees
10:29AM EDT - OIS
10:29AM EDT - 4-color RGBW camera
10:29AM EDT - Our philsophy is to increase low light and high contrast images
10:28AM EDT - A Camera is more than megapixels
10:27AM EDT - What is a 'Groufie?!'
10:26AM EDT - Now onto the Camera next
10:26AM EDT - Richard the CEO back on stage
10:26AM EDT - Wide range of cases, including leather flip covers
10:25AM EDT - 'Expect P8 design quality cross all accessories'
10:25AM EDT - 'Unboxing is a surprise'
10:24AM EDT - styled themes
10:24AM EDT - 78.3% screen to body ratio
10:24AM EDT - 1500:1 contrast ratio
10:24AM EDT - 'Holistic' ?!?!
10:23AM EDT - four colors
10:23AM EDT - metallic texture
10:23AM EDT - Precision nano molding
10:23AM EDT - 810 minutes to create each chassis
10:22AM EDT - Full metal unibody
10:21AM EDT - 5.2 inches
10:21AM EDT - Chamfered edges
10:21AM EDT - User can user P8 intuitively
10:20AM EDT - 'One Thumb Operation'
10:19AM EDT - Excess elements are stripped away to be absolutely flat
10:18AM EDT - 'P8 consumers enjoy their life and want to have fun creating'
10:18AM EDT - 'P8 consumers want high fashion and the latest trends'
10:18AM EDT - 'P8 is modern and exceptional materials are an essential part of design'
10:17AM EDT - 'P8 is about premium'
10:17AM EDT - 'I like to explore what you can't see'
10:17AM EDT - 'Design is not just shape or style'
10:17AM EDT - 'In one word, P8 is a combination of sophisticated technology and design'
10:15AM EDT - another video
10:15AM EDT - 'Singularity is the idea that something grand and spectacular has a beginning'
10:14AM EDT - Head of Huawei Design, Joonsuuh Kim
10:14AM EDT - 'We want to create infinity for you'
10:14AM EDT - 'Sleek design, impressive camera'
10:13AM EDT - Now the P8
10:12AM EDT - Now P8 opening video
10:12AM EDT - P7 too
10:11AM EDT - sold in 100 countries
10:11AM EDT - 2013 came the P6
10:11AM EDT - 2012 released P1
10:10AM EDT - New P series, all about beauty
10:10AM EDT - 'We want to change the industry by Making it Possible'
10:10AM EDT - 'Launch an important flagship to start a new journey'
10:10AM EDT - 'We are the main telecoms supplier in many EU countries and the world'
10:09AM EDT - CEO of Huawei Consumer BUsiness Group, Richard Yu
10:09AM EDT - 'Biggest and newest surprise to date'
10:08AM EDT - 'Strength to strength, key player'
10:08AM EDT - Opening spiel
10:07AM EDT - nice high quality video
10:06AM EDT - This was outside the event
10:03AM EDT - The new Huawei logo for the new slogan
10:03AM EDT - Opening video
10:02AM EDT - Waiting for people to sit. Some people are kneeling at the front for pictures
09:42AM EDT - Now a P7 video
09:36AM EDT - Actually, I'm sure that was just the video test for the real thing
09:32AM EDT - They're showing videos of the P6 user testing
09:28AM EDT - We're 30 minutes from show time, but I have a front seat and the auditorium is filling up
09:28AM EDT - If some of the leaks are anything to go by, Kirin should be in the P8 too
09:28AM EDT - Huawei uses HiSilicon SoCs under the Kirin codename, which offer something different in the smartphone space from the usual offerings
09:27AM EDT - Just Ian to live blog today. The P8 should be the natural successor to the P7