Huawei P8 in the test: On sale from the previous year – hardware tests

The Huawei P8 is stamped in 2015 like a bomb. Huge banners and months of campaigns on Berlin's streetcars made it known. All providers had it on offer. Meanwhile, the successor to Huawei P9 is on the market and its predecessor is priced more interesting. We look at whether the Hauwei P8 is a worth buying yet.

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To the section:

  • Price and Availability
  • Design and processing
  • display
  • particularities
  • software
  • performance
  • Audio
  • camera
  • battery pack
  • Technical specifications
  • final verdict
  • Where buy?

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Huawei P8: Price and Availability

The Huawei P8 came on May 15, 2015 a recommended retail price of 499 euros in the trade. Meanwhile, the price dropped to less than 300 euros, so it priced positioning itself in weaker new equipment. A year after the appearance and in the shadow of his successor, it is one of the tips, because you can get hold of a top unit to an intermediate price with the P8.

Huawei P8: design and processing

At first glance immediately notice that the Huawei P8 is very slim: With a thickness of 6.4 millimeters, it is significantly thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Sony Xperia Z3. It is even entire 0.5 millimeters thinner than Apple's iPhone 6. Speaking of iPhone 6: The design of the P8 Huawei has clearly let inspiration for Apple's latest smartphone. This is clearly visible on the aluminum unibody and the sharpened edges. But fortunately Huawei has not copied the look of the camera lens, as these projects at P8 not out of the housing, but is flush with the rest of the back panel.

Huawei p8 cameraThe camera does not protrude. / © AndroidPIT

The back of the P8 way, is not entirely of aluminum, but has at the upper edge of a frieze made of glass, which sets a stylish accent and at the same time ensuring that the design of the P8 is not too similar to the iPhone.

Huawei p8 backThe back of the Huawei P8. / © AndroidPIT

At the bottom are found left and right of the centrally positioned Micro-USB port more bore holes. What awakened at first glance the impression of a stereo speaker, however, turned out to be the test of the Huawei P8 as small sham because only sound comes from the left speaker. The right of the Micro-USB port is located on the microphone.

huawei usb p8Links: speakers, center: Micro-USB port, Right: microphone. / © AndroidPIT

On the right side there are two slots (nano-SIM and Nano SIM or microSD card), and a centrally positioned power button with ribbing and above mounted volume rocker down. The inserts are very unobtrusive and the keys have excellent tactile feedback.

Huawei p8 standby buttonPower button and volume rocker of the Huawei P8. / © AndroidPIT

All in all, there is nothing to complain about both the design and the processing of the Huawei P8. I would even go so far as to say, Huawei has set new standards in the processing of the P8, especially at a premium smartphone with a relatively low retail price of 499 euros. Hats off!

Huawei P8: Display

The IPS screen of the Huawei P8 holds 5.2 inches and triggers with Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) on. Despite the not exactly small displays the P8 with dimensions of 144.9 x 6.4 mm 71,8.x is very compact, which is mainly due to the good utilization display: The so-called screen-to-body ratio is the Huawei P8 at 78.3 percent.

Huawei p8 display 2The Huawei P8 display is very good. / © AndroidPIT

Colors and viewing angles could convince me completely in Huawei P8 test. However, anyone who is not satisfied with the default calibration of the display, you can adjust the color temperature in the Android settings manually. in my opinion, but this is not necessary since the screen of the P8 is very good already set at the factory.

Huawei p8 software color temperature settingsSettings to manually adjust the color temperature. / © AndroidPIT

Huawei P8: Features

One of the great advantages of our own Kirin chips is loud Huawei that this was designed primarily with an eye for network channels and connectivity (the actual expertise of the Chinese Group). This results in a very special feature of the Huawei P8, which impressed me: The processor is able to calculate the speed of mobile and wireless networks in the area and so inform you if you faster through changing networks obtain compound can. Of course, this feature can be switched off. Huawei way, told us that the built-Kirin 930 chip for 5G networks is intended. But it does currently in this country interested in anybody yet, and in the test of the Huawei P8 I could, of course, lack 5G connection not try.

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The Huawei P8 also has two independently operating antennas (up and down in the housing) and in combination with the feature signal + supposed to provide for a better network coverage and changing. Even if you are very quick (for example in an ICE), there should be a stable connection. Although I was able to connect in an ICE not test during my test of the P8 but I could watch especially when leaving the subway that the reception has improved faster and the change between Edge and LTE data reception worked faster than it is for example the case with my Nexus 6th

Huawei P8: Software

Huawei Android spices up on its own, comprehensive user interface. This allows gesture and voice control. In the spring of 2016, the software has been renewed by the Android 6.0. The surface EMUI was renewed from version 3.1 to 4.0.

Huawei p8 homescreenHuawei's default launcher has no app launcher. / © AndroidPIT

Huawei's user interface was outwardly similar to iOS and comes up with similar design decisions. There is no app launcher so that all app starters are distributed on the home screens. Install another launcher if you bothers. The notification area was also inspired by iOS '.

Huawei p8 quick settingsThe milk glass look familiar from iOS. / © AndroidPIT

The update from Android marshmallow can you if you do not want to wait to manually re-install. How to do this, we have found on the unofficial Huawei blog. It provides, among other things with the original authorization management. In it, your apps can revoke permissions after installation.

Huawei p8 permissionsMore privacy thanks Andorids authorization management. / © AndroidPIT

Huawei aggresives energy management ensures sometimes that WhatsApp messages arrive delayed. Manages the power saving prefer manually. That's in two places, as Huawei addition to the standard options, a proprietary Phone Manager installed.

Huawei p8 battery savingThe battery manager (left) and Huawei optimizer block incoming WhatsApp messages. / © AndroidPIT

A pleasing enrichment Huawei smartphones is the backup function. With it you can all your photos, apps, app settings, SMS and contacts stored on the SD card and transferred to the next Huawei smartphone. Unfortunately you can not mitspeichern your account details and need you at the next Huawei smartphone re login everywhere. But Huawei backup is better than many other backup tools for Android.

Huawei P8: Performance

The performance of the Huawei P8 can be compared with those of today's top devices barely. Huawei has clearly refilled in successor and could dramatically improve performance in theoretical benchmarks. In everyday life, the Huawei P8 suggests okay, but is a slightly more expensive Galaxy S6 clearly inferior.

The installed processor Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 930 operates at a clock speed of 2.0 GHz and 4 x 4 x 1.5 GHz. Especially the graphics unit Mali-T628 MP4 ensures weak results in gaming benchmarks. If your preferred graphically complex games, you have access to another smartphone.

Huawei P8: Audio

The Huawei P8 has only a mono speaker on the left underside of the device but it is very loud and I was whether the good sound quality that came from the small speaker, very pleasantly surprised at the test of the P8. I did not think that the speakers would achieve such a good performance.

Huawei p8 bottomThe speaker (left) sounds better than I thought. / © AndroidPIT

Positive also the voice quality is striking, this is in fact crystal clear, even in difficult noise environments like the subway. A little anecdote: I was walking on Saturday and received a call. It was just windy when I answered the phone. From my interlocutors, I was eventually asked if I was at home. When I explained that I was on the way and it's just quite windy, you would not believe, as the ambient noise were perfectly filtered out to me only.

Huawei P8: Camera

Compared to the cameras that are used in top devices in 2016 that the now favorable Huawei P8 can not keep up. Contrast and saturation are alright and behavior in low light is okay for a 300-euro-camera. Considerably more Camera performance you get with the more expensive Nexus 5X or the Samsung Galaxy S6.

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The main camera of the Huawei P8 has a resolution of 13 megapixels, has a RGBW sensor and an optical image stabilizer (OIS). The front camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and is ideal for selfies.

During the actual camera interface Huawei has had again inspired by Apple: Different picture modes (photo, video, time lapse, embellishing, light painting) is replaced by horizontal swipe gestures, color filters or beauty effects are immediately displayed in real time so that the result already can see before you press the shutter button.

Huawei p8 camera interfaceExcerpt from the camera interface. Filters and other effects are displayed in real time. / © AndroidPIT

With the mode light painting Huawei wants to appeal to creative people. This mode allows, among other things, light trails of cars driving at night or star trails take from the sky. But light graffiti in dark environments and the effect of silky water can be added to it. In practice, it will probably rarely use the feature light painting, with a little time and creativity very cool effects are but possible.

Huawei P8 Battery

The battery in Huawei P8 is 2,680 mAh large and is therefore slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S6 (2,550 mAh). However, the P8 has two decisive advantages: The display has low on and through the built-in software energy optimizations, the P8 is overall very good terms. Huawei itself promises a battery life of 1.5 days under normal use and one day under heavy use. In the test of the Huawei P8 I can confirm this information: After a 12-hour day normal use, where I made several photos, about 1 hour on the phone, retrieve e-mails and the usual things like surf the Web, send messages, photos have worked and played a game of Dead trigger 2, the battery still amounted to over 65 percent. Mind you, the runtime should continue to improve after several battery charging cycles, but this was the value that I have almost reached "out of the box" with the Huawei P8 in the test.

AndroidPIT huawei p8 05Huawei P8: Despite 5.2 inches still very compact. / © AndroidPIT

Huawei P8: Specifications

Dimensions:Mass:Battery capacity:Display size:Display Technology:Screen:Front camera:Rear camera:Lightning:Android:User interface:R.A.M:Internal memory:Removable storage:chipset:Number of cores:Max. Frequency:connectivity:
144.9 x 71.8 x 6.4 mm
144 g
2680 mAh
5.2 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels (424 ppi)
8 megapixels
13 megapixels
5.0 - Lollipop
emotion UI
3 GB
16 GB
64 GB
HiSilicon Kirin 930
2 GHz
HSPA, LTE, NFC, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.1

final verdict

For now below 300 euros, the Huawei P8 is a bargain. If you make the smartphone a lot of photos, it is the first choice in this price range. but if you have a few extra euros left, you should rather pick up the Galaxy S6. This is much faster, has a prestige bonus and once again makes much better pictures.

This article has been adapted for release of the successor and marshmallow updates in the areas of price, software, camera and performance.

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