Huawei P8 Review: Price-to-Performance King

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 8
    • Ease of Use
    • 7
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Value
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Great price for what if offers
    • Credible performance
    • Solid display
  • Cons

    • Images a bit soft
    • Average battery life

Quick Take

The Huawie P8 has a credible finish, excellent display, and notable performance. Most importantly, it simply has the best price-to-performance ratio.

The latest Huawei flagship is best summed up by two improvements from its predecessor: a big jump in craftsmanship and a significant camera upgrade.

Huawei P8 Android smartphone

Huawei P8 Android smartphone

Simply called the Huawei P8, this smartphone has adopted a trend set by other high-end manufacturers by advancing features that users seem to care about, like the display, chipset, battery, and camera, suggesting that all other technical characteristics already functionally peaked with the previous model.

Of course, the Huawei P8 still retains what is perhaps its best feature: an attractive ratio of price to performance. To be fair, the P8 doesn’t match what most other flagships, like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9, offer, at least on paper. But in use, it feels just as enticing as any of those devices, and it’s cheaper to boot.

Some more important specs include an aluminum unibody, 5.2-inch Full HD display, ‘homemade’ eight-core Kirin 930 processor running a 2 GHz clock aided by 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB storage that can be expanded via microSD  (Huawei also offers a 64GB version), a 2680 mAh battery, a 13-megapixel back-facing camera with optical stabilization, and an 8-megapixel selfie-camera.

Build and Design

Huawei P8 looks like an iPhone from behind.

Huawei P8 looks like an iPhone from behind.

The Huawei P8 has an aluminum body, which is an upgrade over the combination of glass back cover and metal rim that made up last year’s model. It actually feels significantly lighter than its .31-pounds. Being .25-inches thick and with a strict square form, it’s simultaneously firm but not particularly ergonomic. It looks great though, and its gripping comfort is a minor gripe given the overall quality.

Obviously, Huawei “borrowed” many design elements from Apple, Samsung, and HTC. In fact, some P8 features are perfectly identical to the latest flagship phones. We can’t help but suspect that this goes hand in hand with Huawei’s decision to remove its logo from the front surface of the white model, which was quite prominent on the P7.

The Huawei P8 has a display-front-surface-ratio is about 78%, and no physical keys. The slight space above the display features the speaker, front-facing 8-megapixel camera, and several sensors. The back includes a 13-megapixel back shooter with a dual-LED flash tucked over the left, and an aluminum strip along the bottom that enables better signals for all built-in antennas, while the Huawei logo is located in the upper center.

From the back, the iPhone resemblance is uncanny.

The left side is bare, while Huawei packed the left with two nanoSIM card slots (for dual-SIM mode), one of which doubles as a microSD slot. It also includes the Power key and the volume keys. The bottom side includes stereo speaker perforations with a microUSB input situated in between. The upper side holds the tiny secondary microphone and a 3.5-mm audio jack.

Display

Huawei P8 display

Huawei P8 display

The Huawei P8 has a 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD with a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution, and a pixel-per-inch count of 424. It perfect exemplifies Huawei’s approach with the P8. It’s not the best, but it’s still pretty darn good.

The display imaging is exceptionally sharp and individual pixels are impossible to discern with the naked eye. The more pixel-dense displays featured on the current flagships appear superior when compared head to head with the P8, but it’s ultimately a case of great versus really great.

The contrast is highly sustainable and the viewing angle is wide. When it comes to colors, darker and colder tones are more pronounced, meaning that the phone has more accurate blacks than whites. Saturation is above average. Interestingly, users can manually set the saturation level, adjusting the tones and specter pronouncement.

The P8 can handle daylight glare and unwanted reflections as well as any premium phone. Though, how well depends specifically on the manual settings.  Still, it’s more than capable.


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  1. RickAgresta

    If the author could kindly visit the discussion thread, the community would be appreciative.