Live photos of Huawei P8
- Case materials: metal, plastic, glass
- Operating System: Android 5.0, Huawei EMUI 3.1
- Network: GSM / EDGE, WCDMA, LTE (two slots for SIM cards and a combined microSD slot)
- Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 930/935
- Processor: Quad-core 2 GHz (Cortex-A53) and Quad-core 1.5 GHz (Cortex-A53)
- Graphics: Mali-T628 MP4
- RAM: 3 GB
- Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB, a slot for a microSD memory card (128 GB cards are supported)
- Interfaces: Wi-Fi (a / b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, LE), microUSB connector (USB 2.0, USB-Host) for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm for a headset, DLNA, NFC, infrared
- Screen: IPS LCD, 5.2 ”, 1920×1080 pixels (FullHD), automatic backlight leveling, Gorilla Glass 3
- Main camera: 13 MP, dual LED flash (works like a flashlight), optical image stabilization (OIS)
- Front camera: 8 MP fixed focal length
- Navigation: GPS / Glonass (A-GPS support)
- Sensors: accelerometer, spatial position sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, barometer
- Battery: Non-removable, Li-Pol, 2680 mAh
- Dimensions: 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm
- Weight: 144 grams
The Huawei P-series smartphone line has been developing since 2012, and even then, at the start, P1 was a successful and interesting smartphone, whose features and ideas formed the basis for the development of this series. Huawei Ascend P1 could not be called unconditional at the time of the release of the flagship, but this device looked balanced and moderate in everything. in terms of characteristics, usability, and finally, cost. Three years later, and several models in this lineup, Huawei introduced the P8. another smartphone from the category of balanced devices: not too big, but not small, moderately productive and with the necessary set of capabilities, as well as characteristics close to the flagships. In this review, I will try to talk about all the features of the new device from Huawei. P8.
Design, body materials
From a design point of view, I can’t call the P8 any interesting and bright device, these are typical thin metal bars without any distinctive features. At the same time, the smartphone looks high-quality and dignified, and you can’t say that it is ugly. It turned out to be moderately simple, albeit without recognizable details, but a universal device.
Only the front panel can be called a brand, and even then with a stretch. Traces and prints on it remain barely noticeable and are easily removed.
The smartphone goes on sale in three colors: silver, gold and black.
The build quality is excellent, and I make this conclusion not on one model, but on several devices: I looked at the first P8 in the office of the company, then examined it again at the presentation, finally, to prepare the review, I used P8 as my main phone for more than two weeks.
SIM-card trays are most precisely adjusted to the rib plane, swipe your finger and feel a flat surface, the buttons are securely “seated” in their places, nothing loosens and doesn’t hang. During use, the smartphone several times fell to the floor (at home) from a height of about one and a half meters, no damage appeared on the device.
The small frames to the left and right of the screen, the minimum body thickness and reasonable indentation at the top and bottom with a screen diagonal of 5.2 ” make the Huawei P8 a very compact smartphone even in the category of five-inch models, not to mention devices with a diagonal of 5.2 ”. It is also important that the P8 is not only compact, but also ergonomic. due to the small bevels of the case in the places where the planes cross, the smartphone does not crash into the palm of your hand, but fits comfortably into it. Holding the device and using it is a pleasure. After models with screens of 5.5 ” or more, the device from Huawei seems incredibly convenient, and even compared to many phones with 5 ” screens, the P8 display is more compact.
In terms of usability, the Huawei P8 can even be compared with Xiaomi Mi4, and this is one of the most balanced in size five-inch devices on a par with the P7. I do not just pay the dimensions of the device so close attention at first glance. It seems to me that the balanced dimensions in 2015-2016 will become one of the most important advantages of smartphones. When every second device is equipped with 3-4 GB of RAM, a high-quality FullHD screen has become the norm, and chipset manufacturers compete in the frequency of eight-core processors, the overall usability of the smartphone comes to the fore. And in this regard, the new P8 looks very advantageous.
Here is a comparison of the dimensions of the Huawei P8 with some popular models:
- Apple iPhone 6 (4.7 “). 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm, 129 grams
- HTC One M9 (5 ”). 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.6 mm, 157 grams
- Huawei P8 (5.2 “). 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4 mm, 144 grams
- Samsung Galaxy S6 (5.1 “). 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, 138 grams
- Xiaomi Mi4 (5 ”). 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm, 149 grams
Compared to HTC One M8
Compared to Meizu MX4 Pro
Compared to Nokia 3310
Compared to YotaPhone 2
Despite the quite compact dimensions of the Huawei P8, there are several options in the smartphone’s settings to simplify working with the device with one hand, as well as various functions related to gestures and movements. mute when the screen is flipped and so on.
In terms of controls, the Huawei P8 is a typical Android smartphone with a pair of hardware keys and touchscreen buttons. The hardware buttons are located on the right edge: on top is the volume key, below is the power button. Even lower are two slots for SIM cards and a memory card. One of these slots is combined with microSD, respectively, you can choose what to use this slot for. to install a second SIM card or for a memory card. The left edge of the smartphone is empty.
At the top there is an additional microphone (noise reduction) and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. At the bottom. the main microphone, microUSB connector and grille for two speakers.
The on-screen keypad includes three buttons: “Back”, “Home” and a call to the manager of running programs.
If you wish, you can change the location of the buttons, also add a button to call the notification curtain and a button to hide the navigation panel itself. It is very comfortable!
When you touch any of the on-screen buttons, the device vibrates slightly.
Unlocking the smartphone with a double tap on the screen, unfortunately, is impossible. Perhaps this feature will appear with new firmware, because in the previous Huawei smartphone that I tested, Honor 6 Plus, I also did not have it. At the same time, several readers immediately after the review sent screenshots of their devices, bought not where the ability to unlock with double tap is present.
On the front side, there is a spoken speaker, an 8 MP camera eye and sensors.
The factory thin protective film is glued on the front panel, the quality of the film is such that it is difficult to see it the first time, without peering. I didn’t shoot it for this reason, the film is practically invisible.
The Huawei P8 uses a high-quality IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 5.2 “ and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. Screen with maximum viewing angles. At whatever angle you diverge it, diagonally, edges or ends, the picture is not distorted. There is a good margin of brightness. The color rendering of the display is close to natural, while in the settings you can always adjust the color temperature, making the picture on the screen warmer or colder. Personally, I preferred to “twist” the temperature on my P8 a little towards cold shades.
Automatic brightness control works very well, as is the case with the Honor 6 Plus. Having turned on this option, I forgot that sometimes on other smartphones I set the brightness manually depending on the conditions (in the afternoon. one brightness, closer to the evening at home. another).
An important point related to the screen of the Huawei P8 is the standard design theme. Below in the text I will return to the “themes”, but now I want to note one important feature. If we take all the well-known Chinese brands: Lenovo, Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi, Meizu and even some smaller ones, then Huawei’s proprietary shell from the point of view of design will probably be the most unsightly. It’s about design, not about its capabilities. How does this relate to the screen and its perception? Very strong, actually. When you take Huawei P8 for the first time, turn it on and see a scary basic design theme with protective color icons, it seems as if the device’s screen is at least dull or dull. It’s worth changing the theme to a more juicy one or just filling the start screen with application icons instead of the base ones and changing the picture, and now you can see a good display. As a result, I stayed on the basic theme of design, because, having shoveled about 4 GB of themes for EMUI, I did not find anything worthy, but take this point into account. The display itself in P8 is excellent, but its perception the first time it is turned on may be a little spoiled by not the most successful “themes”.
In the settings of P8 there is an item “smart film”. Turning this mode on, judging by the description, you can transfer the functions of the on-screen keys to the area below the display, and also assign selected actions to touch the corners of the case from the top left and right of the screen, provided that there is a special film on the glass. With the factory film, this mode does not work.
Probably half of the time the Huawei P8 presentation was devoted to the device’s camera. Key features: Sony’s new four-color RGBW sensor with 13 MP resolution, optical image stabilization and a dedicated ISP processor. In theory, the camera should be one of the best among all smartphones on the market in any shooting conditions: day, evening, night, and also with a lack of light (f / 2.0 will come in handy here).
The camera interface is simple and clear, switching modes, turning on HDR and other essential settings are collected on one screen, it is called up by clicking on the parameter key, more detailed settings can also be opened by clicking on the parameter button already in this window.
Burst modes are available, after which you can choose the best frame, as well as the usual mode for all top devices, with a focus point on the final picture (the camera takes several frames with different focal lengths and glues them into one). There is a “decoration” mode for both the front and the main camera, in it the retouching effect is superimposed on the skin, wrinkles, pimples and so on are smoothed out.
An interesting mode of “light”, a lot of attention was also paid to him at the presentation. The bottom line is this: you press the “capture” button, and the camera starts taking a single shot, while the shot goes in this mode, as if you had chosen a shutter speed in the region of a minute, conditionally. But in fact, you do not choose the shutter speed before shooting, but simply stop photographing after as many seconds as you need. The result is a shutter speed set at the end of the photographing process. The mode is interesting, and with it, along with a tripod on the Huawei P8, you can take unusual shots at night. However, I note that this mode is, in fact, a slice of the manual mode present on HTC, Lenovo, Meizu and Xiaomi smartphones, where you can also choose the shutter speed manually, but before shooting starts.
Now about the quality of the photos.
I’ll start with the main thing. the Huawei P8 has an excellent macro. The minimum distance to the subject when shooting is about 3-4 centimeters. For example, in the Meizu MX4 Pro with an excellent camera, this distance is about 6-7 centimeters, and on the HTC One M8, also with good macro photography, about 7-8 centimeters. At the same time, for macro shooting in Huawei P8 you do not even need to turn on any separate mode, you just point the smartphone at the object as close as possible and take a picture. that’s all.
When shooting on a bright sunny day, the photos turn out to be generally good, although I personally do not get the feeling that the frames lack a bit of overall juiciness when studying the pictures. Minus. in the center of the frame you can often see the picture go into pink, this “feature” is also characteristic, for example, for some HTC smartphones and is most evident when shooting a white sheet with text. At the same time, I want to note the chic work of optical stabilization. even when you just drive your smartphone in search of a frame, the system can be seen on the screen, the picture moves smoothly, shooting on P8 with OIS is more comfortable than on devices without a “stub”, often there where on another smartphone I would need to take 3-4 frames to select one sharp, on the Huawei P8 I just took one photo and got the desired sharp shot.
Shooting at night is perhaps one of the strengths of the Huawei P8 camera. Yes, in complete darkness there is still some blurring and blurring of frames, but if you compare the resulting night photos with shots from many other smartphones (I compared with the LG G3 and G4, for example), the difference is in favor of P8, and it is noticeable “by eye”. Photographs are sharp, with fine details distinguishable on them, albeit with a noticeable presence of digital noise.
When shooting at night, you can manually set the shutter speed and ISO.
Also, the camera has a shooting mode with superimposed effects and HDR, the latter works very well and accurately.
Front-camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and a fixed focal length in the Huawei P8 is very good if we are talking about shooting portraits. Yes, there is no autofocus here, but it doesn’t stop getting photos with good detail: you can see all acne and black “figs” on the face, and if you want, you can remove them by turning on the “decoration” mode.
recording. The smartphone writes in a maximum resolution of 1080p, the device does not have tracking autofocus, only the tap focusing on the screen selects that now, when this feature is available in almost any smartphone, it looks rather strange. But there is software stabilization in addition to optical, if you enable both, the image is very smooth. I propose to evaluate the overall quality of the in the attached files with examples.
If you evaluate the camera in the Huawei P8 by any individual shooting modes, it has strengths and weaknesses: excellent macro, good night shooting, but at the same time, lack of juiciness when shooting on a clear sunny day and average quality. The front camera is excellent, there are no complaints about it. As for the main one, I can’t call it one of the best among modern smartphones. Yes, it is more or less universal and allows you to get decent photos in difficult conditions, and the fee for this is not the most convincing quality when shooting in seemingly ideal situations on a sunny day. Perhaps, with software updates, Huawei will improve this aspect, because the potential of this sensor on the P8 with optical stabilization is simply huge.
The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 2680 mAh. In my case, Huawei P8 worked on average until evening in the following mode: 40-60 minutes of conversation, 10-20 text messages, Gmail, 3-4 hours of listening to music and about 1-2 hours of active use of mobile Internet (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook messenger, browser) plus the use of the camera (about 50 images conditionally). Performance is not the best, the device is inferior in time to such smartphones as LG G3, HTC One M8 and M9 and many others. However, if you, like me, are used to constantly carrying an external battery or charging a smartphone as soon as possible, this will not become a problem. Not the best indicators of the operating time are the fees for a thin and compact device case.
The smartphone is built on a proprietary platform of Huawei. HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 (depending on version and memory size) with a quad-core 2 GHz processor (Cortex-A53) and a quad-core 1.5 GHz (Cortex-A53). Graphics Subsystem (GPU). Mali-T628 MP4. The device has 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 64 GB of internal memory for storing user data. There is also a slot for a memory card, combined with a slot for a second SIM card.
There are no performance issues for the device. Everything from the shell and launching programs to toys like GTA San Andreas and WoT Blitz, works at maximum graphics settings quickly and without delay. The following are Honor P8 benchmark results in the Antutu benchmark.
I did not notice a noticeable heating of the smartphone case (as is the case with HTC One M9) even under load.
The smartphone works in GSM, HSDPA and LTE networks, all common bands for LTE are supported. You can enable and disable wireless interfaces through the settings or using one of the notification curtain pages.
To synchronize with a PC and transfer data, the bundled microUSB cable and USB 2.0 interface are used.
The smartphone has USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) support. you can connect flash drives and other drives to the device through an adapter, for example, a camera for transferring pictures from it to the device’s memory.
Bluetooth. Built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with support for A2DP and LE.
Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n). The Wi-Fi module in Huawei P8 without support for the 5 GHz band, only familiar and common 2.4. The module works flawlessly.
Wifi router. Familiar for Android smartphones, there is the possibility of “sharing” 2G / 3G / 4G Wi-Fi Internet connection. In the settings at the first start, you need to select the network name and password (WPA2).
Nfc. The smartphone has an NFC module, it works correctly: you can check the balance on the transport card and record tickets on it or replenish it when you install the appropriate application.
The smartphone has GPS / Glonass support, it takes a minimum amount of time to search for satellites, from 5 to 15 seconds. There is no special navigation software in the smartphone.
Software, EMUI 3.0
The smartphone runs on Android 5.x, the proprietary Emotion UI. EMUI version 3.1 is used as a shell. By common logic, the shell resembles MIUI and Flyme, and its roots go back to iOS, respectively. there is no separate application menu, all programs are collected on desktops.
There are many detailed settings and useful things: displaying the network speed, showing or hiding the operator’s name, changing the location of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, a configurable Do Not Disturb mode, and so on.
In some shell solutions, inconsistency is observed. Suppose, when you see a notification about a new event (message, missed call, WhatsApp, and so on) on the lock screen, to go to it, you need to swipe the notification card to the right. And when you see the same notification, being on the main screen or in some application, to go to it, you just need to touch the card. At first it’s inconvenient, you need to get used to it.
But most of all, personally, it seems to me that a trifle saddens me, but it is very annoying in my case. The fact is that all themes for EMUI change part of the application icons to their own. And I could not find a topic where such a substitution would not be. And to make sure that there are no such themes, I shoveled about 4 GB of themes for all versions of EMUI for stock icons. What do I mean by stock icons? This is when you install Instagram or WhatsApp and you see the same program icon that is displayed for it on Google Play, that is, it was conceived by the developers. In EMUI, about half of the programs appear with changed icons, this does not affect the usability of the smartphone at all, but it annoys me, at least. An attempt to remove all the icons in one of the basic themes, so that when installing the themes they are replaced by standard ones from Android, the system “digs out” very old icons from its bowels and puts them at the heart of the interface. In general, until I found a solution to overcome this feature of EMUI.
Another feature of EMUI, which I personally do not like, is too serious a redesign compared to a pure Android OS. In this regard, the current versions of LG UI and HTC Sense are closer to me, where the developers tried to leave all the convenient functions from Lollipop. the notification curtain, cards and the logic of working with them on the lock screen and some other things. In EMUI, all these elements are redone, and if you upgrade to Huawei P8 from some device with Android 5.0, you will need to study the interface again.
If you close your eyes to it, as well as to some of the illogicalities of the shell described above, then in general, EMUI turns out to be a very convenient interface, with many detailed settings and useful options.
Along with the introduction of the Huawei P8 smartphone, the company also introduced an interesting accessory for it. a cover with an e-ink screen. The accessory is manufactured by Oaxis, known for the release of similar cases under its brand, equipped with a 4.3 ” e-ink display, its own battery, charging port and is connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth.
I did not have any complaints about the quality of signal reception during the use of Huawei P8. The device catches the network well, the sound in the conversational dynamics is clear, without wheezing and extraneous noise, there is a volume margin. The vibrating alert feels good under various conditions, including when walking. The volume of the ringing speaker is above average, while the sound is clear and sonorous, but without wheezing. The presentation also announced the function of quick network search when leaving an area where the network does not catch, or turning off the “airplane” mode, but to be honest, there’s not much difference between the Huawei P8 with this function and, for example, the LG G4 and Meizu MX4 Pro did not notice without it.
The smartphone will go on sale in a single 16 GB version and with two SIM card slots, one of which is just combined with a microSD slot. The exact cost of the device for Russia has not yet been determined, but previously the price of the Huawei P8 will be about 30,000 rubles. If we recall that immediately after the presentation the alleged price tag was announced in the region of 40-45 thousand rubles, 30 thousand now seem more adequate. This is about 10-15 thousand cheaper than the cost of the flagships from Samsung, LG, HTC, and given that the characteristics of the Huawei P8 are not much behind them, and in terms of dimensions it looks even more interesting, the price is quite acceptable.
Yes, the Huawei P8 is far from an ideal smartphone, but the strengths of this device, such as a high-quality display, high speed without much heating of the case even under load, moderate dimensions, small thickness and a good main camera combined with an excellent front camera, make the disadvantages excusable. If you are looking for a compact modern smartphone with relevant characteristics, but are not ready to overpay for the flagship from a major manufacturer and for some features that are unnecessary for you (like 2560×1440 resolution on a five-inch screen), you should take a closer look at Huawei P8.