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.
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.