6.7/10
Informr score
The Huawei P8 Lite currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Good battery life
  • Decent picture quality
  • Generally smooth performance
  • Attractive design

What's bad

  • 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."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Mobile Choice

Very good for basic usage, taking pictures or even as a starter phone, the P8 Lite will do well until you need sheer grunt power or better battery life. But for the price it is a solid handset and quite popular with the paying population according to my discreet enquiries with retailers.

- Sunetra Chakravarti, Mobile Choice
Digital Trends

The P8 Lite's surprisingly good camera doesn't quite make up for average performance and a disappointing display.

- Kyle Wiggers, Digital Trends
GSMArena

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. Surprisingl...

- GSMArena team, GSMArena
Notebookcheck

Buyers of the P8 lite get a solid device that convinces with a smooth operation, good voice quality and a decent screen in practice. The chassis leaves a good and pretty sophisticated impression in general as well, even though the build quality reveals shows some small flaws like the wobbly buttons....

- Andreas Kilian , Notebookcheck
GottaBeMobile

Buyers who need a phone and can’t take advantage of a cheaper upgrade from their GSM carrier can get a decent budget phone with good performance, a nice camera and bright screen for far less than they could get most other phones. Don’t bother with the Huawei P8 Lite if you hate plastic...

- Kevin Purcell, GottaBeMobile


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Screen Size
5"

The Huawei P8 Lite's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2200 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 25 days standby time, 1200 minutes.

P8 Lite Specs

Overview
Release date June 3, 2015
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
800/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.39 W/kg
Body: 1.02 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 131 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging 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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, 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
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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