Review of Huawei P8 Lite
by Sujash Joshi
Review of Huawei P8 Lite
Huawei – the name of a smartphone brand from China, is getting quite famous lately around the world as it is now the 3rd largest Smartphone making company. And to help it retain the third position, P8 Lite has a huge hand with almost 15 million sales overall.
P8 Lite is the light-weight version of the flagship model, the P8. Though the light-version of the flagship, it does perform well enough for day-to-day tasks and yes, performs heavy games well too. Here are few specs laid out:
- Hybrid Dual SIM
- 5” 720p (294 ppi) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 620 octa-core chip clocked at 1.2 GHz with Mali-450MP4 GPU
- 13 MP auto-focus Primary Camera with 5MP front facing camera
- 16 GB of in-built storage, expandable upto 256 GB (uses secondary SIM slot)
Ok enough of specs and background, let the review begin.
Design & Build Quality
It is very important to consider the look-factor while buying the phone. What’s the point of all the processing speed if it’s ugly? In the case of P8 Lite, that statement is certainly untrue, the phone looks stunningly good; round edges at the corner, sleek design, the subtle texture at the back makes it look quite impressive. With 143mm tall, 70.6mm wide and 131 grams, it fits perfectly even for the people with smaller hands.
On the right side of the phone situated at the top is volume rocker, just below that is the power button. The gap between the two is neither too big nor too small, it’s perfect. Also on the power button, there are lines to distinguish it from the volume rocker, which saves the trouble of locking it by mistake. Below these physical button lies the SIM trays; the top-most acts as hybrid slot with either the secondary SIM or expandable Micro SD Card. The left-hand side is completely free.
On the rear side, there is no single bump or whatsoever. At the top left side is the single primary camera of 13 MP with single LED at the side both under the glass body which prevents accidental scratches to the lens. The slightly left situated camera is perfectly placed, saving it from accidently covering the lens. On the front, we get the front facing 5 MP camera, earpiece and two sensors (light and proximity) at the top of the screen with an extra status LED (though it is invisible when not in use).
The 3.5mm headphone jack along with secondary microphone is at the top of the device. While at the bottom, you’ll get the charging port and speakers and microphone hidden under the left and right side of the grills respectively.
The only thing that is left is the fingerprint scanner. But at its launching time, there was no hype for the fingerprint scanner.
Display & User-Interface
It comes with 5” IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720p. It’s a bit letdown considering it offers only a decent ppi of 294. Furthermore, under sunlight reading is average as it has IPS LCD display instead of AMOLED.
It comes with EMUI layer on top of Stock Android. Some people likes it while others don’t. I personally, don’t care much. EMUI has its own charms, iOS-like interface (not a fan of that, but still), in-build personalization, various motion controls, etc. As long as I can install any launcher and use it to my likes, I don’t mind. Another great feature I like about EMUI is the ability to slideshow your choice of pictures on lockscreen, Covers. You can choose up-to 500 pictures of your choice, it will display one of your chosen photos and then change it the next time you unlock it.
Performance & Battery
There are few issues with Huawei’s own SOC’s; it underperforms than other SOC’s. P8 Lite uses Huawei owned octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 620 chip. The CPU is clocked at 1.2 GHz (yeah it is somewhat low as compared to other mobiles at the similar price tag) with Mali-450MP4 GPU which has been clocked at 633 MHz. Though the stats show that it is bound to perform less, but to my surprise, it performs quite well (considering just 1.2 GHz). You can throw some pretty heavy games at it and multi-task various apps but it won’t drag you down. Some of the games that I tried with it are FIFA 16, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Dream League Soccer, Assassin’s creed, etc. and I was pretty happy with the way it performed. Though after about 30-45 minutes of heavy gameplay, the phone overheats. The temperature may go up to high as 45℃.
Running few benchmarks, I got the following scores:
- AnTuTu Benchmark – 33,580
- GeekBench Single-Core – 589
- GeekBench Multi-Core – 2650
There are 3 different modes for battery; Smart (default), Performance and Ultra-Saving. Performance mode somewhat increases the mobile performance making it easier to multi-task, play heavy games and all. Surprisingly, there isn’t much difference in total remaining time between performance mode and smart mode. With the battery capacity of 2200mAh, it survived to 15hrs on the single charge (used it for games, browser, and music) in performance mode. When the battery is below 7%, Ultra mode kicks on disabling everything except Calls and Messages. This does increase the remaining battery time to many hours.
With 13MP as its main shooter, it shoots pretty decent photos, with plenty of resolved details and accurate colours. The camera interface is simple, swiping at the screen will let you choose modes; beauty, photo (default), video and time-lapse. You can also select HDR, Panorama with the inclusion of Professional and Light-Painting mode from Marshmallow onwards. Professional mode is what resurrects my inner photographer. The beauty of it is that it allows you to setup everything according to your wish be it ISO, aperture, exposure, focus, etc.
Can I customise it?
Hell yeah… There are many developers working for the Custom ROMs for this device and have made many ROMs, most of the ROMs based on EMUI layer rather than stock Android with exceptionally few developers making ROMs based on LineageOS, yeahhh. Anyways, tweaking this phone has been made easy once you unlock the bootloader and Huawei have made it accessible, but it’s a bit lengthy process.
Great phone with a decent camera and good performance. The downside is that it has a mediocre battery that almost lasts 2/3 of a day with moderate use (few hours of games, few hours of web browsing, few hours of music and movies) and it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.