Huawei quickly became one of the leading smartphone manufacturers in the world and set the bar high for others with its flagship offering. Today, we bring you a review of the Huawei P8 Lite, midrange phone with the great exterior. Will it justify Huawei’s reputation? How good is it comparing to competition? What is the difference with regular P8? To answer these and other important questions about this smartphone, read the rest of our review.
Before we go any further with our review, please take a moment to check out Huawei P8 Lite specifications:
|Available colors||White, Black, Gold|
|Screen size||5.0 inches|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.1|
|Chipset||HiSilicon Kirin 620|
|Connectivity||2G,3G,4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS, GLONNAS|
|Battery||Li-Ion, built-in battery|
|Battery size||2200 mAh|
|Front camera||5 MP|
|Back camera||13 MP with LED flash|
Package of the device looks kind of interesting. The box itself is quite narrow and after you lift the top cover you will find the phone loaded in the box sideways. Besides this unusual setup, there are standard things fitted inside the box like charger, USB cable, a needle for removing the SIM card slot and user manual written in several languages. Even the headphones came in the box which is a great addition. All in all, the package is built very well, and everything is fitted inside with utmost precision.
Here are the contents of the packaging:
|1xHuawei P8 Lite and battery|
Those who are familiar with Huawei’s products know that the company makes quality smartphones that look great. Huawei P8 Lite hasn’t disappointed in that department because it is quite a looker. It is built out of plastic, a very sturdy one, and it’s crafted magnificently to look like brushed metal. Plastic doesn’t feel cheap at all, and it is grippier than metal on most occasions. With its 131gr, it feels very light in the hand and because it is very slim and not too big most people won’t have a problem using it single-handedly. The back of the phone looks excellent, and houses the camera on top with single LED flash beside it; Huawei logo is placed a tad bellow it.
On the front, there is a large 5-Inch screen with speakerphone, front camera and sensors above it. Bellow the display there are no capacitive buttons, only the Huawei logo.
Top of the phone houses a standard 3.5mm audio headphone jack and a dedicated microphone for noise reduction.
The bottom portion of the phone houses a standard micro USB port in the middle with speakers on both of its sides. Don’t get fooled by the looks of it because there is a mono speaker beneath one speaker grill and the primary microphone beneath the other. Despite it is only a single speaker, it is quite loud and offers a decent sound experience.
The right side of the device is pretty crowded. On the top, there are volume keys and uniquely built power key bellow them. They are made out of plastic but offer splendid tactile feedback. Bellow the keys there are two slots, one for the regular micro SIM card and other for micro SD card or nano SIM. The left side of the device is completely bare because they managed to fit everything on the right.
There are several colors to choose from: black, white, gold, and the phone looks exceptional in every combination.
Huawei P8 Lite looks and feels more premium than its price suggests, and we must say that the company played its cards very well here.
Huawei P8 Lite Display
The device offers 5-Inch IPS screen with the resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It is quite dim, and colors seem to be on a colder side. Compared to “big brother” P8, which has Full HD resolution on 424 ppi, this one might seem minuscule. Still, the viewing angles and sunlight legibility are pretty good overall, but contrast, brightness, and the resolution are not on par with other devices in this price range. When you consider everything, the display on this model is not the best in its class, and it sits somewhere in the middle. The great thing about Huawei P8 Lite screen is that it is protected with Gorilla Glass 3, and that ensures a reliable protection against scratches and impacts.
Processor and RAM
Huawei P8 Lite is equipped with home-brewed chip named HiSilicon Kirin 620. It has eight cores clocked at 1.2GHz working simultaneously to offer the best user experience. CPU is coupled with Mali-450MP4 GPU, which is in charge of graphical operations. When you throw 2GB of RAM in the mix, you get a good multitasking unit.
In the day-to-day tasks, Huawei P8 Lite excelled to the max; it worked flawlessly, without any lag or stutter. On the other hand, when performing CPU & GPU intensive tasks, it didn’t fair so well. You will be able to use it for browsing, social messaging and some mid-range graphical games with no sweat. We had no complaints regarding its multitasking capabilities.
The device is graced with 13-Megapixel BSI camera sensor on the back as well as the 5-Megapixel sensor on the front. Huawei is known for its camera quality and image algorithms, and the main camera on the Huawei P8 Lite didn’t disappoint in that department. There are a lot of shooting modes like HDR, panorama, face and smile detection, and that was always a good thing about Huawei camera software. Picture quality is fairly good with plenty of details and accurate color rendition. There is a bit noise, even in daylight shooting scenarios but it is not that big of a deal. Low light shots are pretty decent as well, and they offer a fine amount of details, even without the help of OIS, which is missing in this version of the Huawei flagship. The front camera is decent enough for selfies but doesn’t offer details or quality as good as the front camera.
When recording videos you have the ability to set the quality of up to 1080p at 30fps. Quality and level of details are not on the par with the industry leads in this price range but are good enough for general usage.
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Huawei P8 Lite comes with 16GB of the onboard storage and you are left with about 12GB after the initial setup. Of course, storage can be expanded via micro SD card with up to 32GB. That is more than enough for installing a bunch of games, apps, add some quality encoded music, even a couple of movies if you’ve got a thing for watching the movies on a phone.
Operating System (OS)
Huawei P8 Lite comes in two variants, one for international distribution and other for USA market. The version that we tested is an international one, and it comes with the Android 5.0 Lollipop and Huawei’s Emotion UI 3.1 on top of that. The OS is pretty light and performs admirably in the day-to-day tasks. It has a lot of additional functions like themes that can change almost every part of the UI. The bottom part of the screen where Android buttons appear is also customizable, and you can change it the way you see fit. Of course, since this is an Android phone you can install a wide variety of apps and games from Google Play store or any store of your choosing.
From the connectivity side, Huawei P8 Lite is very good indeed. It offers worldwide coverage up to 4G LTE networks with download speeds up to 150Mb/s, and that is simply great. Dual SIM cards are supported but keep in mind that you can use only single SIM card if you use a micro SD card for expandable storage. In cas you want to conserve your battery life or don’t have an unlimited monthly data plan; you can browse the web via embedded Wi-Fi modem. Wi-Fi connectivity options include 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Bluetooth version onboard is 4.0 and offers faster transfer speeds while conserving the battery life at the same time.
The device has GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS support which means that you can pinpoint your exact location in a matter of seconds via Google maps if you desire of course. NFC is also supported, and that is a great addition to an excellent connectivity package of the Huawei P8 Lite. You can use it for one-tap file transfers as well as contactless payments.
Huawei P8 Lite Battery Life
The device is equipped with medium sized, non-removable 2200mAh lithium-polymer battery. Battery life on this device is a mixed bag. On a lighter usage it can last for two days straight with no sweat, but when you surf the web quite extensively, battery drains very quick. You don’t have to worry because you will hardly be able to drain the battery with the regular usage in less than a full day.
Huawei P8 Lite Comes with good codec support out of the box and can play almost every media file that you can “throw” in it. There are several sensors in this device that greatly enhance the quality of usages like proximity sensor, light sensor, accelerometer, and compass. These sensors offer the functionality of motion control; with the use of the gestures that include flipping, shaking, double touch and drawing you can control several very important aspects of your device. We are glad that Huawei didn’t leave out FM radio support on this phone, so you can listen to FM stations if you wish.
Pros and Cons
It is the part of our review where we present you all the advantages and disadvantages that this device has.
- Great design and build quality
- Nice camera with a plethora of features
- Good connectivity options
- Emotion UI 3.1 is an excellent addition to Android
- Expandable storage capacity
- Not so good display
- Average battery life
Huawei P8 Lite is a mid-range version of its flagship phone and offers quite a lot for its price. Sure there are better offers out there in the hardware department, but software is equally important, and Huawei is well aware of that. With its EUI 3.1, it offers a unique user experience that other phone manufacturers have a hard time to surpass.
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