Huawei P8 review: Light in motion

GSMArena team, 12 June 2015.

Display

The Huawei P8 is equipped with a pretty standard IPS LDS panel with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. With a diagonal of 5.2-inches, it is slightly bigger than the 5.0-inch Ascend P7. The difference, however, isn't really that noticeable, but, the P8 does give you a distinct sensation of more screen real-estate, especially if you opt for film navigation and unload a few pixels off the GUI.

Huawei P8

The pixel density is pretty good as well at 424ppi. The display uses an IPS-NEO panel, which delivers quite deep blacks for an LCD.

Huawei has really taken the IPS-NEO technology to the next level and the P8 shows amazing levels of contrast. The blacks are so deep that one can easily mistake the panel for an AMOLED one. Brightness is also quite good. Setting its level with precision, however, is a little difficult. Dialing the brightness down quickly dims the display to near invisible levels. A more precise slider would be greatly appreciated.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Huawei P8 0.05 77 1435 0.38 584 1516
Samsung Galaxy S5 0 274 0 529
LG G3 0.14 109 763 0.72 570 789
Sony Xperia Z3 - - - 0.65 866 1333
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0 149 0 379
Nokia Lumia 930 0 149 0 347
HTC One (M8) 0.2 245 1219 0.46 577 1256
Nokia Lumia 1520 0.22 263 1174 0.43 522 1207
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 0 228 0 456
Samsung Galaxy A7 0 175 0 349
Motorola Nexus 6 0 149 0 372
Motorola Moto X (2014) 0 167 0 358
Meizu MX4 Pro - - - 0.69 775 1127
LG G Flex2 0 152 0 398
Xiaomi Mi Note 0.09 130 1450 0.43 626 1453
Apple iPhone 5s 0.14 163 1145 0.49 596 1219
Huawei Ascend Mate7 0.11 149 1428 0.37 530 1428
Huawei Honor 6 0.13 125 943 0.62 507 812
Huawei Ascend P7 0.13 101 807 0.79 668 843


Despite the impressive contrast, the P8 offers average sunlight visibility. It is still quite usable outside, but, we found ourselves often bumping the brightness to maximum while outdoors.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
    4.698
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
    4.485
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    4.033
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3.997
  • Apple iPhone 5
    3.997
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    3.799
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Oppo R5
    3.678
  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom
    3.675
  • Nokia Lumia 930
    3.567
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3.565
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3.549
  • Nokia Lumia 735
    3.547
  • Motorola Nexus 6
    3.543
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    3.527
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    3.512
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
    3.509
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    3.487
  • LG G Flex2
    3.465
  • YotaPhone 2
    3.453
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    3.42
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    3.419
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    3.406
  • Nokia Lumia 925
    3.402
  • Gionee Elife S5.5
    3.386
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    3.352
  • Samsung Omnia W
    3.301
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    3.174
  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
    3.155
  • Samsung Ativ S
    3.129
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    3.127
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    3.118
  • Nokia N9
    3.069
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier
    2.958
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Lenovo S90 Sisley
    2.892
  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express
    2.861
  • BlackBerry Q10
    2.856
  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    2.832
  • Sony Xperia Z3+
    2.824
  • HTC Desire Eye
    2.815
  • Gionee Elife S5.1
    2.812
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    2.801
  • BlackBerry Z30
    2.79
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    2.765
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    2.672
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    2.655
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    2.618
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia T3
    2.609
  • BlackBerry Passport
    2.595
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    2.562
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    2.546
  • HTC One Max
    2.537
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    2.512
  • HTC One
    2.504
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • vivo Xshot
    2.465
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    2.422
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
    2.416
  • LG G Flex
    2.407
  • HTC Desire 820
    2.372
  • HTC One (M8)
    2.371
  • Meizu MX4
    2.366
  • Motorola RAZR i
    2.366
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2.352
  • HTC One M9
    2.334
  • LG G4
    2.317
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2.307
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    2.291
  • Oppo R1x
    2.281
  • Oppo Find 7a
    2.279
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    2.262
  • Nokia Asha 311
    2.25
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Nokia Lumia 820
    2.193
  • HTC One (E8)
    2.185
  • Oppo N3
    2.181
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    2.17
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML
    2.149
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Nokia N8
    2.144
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    2.142
  • Nokia 515
    2.134
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • HTC Desire 500
    2.129
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    2.12
  • Sony Xperia acro S
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    2.103
  • Oppo Find 5
    2.088
  • Sony Xperia SL
    2.078
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    2.056
  • BlackBerry Z10
    2.051
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    2.024
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    2.022
  • Apple iPhone 4
    2.016
  • HTC One mini
    2.003
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    1.992
  • LG G2
    1.976
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Oppo R819
    1.957
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
    1.955
  • Lenovo Vibe X2
    1.952
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1.943
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    1.941
  • HTC One mini 2
    1.94
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    1.938
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    1.935
  • Sony Xperia J
    1.932
  • Acer CloudMobile S500
    1.931
  • ZTE Blade S6
    1.927
  • LG Nexus 4
    1.926
  • LG G Pro 2
    1.922
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    1.913
  • Nokia Asha 308
    1.911
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    1.905
  • Sony Xperia T
    1.894
  • Nokia Lumia 830
    1.887
  • HTC Desire X
    1.878
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly S
    1.867
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1.865
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    1.845
  • LG G2 mini
    1.838
  • LG G3
    1.82
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    1.813
  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim
    1.797
  • Sony Xperia V
    1.792
  • HTC Desire 816
    1.783
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1.769
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Meizu MX3
    1.754
  • LG Optimus G
    1.753
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    1.74
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
    1.735
  • Acer Liquid Jade S
    1.734
  • Sony Xperia SP
    1.733
  • Oppo Find 7
    1.691
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1.691
  • HTC One V
    1.685
  • BlackBerry Q5
    1.682
  • LG Optimus Vu
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9
    1.672
  • LG Optimus GJ
    1.666
  • LG Optimus 3D Max
    1.658
  • HTC Desire V
    1.646
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    1.632
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1.622
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    1.615
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
    1.598
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1.578
  • Sony Xperia go
    1.577
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160
    1.566
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1.563
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1.552
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • LG Optimus 3D
    1.542
  • Nokia Asha 302
    1.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
    1.507
  • BlackBerry Curve 9320
    1.488
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Oppo N1
    1.47
  • Sony Xperia E4
    1.467
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1.462
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    1.432
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos
    1.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    1.393
  • Microsoft Lumia 535
    1.393
  • Sony Xperia M2
    1.393
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    1.38
  • Sony Xperia E1
    1.372
  • Nokia Lumia 625
    1.371
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
    1.361
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
    1.35
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    1.35
  • HTC Desire 510
    1.34
  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
    1.331
  • Sony Xperia miro
    1.324
  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand
    1.321
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    1.315
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.311
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Nokia Asha 503
    1.281
  • Nokia Asha 501
    1.27
  • LG Optimus L7
    1.269
  • Nokia Lumia 510
    1.268
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1.245
  • LG Optimus L9
    1.227
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1.22
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215
  • Nokia XL
    1.204
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1.203
  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C
    1.198
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    1.18
  • Nokia Asha 305
    1.178
  • Nokia Asha 306
    1.175
  • Sony Xperia neo L
    1.169
  • Sony Xperia tipo
    1.166
  • Nokia Lumia 520
    1.161
  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos
    1.148
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    1.114

Huawei P8 battery life

The Huawei P8 is powered by a 2680mAh battery. It is non-removable and slightly bigger than the one in the Ascend P7, although not be a whole lot. Still, the P8 really shows improvements in this department.

The company really seems to have put a lot of effort in power management and optimization, as the P8 surpasses the only average 53 hours endurance rating of its predecessor by a long shot. Hopefully, the improvements will be carried over the P7 as well with future updates.

Huawei P8

With an overall endurance rating of 64 hours, the Huawei P8 is hardly a champion, but, you can rely on two days of average usage on a single charge, which is adequate by today's standards. Compared to its predecessor, the Ascend P7, the phone has brought major improvement in one area in particular - web browsing. The P7 is really lacking in this department with 7:13 hours and it si good to see that Huawei has addressed this with the P8, which now scores almost double with 13:32 hours surfing the web.

Video playback has also been optimized and is now a lot more power-efficient. The P8 managed to last through almost nine and a half hours of playback.

Huawei has implemented a great battery manager with its EMUI and provide an Ultra Power Saving mode. You can considerably improve your battery performance by tweaking the phone to your needs and preferences. Naturally we did our battery test with all energy saving options turned off.

Unfortunately, there is no support for Quick Charging or wireless charging.

Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

Connectivity

The Huawei P8 comes in two main flavors - the UL00 and L09, which differ in connectivity. Both come with quad-band 2G/GPRS/EDGE support and 3G with HSDPA, with 5 bands on the UL00 and seven on the L09. This ensures up to 42.2 Mbps download speeds and 5.76 Mbps uploads.

Both versions of the P8 are also equipped with Cat. 6 LTE, capable of up to 300 Mbps downstream. The UL00 has 8 bands at its disposal, while the L09 has thirteen. As already mentioned, a Dual-SIM option is also available with the extra card sharing the slot with the microSD card, meaning you can only choose to use one of those.

Local connectivity is covered by Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n. Unfortunately, Wi-Fi 802.11ac is not supported.

Huawei is boasting three new connectivity features called Wi-Fi+, Signal+ and Roaming+.

Wi-Fi+ means the phone will check which Wi-Fi network in your area has the best connection speed and will connect you to it. For instance, it can switch automatically among the hotspots available in your office building, choosing the one that has the best speed. It will also keep a historical list of networks you've accessed and can even auto activate Wi-Fi when there is a known Wi-Fi network close by.

Signal+ marks a dual-antenna design, which improves reception. There is one antenna at the top of the phone and another one at the bottom so there is no way you kill the signal with you grip.

Roaming+ means the phone will take up to 3x times less time to connect to the phone network when you are visiting another country.

Bluetooth 4.1 is also on board with A2DP, EDR, and LE mode. The microUSB 2.0 port supports USB Host so you can attach USB flash drives or connect peripherals.

The satellite navigation chip inside the phone is compatible with GPS/GLONASS and BeiDou (BDS).

There's an FM radio on board too. NFC with contactless payments is supported as well.

The only connectivity feature which is missing is an Infrared blaster.