Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The Huawei P8's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2GHz

There is a Hisilicon Kirin 930 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

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

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2680mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2680 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 20.4 days standby time, 900 minutes (2G), 830 minutes (3G), 812 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 16 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent low light picture quality
  • Vibrant and sharp display
  • Extremely thin at 0.25 inches

What's bad  

  • Performance lag during multi-tasking and intense tasks
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Sharp in-hand feel

While in the market for years, Huawei is still a relative unknown in countries other than China. Consumers that have heard of it likely associate the company with budget phones. Huawei hopes to change that stigma with their first attempt at a flagship phone – the P8.

As with other premium phones the P8 has a full aluminum back cover and Gorilla Glass protective layer. There are no branding or speaker grilles anywhere to be found; lending it what reviewers consider a very clean albeit generic look. What does make it stand out is its thinness. At only 0.25 inches thick, the P8 is thinner than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy 6, making it easier for critics to handle. With that said, they did find it to feel a bit sharp in-hand though they add the contoured edges made it a bit smoother. Interestingly, while it is thinner than the competition it ends up being slightly heavier at 144 grams. The weight is not unwelcome as reviewers point out it actually gives it a good overall premium feel.

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The 5.2-inch screen comes with a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920, which translates to a superb pixel density of 424ppi. Reviewers describe it as bright, clear and easy to read in all lighting conditions though it skews a tad towards warmer color temperatures. Luckily, there is the option to adjust these temperatures in the settings menu so users can find a more natural balance. When compared to its competitors, critics found it held up relatively well in terms of color vibrancy though it loses out in other areas such as details, dark blacks and clean whites. Still, Trusted Reviews notes, "…it's a great screen all around."

While the P8 does have an octo-core processor, it isn't quite as beefed up as its rivals with its "muscle" cores clocking in at 2.0GHz and its standard ones coming in at 1.5GHz. The cores themselves were designed more for battery efficiency than speed, which was reflected in its performance. While critics generally swiped through the home screen without issue, they did notice freezes and lag once they started multi-tasking or using more intense apps. As well, some reported jerkiness when web browsing sites with a large amount of images. Battery-life is also average, lasting critics around a day of moderate use and 7 hours of heavy use. The battery is also removable so users can keep a spare charged battery on hand in case of emergencies.

The 13MP rear camera might not be able to stand up to the big names in Android in terms of resolution, but Huawei has another trick up its sleeve. They claim the P8 comes with the world's first RGBW imaging sensor. This sensor allegedly cuts out noise in low light conditions and provides better brightness and contrast. When put to the test, reviewers were impressed with the amount of detail the camera captured especially on outdoor shots. Their indoor shots, however, tended to be over-exposed and saturated in some parts. In indoor and low light shots, they were able to get clear pictures with hardly any noise due in part to its optical image stabilization technology.

Although the P8 might not completely measure up to its competitors, it still offers plenty of features at a much lower cost of entry. Still, reviewers are hesitant to fully recommend the phone. Techradar states, "The Huawei P8 has all the right ingredients for a top of the range smartphone, but something's not quite gone to plan in the baking." Anand Tech adds, "The P8 just seems to have too many compromises to be able to be considered a viable alternative to other devices at that price range…the whole device…just seems to underperform…"


Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


Softpedia

A gorgeous yet affordable flagship

from Softpedia

One thing is certain, the Huawei P8 looks mighty gorgeous and sleek and can easily be seen competing with the big leagues. What’s more, the company is selling the smartphone for a very affordable price range, when compared to the competition, naturally.

However, Huawei still has some work to do in the software department, where we’d like to see more fine-tuning of its EMUI 3.1 interface. The software is pretty buggy and the device tends to overheat quite quickly. Some people might also be bothered by the absence of the app drawer, an annoying aspect if you’re used... Full review

What Mobile

Attractive design with average performance, at an affordable price

from What Mobile
An attractive device that gives you top-of-the-range specs and a fantastic camera for half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone. The performance isn’t as slick as its major rivals, but that isn’t a deal breaker. Especially when the phone costs half the price of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6... Full review
GSMArena

Exquisitely made and can easily compete in the big leagues

from GSMArena
The Huawei P8 is a handsome device and built to high standards. Its stylish exterior and premium feel will get it quite a lot of attention. The P8 is well equipped too and is sure to please the majority of Android users, who value quality exterior and rich functionality... Full review
Brighthand

Price-to-performance king

from Brighthand
It has a credible finish, excellent display, and notable performance. Sure, its photos are a bit soft, the battery is average, and Huawei blatantly copied rivals with the design, but those are minor niticks. Bottom line, the Huawei P8 simply has the best price-to-performance ratio... Full review
Phonedog

Performance was generally good

from Phonedog

The Huawei P8 is an unusual case where you get exceptional hardware put together with temperamental (although attractive) software. I think it’s possibly safe to say that perhaps Huawei - although experienced in building products and components - hasn’t quite mastered software or user interface yet. If this came loaded with stock Android, it could be one of the best phones on the market right now. Quite easily. But given my experience with using the device over the past weeks, and how frustrated it made me a lot of that time, I find it hard to recommend. Thankfully, improving so... Full review

Tom's Guide

Packs a gorgeous 5.2-inch display and feature-rich camera in a stunningly sleek body

from Tom's Guide
From its beautiful design to its sumptuous display, the Huawei P8 is a real feast for your eyes. Its handsomeness is matched by a very capable camera. It's also about $100 less than the Samsung Galaxy S6 ($600 to $685 unlocked on major carriers). The P8 isn’t the fastest phone in its class, and its interface is far from pure Android, but its design, display and photography prowess make it one of the best Android phones of 2015... Full review
The Guardian

Thin, powerful and undercuts the competition

from The Guardian
The Huawei P8 is a high-end device that costs the same as a mid-range smartphone. It is very thin, light and made of metal, with a solid camera and a decent processor. It also has dual-Sim capability and good battery life, but it lacks a little polish and its alterations to Android aren’t the best. With the P8 Huawei has proved that it is a smartphone manufacturer worth paying attention to, and the P8 is certainly worth considering, especially given it costs significantly less than rivals... Full review
Notebookcheck

Nice design but a bit too slow

from Notebookcheck

The Huawei P8 shows that the Chinese can build very good smartphones. The device can impress in many areas and can compete with the much more expensive rivals from Samsung, HTC and Apple. Our review unit uses the high-quality materials, a mix of aluminum and glass as well as a slim construction. The display looks very good and even without QHD resolution, the measurements are very good. The camera takes good pictures, even in difficult lighting conditions and the communication modules work very well.

Huawei can still improve a few things. Connectivity in particular lacks som... Full review

Pocketnow

Invoking emotion, ascending reputation

from Pocketnow
The P8 is an outstandingly well-put together package from a company not particularly known for its high-end handsets. Its build quality is terrific, its camera is capable, and while it’s not our favorite implementation of Android, the software offers compelling features and reliable performance. Rumors are increasing each day of a Huawei-made Nexus phone, and if the P8 is to serve as any indication of what that might look like, we’re on board. Until then, the P8 is the most premium device we’ve seen from Huawei yet, and we can’t wait to see more from them soon... Full review
Digital Trends

Huawei finally has a phone worthy of your attention

from Digital Trends
Huawei’s gorgeous P8 has a stunning screen, a strong camera, and a much-improved user experience. It suffers with battery performance, but what slim flagship smartphone doesn’t? Huawei’s right to be proud of this one... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2015
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Processor Hisilicon Kirin 930 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.473 W/kg
Body: 1.72 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2680 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 565 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 812 minutes
3G Surfing Time 320 minutes
4G Surfing Time 320 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
900 minutes (2G)
830 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 20.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Carbon Black, Mystic Champagne, Prestige Gold, Titanium Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 7.2 x 0.6 cm
(5.7 x 2.8 x 0.2 in)
Weight 144 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Night mode, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, M4A, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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