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Huawei has taken the boundary between phones and tablets and phablets and have done away with it. The P8 Max is a huge 6.8-inch screen phone that stretches the boundaries of how big a smartphone can be. Although it easily falls under the category of a tablet, Huawei maintains that functionally, it still is a smartphone and that it will appeal to a few users who want bigger screens. Will the big screen be a huge drain on the battery and does it hamper the performance of the device? Read the review to find out more. Let’s sneak into its cave and see if the monster is awake.
The phone has been designed like a tablet but works like a smartphone. The ridiculously huge 6.8-inch screen makes it hard to hold and use with one hand. Typing is especially difficult as the device is so big, your finger will hardly reach the other end. The huge size also means that portability and practicality are out of the question. The device has a solid aluminum build that makes it comfortable to hold while giving it good looks. It compensates for its huge screen by being just 6.8 mm thin. The front has the selfie camera and proximity sensor above the screen, which, has an almost negligible bezel. The back has the primary camera and flash. The bottom has the speaker and USB port. The volume rocker and the power button are on the right side. The phone takes one micro SIM and one Nano SIM and has a microSD slot.
The cornerstone of this phone is its huge 6.8-inch screen. The screen is a strong addition to the phone. The 6.8 inch 1080p Full HD IPS LCD panel has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. The screen resolution of 1080x1920 equates to a pixel density of 326 ppi which is at par with most devices in the same range. Huawei has also managed to provide a lot of screens real estate by keeping the bezel down and giving a screen to body ratio of 83%. The colors are sharp and the text clear. Video playback is also amazing on the huge screen, and the phone enters a new realm in this aspect.
The phone is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 930 chip. The P8 has a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor and a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor thus making it a 64-bit Octa-core chip. The chipset is powerful enough to handle multiple apps open at the same time and multitasking is fluid on this phone. The processor is more than enough to satisfy even the most demanding users and will be able to run processor intensive games and 3D games easily. Gameplay will be fantastic with the big screen giving you more details than other phones. The processor is backed by a 3 GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal memory. It can be expanded by up to 64GB by adding a microSD card. The phone is powered by a Mali-T628 Graphics unit.
The phone runs on Huawei’s has version of Android Lollipop, the Emotion UI. Like most Skins coming out of China, this one does not have an app drawer and all apps are installed on the home row. However, folder options are available. Many customization options are available along with different themes to help you better tune the phone to your needs. The phone can be upgraded to Marshmallow.
Like the phones smaller brother, the P8, the P8 Max lives up to our expectations in terms of camera. The phone has a 13 MP front camera and a 5 MP rear camera. The primary shooter has a 4 color RGBW sensor and independent Image Signal Processor along with Optical Image Stabilization. These features will give you better and more stable photos with less focus time. The camera UI has many shooting modes like Time-Lapse, Light Painting, and Perfect Selfie. The camera takes fantastic photos even in bad lighting conditions. Images had great color and amazing contrast. In low light conditions, the images had a good balance between areas of light and shade. Other camera features include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. Videos can be shot at 1080p at 30fps which were slightly disappointing as we had hoped to get 60 fps. The selfie shooter takes decent selfies and is good for video calling.
A device as huge as this one will need a huge battery to get things running properly. The battery on offer here is a 4360 mAh non-removable Li-Po battery. Huawei says that the battery will be able to give you two days’ worth of power on a single charge. We think, however, that the internals and especially the screen will be power hungry and hence eat up a lot of charges. Therefore, we are looking closer to around one days’ worth of charge.
The phone has all the standard connectivity options like GPS, Wi-Fi, hotspot, Bluetooth and USB. NFC support is not present.
The screen on the phone is very impressive and so is the camera. However, would you want to lug around a huge device like this everywhere you go? We think that this is an impressive phone, but is not suitable to be your primary phone and may be used as a multimedia phone.WHAT WE LIKED
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