Huawei P8 Lite Review - Camera, Battery and Conclusion Review

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Huawei P8 Lite – Camera

The P8 Lite’s 12-megapixel rear-facing camera is adequate, but offers nothing beyond what you’d expect from a budget phone. Shots taken in daylight look good, but anything taken indoors or in non-ideal lighting conditions loses clarity and detail.

The camera app itself is another story. I found it hung and stopped working almost every time I used it. Even opening it took at least five seconds, by which point the moment you’re trying to capture might have gone.

You can see a selection of photos taken on the P8 Lite below.

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Huawei P8 Lite – Battery Life

Battery life is probably the biggest strength of the P8 Lite. Its 3000mAh non-removable battery isn’t the biggest you’ll find on a phone – the Lenovo P2’s 5100mAh monster takes that accolade – but the low-power processor gives the P8 Lite a fighting chance of making it through two full days of very light usage, or a working day of moderate to heavy usage. I used it to read news on my morning commute, stream Spotify over 4G for several hours during the day, and even as a Wi-Fi hotspot for my laptop on the train home – and still had 35% remaining by 11pm.

This is decent, and certainly equates to all-day battery life for most desk-based workers. Plus, you can even switch on Power Saving and Extreme Power Saving modes for more life if you’re planning on having a late night.

Charging isn’t particularly fast; I was able to add just 12% to the battery in half an hour of charging.

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Should I buy the Huawei P8 Lite?

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 to £200, consider the Motorola Moto G4 or Lenovo P2 instead; the Moto G4 has a better camera and the Lenovo P2 superior battery life.

Verdict

The P8 Lite is a solid mid-range effort from Huawei that offers excellent value through Vodafone.

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Score in detail

  • Performance 6
  • Camera 6
  • Design 8
  • Battery Life 8
  • Value 8
  • Software 7
  • Screen Quality 8

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