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Huawei G8
Huawei G8
Huawei G8
Huawei G8
Huawei G8
Huawei G8

Informr score
The Huawei G8 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Sharp display
  • Premium look and feel
  • Good battery life
  • Accurate and fast fingerprint sensor

What's bad

  • Inconsistent picture quality
  • Sluggish performance when using demanding apps and games

Directly competing with the likes of the Moto X Play, the Huawei G8 might not have the same level of customization, but it holds its own in the midrange market. Build wise, the G8 boasts a mostly metal construction giving it a more premium appearance and feel. This also makes it a bit on the heavy side at 167 grams. Still, the relatively thin profile, curved sides and well-placed volume rocker and fingerprint scanner made it very easy for them to grip and use. Speaking of the fingerprint scanner, reviewers were highly impressed not only with its incredible speed but its accuracy as well.

The 5.5 inch screen might have been a behemoth a few years ago, but today it is almost par for the course. It has a resolution of 1080p for a pixel density of 401ppi for excellent sharpness. Despite this, reviewers were a bit let down with the screen citing oversaturated colors, high reflectiveness and low overall brightness. Besides the actual screen, they also point out the fairly large bezels surrounding it, which throws off the screen-to-body ratio. With that said, Trusted Reviews adds, "But, this is a mid-range phone so I'm not fussing too much."

With up to 3GB of RAM and two quad-core processors keep the G8 running: one has a max speed of 1.5GHz while the other maxes out at 1.2GHz. While not a powerhouse, critics didn't notice any significant slowdowns or stutters during more basic tasks or multitasking. It's only when they opened more demanding apps or games that they began to see a bit of sluggishness, especially when compared to other smartphones in the same price range. Battery life is good, lasting experts over a full day of moderate usage.

Above the fingerprint scanner is the 13MP rear camera. Not only does it pack a new sensor for the Huawei phone lineup, it also comes equipped with optical image stabilization and dual-tone flash. While the features sound great on paper, experts got mixed results with the actual photo. Some were able to take pictures with excellent detail and great color reproduction while others produced drab and off focus images. It's this unreliability that annoyed many reviewers though they do acknowledge that it tends to take great pictures more often than not.

While it has its flaws, reviewers believe the Huawei G8 is a strong contender for those looking for a stylish phone with decent performance. Whistle Out states, "…you'll get a great phone compared to what you pay."

Operating system
Operating system
1.5 GHz
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
3000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

GSM Dome
GSM Dome

Huawei G8 has to offer a solid design, good low light capture and a good continuous usage battery time. Other than that it’s just like any other midranger. We can call it a gaming phone and concert phone, on account of the battery, low light performance and microphones.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome

If you calibrate your expectations you’ll find an attractive, competent performer.

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
Tom's Guide
Tom's Guide

The Huawei GX8 offers a great display and a fingerprint sensor in a handsome body, but bad battery life mars its potential.

- Cherlynn Low, Tom's Guide

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei G8 user manual here.

Huawei backs up the G8 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your G8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Huawei G8's screen size is 5.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 616 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 1664 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Huawei G8 Specs

Release Date October 1, 2015
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 616 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 0.86 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Time lapse, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to 620 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 600 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1664 minutes
Standby Time Up to 12 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Champagne, Space Gray, Horizon Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): Huawei GX8

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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