Huawei P8Lite is the low cost affordable option to P8 and P8Max if you don’t wish to spend too much. The ‘Lite’ variants involves some compromises to accommodate lower price tag, but it sincerely tries to recreate the same Android experience as much as possible. Let’s take a look.
Huawei P8Lite Quick Specs
- Display Size: 5 Inch with, 1280 x 720 HD resolution, Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Processor: 1.2 GHz Octa Core Kirin 620 64 Bit, with Mali 450 GPU
- RAM: 2 GB
- Software Version: Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based Emotion UI 3.1
- Primary Camera: 13 MP AF camera, 1080P videos
- Secondary Camera: 5 MP
- Internal Storage: 16 GB
- External Storage: 128 GB
- Battery: 2200 mAh battery Lithium Ion
- Connectivity: 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 , NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
Huawei P8 Lite Quick Review, Hands on and Features Overview[Video]
Design, Build and Display
Huawei Ascend P8Lite has a different design and build when compared to P8 or P8Max. The handsets is fully crafted from plastic, including the metal like chrome finished side edges. At 7.7 mm thickness, it is nowhere near as slim as P8 or P8max, but is still comfortable and light.
With all that understandable cost cutting, Huawei P8Lite and its 5 Inch 720p HD display still looks good if not premium. The display viewing angles, colors and brightness are very pleasant on the Huawei P8Lite. The back has a nice texture to it, while buttons feedback is also ok. Dual Speaker grill is present on the bottom edge.
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Processor and RAM
Processor used is 1.2 GHz Kirin 620 octa core chipset, which debuted at the end of last year. The 64 bit chipset has 8 Cortex A53 cores and is formed on 28nm process. GPU used is Mali 450 MP4, which isn’t very exciting in modern times.
This is the first time we are seeing a device powered with this midrange chipset, but in our initial time with the device, everything looked smooth and fluid. RAM capacity is 2 GB and this shall ensure smooth running over a period of usage.
Camera and Internal Storage
Huawei P8Lite is using a 13 MP rear camera sensor and a 5 MP front selfie camera. We are not sure yet if Huawei is using the same RGBW Sony sensor in P8Lite as well. The dual tone flash has been replaced with singled LED flash light. The rear camera can record full HD videos
The initial few images we captured, even in low light had natural tones and vivid details. We like the camera performance of both the front and rear camera on P8Lite, but we will reserve our verdict till we have spent more time with it outdoors.
Internal storage is 16 GB and can be expanded further by another 128 GB using MicroSD card slot. This is good enough to keep everyone happy.
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User Interface and Battery
Huawei is using Android 5.0 Lollipop based Emotion UI 3.1 in P8Lite, though system app on the device listed Android 4.3. The new default dark theme looks better than what we are used to seeing on Huawei smartphones so far. There is no App drawer as expected, but UI is rich in features and customization options.
Battery capacity is 2200 mAh, which again sounds average on paper. We will wait for battery test results to come up, but we would have liked a bigger battery in P8Lite, since it also has more room for it (7.7 mm).
Compromises have been made with Huawei P8 Lite, but none too grave so as to hamper its credibility as a decent midrange smartphone, IF the price is right. P8Lite has a great camera and latest Huawei software which should make the overall experience pleasant. Besides, out of the troika launched yesterday, this is the one which is actually expected to lie in the affordable price segment. We will know more about price and availability next month, when P8lite arrives in India.