Huawei has risen to prominence in the smartphone space in recent years, and now latest reports have suggested 2015 could see the Chinese manufacturer introduce something special.
Although best known for pumping out affordable plastic handsets, early reports have suggested the Huawei Ascend P8 – the as yet unconfirmed follow-on to the flagship Huawei Ascend P7 – will launch next year with a new porcelain form factor in tow.
While the thought of a phone made from your mum’s fine china might not sound like the best of ideas, fret not, this isn’t that sort of porcelain. HTC previously used porcelain on the HTC One S, with the material being given a Micro Arc Oxidation treatment to give it a super strong finish.
The leaks, which have originated from Chinese site MyDrivers, back up comments made by the company earlier this year.
Speaking exclusively with TrustedReviews recently, Huawei revealed it was already working on a new breed of ceramic handsets.
“The material is one of the most important things for consumers, not only because it will have the different feeling, but because it can make the different architecture,” Shao Yang, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer told us back at MWC.
He added: “We are trying out new materials like glass and ceramic so we will become less focused on plastic.”
As well a porcelain construction, the Huawei Ascend P8 leaks have suggested the phone will move to a new, 5.2-inch form factor.
Although concrete specs are still unclear, HiSilicon’s 16nm octa-core Kirin 930 chipset is expected to run the show alongside Google’s latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS.
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