• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Display: 5.0 inch LCD Display (720x1,280)
  • Processor: Huawei Kirin 620 quad-core processor (1.2GHz)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Operating System: Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP rear-facing, 5.0MP front-facing
  • Dimensions: 143 x 70.6 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 131g
  • Pros:
  • Price
  • Camera
  • Cons:
  • Heat
  • Occasionally lags

For Lite Use

The market for affordable Android phones continues to grow at a rapid pace, with many of the Chinese phones continuing to flood the market. Huawei is one such brand; after launching its much vaunted Huawei P8 smartphone, it’s little brother, the Huawei P8 Lite makes its way here to the Malaysian market as well, hoping to capture the low budget corner of the smartphone segment.

As far as design goes, the P8 Lite features one that mimics the P8, but with several obvious changes, such as the backplate, which is now of a polycarbonate material as opposed to metal, as well as a slightly smaller screen, which measures in 5.0 inches vs the P8’s 5.2 inch. The display resolution of the P8 Lite is also set at a slightly lower scale of 720×1280 pixels.

The Huawei P8 Lite features a 13MP camera that can take pretty good photos

The Huawei P8 Lite features a 13MP camera that can take pretty good photos

The P8 Lite runs on Huawei’s 1.2GHz Kirin 620 quad-core processor, alongside 2GBs of RAM and 16GBs of storage, which can be expanded via using a MicroSD card, which also serves as the phone’s secondary SIM slot.

At the back is a 13MP camera that also houses a dual-LED flash that helps you take some pretty nice looking shots, and alongside the built-in filters and image-editing functions, making your photos look really nice, regardless if you’re taking photos in broad daylight, or a dark room.

As far as performance goes, the Huawei P8 Light does a perfectly good job as a daily phone, capable of performing tasks such as social media monitoring, texting, document editing and even watching YouTube videos without much of a hassle.

THe P8 Lite also features support for dual SIM card, where the second slot can also house a microSD card for expanded storage

THe P8 Lite also features support for dual SIM card, where the second slot can also house a microSD card for expanded storage

That being said, the phone does heat up to an extent when running more demanding tasks such as benchmarks, or games for highly graphical games for even just slightly extended periods of time. For the most part, lag is hardly noticeable, but run more than just a handful of apps in the background and the slowdown can get pretty noticeable.

Battery life is somewhat average on the P8 Lite, as the 2,200mAh battery that powers up the phone is good enough to last through most of the day on average usage, with you most likely needing to recharge in the evening. If you’re a heavy user who is constantly on the phone all day long.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Huawei P8 Lite is an affordable phone that’s good if you’re looking for a simple phone with dual-SIM functionality that also supports 4G LTE connectivity, which is a boon for such an affordable phone.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

Huawei P8 Lite