Performance & Battery Life
The chipset performance deserves similar praise. Huawei’s Kirin 930 processor with eight cores performs all tasks set before it very well. The processor comes with the combination of four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2 GHz clock speed and four Cortex-A53 cores running at 1.5 GHz, as well as the Mali-T626 graphic subsystem.
Again, this chip will not break synthetic benchmark records, but it will provide fluid functionality characteristic of the best phones currently on the market, leaving enough room for the manufacturer to maintain a reasonable price. All of this is aided by the fact that the device comes with 3 GB of RAM (to make no mention of its slightly lower-resolution HD display).
Battery life proves average for a phone of this size, and lasted up to a day and a half with intense use during our testing time.
Huawei P8 ships with Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop) and Huawei’s EMUI 3.0 UI skin. It borrows elements form iOS, and widgets can be arranged through a Tetris-like principle. It also has voice recognition and can be personalized with a name. Call it “Tony” and misplace it, saying “Hey Tony, where are you?” will generate a response provided the P8 is nearby.
There are other software tweaks as well, most of which are trifle and silly. Screenshots can be taken by double taping the display, and cropping screenshots can be accomplished via a circle swipe, for instance.
Huawei P8’s back-facing camera comes with a 13-megapixel Sony sensor, but the option of optically stabilized lenses up to 1-6 degrees is eye catching. This amounts to twice the optical stabilization iPhone 6 Plus, for example, at least on paper. However, Huawei has not specified the lens/shutter speed, which is also an important factor while forming final photographs, particularly under poor lighting conditions.
It’s important to mention that the phone’s camera is the first this resolution and a four-colored sensor matrix: RGBW. It cumulatively takes in more light and has a more convincing contrast, making it great in low light, with softer tones, more details, and clearer night shots.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t make the P8 the best cameraphone on the market, just a good one (especially for the price). Generally speaking, photographs come with a very high dynamic range, correct saturation and a solid level of details. However, sharpness is lacking. This means that photos will really look great on the phone displays as well as on social media channels like Facebook and Twitter, but will appear fuzzier on larger displays or when printed out.