Review by Sunetra Chakravati,3/22/2016 4:06:48 PM
Look and feel
Ease of use
Value handset | slim design
Underpowered processor | low internal memory | Underwhelming battery life
You would be forgiven for confusing the P8 Lite for its flagship big brother- the Lite is slim, beautifully built and almost the same size. But for the material. The back is a textured plastic that gives the game away. However, you will really have to squint to understand why- it is faux-aluminium.
The 5-inch size is also a refreshing change in a world of super-sized phablets- I am currently using a Huawei Mate 8 for work and the fact that I could text during my commute on the P8 Lite was a relief!
You will not find the awe-inspiring screen as on the Mate 8 here, this being an IPS LCD display with a standard screen. The 720p display with its 294ppi isn't as great at viewing content on the go, and the smaller size further dampens the experience.
I found the colours off and while it would be just ok to watch one of those food videos on Facebook, it will leave you suspecting your eye-sight wasn't up to scratch with HD content.
Huawei have used their home-grown Kirin 620 processor here. Ota-core with 1.2GHz primary cylinders, day to day use was fine even though that cannot be guaranteed with long term use. EMUI over Android 5 is as usual clunky, selfishly taking up almost half of the internal storage.
Of the 16GB onboard storage, you get a shade over 10GB for your apps and sundry although the expandable storage will come as a relief! The P8 Lite takes a microSD card which can expand memory by about 128GB.
Ironically, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Huawei P8 Lite both have the same main camera resolution but you can see wheat from chaff when you start taking pictures. Not only is the picture quality on the P8 Lite a giveaway for where Huawei have cut corners but it just doesn't do anything to redeem itself in any way.
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. They are perhaps taken with the shine and razzmatazz. I, on the other hand, am not.
Operating System: Android™ 5
Dimensions: 143 x 70.6 x 7.7mm
Resolution: 720x1280; 294ppi
Display: 5.0-inch, IPS LCD
Processor: Kirin 620 octa-core 1.2GHz processor. 2GB RAM
Camera: 13-MP primary camera with OIS and f1.7; 5-MP selfie camera. 1080p video recording
Memory: 16 GB internal storage;
Expandable storage upto 128GB via MicroSD slot
Battery: 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery
Fingerprint sensor: No
Misc: 4G; Bluetooth 4.0