History Of The Huawei P Series

Huawei had released quite a few smartphones as part of its flagship “P series”, though that lineup changed quite a bit over the years, even the name of it changed at one point. The story began way back in 2012, when the first “Ascend P1” smartphone arrived as the company’s flagship. Huawei also decided to release the “Mate” series of smartphones at one point in time, and those phones managed to become Huawei’s second lineup of flagship devices, but the P series is arguably still the best-known series the company is selling. In this article, we will take a look at the company’s whole P series of devices (flagships only), from the very beginning, to what the company is offering today. The article will be updated as new versions of Huawei’s P series devices get released. So, if you’re interested in knowing more about the company’s flagships, read on.

Huawei Ascend P1

The Huawei Ascend P1 was the company’s very first P series flagship. This device was introduced back in January 2012, though it took it a couple of months to reach the market, Huawei started selling it in May. The device had pretty thick bezels, as every phone back in the day, and it sported three capacitive keys below the display. The Huawei Ascend P1 came with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, though it was later upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

This handset featured a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display, and it packed in 1GB of RAM and 4GB of expandable storage. The phone was fueled by the TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor, and it sported a single camera on the back, an 8-megapixel unit. A 1.3-megapixel selfie camera was also included in the package, and the device also included a 1,670mAh battery which was not removable.

Huawei Ascend P2

The Huawei Ascend P2 became official in February 2013, while it was made available by the company two months later, in April. The device shipped with a set of capacitive keys same as its predecessor, while this model actually came with a removable battery. The Huawei Ascend P2 shipped with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, while the company’s very own skin came pre-installed on top of it, EMUI 1.6.

The Huawei Ascend P2 included a dedicated camera shutter on the right side, while the phone featured a 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS LCD display. This managed to surprise quite a few people, as an OLED panel was expected. The phone was fueled by the Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera was placed on the back of the phone. The device included a 2,420mAh battery, and it supported 4G LTE connectivity.

Huawei Ascend P6

For some reason, Huawei opted to skip the Ascend P3, P4, and P5 brandings, and jumps straight to the Ascend P6. The Huawei Ascend P6 was introduced in June 2013, and it was made available that very same month. The device shipped with notably thinner bezels than its predecessors, while it replaced capacitive buttons with on-screen ones. The phone was actually quite sleek-looking when it launched, and it managed to intrigued people mainly due to its design.

The Huawei Ascend P6 shipped with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean when it was announced, and Huawei’s EMUI 1.6 skin came pre-installed on the device. The last official update that the phone received was Android 4.4.2 KitKat (with EMUI 3.0), while the device sported a 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS LCD display. The phone was fueled by the Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, and it included 2GB of RAM, along with 8GB / 16GB of storage. An 8-megapixel camera was included on its back, while a non-removable 2,000mAh battery was also a part of the package.

Huawei Ascend P7

The Huawei Ascend P7 is the last flagship from the company to sport the “Ascend” branding. This handset was announced in May of 2014, and was made available a month later. The phone actually somewhat resembled the Ascend P6, it sported Huawei’s branding below the display, and it came with on-screen buttons. The phone was made out of metal and glass, actually. This was the company’s very first flagship to sport a fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, and it came with a 5-inch IPS LCD panel.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat came pre-installed on the Ascend P7, while the phone was later upgraded to 5.1.1 Lollipop. All versions of Android that ran on this device came with Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) skin. The phone was fueled by the Kirin 910T quad-core processor, while the device included 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. A 13-megapixel camera was placed on the back of this smartphone, while a non-removable 2,500mAh battery was a part of the package as well.

Huawei P8

The Huawei P8 is the very first flagship from the company not to sport the “Ascend” branding, as Huawei opted to ditch it completely prior to this phone’s launch. The Huawei P8 was a considerably different-looking phone to the Ascend P7, the device was made out of metal, and it actually looked really nice. The phone was announced in April 2015, and it became available not long after that. The Huawei P8 included on-screen buttons, and considerably thinner bezels than its predecessor.

The device came with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with the company’s EMUI skin, while the latest update it received was Android 6.0 Marshmallow, at least as far as official updates are concerned. The device featured a 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD display, while it included 3GB of RAM and 16GB / 64GB of expandable storage. The Kirin 930 octa-core processor fueled the Huawei P8, and this was the very first Huawei flagship to include an octa-core chip. A 13-megapixel camera with OIS was also a part of the package, as was a 2,680mAh non-removable battery.

Huawei P9

Huawei had introduced two flagships as part of its P9 series, the Huawei P9 and P9 Plus. Both of these phones were announced in May 2016, and both of them were made out of metal. The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus were the first phones from the company to sport two rear-facing cameras, and also the very first flagships to include fingerprint scanners. Each of these two devices had a fingerprint scanner on the back, while Huawei’s branding was present below the display of each phone. The two devices look identical, but were different in terms of size.

Both devices whipped with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Huawei’s EMUI skin, while the last update they received was Android 7.0 Nougat. The Huawei P9 featured a 5.2-inch fullHD LCD display, while the P9 Plus included a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED panel. The Huawei P9 arrived in 3GB / 4GB RAM variants, while the P9 Plus was released in a 4GB RAM option only. Leica’s camera lenses were included on both phones, and these two phones were the first Huawei devices with Leica’s lenses.

Huawei P10

The Huawei P10 series of smartphones was announced in February 2017. The company introduced two phones as part of this flagship series, the P10 and P10 Plus. These two phones shared the same design, though they were different in terms of size, the same as the P9 and P9 Plus. The two phones included two cameras on the back, and this time around, Huawei opted to include front-facing fingerprint scanners which were placed below the display, and doubled as home keys. The two phones also sported two capacitive keys, on each side of that home button. The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were made out of metal.

The Huawei P10 came with a 5.1-inch full HD LCD display, while the P10 Plus included a 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel, and was the very first flagship from the company to sport a QHD display. Huawei’s very own Kirin 960 SoC fueled both of these devices, and that is a 64-bit octa-core processor. The Huawei P10 came with 4GB of RAM, while the P10 Plus sported both 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. 12 and 20-megapixel camera were placed on the back of both devices, and Leica’s lenses were a part of the offering yet again. Android 7.0 Nougat came pre-installed on these two phones along with EMUI, while Android 8.0 Oreo is the last update these two phones received.

Huawei P20

Same as with the P9 and P10 series, Huawei opted to introduce two P20 flagships, the P20 and P20 Pro. These two phones were introduced in March 2018, and were made available in April. Both devices included a display notch, and were almost identical in terms of the design, but had different camera counts. The Huawei P20 arrived with two rear-facing cameras, while the P20 Pro included three cameras on the back. Leica’s lenses were a part of the offering yet again, and both of these devices shipped with a front-facing fingerprint scanner which was included below the display. The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro were made out of metal and glass.

Android 8.1 Oreo came pre-installed on both of these phones, while both got updated to Android 9 Pie. The Huawei P20 included a 5.8-inch full HD+ (2240 x 1080) LCD display, while the P20 Pro sported a 6.1-inch full HD+ AMOLED panel. Both phones were fueled by the Kirin 970 64-bit octa-core processor, while neither of the two phones offered a microSD card expansion. The Huawei P20 shipped with 4GB of RAM, while the P20 Pro included 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant. Both devices offered fast battery charging, and non-removable batteries.

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