Last spring saw Huawei introduce the world to its Ascend P7 (above), a five-inch 1080p Android with quad-core KIRIN 910T SoC and a 13MP Sony camera. It was already an attractive enough smartphone, but then Huawei went and upped the ante a few months later, announcing a special edition P7 that swapped its Gorilla Glass 3 front panel for one made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and replaced its rear glass with a ceramic backplate. Now rumors are looking to the company’s follow-up, and from what we’re hearing about the Ascend P8, it sounds like premium materials are once again going to be part of Huawei’s recipe.
Well, for now at least there’s no mention of sapphire returning, but metal and ceramics could very much be a big part of the P8. Specifically, the phone may get a porcelain backplate, and Huawei is rumored to make the handset’s aesthetics a primary focus of its promotional campaign.
We also hear that the P8 could see the inclusion of a front panel with curved edges, similar to the effect Apple’s achieved with the iPhone 6, and that the 1080p screen could grow to a 5.2-inch component with this iteration. Under the hood, we could be getting an octa-core chip, and pricing rumors suggest a sticker price in China that would work out to about $490.