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Huawei P8 Lite Review

Huawei P8 lite 6.5

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Huawei P8 Lite Review

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

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


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
5.63 x 2.78 x 0.3 inches
143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm
4.62 oz (131 g)

Huawei P8 lite

Asus ZenFone 2
6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm
6.00 oz (170 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

5.54 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches
140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)


Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5
6.01 x 2.96 x 0.29 inches
152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4 mm
4.96 oz (141 g)

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5")

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


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.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Huawei P8 lite 380
Asus ZenFone 2 442
OPPO R1x 474
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 665
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posted on 09 Jun 2015, 09:43

1. waddup121 (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Jun 2015, 10:08 2

2. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 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.

posted on 10 Jun 2015, 03:03

6. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)

P8 has higher resolution than P8 Lite.

posted on 09 Jun 2015, 11:13

3. h27_Venom (Posts: 76; Member since: 16 May 2014)

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

posted on 09 Jun 2015, 12:44 1

4. Simona (unregistered)

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

posted on 09 Jun 2015, 19:01 2

5. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

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

posted on 09 Jul 2015, 07:50

7. cyberx (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 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.

posted on 12 Jul 2015, 03:19

8. nicholassua (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

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

posted on 17 Nov 2015, 08:06

12. PradeepanArud (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2015)

Yes it does.

posted on 19 Jul 2015, 02:56

9. 5eyez (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2015, 06:08

10. raveman (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jul 2015)

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

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 04:10

11. sali63 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Oct 2015)

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

posted on 13 Mar 2016, 14:40

13. Yaksha (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 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$

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Huawei P8 lite

Huawei P8 lite

OS: Android 6.0 5.1 5.0
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Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
HiSilicon, Octa-core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.63 x 2.78 x 0.30 inches
(143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm)
4.62 oz  (131 g)
Battery2200 mAh, 20 hours talk time

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