Huawei P8Lite, Flagship Looks yet Affordable
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A little while back, I wrote a review about Huawei’s smartphone champion of this year, the Huawei P8, an impressive handset with a premium look and capable hardware worthy of occupying its throne as a flagship. As we all know that premium quality doesn’t usually come cheap, the phone’s price is a little bit spicy and may leave some of you scratching your heads, asking yourselves if you can’t find something similar, but more affordable – this is when the P8lite steps in. This mid-range handset is meant to draw the attention of those who are seeking to acquire a smartphone with decent specs, attractive design and, the most important, with a reasonable price. Costing almost two times less than its premium sibling, the P8lite features a 5 inches display, an octa-core processor, a 13 megapixels primary camera and a 5 MP secondary one, Android 5.0 Lollipop, dual-SIM support and more. Keep reading and find out more!
Inside its retail package, the handset comes among its charger, a USB cable which serves for recharging the device and making data transfers and a pair of headphones.
Let’s check out its appearance. The P8lite doesn’t feature a metallic body, like its flagship brother, thus lacking that special elegance and premium touch present on the latter, but is made from a high quality plastic, being very well put together and solid too. Its looks are also great and quite classy too. The P8lite measures 143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm and has a weight of 131 grams, being a slim and lightweight handset which is a pleasure to handle and easy to fit into pockets. Even though it’s only imitating metal, a subtle frame surrounds the body and offers it an additional touch of class. The rear features a brushed pattern that rejects fingerprints or smudges and offers a good hand grip. Also here is a glass strip, at the top, meant for resembling more with the P8.
The Huawei P8lite features a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. The image quality is more than decent for a device from this price segment, with pleasant colors, wide viewing angles and a good sunlight legibility.
At the software department, the Huawei P8lite comes loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop which has been significantly customized with the company’s proprietary EMUI 3.1 user interface. The lockscreen displays a “sunshine” effect when you swipe over it and shows the clock, widgets or shortcuts and also changes its wallpaper automatically through Huawei’s Covers feature.
Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which supports a maximum number of nine panes and has support for widgets, folders, wallpapers and themes. As an App drawer isn’t on board, your applications also show up on the homescreen and are uninstalled directly from here.
The notification area holds your notifications on one page and the quick toggles and a brightness slider on the second.
For enhancing your experience, which will be very smooth and enjoyable, the P8lite also features motion control and gestures, enabling you to mute your ringer by flipping the phone, draw letters for accessing applications, double touch the screen for waking it up and more.
Let’s see what’s cooking at the hardware department. The Huawei P8lite is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 620 chipset, having a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 octa-core processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which can be extended with a microSD of up to 128 GB that uses the secondary SIM slot. The US version of the phone holds a Snapdragon 615 chipset, which is better for gaming and the like. Anyways, if you’re going to be using the handset for daily tasks, the user experience delivered will be pleasant and hassle-free.
For snapping pictures, the P8lite is the proud owner of a very capable 13 MP camera which captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels and is helped by a dual-LED flash in low light conditions. The camera interface reveals support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the ISO, white balance and more.
The pictures produced will please your eyes with pretty colors, good contrast and a high amount of details.
The camera is also very capable when shooting videos and will deliver some smooth 1080p clips @30 fps.
A 5 MP front facing camera is also present for enabling you to take satisfying selfies or just make video calls.
Among the most useful apps and features that come on board the Huawei P8lite are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, an FM Radio, the Phone Manager app for offering you control privacy settings and other features, a file manager, the WPS Office suite for handling document files, two very capable video and audio players and more.
The Huawei P8lite is kept “alive” by a 2200 mAh battery and will last for almost two days if used moderately.