Chinese telecom equipment giant, Huawei, has announced details of its new flagship smartphone, the P8, which features an improved camera, better battery life and more powerful processor.

The new dual SIM handset has a brighter and sharper 5.2 inch screen and a fully metal unibody which comes in four different colours.

It introduces "knuckle sense technology" which allows the user to double tap the screen with their knuckle to capture an image of it and then crop it.

The P8 has a 13MP main camera which has a number of new features compared to its predecessor, the P7.

Huawei claims the phone has best in class optical image stabilisation, which can cope with double the level of vibration than the iPhone 6 Plus can.

It also has a four colour image sensor and a DSLR level processor.

The camera also features a director mode which allows three phones to be linked together to shoot video from up to four different angles.

While the light painting function allows the user to accentuate light in a range of ways in different images.

Huawei will be hoping the P8 will capture some of the market currently being dominated by Apple's latest iPhones and by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, which are currently being rolled out.

The Chinese company has been growing its presence in Europe in recent months, as it looks to increase its share of the lucrative smartphone market.

The P8 has an Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, with double the CPU and GPU performance of the P7.

It operates a big/little chip system to reduce power consumption for applications that can run on reduced processing power.

The 2600mAh battery promises one day of life under heavy use and one and a half day's life under lighter use.

A 4.3 inch e-ink back cover can also be attached to the P8 which can be used for reading books, or for displaying information like weather, time or calendar entries, without eating into battery life.

The P8's Wifi+ function always searches for the best wifi hotspot available so the user doesn't need to manually switch.

While Roaming+ promises to deliver a three times faster connection to a network when the user powers on the P8 after switching it on abroad.

The P8 also introduces a new application which means a country code does not need to be added to a number during dialling when roaming.

It also has a voice activation function which enables the user to wake up and locate the phone when it cannot be seen.

The company also introduced a larger phablet version of the handset, the P8 Max, which comes with a 6.8 inch screen and a longer lasting battery.

The standard version of the P8 standard version, which comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, starts at €499 and Ireland will be among the first group of countries where it is released.

The P8 Max will cost €549 for the basic version, rising to €649 for the higher spec handset.