Huawei P8 review
Intuitive, crafted and photographically inspirational
Our Huawei P8 review reveals what is in my view one of the most exciting smartphones that we will see in 2015 in the UK. Discover why as we take a look at the Huawei P8 smartphone.
Update: Read the Huawei P9 review prior to its launch on April 16th.
The first thing that really stands out when you see the Huawei P8 for the first time is how perfectly flat the phone is. Unlike other premium smartphone the Huawei P8 has no camera lens protruding on the rear face to break up those clean aesthetic lines.
The Aluminium unibody is met by a steel back cover which reinforces the structural rigidity and Nano Molding Technology has been used to create a seamless plastic signal transceiver. A spill resistant nano coating has been applied to protect the Huawei P8 from accidents and there is a choice of four colour schemes; Mystic Champagne, Titanium Grey, Carbo Black and Prestige Gold.
The 5.2” screen is visually frameless and has plenty of definition with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (424 pixels per inch). Weighing 144 grams with a super slim 6.4mm thick body the Huawei P8 has a 16GB memory that can be expanded upon with memory cards of up to 128GB.
It is inside though that we find the next big surprise with the use of a Kirin 930 2GHz octa-core 64-bit processor which delivers improved energy efficiency and peak performance thanks to the 3GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
There is plenty to discover in the set up of the Huawei P8 with the EMUI 3.1 offering different themes and re-sizable widgets. The Android Lollipop OS delivers plenty of Google services including the option to download apps from Google Play. The Huawei P8 also offers support for dual 4G SIM cards.
There are plenty of features to uncover and some of the most useful includes a voice prompt to locate a misplaced phone and the Rich-touch function that allows you to double tap a knuckle on the screen to capture a screenshot or you can draw a circle to capture content snippets.
The Huawei P8 automatically selects and connects to the strongest Wi-Fi signal and the phone automatically turns on Wi-Fi and connects to any Wi-Fi signal that you have used before as you come within its range, a real time saver!
GPS is of course included for navigation based services, Bluetooth v4.1 connects wireless accessories without interfering with the phone’s 4G signal and a there is an E-ink screen accessory (sold separately) that can be fitted to the back.
Camera & Video
The camera for me is where things really start to get exciting with the first ever 4 colour (RGBW) 13MP rear camera that enhances brightness by 32 percent in high contrast situations and delivers 78 percent less colour noise in low light situations.
The DSLR-level Image Signal Processor captures the same image quality of that of a professional single lens reflex camera with real-time noise reduction as you shoot.
The innovation continues with:
- Light Painting Mode - Here you can sketch light tracks in the air with a small torchlight for unique light shots with real time preview. This feature can also be used to capture unique effects from anythings which emits light and moves such as a ferris wheel.
- Director Mode - This lets you control up to 3 other Android phones to capture film from different angles by switching to the preferred view in real time.
- Beauty Mode - This function highlights your most attractive features and you can teach it to recognise your face whenever you get in the frame.
- Light Check - Get professional results every time with a light check preview.
- Time Lapse - Create interesting effects as demonstrated in the video below:
The Huawei P8 has a dual-tone colour flash that emits both warm light and white light to create results that mimic natural illumination. 1080p video recording is possible and the ultimate selfie experience is given via the 8MP secondary camera.
The 2,680mAh battery benefits hugely from the energy efficiency of the Kirin processor and display to provide 1.5 days of normal usage or 1 days heavy usage from a single charge.
Huawei P8 verdict: The camera is superb, the build is premium and Android gives all of the app diversity you could desire. Basically the Huawei P8 is a true winner and great alternate to a Samsung or Apple smartphone.
Written by: Michael Brown