Huawei G8

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Huawei G8 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 3 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Sharp display
  • Premium look and feel
  • Good battery life
  • Accurate and fast fingerprint sensor

What's bad

  • Inconsistent picture quality
  • Sluggish performance when using demanding apps and games

Directly competing with the likes of the Moto X Play, the Huawei G8 might not have the same level of customization, but it holds its own in the midrange market. Build wise, the G8 boasts a mostly metal construction giving it a more premium appearance and feel. This also makes it a bit on the heavy side at 167 grams. Still, the relatively thin profile, curved sides and well-placed volume rocker and fingerprint scanner made it very easy for them to grip and use. Speaking of the fingerprint scanner, reviewers were highly impressed not only with its incredible speed but its accuracy as well.

The 5.5 inch screen might have been a behemoth a few years ago, but today it is almost par for the course. It has a resolution of 1080p for a pixel density of 401ppi for excellent sharpness. Despite this, reviewers were a bit let down with the screen citing oversaturated colors, high reflectiveness and low overall brightness. Besides the actual screen, they also point out the fairly large bezels surrounding it, which throws off the screen-to-body ratio. With that said, Trusted Reviews adds, "But, this is a mid-range phone so I'm not fussing too much."

With up to 3GB of RAM and two quad-core processors keep the G8 running: one has a max speed of 1.5GHz while the other maxes out at 1.2GHz. While not a powerhouse, critics didn't notice any significant slowdowns or stutters during more basic tasks or multitasking. It's only when they opened more demanding apps or games that they began to see a bit of sluggishness, especially when compared to other smartphones in the same price range. Battery life is good, lasting experts over a full day of moderate usage.

Above the fingerprint scanner is the 13MP rear camera. Not only does it pack a new sensor for the Huawei phone lineup, it also comes equipped with optical image stabilization and dual-tone flash. While the features sound great on paper, experts got mixed results with the actual photo. Some were able to take pictures with excellent detail and great color reproduction while others produced drab and off focus images. It's this unreliability that annoyed many reviewers though they do acknowledge that it tends to take great pictures more often than not.

While it has its flaws, reviewers believe the Huawei G8 is a strong contender for those looking for a stylish phone with decent performance. Whistle Out states, "…you'll get a great phone compared to what you pay."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSM Dome

Huawei G8 has to offer a solid design, good low light capture and a good continuous usage battery time. Other than that it’s just like any other midranger. We can call it a gaming phone and concert phone, on account of the battery, low light performance and microphones.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
Reviewed

If you calibrate your expectations you’ll find an attractive, competent performer.

- Michael Desjardin, Reviewed
Tom's Guide

The Huawei GX8 offers a great display and a fingerprint sensor in a handsome body, but bad battery life mars its potential.

- Cherlynn Low, Tom's Guide


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the G8 on October 1, 2015.


Huawei G8 prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Huawei's suggested retail price is $20.96. You can compare G8 prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Huawei G8 user manual here.


Huawei backs up the G8 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your G8 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
5.5"

The Huawei G8's screen size is 5.5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 616 Octa core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 12 days standby time, 1664 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Huawei G8 Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2015
Regions available USA, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/1800/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 616 Octa core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.97 W/kg
Body: 0.86 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 620 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1664 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 12 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Mystic Champagne, Space Gray, Horizon Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 167 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, Time lapse, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei GX8

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor
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Critic Reviews


GSM Dome

An interesting design from Huawei’s midrange area

from GSM Dome

Huawei G8 has to offer a solid design, good low light capture and a good continuous usage battery time. Other than that it’s just like any other midranger. We can call it a gaming phone and concert phone, on account of the battery, low light performance and microphones.

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Huawei G8 has to offer a solid design, good low light capture and a good continuous usage battery time. Other than that it’s just like any other midranger. We can call it a gaming phone and concert phone, on account of the battery, low light performance and microphones.

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Reviewed

Posh of a flagship with a mid-range price tag

from Reviewed

This is a phone of compromise. Despite its glamorous build and highly respectable CPU performance, the phone’s UI skin kind of gets in its own way, and the heavy, chunky build of the GX8 will be a hard sell for people who are used to smaller, leaner smartphones.

Read full review

This is a phone of compromise. Despite its glamorous build and highly respectable CPU performance, the phone’s UI skin kind of gets in its own way, and the heavy, chunky build of the GX8 will be a hard sell for people who are used to smaller, leaner smartphones.

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Tom's Guide

A flawed proposition

from Tom's Guide

The Huawei GX8 offers a great display and a fingerprint sensor in a handsome body, but bad battery life mars its potential.

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The Huawei GX8 offers a great display and a fingerprint sensor in a handsome body, but bad battery life mars its potential.

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