Review: A tad too “lite”
Earlier this year, Huawei decided to introduce a “lite” version of its sleek P8 flagship, but does the P8 Lite live up to the P8 moniker, or just the “lite” bit?
The P8 Lite shares a lot of design DNA with the flagship, but a quick glance at the spec sheet reveals an average mid-range device, with one unique component: Huawei’s own application processor.
The Kirin 620 is an octa-core Cortex-A53 chip clocked at 1.2GHz. It sounds a lot like the MediaTek MT6753 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, and, in fact, Huawei ships this particular phone with the Snapdragon 615 in a number of major markets.
The rest of the spec includes a 5-inch 720p panel, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. There’s also a microSD card slot on board, and like most Chinese phones, the P8 Lite can accommodate two SIM cards.
Unlike the proper P8, the Lite version is an all-plastic device, so it doesn’t have a proper premium feel to it. Still, it's priced at $208 with free shipping, so you can't expect miracles. Let’s take a closer look at the design and build quality.