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8/10
Informr score
The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Sharp, dazzling screen
  • Good battery life
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent price point

What's bad

  • Glass back attracts smudges and scratches
  • Poor color representation in display
  • Lack of detail and no optical image stabilization in camera

Huawei doesn’t believe in traditional numbering for their Lite line. The P8 Lite is actually much newer and more expensive than the P9 Lite. That aside, what makes the P8 Lite stand out is its budget price for decent specs. However, with so many other manufacturers fighting over the budget smartphone market, is the P8 Lite worth a second look?

Let’s see what reviewers have to say!

It’s difficult to call any smartphone design unique with so many options available today. Still, the P8 Lite does offers some “cool” points with its rounded edges, 2.5D “arc” front glass and glass back.

As a budget phone, it ditches the aluminum for a faux-metal treatment to the plastic casing. Despite the plastic, experts were impressed with its overall solid build quality. With that said, after a couple days they noticed the rear glass accumulated smudges and scratches.

The 5.2-inch display offers a resolution of 1920-by-1080 for a pixel density of 424ppi. This sharpness combined with its excellent contrast impressed reviewers. But its brightness really blew them away. Many called it one of the brightest screens on the market. This brightness, combined with IPS display technology, provided them with excellent viewing angles.

The biggest downside, like the 2016 P8 Lite, is its poor color representation. This led to murky and dull images.

The internal specs are a bit more impressive than the screen. Armed with an octa-core processor (4 x 2.1GHz and 4 x 1.7GHz) and 3GB of RAM, the P8 Lite is no slouch in the performance department. Critics experienced no lag or stutters during day-to-day activities or when playing graphic-intensive games.

With that said, Tech Radar noticed apps loaded slowly during their first two days of use, though it sped up after that for unknown reasons.

An octa-core processor and HD display are hard on battery life. It’s one reason Huawei opted for the 3,000mAh battery. Overall, critics were pleased with its performance as they could squeeze a full day with moderate usage. And, since it supports quick-charging, a full recharge only requires an hour.

For its price, the 12MP main camera isn’t bad, but it didn’t wow experts. They found pictures decent in good lighting and even produced noise-free pictures in lower light thanks to the quick autofocus.

While the camera was quick to focus, the lack of optical image stabilization meant pictures sometimes turned out blurry. Even without camera shake, reviewers noticed images often lacked detail when zoomed in. Still, they add it’s decent enough for posting pictures on social media sites.

Reviewers are split for recommending the P8 Lite. On the one hand Expert Reviews states, “... while you certainly won’t be disappointed by the Huawei P8 Lite if you happened to buy one, there are other smartphones I’d recommend above it.” Recombu, on the other hand, states, “... you get a decent media machine, a dependable portable camera, smooth everyday performance and very respectable battery life... For this price, what more could you ask for?”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.1 GHz
Screen Size
5.2"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


NDTV

While most smartphones in the budget segment now have metal bodies, the Honor 8 Lite stands out with its glass design. However, those good looks come at the cost of the phone being slippery and a fingerprint magnet. The Honor 8 Lite also delivers to some extent on the promise it made on the camera f...

- Aditya Shenoy, NDTV
Fone Arena

Overall, the Honor 8 Lite is another product with a good quality that has a blend everything at a minimal cost. For those aspiring mobile photographers, Honor 8 Lite has some serious features/ability to tone your skill set.

- Vigneshwar SR, Fone Arena
The Mobile Indian

Overall, the Honor 8 Lite has more ticks than crosses. It comes with a compact design language, has an improved UI, gives a good battery backup and has a good camera performance. On the downside, the phone is a fingerprint magnet, looks eerily similar to its elder sibling and shimmers a bit during l...

- Rohan Pal, The Mobile Indian
What Mobile

Carrying slimmed down hardware and a more affordable price-tag, this cut-down flagship looks to offer mid-tier performance on a budget.

- Thomas Wellburn, What Mobile
TrustedReviews

The P8 Lite is a decent mid-range phone. If picking one up on Vodafone for £150, it actually offers superb value. Its attractive built quality and decent battery life make it an excellent choice. However, if you’ve found a handset online from another retailer that’s priced closer t...

- Michael Passingham, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
5.2"

The Huawei P8 Lite (2017)'s screen size is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.1 GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 655 Octa core 2.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.0 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 256 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 1200 minutes, 604 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

P8 Lite (2017) Specs

Overview
Release date February 1, 2017
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 655 Octa core 2.1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.12 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 644 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 604 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1200 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Gold, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm (5.8 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 147 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
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, 2.5D curved glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad
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 Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
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 Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
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 256 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation, Slow motion recording, Time lapse mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
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
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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