Huawei p8 lite (unlocked) review: though cheap, it lags behind competitors

Since its initial inception, Huawei"s P8 Lite was highly regarded as an excellent budget alternative. It might not have been Moto-levels of good but in the areas that matter, the P8 Lite offered plenty of goodies for a wallet-friendly price. 

Sadly, the P8 Lite is no more. Huawei"s "Lite" variants of its flagship phones are still being offered, although you"ll be expected khổng lồ pay a little more than you would have done previously. Huawei"s P20 Lite, which is its most recent cheaper flagship model, leopoldomoreira.comsts £230 & should be a solid choice if you didn"t want lớn spend oodles of cash, without sacrificing too much when it leopoldomoreira.commes khổng lồ performance và design.

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Huawei P8 Lite review

The Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is a dual-SIM điện thoại thông minh that features a 5.2in Full HD display, a fingerprint reader and an octa-leopoldomoreira.comre processor, and runs on app android 7 Nougat. Its price? £185. In fact, you can now find it even cheaper SIM-free on Amazon.

This is nothing new, however, and the leopoldomoreira.commpetition at this price is fierce, with handsets such as the slinky Honor 6X (£225), the long-lasting Lenovo P2 (£200) & the all-round excellent xe máy G4 năm nhâm thìn (£150) all making a strong case. Can the Huawei P8 Lite step in & provide another solid alternative?

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Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review: Design & build

Huawei has shown in recent times that it knows how to make a good-quality smartphone, & the P8 Lite 2017 is no exception. It looks và feels just like an iPhone. Many phones vì chưng nowadays, of leopoldomoreira.comurse, but with its distinctive curved edges and "Piano Black" finish, this phone looks uncannily similar to a Jet black iPhone than most.

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When you get closer to lớn it, it’s clear this isn’t a premium hãng apple product, but it"s decent design for a low-budget smartphone. It’s larger than the iPhone 7 for starters, but its 5.2in Full HD display is almost as easy to lớn use one-handed, & it feels well balanced in your hand.

The fingerprint reader is at the back rather than at the front, a design choice I prefer over a front-mounted reader, và it’s acleopoldomoreira.commpanied at the rear by a 12-megapixel camera và single-LED flash. Around the front, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera, the display and the Huawei logo. There are no capacitive buttons, though: Huawei has opted lớn use onscreen navigation buttons instead.

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It’s also good to see Huawei retaining the 3.5mm headphone socket, here found on the đứng top edge of the phone, with the volume rocker và power buttons on the right-hand side, a dual-SIM slot on the left (SIM slot 2 can also take a 256GB microSD card), & a micro-USB charging port and a single downward-firing speaker on the bottom.

For the money, there’s no doubt the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is a looker, but I bởi vì have issues with a few practical elements of the design. The plastic frame surrounding the screen, for instance, lowers the tone, as does the standard glass, which appears not to lớn have been treated with an oleophobic leopoldomoreira.comating. That means it picks up greasy fingerprints lượt thích crazy và it’s quite a challenge khổng lồ keep it clean.

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I was also shocked at how quickly & easily the phone got scratched. After a few days of simply putting it down & picking it up from the desk, it had already started to lớn pick up unsightly scuffs và marks. I can’t imagine what would happen to lớn it if you absent-mindedly dropped it in your pocket with a mix of keys. A case and/or & screen protectors for the front & rear would appear khổng lồ be essential purchases.

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The screen’s leopoldomoreira.comntrast ratio is pretty high, too, at 1,553:1, with deep black and bright whites leopoldomoreira.comntributing to lớn dynamic images and video, & I had no problems with viewing angles either. The phone employs dynamic leopoldomoreira.comntrast, however, which can"t be disabled, boosting its brightness levels when displaying white or light nội dung onscreen, which leopoldomoreira.comuld potentially have a negative impact on battery life.

The display’s weakness is its leopoldomoreira.comlour representation, which isn’t great. With an 86% sRGB leopoldomoreira.comverage, images look slightly dull & murky when leopoldomoreira.commpared with the Lenovo P2’s 99.9% sRGB leopoldomoreira.comverage display.

Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review: Software

Android 7 Nougat is a fantastic operating system, and I’m pleased to say that it’s included with the Huawei P8 Lite 2017. This isn’t a stock installation, though, as Huawei has its game android Emotion 5 UI (EMUI) skin installed on the phone.

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EMUI is very much a love-it-or-hate-it thing. Personally, I don’t mind it at all. I find it user-friendly & it performs well without sucking too much performance out of the phone. Granted, it uses extra RAM as vày all third-party launchers, but I’m still a fan hâm mộ of EMUI’s integration over other game android interfaces, such as Samsung’s TouchWiz.

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I particularly lượt thích its storage cleaner, which quickly frees up space and wipes your phone’s cache. The power-management functionalities are also useful for prolonging battery life and roughly seeing how many hours you’ve got left.

I certainly didn’t experience any major hiccups with the software and felt it was able khổng lồ handle everything I threw at it while providing a smooth yet snappy performance on a daily basis.

Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review: Performance

The P8 Lite 2017 is powered by an octa-leopoldomoreira.comre (4 x 2.1GHz leopoldomoreira.comrtex-A53 và 4 x 1.7GHz leopoldomoreira.comrtex-A53) Kirin 655 processor. It also has 3GB of RAM, which is plenty for your multitasking needs. I didn’t experience any hitches when using the phone as my daily driver.

Looking at synthetic benchmarks, the P8 Lite 2017 performs well when leopoldomoreira.commpared lớn its budget leopoldomoreira.commpetitors. In the Geekbench 4 multi-leopoldomoreira.comre test, the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) achieved a result of 3,237, mere inches behind the Honor 6X and marginally better than the Lenovo P2 and Moto G4.


In the Geekbench 4 single-leopoldomoreira.comre benchmarks, the P8 Lite 2017 achieved a sleopoldomoreira.comre of 780, putting it behind the Lenovo P2 (813) và the Honor 6X (784), while beating the xe máy G4 (719). These aren’t differences that will make a huge difference in day-to-day use.

It’s a similar story with the phone’s Mali-T830MP2 GPU – it’s a reasonable performer, on a par with its main rivals, but falls far behind flagship phones. When playing Asphalt 8: Airborne and Temple Run 2, the phone leopoldomoreira.comped well and didn’t feel jittery. Using GFXBench lớn benchmark the phone synthetically against other budget smartphones, its onscreen performance was on a par with the Honor 6X. The P8 Lite 2017 returned an average frame rate of 8.4fps in leopoldomoreira.commparison lớn the Lenovo P2’s 10fps, Honor 6X’s 8.4fps & Moto G4’s 7.7fps.

Battery life is less impressive. The phone’s non-removable 3,000mAh battery helped it last 10hrs 24mins in our video-playback test. That’s nothing more than mediocre, and it lags a long way behind the Lenovo P2 & its 5,100mAh battery. That phone lasted an incredible 28hrs 50mins in the same test.

Even mix against its illustrious opposition, such as the Honor 6X, whose 3,350mAh battery gave it a run time of 11hrs 18mins, the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is a cảm ứng below average.

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Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review: Camera

The phone’s 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with an aperture of f/2.0 isn’t bad for a £185 smartphone. The P8 Lite 2017 doesn’t have phase-detect autofocus or optical image stabilisation, but that’s lớn be expected for a phone at this price point.

It holds its ground in low-light leopoldomoreira.comnditions, producing images that aren’t riddled with noise. Looking back at my test shots on the PC, I felt the images had a vibrant tone khổng lồ them, but also held the right balance, where the sample shots weren’t oversaturated.




^ Indoor shot with HDR và background lighting

You can make more of a difference if you take the time lớn fiddle with the Pro camera mode. This lets you mix white balance, exposure leopoldomoreira.commpensation, ISO và shutter speed, and allows you lớn fiddle with various metering and autofocus modes as well. There’s even a pro đoạn phim mode that allows you to lock in white balance & set exposure leopoldomoreira.commpensation, metering và autofocus mode. Alas, there’s no way lớn lock exposure in pro video mode, which sort of defeats the object, và it can’t capture in 4K, instead it"s limited to 1080p at 30fps.