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Review of the Huawei P8 Lite 2017: well forgotten old

Обзор Huawei P8 Lite 2017: хорошо забытое староеThe editors thank the company Huawei for kindly provided for review smartphone

Huawei has started selling the smartphone in the medium price segment, Huawei GR5 2017 in Ukraine and on our website already, you can read his review. Followed him out and model a little cheaper, the reincarnation of the Huawei P8 Lite, also with the prefix 2017. In addition to more affordable price tag, the company decided to entice potential buyers and even a bonus in the form of a portable battery, which will give a load to the smartphone’s first week of sales.

What is it?

Huawei P8 Lite 2017 smartphone with 5.2 inch IPS Full HD display, 64-bit 8-core processor, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a hybrid tray for two SIM cards or SIM+MicroSD. The smartphone runs on the fresh Android OS 7.0 with a proprietary shell EMUI Huawei 5.0.

Than it is interesting?

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Inside the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 in many ways similar to Huawei GR5 2017, but the screen was reduced to 5.2 inches and is metal the housing is made of plastic and glass. Use the same OCTA core HiSilicon Kirin 655 and 3 GB of RAM. The drive is decreased to 16 GB, and with the back panel disappeared the second the camera lens. There is a fingerprint scanner, the smartphone is powered from the battery at 3000 mAh. Of the interesting features of fresh Android version 7.0 with updated shell EMUI 5.0 (GR5 2017 while the update is not received, and runs on Android 6.0 with EMUI 4.1).

Looks like assembled?

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Despite the lack of metal casing, the smartphone looks pretty well, though the original did not call it. Front and rear housing covered by a protective glass 2.5 D. chin — Huawei logo, above the screen, the sensors, earpiece, front camera and led indicator. The layout is standard. The smartphone will be available in black, gold and white colors. It seems to me that the white variant will be the most practical due to the fact that the prints on it are not visible.

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Frame around the perimeter of the housing is made of plastic and white painted metal, in other embodiments it is the same color as the body. The location of all the functional elements are absolutely standard. On the right side — volume buttons and power button with a recess:

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On the top end made an additional microphone and the standard 3.5 mm Jack:

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Left — hybrid tray into which you can shove or two SIM-card format nano, or a single SIM plus MicroSD card:

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Not the best solution when there are only 16 GB of internal memory, so something will have to donate:

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On the bottom — a standard set: group of round holes, under which is located the microphone and the speaker. In the middle is the MicroUSB connector:

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Back cover is made of glass with rounded edges. It is almost completely flat, place it only a thumbprint scanner:

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Nothing sticks out, the camera module neat and is located in the upper left corner of the case:

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Huawei engineers managed to make the design of the smartphone P8 Lite 2017 comfortable and balanced. It is convenient to use. To build quality no complaints, even despite the use of plastic and glass. The smartphone does not look cheap.

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The quality of the screen?

The screen of the smartphone can be called a compact by today’s standards: “only” 5.2 inches. It’s really a bit considering that in the native Chinese market is dominated by Android smartphones with a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches and Apple iPhone. Resolution 1920×1080, pixel density — 423 ppi. Use high quality and bright IPS-matrix viewing angles are maximum, but in the extreme points the picture will please in blue shades. Supply of brightness is very decent. The oleophobic coating is, but not the best quality, the screen quickly collects fingerprints and fingers getting hard to slide across its surface:

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For those who want to know more

The smartphone screen has a really impressive range of brightness that the hardware was confirmed by measurement with a colorimeter. The maximum brightness is 564.095 CD/m2, so that in the summer the screen will remain readable. The brightness of the black field 0.491 CD/m2, contrast: 1149:1. Will not go away utility to adjust the color. She received cosmetic modifications to match the updated wrapper and Android 7.0, but functionally, everything remains unchanged:

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Obtained by using the colorimeter graphics:

Comparison with competitors:


The performance and battery life?

The hardware platform of the Huawei P8 Lite 2017 is almost identical to that in GR5 2017, the review of which came out last week. Inside, there’s the same 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 655, which includes 8 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz and graphics Mali-T830, MP2, plus 3 GB of RAM — 3 GB. The filling is very good, both in the medium price segment, the modern toys go without problems:

The only but very significant difference from Huawei GR5 2017 — 16 GB of internal memory, which is enough only to install the required applications and a couple games. Tray hybrid, so that future users will have to decide on priorities. The smartphone supports cards up to 128 GB. For wireless interfaces, the situation is also similar to the GR5 2017: 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, FM tuner and GPS. Everything works without problems, but still would like faster dual-band Wi-Fi module. The battery capacity of 3000 mAh in normal “everyday” mode, with about 20 minutes of conversation, regular synchronization via Wi-Fi and 3G for about half an hour of games/online video and social networking smartphone is enough for half a day or two.


For those who want to know more

The smartphone is the 16-nm 64-bit processor HiSilicon Kirin 655 developing their own semiconductor divisions, which includes two units of four cores ARM Cortex-A53: four operate at maximum frequency of 2.1 GHz and four 1.7 GHz. Graphics accelerator ARM Mali-T830 MP. RAM — 3 GB. The results of the performance tests comparable to Huawei GR5 2017:


Is it the convenient interface?

The smartphone has latest version of Android 7.0 Nougat and updated proprietary shell EMUI 5.0, which is to say a little more. The changes affected not only the appearance, but also some basic functions. The whole shell received a white-blue design and, in General, more similar to stock Android. As claimed by Huawei, it has become simpler, more comfortable (most of the actions are performed in 2-3 clicks) and more harmonious looks:

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Standard desktops look familiar to EMUI. All apps and widgets are on desktops. A typical approach for Chinese manufacturers:

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But now there is an option to switch to a more standard Android look with a separate menu of apps. In this app you can sort a list of four recommended (often used) apps and search for:

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Also not disappeared search by smartphone directly from desktop, which runs swipe down (not from the top):

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Another significant change was the notification bar and switch, which is now consists of two separate tabs, and is very similar to stock. Directly from it it is possible to reply to messages and block notices:

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And application Manager now closer to stock with the opportunity to consolidate some applications and close all (or unnecessary):

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The settings menu is slightly redesigned, but the organization remains the same:

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And controls to work with two SIM-cards:

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The ability to customize the navigation buttons are still in place:

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In addition to unlocking the device, the fingerprint scanner can be used for additional functions and blocking of personal data or individual applications:

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By itself, the registration of fingerprint is left in standard form:

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In the renovated shell of the previous versions of migrated and additional on-screen button control:

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You can move it to any point on the screen:

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And the possibility of transition in the reduced screen mode for more convenient control with one hand:

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Traditional Manager for Huawei smartphone is also present, though in the redrawn version. Power saving modes in place:

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Branded music player has not changed, everything is familiar and understandable. The smartphone sounds pretty good to not too tight headphones and is fine as a player for most ordinary users:

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And corporate fitness utility from the standard functionality:

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Additional screenshots:

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How are things with the camera?

The main camera is equipped with a matrix of 12 megapixels and optics with f/2.2 aperture, shoots video in 1920×1080, 30fps. Front camera 8 MP. On the main screen you can switch from photorika on video, set the flash mode, switch the camera, choose a filter or go to the gallery:

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The transition to shooting modes is by a swipe from left to right, the settings right to left:

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In General, the camera is very good, especially considering the price range, the autofocus is fast and quite possible to get decent shots in the dark:

What competitors are there?

The smartphone will cost 6500 UAH and more expensive brands like Samsung, Sony, LG and the like in this price range offer nothing special. More real competitors have compatriots from China. Below some possible alternatives that first come to mind. I am sure that the readers of the review will offer something. Lenovo Vibe K5 Note Pro boasts a bigger screen, metal body and battery 3500 mAh. Huawei P8 Lite 2017 wins in terms of performance, the quality of the main camera. Shell from Huawei is really nice, and used a more recent version of Android. The price tag is similar.

Cheaper by 200 UAH now you can buy Meizu MX6. It is much more interesting in performance, again, a metal body and a slightly better camera. On the side of Huawei, the presence of slot for memory cards (though a hybrid, but it’s there) and a more recent version of Android with user-friendly shell. Meizu usually sluggish update their smartphones. Our review of the Meizu MX6.

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The third candidate is more expensive by 500 UAH, that is Xiaomi Mi5. His so-called “standard” version with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory is now worth 7000 UAH. For that amount you can get much more powerful hardware, better main camera, better screen and feels more comfortable housing. Of the shortcomings — the lack of memory card slot in any way, the nuances of the firmware (solved in the presence of direct hands) and a black frame around the screen that annoy some perfectionists. A Review Of The Xiaomi Mi5.

You can also look at the neighbors on the line at the very Huawei: very fresh GT5 2017 with a bigger screen, metal body and dual main camera. Price — 8000 UAH. Or Huawei GT3 which is cheaper at UAH 500 and has a slightly more modest hardware, but it was a metal case.

The bottom line

The Huawei P8 Lite 2017 definitely should pay attention to those who choose a relatively small and inexpensive, but functional Android smartphone and not willing to risk buying any Xiaomi or Meizu. The smartphone has a comfortable and pleasant to use body, reliable, functional and fast fingerprint scanner, good hardware stuffing of the middle class and main camera. We should also mention a recent version of Android and an updated shell that got though not much, but quite useful improvements. Of the obvious shortcomings of the first that comes to mind is 16 GB of internal memory, which by today’s standards is really small and hybrid tray for SIM/MicroSD. The price tag on the smartphone will be 6500 UAH and competition in this range, the smartphone will get from compatriots. There is really almost more interesting devices in this price segment.

5 reasons to buy the Huawei P8 Lite 2017:

  • bright screen with good color reproduction;
  • quality (in its class) the camera;
  • good battery life;
  • the latest version of Android, and quick sheath.

2 reasons not to buy the Huawei P8 Lite 2017:

  • hybrid tray for SIM/MicroSD with 16 GB of internal memory;
  • there are “Chinese” with more interesting characteristics for the same price.
Specifications Huawei P8 Lite 2017
Display IPS 5.2 inch, 1920x1080 resolution, 423 ppi, with no air gap, 2.5 D glass
Case dimensions 147.2×72.9×7.6 mm weight: 147 g
Processor 64-bit 16-nm HiSilicon Kirin 655, 4хARM Cortex-A53, 2.1 GHz + 4xARM Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz, graphics ARM Mali-T830 MP2 with a frequency of 900 MHz
RAM 3 GB
Flash memory 16 GB MicroSD
Camera 12 MP, led flash. 1080p video@30 fps, front camera — 8 MP
Wireless technology Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM tuner
GPS GPS, Glonass
Battery 3000 mAh, non-removable
Operating system Android 7.0 Nougat + EMUI 5.0
Sim card 2 nanoSIM

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