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Huawei P8 Lite
Huawei P8 Lite
Huawei P8 Lite
Huawei P8 Lite

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
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
13+ MP
13+ MP
2200 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

Mobile Choice
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
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

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

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

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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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei P8 Lite user manual here.

Huawei backs up the P8 Lite with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your P8 Lite 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 P8 Lite's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.2 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 (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


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

Release Date June 3, 2015
Regions Available USA, United Kingdom
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Octa core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.39 W/kg
Body: 1.02 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, 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 (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
13+ Megapixels
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 / 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 294 pixels
Size 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 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 (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to 25 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
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
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):
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