Huawei P8lite review
Minimal to the max
Huawei’s P8 range of smartphones is extended again today with a slightly more budget friendly addition to the family. My Huawei P8lite review uncovers a smartphone that is highly crafted, hugely photogenic and brimming with the features you need.
The first thing that pulls you in is the design, which could easily have been a concept in tomorrow’s world. Both the front and flip sides are perfectly flat and this 7.7mm thick smartphone has been balanced for the palm of your hand. Available in black, white or gold the Huawei P8lite weighs only 131 grams, which is extremely light for a phone that offers so much.
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The 5” IPS display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and is slightly smaller than the Huawei P8 (5.2” with 1920 x 1080 resolution) and the Huawei P8max (6.8” with 1920 x 1080 resolution).
Looking for a massive screen? Read my Huawei P8max review
The Huawei P8lite is powered by a Kirin 620 64-bit octa-core 1.2GHz processor with 2GB RAM. This all adds up to create a smartphone that can offer graphically intense gaming and media playback without any risk of lag. The 16GB internal memory seems ample but there is a 128GB microSD card slot for those who keep everything on their phone.
Phone Set Up
The set up process will introduce you to the latest version of Google’s operating system; Android 5.0 Lollipop. The OS features handy widgets and apps can be grouped in folders, which really is handy for those who download everything they can find in the Google Play app store.
Huawei hasn’t just settled for the stock Android look though and instead they have used their own EMUI 3.1 user interface. Upon many other things, this offers a selection of themes, Huawei’s Swype keyboard and a one-hand layout mode with left or right keyboard alignment. There is also a Pocket mode that can be activated to gradually increase the ring volume and vibration intensity for incoming calls.
Music and media, quite rightly, takes centre stage on the features side of things. Huawei has created space for an enlarged integrated sound chamber with SmartPA amplifiers, multiple audio frequency enhancement technology and HDR noise reduction.
Motion gestures permit access to some of the most important features with flip to mute, double tap to wake up and shake to organise icons. Even more unique is the option to open apps by drawing a corresponding letter on the off screen.
The remaining features include a Safe for storing private files, GPS for location based services and 4G internet connectivity to back-up Wi-Fi and deliver download speeds of up 150Mbps.
Camera & Video
We mentioned earlier that this is the ‘lite’ version of the Huawei P8 but it is nice to see that the camera resolution has been hit with a downgrade. At 13 mega-pixels there will never be a need for a compact camera and low light shooting, which has always been difficult for compact cameras, finally gets tackled with a special shooting mode for natural looking results, even under the darkest conditions.
We do however loose Director Mode and Light Painting Mode, featured on the Huawei P8, but on the flip-side there are a ton of other features. These include Panorama, Watermark, Online Translation, All Focus, Best Photo (capture a burst of photos in quick succession), Object Tracking, Time Lapse, Audio Note and Capture Smiles (the shutter is activated automatically when the camera recognises a smile).
The 5MP selfie camera recognises its owner in Beauty Mode and this can be used to highlight facial features and apply pre set beauty enhancements. Video recording is also possible in high-definition at a resolution of 1080p.
The 2,200mAh battery certainly isn’t the largest we have seen in a smartphone but the Huawei P8lite uses a Kirin processor, which is extremely energy efficient. Power saving modes can also be used to extend the usage times to their maximum.
Huawei P8lite verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by what I found during my Huawei P8lite review. The fact that there are very few sacrifices in choosing the ‘lite’ model of the P8 range, means that this is a great buy for anyone looking for a premium experience on phone that doesn’t cost the earth!
Written by: Michael Brown