Huawei P8 Lite Review

Call Quality

Good substance behind voices make phone calls a breeze to handle.

Voices through the ear piece have some substance behind them, making it easy on us to comprehend things even in noisy conditions. On the other end of the line, our callers are able to listen us with nearly the same amount of ease, but they claim that there’s a sprinkling of distortion – albeit, it’s not too terrible.

Battery

Its 2200 mAh sputters behind its rivals in our benchmark test.

Internally, there’s a 2200 mAh battery giving the P8 Lite juice to run, which is a lower capacity cell than the batteries in the Asus Zenfone 2 and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3. Not surprisingly, its battery life is a bit less than its esteemed rivals, primarily due to the lower capacity. For day-to-day use, it gets us through a work day, but it’s something that needs additional juicing if we’re to continue using it into the night.

In our battery benchmark test, it achieves a mark of 5 hours and 30 minutes – shy of the results from its direct rivals. And that’s with setting the display to 170 nits in our testing, as opposed to the usual 200 nits! Lastly, it takes an excruciatingly long 136 minutes to recharge its battery!

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Huawei P8 lite 5h 30 min (Poor)
Asus ZenFone 2 7h 34 min (Average)
OPPO R1x 7h 55 min (Average)
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 8h 29 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Huawei P8 lite 136
Asus ZenFone 2 58
OPPO R1x 139
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 206


Conclusion


Huawei has been in the US market for quite some time now, slowly infiltrating the space with its line of entry to mid-range phones.

On paper, the $249.99 price of the Huawei P8 Lite is an attractive one that no doubt commands attention. While we appreciate how it does its best to emulate the design of the P8, the phone is greeted with stiff competition already out of the gate – the Asus Zenfone 2 and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3, which we’ve been recalling throughout this review. These two direct competitors are priced similarly as the Huawei P8 Lite, but they both seem to be better spec’d than this.

After checking out what those two phones offered, it’s tough for the P8 Lite to garner the same level of attention from consumers – not only from a specs point of view, but also from a performance standpoint. Most folks will be content with the value it offers for the price, but it simply can’t match the Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 in terms of overall value. This one has a 720p screen, that one has a 1080p one. This one has Android 4.4 KitKat, while that one has Android 5.0 Lollipop. See what we’re getting at here?


Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4.4
Baseband Version: 20107091
Kernel Version: 3.10.28-g8a4d7c1
EMUI Version: EMUI 3.0


Pros

  • Reasonable value at $249.99 outright
  • All-plastic construction feels sturdy
  • Camera can produce some nice looking photos
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Sluggish performance with even the simple stuff
  • Lackluster 1080p video recording quality
  • Shrill sounding internal speaker
  • Poorly calibrated display

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0

User Rating:

9.5
4 Reviews

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P8 lite
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2200 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Huawei Emotion UI

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