Huawei P8 review

Huawei's 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 an unconditional flagship at the time of release, but this device looked balanced and moderate in everything - in characteristics, in ease of use, and finally, in price. Three years later and several models in this line, 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 features, as well as characteristics close to flagships. In this review, I will try to tell you about all the features of the new device from Huawei - P8.

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Design, case materials

From a design point of view, I can't call the P8 anything interesting or flashy, it's just a typical thin bar of metal with no distinguishing features. At the same time, the smartphone looks high quality and dignified, and it is impossible to say that it is ugly. It turned out to be moderately simple, albeit without recognizable details, but a universal device.

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The main feature of the case in Huawei Ascend P7 was the combination of a metal frame and glass panels on the front and back sides. Yes, this is spectacular, but from a practical point of view, such a solution has problems. First, the glass gets dirty, and it's noticeable. The second is that when a smartphone falls on any hard surface (asphalt, tile, etc.), there is a big chance to get a case that is cracked in front or behind, that is, glass. In Huawei P8, the company has changed the materials used, here we see an all-aluminum body, with the exception of the panel in the upper area near the camera, where the antennas are placed, as well as the screen. The P8 may not look as impressive on a shelf in a store or in your hand, but otherwise the solution with a metal body is better. The device still looks spectacular, while it has become more practical than the previous model: traces and prints on the metal “back” are almost invisible, and there is less chance of damaging the smartphone when dropped. In my opinion, in terms of the materials used, the new P8 is a step forward.

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Only the front panel can be called a brand, and even then with a stretch. Traces and prints on it remain barely noticeable and can be easily removed.

In Russia, the smartphone will go on sale in three colors: silver, gold and black.

Assembly

The build quality is excellent, and I draw this conclusion not on one sample, but on several devices: the first P8 I looked at the company's office, then I studied it again at the presentation, finally, to prepare the review, I used the P8 as my main phone for more than two weeks.

The trays for SIM-cards fit as closely as possible to the plane of the rib, swipe your finger and you feel a flat surface, the buttons are securely "sitting" in their places, nothing is loose or dangling. During the use of the smartphone, I fell several times to the floor (at home) from a height of about one and a half meters, no damage appeared on the body of the device.

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Dimensions

Small bezels to the left and right of the screen, the minimum thickness of the body and reasonable indents at the top and bottom with a screen diagonal of 5.2'' make the Huawei P8 quite a 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 just compact, but also ergonomic - due to the small bevels of the case at the transition points of the planes, the smartphone does not crash into the palm, but fits comfortably into it. Holding the device and using it is a pleasure. After models with screens of 5.5'' or more, the Huawei device seems incredibly convenient, and compared to many phones with a 5'' display, the P8 is more compact.

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In terms of usability, Huawei P8 can even be compared with Xiaomi Mi4, and this is one of the most balanced five-inch devices on a par with P7. It's not just that I pay such close attention to the dimensions of the device at first glance. It seems to me that balanced dimensions in 2015-2016 will be one of the most important advantages of smartphones. With 3-4 GB of RAM in every second device, a high-quality FullHD screen has become the norm, and chipset manufacturers compete in the frequency of eight-core processors, the overall usability of a smartphone comes to the fore. And in this regard, the new P8 looks very advantageous.

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Controls

In terms of controls, the Huawei P8 is a typical Android smartphone with a pair of hardware keys and on-screen touch 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.

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At the top end there is an additional microphone (noise reduction) and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom is the main microphone, a microUSB connector and a grille for two speakers.

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The on-screen keypad includes three buttons: back, home, and launching the manager of running programs.

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If desired, the location of the buttons can be changed, a button for calling the notification curtain and a button for hiding the navigation bar itself are also added here. It's very convenient!

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When you touch any of the on-screen buttons, the device vibrates slightly.

Unfortunately, you cannot unlock your smartphone by double-tapping the screen. 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 purchased outside of Russia, where the ability to unlock with a double tap is present.

On the top of the front side there is a speaker, an 8 MP camera eye and sensors.

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A factory-made thin protective film is pasted on the front panel, the quality of the film is such that it is difficult to see it the first time without peering. I did not shoot it for this reason, the film is virtually invisible.

Screen

Huawei P8 uses a high-quality IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 5.2'' and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Screen with maximum viewing angles. At whatever angle you reject it, diagonally, edges or ends, the picture is not distorted. There is a good margin of brightness. The color reproduction 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.

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The auto-brightness works very well, as is the case with the Honor 6 Plus. Having enabled this option, I forgot that sometimes on other smartphones I set the brightness manually depending on the conditions (during the day - one brightness, in the late afternoon at home - another).

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An important point related to the Huawei P8 screen is the standard themes. I will return to the “themes” later in the text, but for 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 in terms of design will probably be the most unattractive. We are talking about the design, and not about its capabilities. How does this relate to the screen and its perception? Very strong, in fact. When you take the Huawei P8 for the first time, turn it on and see a scary basic theme with icons in protective colors, it seems as if the screen of the device is at least dim or dim. It is worth changing the theme to a more juicy one, or simply filling the start screen with app icons instead of basic ones and changing the picture, and you already see a good display. In the end, I stayed on the basic theme, 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 the P8 is excellent, but its perception at the first start can be a little spoiled by not the most successful "themes".

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In the P8's settings, there is an item called "smart film". By enabling this mode, judging by the description, you can transfer the functions of the on-screen keys to the area under the display, as well as assign the selected actions to touching the corners of the case from the top left and right of the screen, provided that there is a special film on the glass. This mode does not work with the factory film.

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Camera

Probably half of the time of the Huawei P8 presentation was devoted to the device's camera. Key Features: Sony's new 13MP quad-color RGBW sensor, optical image stabilization and a dedicated ISP. 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 in low light (f / 2.0 will come in handy here).

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The camera interface is simple and intuitive, switching modes, enabling HDR and other essential settings are collected on one screen, it is called up by clicking on the options key, more detailed settings can also be opened by clicking on the options button already in this window.

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Burst shooting modes are available, after which you can choose the best shot, as well as the mode already familiar to all top-end devices with the choice of the focus point on the final picture (the camera takes several frames with different focal lengths and glues them into one). There is a “beautification” mode for both the front and main cameras, in which the retouching effect is applied to the skin, wrinkles, pimples, and so on are smoothed out.

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An interesting "light" mode, it was also given a lot of attention at the presentation. The bottom line is this: you press the “shoot” button, and the camera starts taking pictures of one frame, while the picture goes in such a mode as if you had chosen a shutter speed value 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. It turns out shooting with a shutter speed set at the end of the photographing process. The mode is interesting, and with the help of it, together with a tripod on the Huawei P8, you can take unusual shots at night. However, I note that this mode, in fact, is a piece of the manual mode present in HTC, Lenovo, Meizu and Xiaomi smartphones, where you can also select the shutter speed manually, but before shooting.

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Now about the quality of Subaru photos.

Let's 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 Meizu MX4 Pro with an excellent camera, this distance is about 6-7 centimeters, and in HTC One M8, also with good macro photography, this distance is about 7-8 centimeters. At the same time, for macro shooting in Huawei P8, you don’t even need to turn on any separate mode, you just point your smartphone at the object as close as possible and take a picture - that’s it.

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When shooting on a bright sunny day, the photos are generally good, although personally, when examining the pictures, I have the feeling that the frames are a little lacking in overall juiciness. The downside is that in the center of the frame you can often notice the transition of the picture to the pink color scheme, this “feature” is also typical, for example, of some HTC smartphones and is most clearly manifested 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 operation of this system is visible 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 choose one sharp, on Huawei P8 I just took one photo and got the desired sharp shot.

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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 we compare the final night photos with pictures from many other smartphones (I compared it with the LG G3 and G4, for example), the difference is in favor of the P8, and it is noticeable "by eye" . Photos are sharp, with small details distinguishable on them, albeit with a noticeable presence of digital noise.

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When shooting at night, you can manually set the shutter speed and ISO.

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Также в камере есть режим съемки с наложением эффектов и HDR, последний работает очень хорошо и аккуратно.

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Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and a fixed focal length in Huawei P8 is very good if we are talking about shooting portraits. Yes, there is no autofocus here, but this does not interfere with taking photos with good detail: you can see all the pimples and black “figovs” on the face, and if you wish, you can remove them by turning on the “decoration” mode.

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Video recording. The smartphone records video at a maximum resolution of 1080p, the device does not have tracking autofocus, only the choice of focusing by tapping on the screen, which now, when this feature is available in almost any smartphone, looks rather strange. But there is software stabilization in addition to optical, if you turn on both, the image is very smooth. I propose to evaluate the overall quality of the video in the attached files with examples.

If we evaluate the camera in Huawei P8 according to some individual shooting modes, it has strengths and weaknesses: excellent macro, good shooting at night, but at the same time, lack of juiciness when shooting on a clear sunny day and average video quality. The front camera is excellent, there are no complaints about it. As for the main one, I cannot call it one of the best among modern smartphones. Yes, it is more or less versatile and allows you to get decent photos in difficult conditions, and the price 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 for this sensor on the P8 with optical stabilization is simply huge.

Offline work

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 2680 mAh. In my case, Huawei P8 worked on average until the evening with the following mode: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail, 3-4 hours of music listening and about 1-2 hours of active mobile Internet use (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook messenger, browser) plus the use of the camera (about 50 pictures conditionally). The indicators are not the best, the device is inferior in terms of operating 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 with you or charging your smartphone as soon as possible, this will not be a problem. Not the best indicators of operating time - a fee for a thin and compact body of the device.

I did not notice any noticeable heating of the smartphone case (as in the case of the HTC One M9) even under load.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM, HSDPA and LTE networks, all LTE bands common in Russia are supported. You can enable and disable wireless interfaces through the settings or using one of the notification shade pages.

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Complete microUSB cable, USB 2.0 interface is used for PC synchronization and data transfer.

The smartphone has support for USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other drives, such as a camera, to the device via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory.

Bluetooth. Built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE support.

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Wi-Fi module in Huawei P8 without support for the 5 GHz band, only familiar and common 2.4. The module works flawlessly.

Wi-Fi router. As usual for Android-smartphones, there is the possibility of "sharing" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the settings at the first start, you need to select a 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 write tickets to it or replenish it when you install the appropriate application.

Navigation

The smartphone has GPS / Glonass support, it takes a minimum amount of time, from 5 to 15 seconds, to search for satellites. There is no special navigation software in the smartphone.

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Software, EMUI 3.0

The smartphone runs on Android 5.x, the shell uses the proprietary Emotion UI - EMUI version 3.1. According to the general logic, the shell resembles MIUI and Flyme, and goes back, respectively, to iOS - there is no separate application menu, all programs are collected on desktops.

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There are many detailed settings and useful things: network speed display, display or hide the operator name, change the location of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, customizable do not disturb mode

Huawei P8 review

Huawei's 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 an unconditional flagship at the time of release, but this device looked balanced and moderate in everything - in characteristics, in ease of use, and finally, in price. Three years later and several models in this line, 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 features, as well as characteristics close to flagships. In this review, I will try to tell you about all the features of the new device from Huawei - P8.

Huawei P8

Design, case materials

From a design point of view, I can't call the P8 anything interesting or flashy, it's just a typical thin bar of metal with no distinguishing features. At the same time, the smartphone looks high quality and dignified, and it is impossible to say that it is ugly. It turned out to be moderately simple, albeit without recognizable details, but a universal device.

Huawei P8

The main feature of the case in Huawei Ascend P7 was the combination of a metal frame and glass panels on the front and back sides. Yes, this is spectacular, but from a practical point of view, such a solution has problems. First - the glass gets dirty, and it's noticeable. The second is that when a smartphone falls on any hard surface (asphalt, tile, etc.), there is a big chance to get a body cracked in front or behind, that is, glass. In Huawei P8, the company has changed the materials used, here we see an all-aluminum body, with the exception of the panel in the upper area near the camera, where the antennas are placed, as well as the screen. The P8 may not look as impressive on a shelf in a store or in your hand, but otherwise the solution with a metal body is better. The device still looks spectacular, while it has become more practical than the previous model: traces and prints on the metal “back” are almost invisible, and there is less chance of damaging the smartphone when dropped. In my opinion, in terms of the materials used, the new P8 is a step forward.

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Only the front panel can be called a brand, and even then with a stretch. Traces and prints on it remain barely noticeable and can be easily removed.

In Russia, the smartphone will go on sale in three colors: silver, gold and black.

Assembly

The build quality is excellent, and I draw this conclusion not on one sample, but on several devices: the first P8 I looked at the company's office, then I studied it again at the presentation, finally, to prepare the review, I used the P8 as my main phone for more than two weeks.

The trays for SIM-cards fit as closely as possible to the plane of the rib, swipe your finger and you feel a flat surface, the buttons are securely "sitting" in their places, nothing is loose or dangling. During the use of the smartphone, I fell several times to the floor (at home) from a height of about one and a half meters, no damage appeared on the body of the device.

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Dimensions

Small bezels to the left and right of the screen, the minimum thickness of the body and reasonable indents at the top and bottom with a screen diagonal of 5.2'' make the Huawei P8 quite a 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 just compact, but also ergonomic - due to the small bevels of the case at the transition points of the planes, the smartphone does not crash into the palm, but fits comfortably into it. Holding the device and using it is a pleasure. After models with screens of 5.5'' or more, the Huawei device seems incredibly convenient, and compared to many phones with a 5'' display, the P8 is more compact.

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In terms of usability, Huawei P8 can even be compared with Xiaomi Mi4, and this is one of the most balanced five-inch devices on a par with P7. It's not just that I pay such close attention to the dimensions of the device at first glance. It seems to me that balanced dimensions in 2015-2016 will be one of the most important advantages of smartphones. With 3-4 GB of RAM in every second device, a high-quality FullHD screen has become the norm, and chipset manufacturers compete in the frequency of eight-core processors, the overall usability of a smartphone comes to the fore. And in this regard, the new P8 looks very advantageous.

I will compare the dimensions of 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

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Compared to HTC One M8

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Compared to Meizu MX4 Pro

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Compared to Nokia 3310

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Compared to YotaPhone 2

Despite the quite compact dimensions of the Huawei P8, the smartphone settings have several options to simplify working with the device with one hand, as well as various functions related to gestures and movements - turning off the sound when the screen is flipped, and so on.

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Controls

In terms of controls, the Huawei P8 is a typical Android smartphone with a pair of hardware keys and on-screen touch 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.

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At the top end there is an additional microphone (noise reduction) and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom is the main microphone, a microUSB connector and a grille for two speakers.

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The on-screen keypad includes three buttons: back, home, and launching the manager of running programs.

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If desired, the location of the buttons can be changed, a button for calling the notification curtain and a button for hiding the navigation bar itself are also added here. It's very convenient!

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When you touch any of the on-screen buttons, the device vibrates slightly.

Unfortunately, you cannot unlock your smartphone by double-tapping the screen. 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 purchased outside of Russia, where the ability to unlock with a double tap is present.

On the top of the front side there is a speaker, an 8 MP camera eye and sensors.

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A factory-made thin protective film is pasted on the front panel, the quality of the film is such that it is difficult to see it the first time without peering. I did not shoot it for this reason, the film is virtually invisible.

Screen

Huawei P8 uses a high-quality IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 5.2'' and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Screen with maximum viewing angles. At whatever angle you reject it, diagonally, edges or ends, the picture is not distorted. There is a good margin of brightness. The color reproduction 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.

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The auto-brightness works very well, as is the case with the Honor 6 Plus. Having enabled this option, I forgot that sometimes on other smartphones I set the brightness manually depending on the conditions (during the day - one brightness, in the late afternoon at home - another).

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An important point related to the Huawei P8 screen is the standard themes. I will return to the “themes” later in the text, but for 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 in terms of design will probably be the most unattractive. We are talking about the design, and not about its capabilities. How does this relate to the screen and its perception? Very strong, in fact. When you take the Huawei P8 for the first time, turn it on and see a scary basic theme with icons in protective colors, it seems as if the screen of the device is at least dim or dim. It is worth changing the theme to a more juicy one, or simply filling the start screen with app icons instead of basic ones and changing the picture, and you already see a good display. In the end, I stayed on the basic theme, 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 the P8 is excellent, but its perception at the first start can be a little spoiled by not the most successful "themes".

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In the P8's settings, there is an item called "smart film". By enabling this mode, judging by the description, you can transfer the functions of the on-screen keys to the area under the display, as well as assign the selected actions to touching the corners of the case from the top left and right of the screen, provided that there is a special film on the glass. This mode does not work with the factory film.

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Camera

Probably half of the time of the Huawei P8 presentation was devoted to the device's camera. Key Features: Sony's new 13MP quad-color RGBW sensor, optical image stabilization and a dedicated ISP. 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 in low light (f / 2.0 will come in handy here).

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The camera interface is simple and intuitive, switching modes, enabling HDR and other essential settings are collected on one screen, it is called up by clicking on the options key, more detailed settings can also be opened by clicking on the options button already in this window.

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Burst shooting modes are available, after which you can choose the best shot, as well as the mode already familiar to all top-end devices with the choice of the focus point on the final picture (the camera takes several frames with different focal lengths and glues them into one). There is a “beautification” mode for both the front and main cameras, in which the retouching effect is applied to the skin, wrinkles, pimples, and so on are smoothed out.

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An interesting "light" mode, it was also given a lot of attention at the presentation. The bottom line is this: you press the “shoot” button, and the camera starts taking pictures of one frame, while the picture goes in such a mode as if you had chosen a shutter speed value 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. It turns out shooting with a shutter speed set at the end of the photographing process. The mode is interesting, and with the help of it, together with a tripod on the Huawei P8, you can take unusual shots at night. However, I note that this mode, in fact, is a piece of the manual mode present in HTC, Lenovo, Meizu and Xiaomi smartphones, where you can also select the shutter speed manually, but before shooting.

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Now about the quality of Subaru photos.

Let's 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 Meizu MX4 Pro with an excellent camera, this distance is about 6-7 centimeters, and in HTC One M8, also with good macro photography, this distance is about 7-8 centimeters. At the same time, for macro shooting in Huawei P8, you don’t even need to turn on any separate mode, you just point your smartphone at the object as close as possible and take a picture - that’s it.

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When shooting on a bright sunny day, the photos are generally good, although personally, when examining the pictures, I have the feeling that the frames are a little lacking in overall juiciness. The downside is that in the center of the frame you can often notice the transition of the picture to the pink color scheme, this “feature” is also typical, for example, of some HTC smartphones and is most clearly manifested 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 operation of this system is visible 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 choose one sharp, on Huawei P8 I just took one photo and got the desired sharp shot.

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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 we compare the final night photos with pictures from many other smartphones (I compared it with the LG G3 and G4, for example), the difference is in favor of the P8, and it is noticeable "by eye" . Photos are sharp, with small details distinguishable on them, albeit with a noticeable presence of digital noise.

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When shooting at night, you can manually set the shutter speed and ISO.

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Также в камере есть режим съемки с наложением эффектов и HDR, последний работает очень хорошо и аккуратно.

Huawei P8

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Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and a fixed focal length in Huawei P8 is very good if we are talking about shooting portraits. Yes, there is no autofocus here, but this does not interfere with taking photos with good detail: you can see all the pimples and black “figovs” on the face, and if you wish, you can remove them by turning on the “decoration” mode.

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Video recording. The smartphone records video at a maximum resolution of 1080p, the device does not have tracking autofocus, only the choice of focusing by tapping on the screen, which now, when this feature is available in almost any smartphone, looks rather strange. But there is software stabilization in addition to optical, if you turn on both, the image is very smooth. I propose to evaluate the overall quality of the video in the attached files with examples.

If we evaluate the camera in Huawei P8 according to some individual shooting modes, it has strengths and weaknesses: excellent macro, good shooting at night, but at the same time, lack of juiciness when shooting on a clear sunny day and average video quality. The front camera is excellent, there are no complaints about it. As for the main one, I cannot call it one of the best among modern smartphones. Yes, it is more or less versatile and allows you to get decent photos in difficult conditions, and the price 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 for this sensor on the P8 with optical stabilization is simply huge.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 2680 mAh. In my case, Huawei P8 worked on average until the evening with the following mode: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail, 3-4 hours of music listening and about 1-2 hours of active mobile Internet use (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook messenger, browser) plus the use of the camera (about 50 pictures conditionally). The indicators are not the best, the device is inferior in terms of operating 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 with you or charging your smartphone as soon as possible, this will not be a problem. Not the best indicators of operating time - a fee for a thin and compact body of the device.

Huawei P8

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on Huawei's proprietary platform - HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 (depending on the version and memory size) with a 2 GHz quad-core processor (Cortex-A53) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (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.

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There are no performance issues for the device. Everything, from the shell and launching programs to toys like GTA San Andreas and WoT Blitz, runs quickly and without delay at maximum graphics settings. Below are the test results of Honor P8 in Antutu benchmark.

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I did not notice any noticeable heating of the smartphone case (as in the case of the HTC One M9) even under load.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM, HSDPA and LTE networks, all LTE bands common in Russia are supported. You can enable and disable wireless interfaces through the settings or using one of the notification shade pages.

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Complete microUSB cable, USB 2.0 interface is used for PC synchronization and data transfer.

The smartphone has support for USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other drives, such as a camera, to the device via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory.

Bluetooth. Built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE support.

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Wi-Fi module in Huawei P8 without support for the 5 GHz band, only familiar and common 2.4. The module works flawlessly.

Wi-Fi router. As usual for Android-smartphones, there is the possibility of "sharing" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the settings at the first start, you need to select a 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 write tickets to it or replenish it when you install the appropriate application.

Navigation

The smartphone has GPS / Glonass support, it takes a minimum amount of time, from 5 to 15 seconds, to search for satellites. There is no special navigation software in the smartphone.

Huawei P8

Software, EMUI 3.0

The smartphone runs on Android 5.x, the shell uses the proprietary Emotion UI - EMUI version 3.1. According to the general logic, the shell resembles MIUI and Flyme, and goes back, respectively, to iOS - there is no separate application menu, all programs are collected on desktops.

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There are many detailed settings and useful things: network speed display, display or hide the operator name, change the location of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, customizable do not disturb mode

Huawei P8 review

Huawei's 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 an unconditional flagship at the time of release, but this device looked balanced and moderate in everything - in characteristics, in ease of use, and finally, in price. Three years later and several models in this line, 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 features, as well as characteristics close to flagships. In this review, I will try to tell you about all the features of the new device from Huawei - P8.

Huawei P8

Design, case materials

From a design point of view, I can't call the P8 anything interesting or flashy, it's just a typical thin bar of metal with no distinguishing features. At the same time, the smartphone looks high quality and dignified, and it is impossible to say that it is ugly. It turned out to be moderately simple, albeit without recognizable details, but a universal device.

Huawei P8

The main feature of the case in Huawei Ascend P7 was the combination of a metal frame and glass panels on the front and back sides. Yes, this is spectacular, but from a practical point of view, such a solution has problems. First - the glass gets dirty, and it's noticeable. The second is that when a smartphone falls on any hard surface (asphalt, tile, etc.), there is a big chance to get a body cracked in front or behind, that is, glass. In Huawei P8, the company has changed the materials used, here we see an all-aluminum body, with the exception of the panel in the upper area near the camera, where the antennas are placed, as well as the screen. The P8 may not look as impressive on a shelf in a store or in your hand, but otherwise the solution with a metal body is better. The device still looks spectacular, while it has become more practical than the previous model: traces and prints on the metal “back” are almost invisible, and there is less chance of damaging the smartphone when dropped. In my opinion, in terms of the materials used, the new P8 is a step forward.

Huawei P8

Only the front panel can be called a brand, and even then with a stretch. Traces and prints on it remain barely noticeable and can be easily removed.

In Russia, the smartphone will go on sale in three colors: silver, gold and black.

Assembly

The build quality is excellent, and I draw this conclusion not on one sample, but on several devices: the first P8 I looked at the company's office, then I studied it again at the presentation, finally, to prepare the review, I used the P8 as my main phone for more than two weeks.

The trays for SIM-cards fit as closely as possible to the plane of the rib, swipe your finger and you feel a flat surface, the buttons are securely "sitting" in their places, nothing is loose or dangling. During the use of the smartphone, I fell several times to the floor (at home) from a height of about one and a half meters, no damage appeared on the body of the device.

Huawei P8

Dimensions

Small bezels to the left and right of the screen, the minimum thickness of the body and reasonable indents at the top and bottom with a screen diagonal of 5.2'' make the Huawei P8 quite a 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 just compact, but also ergonomic - due to the small bevels of the case at the transition points of the planes, the smartphone does not crash into the palm, but fits comfortably into it. Holding the device and using it is a pleasure. After models with screens of 5.5'' or more, the Huawei device seems incredibly convenient, and compared to many phones with a 5'' display, the P8 is more compact.

Huawei P8

In terms of usability, Huawei P8 can even be compared with Xiaomi Mi4, and this is one of the most balanced five-inch devices on a par with P7. It's not just that I pay such close attention to the dimensions of the device at first glance. It seems to me that balanced dimensions in 2015-2016 will be one of the most important advantages of smartphones. With 3-4 GB of RAM in every second device, a high-quality FullHD screen has become the norm, and chipset manufacturers compete in the frequency of eight-core processors, the overall usability of a smartphone comes to the fore. And in this regard, the new P8 looks very advantageous.

I will compare the dimensions of 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

Huawei P8

Compared to HTC One M8

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Compared to Meizu MX4 Pro

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Compared to Nokia 3310

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Compared to YotaPhone 2

Despite the quite compact dimensions of the Huawei P8, the smartphone settings have several options to simplify working with the device with one hand, as well as various functions related to gestures and movements - turning off the sound when the screen is flipped, and so on.

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Controls

In terms of controls, the Huawei P8 is a typical Android smartphone with a pair of hardware keys and on-screen touch 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.

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At the top end there is an additional microphone (noise reduction) and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom is the main microphone, a microUSB connector and a grille for two speakers.

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The on-screen keypad includes three buttons: back, home, and launching the manager of running programs.

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If desired, the location of the buttons can be changed, a button for calling the notification curtain and a button for hiding the navigation bar itself are also added here. It's very convenient!

Huawei P8

When you touch any of the on-screen buttons, the device vibrates slightly.

Unfortunately, you cannot unlock your smartphone by double-tapping the screen. 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 purchased outside of Russia, where the ability to unlock with a double tap is present.

On the top of the front side there is a speaker, an 8 MP camera eye and sensors.

Huawei P8

A factory-made thin protective film is pasted on the front panel, the quality of the film is such that it is difficult to see it the first time without peering. I did not shoot it for this reason, the film is virtually invisible.

Screen

Huawei P8 uses a high-quality IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 5.2'' and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Screen with maximum viewing angles. At whatever angle you reject it, diagonally, edges or ends, the picture is not distorted. There is a good margin of brightness. The color reproduction 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.

Huawei P8

The auto-brightness works very well, as is the case with the Honor 6 Plus. Having enabled this option, I forgot that sometimes on other smartphones I set the brightness manually depending on the conditions (during the day - one brightness, in the late afternoon at home - another).

Huawei P8

An important point related to the Huawei P8 screen is the standard themes. I will return to the “themes” later in the text, but for 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 in terms of design will probably be the most unattractive. We are talking about the design, and not about its capabilities. How does this relate to the screen and its perception? Very strong, in fact. When you take the Huawei P8 for the first time, turn it on and see a scary basic theme with icons in protective colors, it seems as if the screen of the device is at least dim or dim. It is worth changing the theme to a more juicy one, or simply filling the start screen with app icons instead of basic ones and changing the picture, and you already see a good display. In the end, I stayed on the basic theme, 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 the P8 is excellent, but its perception at the first start can be a little spoiled by not the most successful "themes".

Huawei P8

In the P8's settings, there is an item called "smart film". By enabling this mode, judging by the description, you can transfer the functions of the on-screen keys to the area under the display, as well as assign the selected actions to touching the corners of the case from the top left and right of the screen, provided that there is a special film on the glass. This mode does not work with the factory film.

Huawei P8

Camera

Probably half of the time of the Huawei P8 presentation was devoted to the device's camera. Key Features: Sony's new 13MP quad-color RGBW sensor, optical image stabilization and a dedicated ISP. 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 in low light (f / 2.0 will come in handy here).

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The camera interface is simple and intuitive, switching modes, enabling HDR and other essential settings are collected on one screen, it is called up by clicking on the options key, more detailed settings can also be opened by clicking on the options button already in this window.

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Burst shooting modes are available, after which you can choose the best shot, as well as the mode already familiar to all top-end devices with the choice of the focus point on the final picture (the camera takes several frames with different focal lengths and glues them into one). There is a “beautification” mode for both the front and main cameras, in which the retouching effect is applied to the skin, wrinkles, pimples, and so on are smoothed out.

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An interesting "light" mode, it was also given a lot of attention at the presentation. The bottom line is this: you press the “shoot” button, and the camera starts taking pictures of one frame, while the picture goes in such a mode as if you had chosen a shutter speed value 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. It turns out shooting with a shutter speed set at the end of the photographing process. The mode is interesting, and with the help of it, together with a tripod on the Huawei P8, you can take unusual shots at night. However, I note that this mode, in fact, is a piece of the manual mode present in HTC, Lenovo, Meizu and Xiaomi smartphones, where you can also select the shutter speed manually, but before shooting.

When shooting on a bright sunny day, the photos are generally good, although personally, when examining the pictures, I have the feeling that the frames are a little lacking in overall juiciness. The downside is that in the center of the frame you can often notice the transition of the picture to the pink color scheme, this “feature” is also typical, for example, of some HTC smartphones and is most clearly manifested 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 operation of this system is visible 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 choose one sharp, on Huawei P8 I just took one photo and got the desired sharp shot.

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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 we compare the final night photos with pictures from many other smartphones (I compared it with the LG G3 and G4, for example), the difference is in favor of the P8, and it is noticeable "by eye" . Photos are sharp, with small details distinguishable on them, albeit with a noticeable presence of digital noise.

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When shooting at night, you can manually set the shutter speed and ISO.

Huawei P8

Также в камере есть режим съемки с наложением эффектов и HDR, последний работает очень хорошо и аккуратно.

Huawei P8

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If we evaluate the camera in Huawei P8 according to some individual shooting modes, it has strengths and weaknesses: excellent macro, good shooting at night, but at the same time, lack of juiciness when shooting on a clear sunny day and average video quality. The front camera is excellent, there are no complaints about it. As for the main one, I cannot call it one of the best among modern smartphones. Yes, it is more or less versatile and allows you to get decent photos in difficult conditions, and the price 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 for this sensor on the P8 with optical stabilization is simply huge.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 2680 mAh. In my case, Huawei P8 worked on average until the evening with the following mode: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail, 3-4 hours of music listening and about 1-2 hours of active mobile Internet use (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook messenger, browser) plus the use of the camera (about 50 pictures conditionally). The indicators are not the best, the device is inferior in terms of operating 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 with you or charging your smartphone as soon as possible, this will not be a problem. Not the best indicators of operating time - a fee for a thin and compact body of the device.

Huawei P8

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on Huawei's proprietary platform - HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 (depending on the version and memory size) with a 2 GHz quad-core processor (Cortex-A53) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (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.

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There are no performance issues for the device. Everything, from the shell and launching programs to toys like GTA San Andreas and WoT Blitz, runs quickly and without delay at maximum graphics settings. Below are the test results of Honor P8 in Antutu benchmark.

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I did not notice any noticeable heating of the smartphone case (as in the case of the HTC One M9) even under load.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM, HSDPA and LTE networks, all LTE bands common in Russia are supported. You can enable and disable wireless interfaces through the settings or using one of the notification shade pages.

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Complete microUSB cable, USB 2.0 interface is used for PC synchronization and data transfer.

The smartphone has support for USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other drives, such as a camera, to the device via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory.

Bluetooth. Built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE support.

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Wi-Fi module in Huawei P8 without support for the 5 GHz band, only familiar and common 2.4. The module works flawlessly.

Wi-Fi router. As usual for Android-smartphones, there is the possibility of "sharing" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the settings at the first start, you need to select a 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 write tickets to it or replenish it when you install the appropriate application.

Navigation

The smartphone has GPS / Glonass support, it takes a minimum amount of time, from 5 to 15 seconds, to search for satellites. There is no special navigation software in the smartphone.

Huawei P8

Software, EMUI 3.0

The smartphone runs on Android 5.x, the shell uses the proprietary Emotion UI - EMUI version 3.1. According to the general logic, the shell resembles MIUI and Flyme, and goes back, respectively, to iOS - there is no separate application menu, all programs are collected on desktops.

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There are many detailed settings and useful things: network speed display, display or hide the operator name, change the location of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, customizable do not disturb mode

Huawei P8 review

Huawei's 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 an unconditional flagship at the time of release, but this device looked balanced and moderate in everything - in characteristics, in ease of use, and finally, in price. Three years later and several models in this line, 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 features, as well as characteristics close to flagships. In this review, I will try to tell you about all the features of the new device from Huawei - P8.

Design, case materials

From a design point of view, I can't call the P8 anything interesting or flashy, it's just a typical thin bar of metal with no distinguishing features. At the same time, the smartphone looks high quality and dignified, and it is impossible to say that it is ugly. It turned out to be moderately simple, albeit without recognizable details, but a universal device.

The main feature of the case in Huawei Ascend P7 was the combination of a metal frame and glass panels on the front and back sides. Yes, this is spectacular, but from a practical point of view, such a solution has problems. First - the glass gets dirty, and it's noticeable. The second is that when a smartphone falls on any hard surface (asphalt, tile, etc.), there is a big chance to get a body cracked in front or behind, that is, glass. In Huawei P8, the company has changed the materials used, here we see an all-aluminum body, with the exception of the panel in the upper area near the camera, where the antennas are placed, as well as the screen. The P8 may not look as impressive on a shelf in a store or in your hand, but otherwise the solution with a metal body is better. The device still looks spectacular, while it has become more practical than the previous model: traces and prints on the metal “back” are almost invisible, and there is less chance of damaging the smartphone when dropped. In my opinion, in terms of the materials used, the new P8 is a step forward.

Only the front panel can be called a brand, and even then with a stretch. Traces and prints on it remain barely noticeable and can be easily removed.

In Russia, the smartphone will go on sale in three colors: silver, gold and black.

Assembly

The build quality is excellent, and I draw this conclusion not on one sample, but on several devices: the first P8 I looked at the company's office, then I studied it again at the presentation, finally, to prepare the review, I used the P8 as my main phone for more than two weeks.

The trays for SIM-cards fit as closely as possible to the plane of the rib, swipe your finger and you feel a flat surface, the buttons "sit" securely in their places, there is no backlash or dangling. During the use of the smartphone, I fell several times to the floor (at home) from a height of about one and a half meters, no damage appeared on the body of the device.

Dimensions

Small bezels to the left and right of the screen, the minimum thickness of the body and reasonable indents at the top and bottom with a screen diagonal of 5.2'' make the Huawei P8 quite a 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 just compact, but also ergonomic - due to the small bevels of the case at the transition points of the planes, the smartphone does not crash into the palm, but fits comfortably into it. Holding the device and using it is a pleasure. After models with screens of 5.5'' or more, the Huawei device seems incredibly convenient, and compared to many phones with a 5'' display, the P8 is more compact.

In terms of usability, Huawei P8 can even be compared with Xiaomi Mi4, and this is one of the most balanced five-inch devices on a par with P7. It's not just that I pay such close attention to the dimensions of the device at first glance. It seems to me that balanced dimensions in 2015-2016 will be one of the most important advantages of smartphones. With 3-4 GB of RAM in every second device, a high-quality FullHD screen has become the norm, and chipset manufacturers compete in the frequency of eight-core processors, the overall usability of a smartphone comes to the fore. And in this regard, the new P8 looks very advantageous.

I will compare the dimensions of 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, the smartphone settings have several options to simplify working with the device with one hand, as well as various functions related to gestures and movements - turning off the sound when the screen is flipped, and so on.

Controls

In terms of controls, the Huawei P8 is a typical Android smartphone with a pair of hardware keys and on-screen touch 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 end there is an additional microphone (noise reduction) and a 3.5 mm mini-jack. On the bottom is the main microphone, a microUSB connector and a grille for two speakers.

The on-screen keypad includes three buttons: back, home, and launching the manager of running programs.

If desired, the location of the buttons can be changed, a button for calling the notification curtain and a button for hiding the navigation bar itself are also added here. It's very convenient!

When you touch any of the on-screen buttons, the device vibrates slightly.

Unfortunately, you cannot unlock your smartphone by double-tapping the screen. 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 purchased outside of Russia, where the ability to unlock with a double tap is present.

On the top of the front side there is a speaker, an 8 MP camera eye and sensors.

A factory-made thin protective film is pasted on the front panel, the quality of the film is such that it is difficult to see it the first time without peering. I did not shoot it for this reason, the film is virtually invisible.

Screen

Huawei P8 uses a high-quality IPS LCD matrix with a diagonal of 5.2'' and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Screen with maximum viewing angles. At whatever angle you reject it, diagonally, edges or ends, the picture is not distorted. There is a good margin of brightness. The color reproduction 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.

The auto-brightness works very well, as is the case with the Honor 6 Plus. Having enabled this option, I forgot that sometimes on other smartphones I set the brightness manually depending on the conditions (during the day - one brightness, in the late afternoon at home - another).

An important point related to the Huawei P8 screen is the standard themes. I will return to “themes” later in the text, but for 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 in terms of design will probably be the most unattractive. We are talking about the design, and not about its capabilities. How does this relate to the screen and its perception? Very strong, in fact. When you take the Huawei P8 for the first time, turn it on and see a scary basic theme with icons in protective colors, it seems as if the screen of the device is at least dim or dim. It is worth changing the theme to a more juicy one, or simply filling the start screen with app icons instead of basic ones and changing the picture, and you already see a good display. In the end, I stayed on the basic theme, 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 the P8 is excellent, but its perception at the first start can be slightly spoiled by not the most successful "themes".

In the P8's settings, there is an item called "smart film". By enabling this mode, judging by the description, you can transfer the functions of the on-screen keys to the area under the display, as well as assign the selected actions to touching the corners of the case from the top left and right of the screen, provided that there is a special film on the glass. This mode does not work with the factory film.

Camera

Probably half of the time of the presentation of Huawei P8 was devoted to the device's camera. Highlights: Sony's new 13MP quad-color RGBW sensor, optical image stabilization and a dedicated ISP. 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 in low light (f / 2.0 will come in handy here).

The camera interface is simple and intuitive, switching modes, enabling HDR and other essential settings are collected on one screen, it is called up by clicking on the options key, more detailed settings can also be opened by clicking on the options button already in this window.

Burst shooting modes are available, after which you can choose the best shot, as well as the mode already familiar to all top-end devices with the choice of the focus point on the final picture (the camera takes several frames with different focal lengths and glues them into one). There is a “beautification” mode for both the front and main cameras, in which the retouching effect is applied to the skin, wrinkles, pimples, and so on are smoothed out.

An interesting "light" mode, it was also given a lot of attention at the presentation. The bottom line is this: you press the “shoot” button, and the camera starts taking pictures of one frame, while the picture goes in such a mode as if you had chosen a shutter speed value 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. It turns out shooting with a shutter speed set at the end of the photographing process. The mode is interesting, and with the help of it, together with a tripod on the Huawei P8, you can take unusual shots at night. However, I note that this mode, in fact, is a piece of the manual mode present in HTC, Lenovo, Meizu and Xiaomi smartphones, where you can also select the shutter speed manually, but before shooting.

Now about the quality of Subaru photos.

Now about quality Subaru Subaru photos.

Let's 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 Meizu MX4 Pro with an excellent camera, this distance is about 6-7 centimeters, and in HTC One M8, also with good macro photography, this distance is about 7-8 centimeters. At the same time, for macro shooting in Huawei P8, you don’t even need to turn on any separate mode, you just point your smartphone at the object as close as possible and take a picture - that’s it.

When shooting on a bright sunny day, the photos are generally good, although personally, when examining the pictures, I have the feeling that the frames are a little lacking in overall juiciness. The downside is that in the center of the frame you can often notice the transition of the picture to the pink color scheme, this “feature” is also typical, for example, of some HTC smartphones and is most clearly manifested 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 operation of this system is visible 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 choose one sharp, on 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 we compare the final night photos with pictures from many other smartphones (I compared it with the LG G3 and G4, for example), the difference is in favor of the P8, and it is noticeable "by eye" . Photos are sharp, with small 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.

The camera also has a shooting mode with overlay effects and HDR, the latter works very well and neatly.


Front camera. The front camera with a resolution of 8 MP and a fixed focal length in Huawei P8 is very good if we are talking about shooting portraits. Yes, there is no autofocus here, but this does not interfere with taking photos with good detail: you can see all the pimples and black “figovs” on the face, and if you wish, you can remove them by turning on the “decoration” mode.

Video recording. The smartphone records video at a maximum resolution of 1080p, the device does not have tracking autofocus, only the choice of focusing by tapping on the screen, which now, when this feature is available in almost any smartphone, looks rather strange. But there is software stabilization in addition to optical, if you turn on both, the image is very smooth. I propose to evaluate the overall quality of the video in the attached files with examples.

If we evaluate the camera in Huawei P8 according to some individual shooting modes, it has strengths and weaknesses: excellent macro, good shooting at night, but at the same time, lack of juiciness when shooting on a clear sunny day and average video quality. The front camera is excellent, there are no complaints about it. As for the main one, I cannot call it one of the best among modern smartphones. Yes, it is more or less versatile and allows you to get decent photos in difficult conditions, and the price 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 for this sensor on the P8 with optical stabilization is simply huge.

Work offline

The smartphone uses a non-removable Li-Pol battery with a capacity of 2680 mAh. In my case, Huawei P8 worked on average until the evening with the following mode: 40-60 minutes of calls, 10-20 text messages, Gmail, 3-4 hours of music listening and about 1-2 hours of active mobile Internet use (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook messenger, browser) plus the use of the camera (about 50 pictures conditionally). The indicators are not the best, the device is inferior in terms of operating 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 with you or charging your smartphone as soon as possible, this will not be a problem. Not the best indicators of operating time - a fee for a thin and compact body of the device.

Platform, memory

The smartphone is built on Huawei's proprietary platform - HiSilicon Kirin 930/935 (depending on the version and memory size) with a 2 GHz quad-core processor (Cortex-A53) and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor (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, runs quickly and without delay at maximum graphics settings. Below are the test results of Honor P8 in Antutu benchmark.

I did not notice any noticeable heating of the smartphone case (as in the case of the HTC One M9) even under load.

Interfaces

The smartphone works in GSM, HSDPA and LTE networks, all LTE bands common in Russia are supported. You can enable and disable wireless interfaces through the settings or using one of the notification shade pages.

Complete microUSB cable, USB 2.0 interface is used for PC synchronization and data transfer.

The smartphone has support for USB On-The-Go (USB OTG) - you can connect flash drives and other drives, such as a camera, to the device via an adapter to transfer pictures from it to the device's memory.

Bluetooth. Built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP and LE support.

Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Wi-Fi module in Huawei P8 without support for the 5 GHz band, only familiar and common 2.4. The module works flawlessly.

Wi-Fi router. As usual for Android-smartphones, there is the possibility of "sharing" 2G/3G/4G Internet connection via Wi-Fi. In the settings at the first start, you need to select a 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 write tickets to it or replenish it when you install the appropriate application.

Navigation

The smartphone has GPS / Glonass support, it takes a minimum amount of time, from 5 to 15 seconds, to search for satellites. There is no special navigation software in the smartphone.

Software, EMUI 3.0

The smartphone runs on Android 5.x, the shell uses the proprietary Emotion UI - EMUI version 3.1. According to the general logic, the shell resembles MIUI and Flyme, and goes back, respectively, to iOS - there is no separate application menu, all programs are collected on desktops.

There are many detailed settings and useful things: network speed display, display or hide the operator name, change the location of the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen, customizable do not disturb mode