Huawei P8 Lite 2017 review
|Review: April 2017|
In a nutshell: The 2017 edition of the Huawei P8 Lite is one of the best mid-range smartphones. Its stylish superslim design and ultra-bright hi-res display make it a nice phone to handle, and it delivers fast performance from its 8-core processor. Running Android 7, it comes with an excellent camera and large battery too.
Huawei P8 Lite 2017
P8 Lite 2017: design & looks
We feel pity for those poor phone designers faced with the problem of naming their latest products. How can they name the follow-up to the P8 Lite, when the P9 Lite already exists? Easy - add the year to the name, and call it the P8 Lite 2017! Samsung started this trend with their Galaxy A3 2016, and it looks like it's here to stay.
Confusion abounds, especially when the P8 Lite 2017 is almost the same spec-for-spec as the P9 Lite. But the P8 Lite sells for rather less, making it an excellent choice of mid-range phone.
It's certainly got the looks, with a smooth, ultraslim design and a big screen. The IPS display is a highlight of the device, with its sharp and super-bright performance. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, giving it a very high 424 ppi pixel density.
The gloss rear of the phone features a next generation fingerprint sensor, that's lightning fast in use.
The phone feels quite heavy - largely, we suspect, due to the enhanced battery size - but that adds to the quality feel.
Uprated 8-core processor
The original P8 Lite had a relatively underpowered processor, but the 2017 edition has been given a significant performance boost with an 8-core Kirin 855 processor running at up to 2.1GHz. With 3GB of RAM available, it doesn't slow significantly when pushed hard, and Huawei has made tweaks to the file system management, so apps open noticeably quicker than before. For the money, this is a fast beast.
16GB of storage is adequate for the job, and you can expand this by up to 256GB using the microSD card slot.
The P8 Lite 2017 runs Android 7 Nougat, with the latest version of Huawei's Emotion UI on top. The Emotion UI isn't to everyone's taste, but many people do like it, and this latest version runs fast without hogging system resources.
12 megapixel camera
The rear camera is a 12 megapixel BSI camera with an enlarged sensor for better low-light performance. It's a very good performer for a mid-range phone, with fast and accurate focussing, even in low lighting. It can record video at 1080p HD resolution.
The front 8 megapixel camera has also been upgraded and is good for selfies.
The P8 Lite 2017 brings in the usual connectivity - 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, USB 2.0 and assisted GPS/Glonass positioning. The 3.5mm headphone connection lets you appreciate the 3D audio feature, giving you a richer and wider sound experience than many rival phones.
Beefed-up battery life
Our main complaint with the original P8 Lite was its weedy battery. The 2017 version has a much bigger 3,000mAh battery, which eliminates the problems we experienced with the previous version. The P8 Lite 2017 has better than average performance in its class.
Conclusion - highly recommended
We're not keen on the clumsy name of the P8 Lite 2017, but we like the phone itself very much. It's a nice-looking device, with a good feel, and solid all-round performance. There's not much to dislike, although Android purists may find the UI an issue. But the hardware itself is top drawer, from the Full HD screen to the 8-core processor, to the HDR camera and battery, all's good.
Huawei P8 Lite 2017 features include:
- Operating system: Android Nougat 7.0 with Huawei Emotion UI 5.0
- 12 megapixel HDR camera with BSI, autofocus and LED flash, 1080p video
- 8 megapixel front camera, fixed focus
- Display: 5.2 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels
- A-GPS/A-Glonass positioning
- Music player, 3D sound
- Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 655, 64bit, 2.1GHz x4 plus 1.7GHz x 4
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, micro USB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 16GB, microSD memory card slot, 3GB RAM
- 4G LTE, 3G, GSM
- Size: 147 x 73 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 147g
- Battery: 3000 mAh
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