Huawei Honor 8 Lite: One of the best budget phones around

Huawei Honor 8 Lite

The Huawei Honor 8 Lite, also known as the P9 Lite abroad, is a new budget smartphone that hopes to compete with the likes of Oppo A57 and QMobile Noir M6.

The phone has a look that makes it look a lot expensive than its actual price. Let’s dive right into the details for a better understanding of what the Honor 8 Lite has to offer.

Design

The Honor 8 Lite has a smooth, curved build that gives it a premium look and makes the phone comfortable to handle. The 5.2-inch full HD display defines a middle ground for users who want phones that have a large display size but are also easy to use with a single hand.

The phone does not have a home button on the front just like the upcoming Galaxy S8 but does have larger bezels that on the bottom and top which could’ve been easily eliminated to increase the display size. It has rear-mounted fingerprint scanner which is real speedy and is on par with that of the new Oppo F3 Plus.

On the back is a camera carefully packed within a glass protector accompanied by a LED flashlight. The volume and power buttons are on the same side while the sim card slot is on the other side. The phone comes with a 16GB storage which is considered very low these days but you can always one of the sim card slots for an SD card.

The bottom of the phone has a USB charging port which is not a USB Type-C one but considering the price that is tolerable. The phone has an excellent shine on both sides but be sure to use a cover of some sort as Huawei’s budget phones are not entirely scratch resistant.

Display

The display is 5.2 inch IPS LCD with 1080 X 1920 pixel resolution. Generally speaking, the phone has a great display but tends to show its ‘true colors’ when a vibrant colored screen is seen with the fully bright screen.

Talking about the bright screen it is also important to note that the Huawei Honor 8 Lite is great for use in sunlight and at night with the lights turned off. There’s also a notification light near the earpiece which is always welcome.

Performance

Honor 8 Lite runs on the HiSilicon Kirin 655 chip with an octa-core processor and 3GB RAM for support. Heavy or light usage, you will experience absolutely no lag. The social media apps like Snapchat and Facebook open within a second while one the heaviest games in the Play Store, Asphalt 8, also works like a charm.

The latest Android Nougat and EMUI 5.0 are included which is really impressive for a budget phone. There are complaints that the EMUI 5.0 drains more battery but we did not experience such an issue.

Audio

Mostly, audio does not have its own section in smartphone reviews but since music is an important part of our lives and a lifeline for some it is important to discuss the sound capabilities of a smartphone; especially when they are not that great.

Firstly, the headphones included in the box are a real turn off. The black colored standard headphones feel and look really cheap and upon using you instantly know why. The sound is not impressive at all, Huawei should’ve packed better earphones.

While we like the speakers on both sides at the bottom of the phone, the sound does not do justice to the song being played. I tested Apple EarPods on the phone; the sound was a bit better but the volume level was too low for my liking.

Camera

The rear camera is a 12-megapixel camera that generates great photos in daylight and indoors. Although the color saturation is bit high and the sharpness just a tad low I’d still say its a much better camera than the Honor 6X.

When exposed to low light conditions the camera struggled when close to lights but additional options like the HDR mode or adjusting the ISO can give you much better photos, better than the iPhone 6S in the same conditions.

Battery

Huawei Honor 8 Lite’s battery is maybe the most commendable feature of the phone. It’s a 3000 mAh non-removable battery that gives you a full two-day usage with normal use.

The battery goes from 0 to 100% in about 1 hour and 45 minutes, should be 20-25 minutes less but considering the usage it supports for such long hours it is something Huawei would be proud of.

After a full charge, 4G remained on as I scrolled through my feeds on different social media accounts and played the Asphalt 8, a game that requires 2GB of space and the highest graphics cards, for three hours straight I was still left with 63% at the end of the day.

Our Verdict

If you’re upgrading from a budget or even a midrange phone released in 2016, we’d say this is one of the best budget phones around. I would even go so far as to say that if you wanted to buy a premium phone but do not have the budget for that yet, go for the Honor 8 Lite and you won’t regret!

The Huawei Honor 8 Lite is available to buy at Rs. 24,900.

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