Huawei P8 – 5.2 inch, 3GB RAM, Octa Core processor, and Android Operating system
Huawei is one of the top five smartphone brands in the world in terms of sales volume. However, this Chinese giant has cold feat in the popular market like Europe, America and India. It has been struggling to get even basic attraction outside China.
In India, Huawei is one of the biggest IT vendors and have more 500 service centers footprint. After Lenovo’s strong move in Indian sub-continent, the IT brand is banking on new smartphone launches to get slice of market share in Asia. However, it seems Huawei has to wait a bit more and develop unique creation as like Lenovo and Gionee.
At this website, our decision of a gadget review is dominated by users query and request. But, the selection of this Huawei champ comes because we find a micro modification in Huawei strategy to gain extra mile in the developing nations like India and Indonesia.
Dual SIM GSM connectivity
Interestingly, the P8 is a flash ship gadget yet carries dual SIM features. Dual SIM smartphone counts more than 80% of total sales in India. I am not surprised with Huawei’s move as it inspires new set of reviewer like me, whose primary emphasis has been on dual SIM connectivity.
The current moves of Huawei are apparent after the launch of Samsung Galaxy S5 Dual, Sony Xperia Z3 Dual and LG3. And, I won’t surprise while Apple decides to launch an exclusive model based on iPhone 6 or 7 with dual SIM feature available only in Asian market.
We Indian knows importance dual SIM and how it gets you balance connectivity. Country like India where infrastructure is treated pathetically, we cannot rely on a single SIM connectivity. None of the Indian Telecom Companies can claim of 100% coverage. In this situation, you have to use SIM card of two different telecom companies for 100% coverage across India, every place in City and every room in your house.
This is not a problem with common public of India rather it looms over everyone including corporate, celebrities and politicians.
In this smartphone, Huawei has skipped Ascend name and the P8 is branded as “Huawei P8”. It was announced in the month of April this year in London. Huawei has launched two variants of it: 16GB model features HiSilicon Kirin 930 and 64 GB model features HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor.
Built and Design
The first look of the P8 resembles it with iPhone 6 because of goldish colour composition in shampen glow touch. It measures 6.4 mm in thickness, which is improved than iPhone 6’s 6.9 mm thick body. With battery, the gross weight stands at 144 gram that is 15 gram heavier than iPhone 6. Since it is successor of the Ascend P7, we would like update here that the P8 is slightly thinner than the predecessor.
Huawei has used unique composition of glass and metal in the P8 craft. The smartphone gadget is wrapped up in a polished aluminium uni-body design with angular sides that is gently curved and quietly smooth. There is brilliant micro texture at the back that gives optimal grip to avoid slip out of your palm. At display side, we are finding very narrow bezel translated into full usages of screen in terms of real display.
For the design enhancement, Huawei has used two shiny metallic colour lines, which runs parallel across sides and translated into extra eye catcher reflection in full light. You cannot hide this phone while sufficient light is available.
Let’s discuss about additional placement of existing components. Front camera, sensors and eye pieces are placed side-by-side at the top of the front display. LED notification light is brilliantly hidden at right top corner of the display.
Coming to back, we get the rear camera with dual LED flash at the top area, Huawei branding at the center and antenna hidden both placed – top and bottom backs. Microphone and 3.5 mm audio jack at the top, and the bottom have placement of primary speaker, micro USB port, and call-microphone.
Finally, we are going to have a look at both sides. Left is blank and right side has placement of power button, volume rocker and dual SIM ports wherein the upper port is for combo usages of SIM card and MicroSD card.
This is a brilliant craft of Huawei, which renders perfect grip, single hand usages and the best possible use of screen in terms of display.
The P8 runs on Android Lollipop 5.0.2 and emotion user interface 2.0 on the top. All icons are placed at the home screen and optimized in such a way that single hand operation is easily executed.
The Huawei user interface is light and does not delay event process in the phone. This UI is one of few self developed user interface that adds to enhancement in total build. I like the overalls software optimization while such powerful hardware is available.
Full HD 5.2 inch Display
The Huawei P8 sports a 5.2 inches FHD display, which results in resolution of 1980 × 1080 Pixels and 424 Pixels per inches. It usages IPS LCD panel that is an old fashioned display compare to today’s AMOLED technology.
Images looks cropped with vivid that is filled with natural colours to the point of over saturation. Viewing angle is excellent and bright is beyond satisfaction level. In our rating, the screen with FHD display is good. In terms of gaming or watching video or full movie, you won’t get any complain.
It is powered by Octa core or we should say dual quad core processor of HiSilicon KIRIN. The first quad core processor registers a clock speed of 2GHz and the backup quad core remain idle with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. Huawei has optimized the 16GB variant with HiSilicon 930 chipset whereas the 64GB variant features 935 chipset model.
Overall experience is flawless and effective. No lag or display hiccup during multitasking or gaming. The P8 earns score of 48922 on the reputed AnTuTU benchmark. This benchmark scores is twice bigger than the Ascend P7.
Both the models have a 3GB RAM. The smartphone does not give a separate memory port rather the first SIM port is acting either as a SIM or microSD card port. Besides regular onboard memory of 16 or 64 GB, microSD card memory enhancement goes upto 128 GB.
This Chinese jam is quite marvelous in gaming. Despite long (one to two) hours of gaming, it does not heat up and processor performance remains smooth as before. With the support of Mali-T628 MP4 graphic processor, it supports 3D gaming without any frame delay.
Also, the P8 packs Accelerometer and Gyroscope sensors, which have vital role in making a smartphone a true gaming gadget. Playing games here is one of the best experiences you can get in fun life.
13MP and 8MP Camera
The Huawei P8 packs a 13 MP primary camera with auto focus and optical image stabilizer. For better photography, there is support of Sony RGBW sensor and aperture of 2.0. Because of Sony sensor, we can shoot images with more brightness and less colour noise in low light situation.
Huawei has integrated SLR optical image stabilizer that compensates vibration of 1.2 degree that is twice better than the iPhone 6 Plus OIS. The iPhone OIS is capable of 0.6 degree maximum. Because of this excellent performance of OIS, you will be able to shoot FHD video in the best quality production value.
The P8 assembles a new feature that got my eye and even you will find it quite worthy. It has an inbuilt tool for auto water marking the recorded video. This gives flexibility that you can record video and upload straight away to YouTube with your own copyright. You do not need to wait for reproduction through desktop software to maintain your copyright on this video. This phone is well- suggested to our journalist friend.
The 8 MP front shooter can record 1080P video and does full justice to photography with a new tool called perfect selfie.
In general, both camera does excellent job in capturing the best shots with adequate whiteness and natural colours in great details. In long shot, you might experience some distortion, but the near distance subject gets perfect click. Also, I would like to mention here, the digital zoom goes upto 6X. Even at the highest level of zoom, there is no pixilation noise in captured images.
I cannot say, the P8 camera is a benchmark setter yet it is effective and does better job than any other 30000 rupees smartphone camera.
GPS Tagging, Save Locations, Perfect Selfie, Mute Audio Control, Time Out, Touch Capture, Smiles, Optical Image Stabilization, Touch and Hold Shutter button, White Balance and image adjustment setting.
Also, there is an option of super night, which gives you the best possible setting and adjustment for better photography in low light or mid night.
The twice better optical image stabilizer does not do much in real term. The recording performance is quite good yet goes against the Huawei’s claim of inbuilt OIS in the smartphone. With less paper specification, the iPhone 6 OIS does much better job than the P8 OIS.
Impressive Battery Life
The P8 has a 2600 mAh lithium polymer battery. In my opinion, it is good backup, but not excellent. While price is above 30000 rupees and the device runs on Octa core processor whereas display is FHD with high pixel density, Huawei should have been more generous with a 4000 mAh battery. For me, low battery backup is big disappointment in this phone.
Battery section lacks fast charging. You need at least 2 hours and 50 minutes of an uninterrupted session to get 100% battery power in the P8.
The inbuilt power saver mode is a good feature that helps in long usages of battery in general. The end user gets multiple option and recommended tweak for betterment of battery life.
Ultra Mode – Convert phone in black horse with limited access to Phone Call, message and contents.
Smart Mode– Slightly fixes CPU and apps for long battery life. Also, it gives a comprehensive list of all apps that drain out battery fast. The mode has setting suggestion and works effectively.
In my opinion user of this phone should continue with Smart mode as it delivers batter satisfactory result in terms of battery power. But remember, you need at least 30 minutes for setting of smart mode to give a kick to unwanted power hungry apps.
Lacking Indian 4G
It does not support India 4G LTE network. In addition, this phone lacks basic connectivity options. Considering it to be a flash ship in the market, it does not have NFC, HDMI, DLNA, MPL and other sorts of advance connectivity options.
Since the main speaker is placed at lower bottom, there are chances of sound muffling because of unavoidable placement of hand control right over it. You can manage it during watching video or movie, but cannot avoid while gaming.
I do not find it a mistake of Huawei smartphone designer. Yet, it is something that requires user attention. I am not crazy about gaming therefore it is not a big concern for me. However, this review article is not for me rather for my reader friends.
Music player has not change much and features the same user interface than the predecessor. You get regular auto customization as per artists, songs, album and numbers. I like the loudness in sound output. We got balance in bass and treble with huge improvement in clarity. I might be wrong in assessment, but sure of a bit of distortion in sound output at maximum level.
Also, I would like to point out at minor bug in Huawei developed emotion UI that delays response to touch instruction. I hope a patch release from Huawei will fix this bug.
While earphone or headphone is connected, a DTS sound icon appears in notification list. With DTS sound output enabled, you get more clear sound quality with enhanced bass and more natural music experience.
Ultra Fast Radio
Most of gadget specification website has listed that the FM feature is missing. But, the P8 comes with a fast FM connectivity with a designed FM user interface. In fact, in terms of searching of local stations, it is fast and delivers sweet music in DTS sound quality.
- Premium design
- This is not a plastic phone rather real metal with glass
- HD Calling with clear voice transmission
- Loud ear piece
- Good Signal capturing
- Excellent calling with a regular dialing pad
- Fast browser
- Keyboard with big size distanced keys
- Best Camera performance in close distance shots
- Fast FM connectivity
- DTS sound output for earphone and headphone
- DTS sound output for video playback
- Auto Watermarking of Recorded video for copyright
- Powerful OIS
- Super Night Camera Feature for Low Light Photography
- Camera image output is close to iPhone 6 Plus shots
- 3D Gaming supported
- Bug in Music Player UI
- Distortion at Maximum volume
- Average Battery
- Lacks fast Charging
- Average Video Recording Performance
- Poor connectivity options
With some basic flaws, it is a champion smartphone comes with flagship tag from one of top five smartphone brand in the world. I cannot say that it is highly recommended at the current expected price of below 35000 rupees. You should consider and compare the P8 with other available choices.
I am not thrilled because of low battery power. What one can do with all lighting and decoration when the generator dedicated for the power supply does not have sufficient diesel.
|SIM||Dual, NanoGSM, 3G+3G|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.0.2|
|Screen||5.2 Inches, IPS LCD, FHD, 424 PPI|
|Processor||2 GHz Quad core Cortex A53 + 1.5 GHz Quad core, HiSilicon KIRIN935|
|Memory||3GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 64GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||13 MP[P], 8 MP[F], Dual-LED Flash|
|Battery||2600 mAh, Non-Remveable|
|Body||144 g [W], 6.4 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, RGBW Sensor|