Huawei P8 Lite Review

Huawei P8 Lite Review
Huawei P8 Lite Review
Huawei P8 Lite Review
Huawei P8 Lite Review
Huawei P8 Lite Review
Introduction


The war in the 'premium' mid-range segment is ongoing and constantly heating up, as more and more companies are pushing out devices that seem to be vying for notoriety in this new, competitive space. Asus and Alcatel have been victorious in what they've delivered in the Zenfone 2 and Onetouch Idol 3 respectively, but now it's Huawei's turn to show consumers what it can counter with. Fresh off the release of its recent high-end offering in the P8, the company retools the handset to accommodate a significantly more competitive price point of $249.99 outright – a seemingly logical move to keep it in good light with the other options that have already been proven to be successful. Does the Huawei P8 Lite have enough goodies to triumph over the aforementioned, highly acclaimed smartphones?

The package contains:
  • Huawei P8 Lite
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Product and safety information

Design

It’s a more compact, all-plastic version of the P8. Looks good, but there’s definitely less of that premium feel.

Replicating what they've done already, the P8 Lite is undoubtedly staying true to the P8's style by employing the same design language – one that's notable for its uniformly flush surfaces and 7.7mm ultra-thin profile. It's obvious it looks exactly like the P8, with the exception that it has a smaller overall footprint, while it's also thicker, and rocking a plastic body. Gone is the metal design, replaced instead by a plastic one, which does nicely to match the brushed metal finish of its beefier spec'd, more premium feeling sibling, but still undeniably plastic. Quite frankly, it's instantly noticeable that the 'premium' feel is lost with its plastic construction, but it's not too heavily compromised with its build quality.

In similar fashion, the ports and buttons are located in the same spots as the P8. The left edge of the phone is clean, while the right is home to its volume control, power button, microSD slot, and dual micro/nano SIM slots. Over on the top edge, we have its 3.5mm headset jack and noise-cancelling microphone. Finally, the bottom edge is occupied by the microUSB port, microphone, and internal speaker.

Huawei P8 lite

Huawei P8 lite

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.78 x 0.3 inches

143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

OPPO R1x

OPPO R1x

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches

140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5")

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.96 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4 mm

Weight

4.96 oz (141 g)

Huawei P8 lite

Huawei P8 lite

Dimensions

5.63 x 2.78 x 0.3 inches

143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm

Weight

4.62 oz (131 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

OPPO R1x

OPPO R1x

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches

140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5")

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.96 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4 mm

Weight

4.96 oz (141 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

Details aside, everything else about the display is a disappointment.

Typical of any 'lite' smartphone, the P8 Lite scales back accordingly to offer a 5-inch 720 x 1280 IPS-LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3. Unlike its direct competitors, namely the Asus Zenfone 2 and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, which both offer larger sized screens with 1080p resolution, the P8 Lite favors 720p resolution. Factoring in its smaller screen size, which attributes to a pixel density of 294 ppi, it still produces enough detail and sharpness to make it useful. 

Being ‘competitively’ priced sometimes warrants inferior qualities, which unfortunately for this, is what’s evident with its display. In particular, the screen exudes a disturbingly cold color temperature of 8536K – giving the color white a profoundly bluish hue. Not only that, but it’s terrible at reproducing colors, especially shades of magenta, which appear more blue in tone than anything else. Finally, at wide viewing angles, there’s visible distortion that makes colors appear severely subdued. And oh yeah, it’s also lackluster with its 380 nit luminance.

After witnessing the sheer attraction and iridescence that came along with the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3’s display, we’re clearly disappointed in the P8 Lite’s – it’s just blah, made worse by its inferior qualities.



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13 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

56 minutes ago. Okay this phone could have been flat out better...but oh well.

2. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It performed better in GFXBench than the bigger P8. Huawei, Qualcomm's midrange SoC has a better GPU than Kirin's current flagship SoC. Please stop using Kirin.

6. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

P8 has higher resolution than P8 Lite.

3. h27_Venom

Posts: 76; Member since: May 16, 2014

huawei need to up it's game with the software and why do all these chinese manufacturers have similiar looking custom android experience..!!!

4. Simona unregistered

Disgusting horrible black borders round the lcd . whyy?? why they doing it like that am vomiting !

5. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

They even use black wallpaper on promotion images so everyone thinks it looks bezel less. Real life image looks much worse

7. cyberx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

This review is biased. First the mobile dimensios is different 5.50'' both on alcatel IDOL 3 and Zenfone 2 and only 5'' on P8 Lite. In terms of processor the P8 lite has an octa core. maybe it's warmer but in terms of raw power is much better than the competition. The screen on IDOL 3 is 5.5 and is fullhd. Do you need Full hd in a 5'' in my opinion no. Despite there is a IDOL 3 with 4.7'' and 720p screen. And the 5.5'' fullhd wich is much more expensive so it sohundnt be compared the way they made it here. The screen color reproduction isnt as good ok.

8. nicholassua

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

long press the shutter button in Camera does P8lite take Burst mode? please answer

12. PradeepanArud

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Yes it does.

9. 5eyez

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 05, 2015

Love this video of a professional photographer who changes his camera for a P8 (not P8 Lite) youtube.com/watch?v=b5hasrm0uaU

10. raveman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Can anyone tell me wich theme is used on this phone review ?

11. sali63

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 20, 2015

Huawei P8 is one of the good model in huawei brand you can see more in zanbil.ir site

13. Yaksha

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 07, 2016

Don't know what to say about the Phone.. It's Good but also Bad at the same time.. Black Border tho.. and Kirin GPU.. I just don't know what to say.. I wanted the phone so badly, but it seems like I should look for another phone, still don't know which phone, Can someone tell me some Rivals from Huawei P8 Lite? or Recommend a Phone with price max. 220$
P8 lite
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h 3G talk time)

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