- Kyle Wiggers , Digital Trends
The P8 Lite's surprisingly good camera doesn't quite make up for average performance and a disappointing display.
- Good battery life
- Decent picture quality
- Generally smooth performance
- Attractive design
- Low resolution display
- Screen occasionally non-responsive
- Slow shutter speed
In order to appeal to different markets, Huawei has released two different iterations of the P8 flagship. There's the monstrous P8 Max and the P8 Lite. The P8 Lite is priced to attract the more budget conscious shoppers, but in order to reduce the price tag Huawei had to make some sacrifices. The most notable is its all-plastic build. Still, reviewers consider it to be a fairly attractive device thanks to its curved corners and slim (0.3-inch) profile. It also surprised them with its excellent grip, which comes courtesy of its brushed plastic back and faux metal frame.
At 5-inches, the 720p resolution display offers a decent pixel density of 295ppi. While certainly not as clear and sharp as a Quad HD screen, experts describe it as a decent enough. They could still notice pixels, but it offered good color reproduction, wide viewing angles and maximum brightness high enough for good sunlight legibility. Some reviewers experienced issues with touch sensitivity having to frequently tap and double tap multiple times in order for their action to register.
Packed with a 1.5GHz octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the P8 Lite falls in line with other devices in its price range. Experts generally had smooth performance when swiping around the home screen and Android Authority adds, "The overall experience was mostly fluid, and the UI was fast and responsive most of the time." The Lite also comes with 16GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded further via microSD card and 4G LTE connectivity. What impressed critics the most was the longevity of the 2,200mAh battery. They were able to easily breeze through a day of moderate usage without the need to reach for a charger and a full two days when only doing the most basic activities. The only way they were able to drain the battery in less than a day was to keep the screen at max brightness, watch movies and do a ton of web browsing. Even then, they were able to get five hours of use. This is great news for consumers as the P8 Lite's battery is not removable.
The P8 Lite comes equipped with a 13MP main camera. For the most part, critics were able to get decently colored and detailed images in good lighting conditions though they add colors generally tend to be a bit dull. Low light settings were different story, resulting in a lot of noise and lack of details in their pictures. They suggest this is due to the lack of optical image stabilization and slow camera shutter. It took some experts a full two seconds from pressing the button for the pictures to actually process.
For many reviewers, the Huawei P8 is a difficult phone to recommend due to its various shortcomings. Anand Tech states, "At this time there are simply better options in the…price point." Tech Radar adds, "…the P8 Lite simply can't keep up with the competition."
Reviews (6.7/10 Avg. rating)
Light by name & game
Strong on price, but light on performance
The P8 Lite has a good camera. It’s attractive. A few of its software features are legitimately novel, and its battery life is no worse than middle-of-the-pack. But in the budget market that the P8 Lite occupies, middle-of-the-pack no longer cuts it.
Its display doesn’t measure up to the similarly priced competition like Alcatel’s Idol 3. The P8 Lite’s performance is average at best, and it takes disappointingly poor video. Those might sound like minor niggles, but they’re cardinal sins in a price bracket where bang for your buck is everything.
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Style on a budget
The Huawei P8ite really does match the best of two worlds. The exquisite styling of the P8 is beautifully and masterfully carried over to the more affordable device, without any obvious compromises. If it is good looks you are after, then you really needn't look further than the P8lite.
Surprisingly enough, the P8lite is also quick on its feet and holds its own in the hardware department. Huawei's custom chips have always been far from perfect, but when priced correctly and packaged up in such a stunning shell, they are no longer a drawback. You will get just as much power from the... Full review
Good device for all users that are looking for a good price-performance ratio
Huawei built this budget phone to last
Specs, while still decent, are frustratingly lower than larger model
While the P8 Lite has a lot of things going for it – namely, its attractive build and beautiful edge-to-edge display – it’s somewhat difficult to recommend it due to its very poorly-implemented Emotion UI. Rarely is Android skinned in such a user-unfriendly way, and the phone is unfortunately much weaker for it.
It gets plenty of points for its solid performance, good battery life, and its aforementioned build (and heck, even its respectable unlocked price). But when it comes down to it, usability is paramount to a good-quality smartphone, and the P8 Lite strugg... Full review
Still not stepping up
Why is this phone priced in contention with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and ASUS ZenFone 2 when its spec sheet and its features just don’t match up? AOT and ASUS have invested heavily into their mid-range showcase devices and it shows. Huawei, by the nature of their lineup, is treating this device as an also-ran that can fetch some extra profits for its bottom line. Different strokes for different folks.
But my biggest concern relates to how serious we can take Huawei any further. Given how we have yet to see the company’s devices appear anywhere in the US outside of bud... Full review
Outclassed by similarly priced phones
Typically, the "lite" version of anything — be it beer, soda or FM radio — indicates that the product has fewer calories or lower fat, but all too often, is code for a watered-down version of the real thing. Such is the case with the Huawei P8 Lite. This smaller, less expensive version of the P8 has a capable camera and dual SIM card slots, but a lower-resolution display and way-below-average battery life make this device much less of a bargain than similarly priced, unlocked smartphones.
For the same $249 price, the OnePlus One and OneTouch Idol 3 have larger and sha... Full review
A good entrant in the budget-friendly smartphone space
Looks good, but there’s definitely less of that premium feel
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... Full review
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