Huawei’s method of naming its smartphones is quite a mystery as you can easily mistake one device for another. In 2015, the firm released the Huawei P8 Lite, shortly after releasing the P8 flagship phone. The P9, P9 Lite, P10, and P10 Plus are some of the models that have been released since then. However, it appears that the company decided to revive the P8 Lite by releasing a 2017 edition of the device.
Comparing the 2015 and 2017 models of the P8 Lite, the latter comes with a bigger battery, full HD screen, and more internal storage space. This means that it is considerably more advanced than its predecessor. After converting the device’s price from Euros, the Huawei P8 Lite price in Nigerian currency is about 68,015 Naira.
These are some of the pros and cons of this device.
- Relatively high performance
- Fast fingerprint sensor
- Low casing temperatures
- No optical image stabilization
- Long charging periods
- Low internal storage
Huawei P8 Lite specs
- Release date: January 2017
- Size: 5.2 inches
- Dimensions: 147.2 x 72.9 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 147 g
- Colors: Gold, White, Black, Blue
- Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- Display resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Display resolution density: 424 PPI
- SIM card: Hybrid dual SIM
- SIM type: Nano-SIM, dual stand-by
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
- GPU: Mali-T830MP2
- CPU: Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Operating system: Android 7.0 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo); EMUI 9
- Internal storage: 16GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
- Expandable storage: microSD, up to 256 GB
- Rear camera: 12 MP
- Selfie camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
- Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
- USB: MicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Sensors: Fingerprint, proximity, accelerometer, and compass
- Price: From 68,015 Naira
Here is an overview of the hardware properties of the P8 Lite.
P8 Lite 2017 takes a whole new unique design, having little in common with the older P8 Lite. It features a 2.5D glass at the front part and curved edges. It has an appealing glossy back, which makes it quite difficult to keep the device clean as dust and fingerprints show easily. Additionally, the device slides easily when placed on slanted surfaces as a result of its glossy nature.
This handset is available in Gold, White, and Black. However, in some countries such as India, you can get yourself a Blue model.
Compared to its predecessor, the device comes with a slightly larger screen of 5.2 inches. The 16:9 screen has a full HD resolution on the IPS panel. Its screen provides a blue filter mode, which reduces eyestrain. This is made possible by using the white balance, which can be manually adjusted.
The metal and glass materials used on it create an impression of high-quality and moderate sophistication. When outdoors or in bright light, users can continue to use the phone comfortably as it provides high brightness.
At the top front part of the display are an 8MP selfie camera, proximity sensor, and earpiece, while the down part has the Huawei logo. On the right are the power button and volume rocker, while the bottom part has a speaker, microphone, and a microUSB charging port.
Is the Huawei P8 Lite dual SIM? Well, the left side has a SIM tray in which users can add two SIM cards or one SIM and an SD card. The backside is packed with a 12 MP camera, LED flash, and fingerprint sensor.
Processor, storage, and performance
Huawei P8 Lite features a HiSilicon Kirin 655 chipset, which has a higher clock speed than the Kirin 650 found in its predecessor. This chipset supports 64 bits, falling under the typical mid-range phone category. Compared to its predecessor, its performance has increased from a percentage of 20 to 50. This device is also pretty fast compared to other phones in the same category.
Its ARM Mali-T830MP2 graphics chip is a well-performing GPU that clocks at 900 MHz. Its rate of performance is equal and sometimes higher than that of mid-range devices that fall under the same price point.
Additionally, the internet browsing performance of this phone is considerably fast while compared to an amazing and fast device such as the HTC One A9. Animations and HTML5 pages run well and smoothly on this 2017 P8 Lite model.
The phone has a ROM of 16/64GB and 3/4GB RAM. Storage space can be expanded using a micro-SD card of up to 128 GB but in favor of one SIM slot.
Huawei P8 Lite battery capacity
This model comes with a larger and better battery, which is 3000mAh, compared to its predecessor’s 2200mAh battery. Users can now get at least 10 hours of browsing time, which is a good deal considering what most other similar phones offer.
The P8 Lite will only require to be recharged every 24 hours following heavy usage. A downside worth pointing out is that this phone does not support fast charging. Therefore, a drained battery can take up to three hours to be fully charged.
Speaker and call quality
Its speaker, located at the lower edge of the phone, is relatively loud. At maximum volume, music does not sound as clear as it would when playing at a moderate volume. The bass is not fully audible, but videos and songs still sound good, considering that it is a mid-range smartphone. The sound quality is quite similar to that of the former P8 Lite.
Call quality is pretty much average, nothing out of this world. Also, audio playback when using either Bluetooth speakers or headphones is good enough.
So, what about this device’s software?
Operating system and features
Huawei P8 Lite Android version 7.0 (Nougat) is the operating system that is used by this handset. Users have the option to decide if apps should be displayed on the home screen or whether application drawers should be used.
A highlight of this handset is its fingerprint sensor, which is extremely accurate and fast. After touching the scanner, the screen unlocks in less than a second.
Camera, video, and image quality
It is interesting to note that the P8 Lite 2017 version comes with a 12 MP rear camera, which is lower than that of its predecessor, which has a 13 MP camera. However, the latest handset now relies on bigger pixels to facilitate the capture of more light.
The rear camera captures well-exposed images that show depth in both bright and dark surroundings. The autofocus also responds fast, which is very useful in capturing clear shots. Generally, considering the phone’s price point, it takes good photos.
This is a sample of a shot captured with the rear camera. Impressive, right?
The selfie camera is 8 MP, a step forward from its predecessor whose camera is only 5 MP. Regardless of the advancement, shots captured do not look sharp. Bright surroundings also appear overexposed with evident color noise. Users can use it to take regular selfies but not high-quality photos.
This is a sample of a selfie taken with the P8 Lite.
Using the back camera, videos can be recorded in 1080p at 30 frames per second. It offers good exposure and adapts to different light conditions. The image sharpness obtained during video recording is also pretty impressive.
Following purchase, the handset comes alongside a USB cable, ejector tool, headset, charger, and a startup guide book.
Huawei P8 Lite reviews
Let us take a look at some of the comments made on Mike's unboxing, reviews and how to YouTube channel concerning this device.
- FunnyPole: I have that phone. I love Huawei!
- Joel Miller: I'm using this since last September it's a good phone n look premium. If only it have atleast 32gb of internal.
- AddiGamer: Had this phone for about 8 months and i havent really enjoyed it much, battery is pretty bad, sometimes the phone is fast but it can freeze up a few times, especially on the camera app, and theres just not enough storage.
- crashprune173: "It feels pretty good in the hand" *Awkward look at the cameraman" Great video Mike, ordered mine off of eBay today, like new although it said a few light scratches on the screen,but I know now it's just the protector.
- SY-vlogs&fangirling: I'm Huawei usser too I love it x.
Huawei manufactured an incredible mid-range phone that stands out from most of the rest falling under this category. Its fast fingerprint scanner, high-resolution screen, and amazing battery life are some of the aspects that stand out, making it a competitor even to more expensive phones. However, its mediocre speaker and call quality, not forgetting that it takes a long time to charge, are some of the aspects that make it a letdown.
Just as most electronic devices have their good and bad, Huawei P8 Lite is not any different. However, the positives appear to be more than the drawbacks, making it a recommendable handset. It seems wise to ignore a few cons to enjoy all its endless advantages such as an accurate GPS module, decent configuration, and great performance levels, among all the rest mentioned above, don’t you think?