Huawei desires the world to take notice. Its hardware has been steadily bettering over the past year, from the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 to the attractive Huawei Watch, over which we fawned at the start of 2015. The Huawei P8 — the Ascend brand title has been retired here — is the corporate’s trendy flagship smartphone.
Huawei is clearly assured that this phone is special. However, hardware has never been Huawei downfall. It is software. For the Huawei P8 to take on the newest phones from Samsung and LG, each of which has learned restraint in terms of modifying Android, Huawei wants to improve the user expertise. Moreover, the phone’s efficiency should be, at the very least, equal to the perfect out there; however the unfamiliar Kirin chip of Huawei’s own design is inside.
The Huawei P8 is slimmer than the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and is instantly obvious as quickly as you take it out of the box. Its chamfered edges, slotted in sideways, and rounded corners look beautiful against the subtle glistening rear end. The camera sits flush to the chassis, creating a seamless profile that may make Apple and Samsung owners a bit jealous.
Huawei P8 Review: Design
Getting back to the Huawei P8 design, we see an evolution of the all-metal chassis which was launched within the Mate 7. The Huawei P8 stays a unibody design with a non-removable 2680mAh (10.19Whr) battery. The front of the phone follows the traditional slab design with the 1080p display screen taking up 78.3% off the front’s footprint. It should be noted that the black frame surrounding the actual display screen makes it appear as if the device’s size bezels are a lot smaller than what they really are, one thing which is very visible on the lighter colored models.
Versus the left side of the device which is barren of any feature, the right side holds the power button & volume rocker in addition to the ejectable trays for the nanoSIM as well as nanoSIM/microSD combo. The volume rocker could be very clicky and distinguishable from the power button, which not solely has an attribute texture on it, however, is also surrounded by an indent differentiating itself from the otherwise round sides. Speaking of the sides, the curvature makes for a very comfy grip which is accentuated by bevels on the back and front.
On the top of the device, we find the 3.5mm headphone jack & the top auxiliary microphone. The bottom is extra attention-grabbing as the microUSB 2.0 port is flanked by 2 Torx screws and 2 symmetrical speaker grills. I attempted dismantling the device by attempting to take away the screws and lifting up the device’s display screen, however it appears that Huawei additionally employs further adhesive to hold the metallic shell and the display screen together.
Huawei referred to as the design a “single audio chamber speaker system”, however in follow the right grill is actually only for aesthetics and solely serves as a housing for the underside microphone. Masking up the left grill will completely dampen the audio output of the device. Nevertheless, the P8 is still capable of output very loud and clear audio with good depth.
The back of the device is accentuated by the plastic injection mold lines on the backside of the phone, whereas the top part we see a glass piece serving each as the cover glass for the camera and design component as it continues for the entire width of the device, which is available in both white for the brighter colored phone choices or black for the darker variants.
Huawei was proud to show off the flexibility to maintain the camera flush with the rest of the phone. It appears they even managed to have some leeway here because the camera module appears to be still 1.5mm beneath the glass.
When it comes to building quality it appears the Huawei P8 is a strong phone. The one gripe I have had with it’s that it appears to have some empty space beneath the back of the phone as if you attempt to squeeze it’s going to flex inwards by up to 1mm. The smartphone ergonomics are good and it was a usually nice device to make use of.
Huawei P8 Review: Display
It is simply Huawei’s best-looking phone so far, and its 5.2in 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display can be among the best we have seen outside of Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels. Huawei’s IPS-NEO expertise is meant to deliver brighter, sharper and extra vivid photographs, in addition to being extra energy efficient.
The former seems to be true, with our color calibrator measuring an impressive 99.6% of the sRGB color gamut, making it probably the most accurate LCD displays we have seen. While peak brightness of 414.07cd/m2 can not compete with the Apple iPhone 6’s 542.88cd/m2, it is bright sufficient to use outside and hues still pop off the display screen. The low black levels of 0.26cd/m2 are also among the best scores we have seen from an LCD display, comfortably beating both the Apple iPhone 6 and the HTC One M9.
Deeper blacks not only make text simpler to read but it surely additionally bodes well for contrast ranges, and once again the Huawei P8 comes out ahead of its LCD rivals with a 1,462:1 ratio. Images had loads of seen detail and huge viewing angles meant we may hold the phone at almost any angle and still clearly learn the display.
Admittedly, Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 interface does not do a particularly good job of selling the phone once you 1st flip it on, as its muted color palette and boring color schemes do little to accentuate the display’s strengths. Luckily, you may customize the main home theme with brighter, extra vibrant icons and totally different fonts, so you will probably need to spend a bit of time customizing your handset to suit your own tastes.
Huawei P8 Review: Camera
The Huawei P8 has a 13 MP rear camera, with optical image stabilization, a particular image signal processor, a flashy RBGW sensor, and a dual colour flash unit. It has a f/2.0 aperture. On the front is an 8 MP selfie camera. There are 3 key features that set the Huawei P8 apart from many rivals: Light Painting, Director Mode, and Perfect Selfie.
Director Mode gets its own app. Up to three further phones may be connected to the Huawei P8, and video footage taken with them can then be mixed and edited right into a single movie. It is simple to set up utilizing different Android phones — though patience shall be wanted to get the connections just right — but it surely was not very joyful playing with Apple iOS. Director Mode is one of those features that is technically impressive, and an incredible addition on a smartphone — however, we are unsure it would ever get used.
The new options made me need to get out and take pictures utilizing the Huawei P8.
Light, you will not be upset using either Huawei P8 camera, and the Light Painting mode provides a much-needed additional dimension to utilizing it.
Huawei P8 Review: Performance
The Huawei P8 battery life is much more of a disappointment when you consider the phone’s 64-bit octa-core Kirin processor makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology. It automatically switches between its quicker quad-core 2.0 Kirin 930 chip and slower quad-core 1.5GHz Kirin 935 chip for low or excessive depth duties, supposedly saving energy when you are within the menus or browsing the web.
Even at full pelt, nevertheless, it can not match Samsung or HTC’s top-end phones, as our BaseMark operating system II test only returned an overall rating of 1,108 – much slower than the M9’s rating of 1,463 and the Galaxy S6’s 1,643. BrowserMark painted an identical image, as the Huawei P8 somewhat low rating of 1,174 was extra according to what we have seen from the 2nd Gen Moto E. Web shopping was noticeably jerky in locations, particularly once we were scrolling shortly down pages with a lot of images. Issues improve if you take your time, however even planning spherical zoomed in a text was not fairly as clean as we would like.
The Huawei P8 Mali-T268 MP4 GPU will struggle to play 3D games at their highest settings as well, as our BaseMarkX1.1 graphics benchmarks have been once again a great distance behind the competition. On Medium graphics settings, the Huawei P8 scored 12,681 overall, averaging simply 16.2fps in the Dunes test and 21.4fps within the Hangar test. The HTC One M9 and Samsung Galaxy S6, meanwhile, scored extra respectable figures of 31,157 and 28,074 on Medium and averaged at least 30fps in every test, making them higher selections for cellular gamers.
Huawei P8 Review: Storage
Each the 16GB and 64GB versions of the Huawei P8 have a microSD card slot for increasing storage as much as 128GB, rendering the bigger version barely pointless unless you need 1 in Carbon Black or Prestige Gold. The 16GB version solely comes in Titanium gray and the Mystic Champagne model reviewed right here.
On the drawback, the display would not appear to help the phone’s battery life, as its 2,680mAh battery solely lasted a pitiful 7h 26m in our continuous video playback test with the display set to 170cd/m2. That is extremely disappointing, as firm promised a full day use under heavy conditions and up to 1.5 days in normal use. Switching to the Huawei P8 Smart energy saving profile, which is meant to automatically modify the CPU and network utilization for more balanced performance, did not enhance issues both – the Huawei P8 only managed one other 20 minutes.
This ought to be nearly enough to get you through the day, however, it pales compared to the 13-odd hours we received from the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. Even the HTC One M9 managed to last another 2 hours in the same test, & that was already pretty underwhelming.
If you are actually in a pinch, you may also allow Ultra mode, which only permits basic calls and messaging features. We would additionally suggest turning on Huawei’s app power consumption firewall. That is the 1st phone we have seen to include such a feature, & it automatically blocks any application that is utilizing too much energy, which is particularly useful if something’s whirring away within the background unnoticed. Acco. to Huawei, this should extend the phone’s standby time by an extra 2.3 days, however considering how inaccurate its initial battery life figures were, we would take this with a pinch of salt.
Huawei P8 Review: Specification
- OS: Android 5.0
- Body: 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm
- Weight: 144 g
- Display: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.2 inch
- Memory: 16/64 GB internal, 128 expandable, 3 GB RAM
- Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 930/935
- Camera: 13 MP, 8 MP secondary
- Battery: 2,680 mAh
We really need to like the Huawei P8, however, Huawei’s best efforts have failed to live as much as expectations. It is a beautifully made phone, however, battery life and usefulness pales compared to the current crop of competition from Samsung, HTC, and LG. The Huawei P8 is a fraction cheaper than different flagship phones, with the 16GB version, but it surely’s not sufficient to make it a viable alternative.