” In fact with the Celcom First One Plan, you will get up to 3GB data for all your entertainment needs. After all the Huawei P8 offers quality display for video streaming.”
It wasn’t all that long ago when I was in Singapore for the Huawei P8’s launch. But the Chinese manufacturer wasn’t about to rest on its laurels, especially this year. Huawei has been releasing a number of decent-to-great phones with its sub-brand of Honor smartphones as well as the main Huawei Ascend line-up, so we’re curious to see if the lower-end P8 Lite has any real value to it.
The P8 Lite looks a lot like a slightly pudgy younger brother of the flagship P8. And it’s easy to see why, since the biggest notable differences was the thicker build of the P8 Lite, as well as the Huawei logo sitting at the bottom of the front instead of behind. To help reduce the cost of the device, the metal body was also replaced, with a hard plastic body featuring a faux brushed metal look. Other than that, the device was nearly identical to the Ascend P8. It also maintains the downward facing speakers, which is something we don’t see in many devices.
Lite but Chubby
As it is a Lite edition, it has a smaller screen size than the Ascend P8, but strangely had a thicker body. This gives it a heftier feel, despite the weight being lower than the P8. I don’t mind that though, as the smaller overall size makes it fit better in the hands of many people.
MicroSD: Yes, no?
Those who use smartphones to store media files will be thrilled that the P8 Lite also supports microSD cards, though only up to 32GB. If you are two SIM cards regularly, then you have to pick either using dual SIMs, or one SIM with the microSD card.
In terms of network operability the Ascend P8 Lite supports 4G LTE and when we tried the device on Celcom 4G network, surfing was smooth with close to no buffering. We also put the phone to test to multiple video streams and again smooth, vivid and clear thanks to the IPS panel display.
Up to par
These days, it seems that only AMOLED screens stand out in a sea of IPS panels. I have no issues with that though, since IPS panels do a good job in delivering great image quality. It’s the same for the P8 Lite’s screen, which uses an IPS panel with LCD backlighting – good viewing angles, contrast and brightness levels. Considering that the P8 Lite is a midrange device, the quality in display would be a nice touch for those who like to stream videos on their phone a lot. Two things I find unfortunate was that it was only 720p and the thicker black bezel compared to the P8.
The performance of the P8 Lite was decent. Thanks to the Kirin 620-based octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it runs quite smooth with nary a hiccup with light use. However, it slows down when I run games with Google Chrome browser tabs open (gotta have those walkthroughs at hand!) at the same time, then it starts to slow down.
One smartphone function that has taken the world by storm is the front camera. Huawei did pretty well in this department for the P8 Lite, for it sports a 5-megapixel front camera with a Beauty feature that will covered the minor blemishes on my face. If you ask me, though the selfie phenomena is what made front cameras important, but the creation of beauty mode is what drove the narcissist to selfie frenzies.
Then there’s the, more importantly, 13-megapixel rear camera. It’s very fast, activating in a little over one second from when I tap on the camera app. That’s incredibly handy for people who like to bust out their camera for quick shots of something random they see, which they can then share on social media. Even HDR images don’t take too long to process, though my unprofessional eyes couldn’t really see much of a difference between the HDR shots to the standard ones.
Design and naming conventions aside, the two devices have enough differences to be separate products and not just merely a smaller or bigger version of the other. On its own, the P8 Lite warrants a lot of merits. A fast camera access that snaps off shots quickly, great battery life, and a sweet design inherited for the P8. Within the horde of midrange smartphones out there now, the P8 Lite’s price tag of RM899 feels a bit pricey. However, its chic design is a compelling reason for those who want a stylish phone on a budget.
Byline: by matthew yap
Dimensions 143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 620
CPU Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics Mali 450 MP4
Memory 2GB RAM
Display IPS LCD, 5.0in, 720 x 1280 pixels
Camera 13MP rear-facing (autofocus, dual-LED flash), 5MP front-facing
Storage 16 GB, expandable by microSD
Operating System 4.4.4 KitKat
Battery 2200 mAh
3DMark Ice Storm 6039
GFXBench Manhattan 347.2 frames
GFXBench T-Rex 827.6 frames
Verdict Follows the P8’s sleek design, but isn’t as good a value proposition.