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Huawei P8 Lite Review

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Huawei has been growing popular among buyers from its home country China and the rest of the markets. It has been aggressive in promoting its smartphones in the US too.  In the Philippines, Huawei’s popularity has also been growing in numbers. With the launch of the Huawei P8 and P8 Lite a month ago, the company’s intention to compete with both local and international brands is very evident.

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Take a look at the Huawei P8 Lite. It has pretty good specs and a very tempting pricetag. Will this be worth your hard earned money? Let’s find out with this review.

Huawei P8 Lite:

  • 1.2GHz Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 620 64-bit processor
  • Mali T450 MP4 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM (micro + nano), Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,200 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop with EmotionUI 3.1
  • SRP: P9,990
  • Status: Available on Huawei stores and retailers

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Related article – Huawei P8 Lite Unboxing and Hands On

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

If we are going to give a grade to the Huawei P8 Lite for its design alone, we’ll give it a 9/10. The phone is just that gorgeous. There are times that we just want to stare at it. The phone is made entirely of plastic but the body looks and feels like metal. Despite its plastic build the phone is very sturdy and well built. This is something we noticed on other Huawei smartphones especially the Honor 4X that we reviewed very recently. We also love how lightweight and thin the P8 Lite is.

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Audio quality coming out from the bottom firing speakers is surprisingly loud and with good amount of clarity. Same thing when using your third party earphones as well.

DISPLAY:

The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels which means the screen is on HD resolution. The screen is sharp and vivid though we find some color distortion when viewing the screen on a certain angle. It also lack some brightness output too. Brightness does not crank up much on auto brightness mode. It is also hard to use it on direct sunlight even on 100% brightness.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Huawei has its own UI on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop called Emotion UI. So far, we’ve been very impressed with its smoothness and simplistic look. No app crashes and system lags were encountered during our time with the device. Playing games and multitasking is a joy thanks to its well performing octa core processor.

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CAMERA:

We may got a bit disappointed with the display but our disappointment was gone when we checked out the camera. The 13 megapixel rear shooter performs extremely well on any light situations. The camera UI may have some similarities with Apple iPhone 6 but it does take decent photos.

Check out our sample photos below:

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CONNECTIVITY:

LTE connectivity using Smart and Globe is no problem. Speeds are within normal range as long as you have LTE coverage. Calls are clear with no distortions and choppy voices. WiFi and Bluetooth works fine too.

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BATTERY:

Batter performance is just average if you are a regular user. Heavy users like us will be quite disappointed. We managed to get only 3 hours and 20 minutes of screen on time before it turned red on us.  We watched an hour of You Tube videos, 2 hours of local shows on IWantv and played some games at 100% brightness with WiFi and LTE turned on.

On our regular use, we managed to get 4 hours of screen on time  and played some games, a few minutes of You Tube and social media from time to time and calls. We got around 9 hours of juice before the phone’s battery went down to 15%.

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VERDICT:

The Huawei P8 Lite may have its shortcomings but if you are really looking for pretty phone to flaunt, a decent camera and 10k on hand, there’s no other phone to buy but this. Just buy a power bank if you need more juice. 🙂