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Huawei P8 Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 05/13/2015

Light artist. The Huawei P8 is the latest flagship device from the Chinese company, which does not only have an elegant design, but also offers a lot inside the aluminum chassis: Build quality, camera and display can meet the highest demands. However, the connectivity and the performance do not leave a high-end impression.

For the original German review, see here.

Huawei introduced its latest premium smartphone P8 in London. The manufacturer will waive the model designation "Ascend" from now on. Compared to the predecessor, Ascend P7, the new model is slightly larger and uses a 5.2-inch screen. Thanks to the Full HD resolution, the contents are razor-sharp. It has 3 GB of memory, and the internal storage has a capacity of 16 GB. You can also get a premium version of the smartphone: For 100 Euros (~$114) extra, you quadruple the storage capacity (64 GB) with a slightly faster Kirin 935 processor. Our test model, which represents the smaller version, uses Huawei’s own Kirin 930. The new camera is a very important aspect of the P8 smartphone. Although it does not have a higher resolution, it is supposed to take very good pictures in difficult lighting conditions and offers some special features that we will evaluate over the course of the review.

The competition is usually more expensive than the Huawei P8 (starting from 499 Euros; ~$568, RRP). Only the OnePlus One (349 Euros; ~$397 plus shipping) costs less. The list of rivals includes the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, the HTC One M9, the Sony Xperia Z3, the LG G3, the Nokia Lumia 930, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, the Google Nexus 6 and the Motorola Moto X.

very good (88%) Huawei P8 HiSilicon Kirin 930ARM Mali-T628 MP4 Smartphone - 05/05/2015 - v4
Test device courtesy of Huawei Deutschland
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Huawei P8 (P8 Series)
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-T628 MP4, Core: 600 MHz, OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11
Memory
3072 MB 
, LPDDR3
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, capacitive rich-touchscreen, IPS-NEO, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, , 9.65 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: Micro SD max. 128 GB (SD, SDHC, SDXC), Sensors: proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, Hall sensor, position and G-Sensor, pedometer, digital compass, GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Wifi-Direct, Miracast, OTG, DLNA, NFC (certification: Visa, Mastercard, AMEX)
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, dual-nano SIM, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz), LTE Cat. 4 (800, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz (FDD); 1900, 2300, 2500 and 2600 MHz (TDD))
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.4 x 144.9 x 71.8 ( = 0.25 x 5.7 x 2.83 in)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2680 mAh, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 10.3 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 13.8 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 424 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 480 h
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: 8 MP (fix-focus, f/2.4, 1080p videos @ 27 fps), primary: 13 MP (OIS, auto-focus, dual-LED flash, WRGB, 1080p videos @ 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, headset, power supply, USB cable, quick start guide, EMUI 3.1, designs, WPS Office, magnifier, mirror, director mode, phone manager, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
147 g ( = 5.19 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 50 g ( = 1.76 oz / 0.11 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

With a height of 6.4 millimeters (~0.25 in) the Huawei P8 is slightly slimmer than the predecessor (6.5 mm; ~0.26 in, 124 g; ~4.4 oz). However, it is slightly heavier and now weighs 147 grams (~5.2 oz). The weight is actually good for the smartphone and creates certain sophistication, but still feels good in the hand. This means it is the slimmest smartphone amongst the premium devices and it is even slightly thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (7.0 mm, 132 g; ~0.28 in, ~4.7 oz) or the iPhone 6 Plus (7.1 mm, 172 g; ~2.8 in, ~6.1 oz).

The chassis of the Huawei P8 is mainly made of aluminum; Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 protects the other parts. This is especially important for the panel because the further improved protection glass is supposed to be particularly scratch resistant. The manufacturer has also added a protective cover for the display. Despite the slim contour, you can hardly twist the smartphone and there is no creaking. Pressure is not a problem and only a lot of force on the screen can result in ripples on the panel. The gaps are accurate and even.

The battery of the P8 is integrated and cannot be replaced by the user. The covers of the two card slots are flush with the case, so the Huawei P8 leaves a great impression with regard to the build quality and materials. Another nice aspect is that the camera is not protruding from the aluminum chassis.

158.1 mm / 6.22 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 7.1 mm / 0.2795 inch 172 g0.3792 lbs152.9 mm / 6.02 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 164 g0.3616 lbs144.6 mm / 5.69 inch 69.7 mm / 2.74 inch 9.61 mm / 0.3783 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs146.5 mm / 5.77 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs144.9 mm / 5.7 inch 71.8 mm / 2.83 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 147 g0.3241 lbs140.8 mm / 5.54 inch 72.4 mm / 2.85 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs142.1 mm / 5.59 inch 70.1 mm / 2.76 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 132 g0.291 lbs137 mm / 5.39 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 170 g0.3748 lbs139.8 mm / 5.5 inch 68.8 mm / 2.71 inch 6.5 mm / 0.2559 inch 124 g0.2734 lbs

Connectivity

The Micro-USB 2.0 port of the Huawei P8 can be used to charge the smartphone or transfer files from a computer. Tethering is possible as well and OTG is supported, so you can attach external input devices or storage solutions to the P8. MHL is not available, so you will have to use DLNA or Miracast if you want to watch media contents on external displays.

Our review version (GRA-L09) has two card slots, one for the Nano-SIM card and one for storage expansions via MicroSD card. There will also be models with a hybrid slot, where the second slot can be used for SIM as well as memory cards. However, this feature is reserved for the dual-SIM LTE version. Whether this version will be available in Europe is not decided yet. The smartphone supports memory cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB.

NFC and FM radio are also integrated. Unfortunately, charging the smartphone wirelessly is not possible.

There are no ports or buttons on the left side.
There are no ports or buttons on the left side.
Top: Stereo jack, microphone
Top: Stereo jack, microphone
Right: Nano SIM, MicroSD, power, volume rocker
Right: Nano SIM, MicroSD, power, volume rocker
Bottom: Speaker
Bottom: Speaker

Software

The Huawei P8 uses Google Android 5.0 Lollipop with the user interface EMUI 3.1, which does not use an App Drawler. You can customize the design via Design app. Once again, the Phone Manager, already familiar from the older versions, is included and can be used to optimize the smartphone system.

A new feature is the Director’s mode. The app can connect the smartphone with up to three more Android smartphones and allows access to their cameras. The master device can easily switch between its own and the other cameras and record the results seamlessly. You can also give instructions to the users of the other devices. The owner of the P8 has to share the app directly with other users since it is not currently available on the Play Store. If you have received the app, you can only use it to a limited extent and just enter a group. All the features are reserved for the P8. Unfortunately, the quality of the recordings is limited to 720p.

Home screen
Notification Center
opened apps
Phone Manager
Designs
Compact view of the settings
Full settings

Communication & GPS 

Mobile Internet connections on the Huawei P8 can be established via HSPA+ (upload up to 5.76 Mbps, download up to 42 Mbps) or LTE Cat. 4 (upload up to 50 Mbps, download up to 150 Mbps). The Kirin 930 SoC would also support LTE Cat. 6 (up to 300 Mbps), but Huawei has decided to use the older standard because it would ensure a better signal quality due to the slim design of the smartphone, at least this was the response from the manufacturer. It is still unfortunate, especially since LTE Cat. 9 is already possible. The technology Signal+ is supposed to ensure a good reception for fast movements, for example on a train or in a car.

The WLAN connectivity is not up to date. You only get a WLAN module that supports the IEEE-802.11 standards b/g/n, so you can only use 2.4 GHz networks. We would have expected at least dual-band Wi-Fi, let alone the AC standard. However, the component has a very good reception and we had a very good signal quality 20 meters (~66 ft) away from the access point (AP) and there were no restrictions for web browsing. The damping factor in direct proximity to the AP was sometimes just -17 dBm, a new record. It is also helpful that the smartphone can automatically switch between WLAN and the mobile data connection if it notices that one connection provides a better quality. The same applies for switching between multiple Wi-Fi networks, which is very convenient if you have more than one network at home or the office.

GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Indoors
GPS Test: Indoors

The Bluetooth 4.1 LE is supported by the latest version. The range was very good during audio streaming, and the stability was impressive. We did not notice any dropouts during music playback.

You can locate your position via GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, so a precise location should be possible all over the world. The satellite fix was very fast, even in the indoors, with an accuracy of within six meters (~20 ft). The performance is slightly better outdoors, where, according to the app GPS Test the accuracy fluctuated between four and six meters (~13 and ~20 ft).

We compare the accuracy of the location with the professional navigation device Garmin eTrex 30 on a bicycle ride. This test does reveal some weaknesses, and it seems that the connection with the satellites was occasionally lost. The P8 sometimes takes a shortcut and does not always follow the route exactly, like the road crossing, which should start in the right lane between the traffic island and the tram stop. The dense ride along the canal bank is difficult for both devices. Along the way, the signal is affected by trees and a railway bridge. The P8 just leaves this part of the track out, while the eTrex 30 follows the route exactly. However, the overall deviations are not that big, so the performance of the review unit is still decent, despite some small issues.

Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Garmin eTrex 30
Huawei P8
Huawei P8
Huawei P8
Huawei P8
Huawei P8
Huawei P8

Telephone & Voice Quality

The Huawei P8 offers some nice features to improve the voice quality, including a suppression from environmental and wind noises (up to 90%). This is made possible by a separately integrated digital audio processor (DSP) and in practice, the result is noticeable. If we hold the smartphone directly to our ear, there was nothing to hear from the background music and strong wind was only occasionally audible in the outdoors. We are also very satisfied with the signal quality because we could easily hear the person on the other side of the call, and the same applies to our voice.

The speaker of the P8 is also supposed to be well suited for conferences. This also worked well in the review: Even at a distance of two meters (~7 ft) from the device, we were easy to understand, but the voices sound slightly tinny.

The provided headset does a good job. The sound is slightly too focused on bass, but the microphone left a great impression. The small control element can also be used to control calls and the music playback.

Picture with the front camera
Picture with the front camera
The comparison pictures were taken a the Mercedes event "One night at the Europa-Park 2015" (#mbep15).
The comparison pictures were taken a the Mercedes event "One night at the Europa-Park 2015" (#mbep15).

Cameras

The front camera of the Huawei P8 takes pictures with up to 8 MP (up to 3264x2448 px, 4:3). If six megapixels are sufficient, then you can also shoot in 16:9 or 1:1. The improvement mode includes a ten-stage soft focus. The results are quite good under good light conditions and you will be satisfied if you like to take selfies. A nice feature for groufies is the panorama mode of the front camera. It takes a classic selfie first and then another picture to the left and right side, which will be put together automatically. Filters that were used are directly displayed. Therefore, the result is directly visible on the screen, following the motto "What you see is what you get".

The main camera at the back also supports this feature, but it can also be used for the HDR mode. As with the predecessor, the sensor has a maximum resolution of 13 MP (up to 4160x3120 px, 4:3). This is no longer provided by Sony but developed in-house and is supposed to deliver a much higher quality. In addition to an f/2.0 aperture, you get an auto focus, a four-color RGBW sensor and an optical image stabilizer. The latter can be deactivated, which is an advantage if you want to use the smartphone on a tripod. The picture quality has improved significantly compared to the predecessor. Our comparison shots were taken during the "One night at the Europa-Park 2015 (#mbep15)" event. At this point, we want to thank Mercedes Benz and Microsoft for the invitation.

The daylight pictures of the Huawei P8 did impress us. Although you can see a slight blue cast, the colors are natural. The sharpness is good and there is no cause for criticism. The positive impression continues in the twilight, and the image stabilizer still ensures sharp results. Here we can actually see the differences between the devices. While the P8 and the Lumia 930 take sharp pictures, the results of the LG G3 show some fragments. The P8 shows off its strength in little light, and with artificial back-light (scene 4). Despite the poor lighting conditions, the pictures are still comparatively sharp and the colors are natural, while the Lumia has to fight with the back-light and the colors of the G3 become quite pale. The smartphone from LG also loses sharpness of the contours.

The sensor of the review unit is also very fast. It is possible to activate the camera app from standby and take a picture with a double tap on the lower volume button. Moreover, this takes just one second. Even in unfavorable lighting conditions, it never took longer than 1.6 seconds. A very fast result. Overall, the camera of the Huawei P8 is impressive and takes very good pictures.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3Scene 4
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Panoramic pictures also work very well on the Huawei P8 if you have a steady hand. Edges are clean and the lighting is good. In terms of sharpness, the Lumia 930 is slightly better, but it uses up to five individual shots instead of a continuous panorama.

Panorama with the Huawei P8 (17152 x 2880 px, 49.4 MP)
Panorama with the Huawei P8 (17152 x 2880 px, 49.4 MP)
Panorama with the Nokia Lumia 930 (9486 x 1634 px, 15.5 MP)
Panorama with the Nokia Lumia 930 (9486 x 1634 px, 15.5 MP)
Panorama with the LG G3 (19776 x 2112 px, 41.8 MP)
Panorama with the LG G3 (19776 x 2112 px, 41.8 MP)

Another nice feature of the Huawei P8 is the so-called light painting. It is a simplified long-term exposure that enables you to paint with light and easily capture it in a single picture. The user just has to press the trigger, move a light in the dark in front of the camera and stop the recording afterwards. The smartphone combines the individual pictures and creates one.

This works quite well in practice and with a little effort and some practice can create great results.

Videos on the Huawei P8 can be recorded in Full HD (1920x1080 pixels, 16:9, 30 fps). Unfortunately, it is not possible to take Ultra-HD videos or select higher frame rates, which would be useful for slow-motion videos. The sound is recorded in stereo and leaves a decent impression. The quality of the videos is good, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Accessories

Even though the manufacturer uses cardboard and plastic in the packaging, the box of the smartphone is quite nice and elegant (see the unboxing video above). You get a modular power adaptor (5 W, 5 V, 1 A), a USB cable, a small tool to open the card slots and a headset. Optional accessories are the DotView covers that are already familiar from HTC.

Warranty

The Huawei P8 offers a two-year warranty that cannot be extended.

Input Devices & Handling

The main input element of the Huawei P8 is the 5.2-inch capacitive touchscreen. It recognizes up to 10 inputs simultaneously and can differentiate between inputs with the fingers and inputs with the knuckles. Huawei calls the latter Knuckle-Touch and advertises it as the next generation of touch inputs. We would not go that far, especially since for the time being, the additional gestures are limited to taking screenshots. A double knock creates a screenshot or you can use the knuckles to draw a circle around the part you want to save.

The gliding capabilities of the surface are very good. Inputs are executed quickly and reliably, and we could not notice any restrictions in the peripheral areas. The physical buttons for the power and the volume rocker have clear and firm pressure points.

The keyboard layout is sophisticated and directly integrates country-specific keys. Only a separate row for numbers is missing. Swipe inputs are supported, and automatic word predictions are situated above the keyboard. The solution for single-handed operation is clever: The whole display content gets smaller when you swipe across the Android buttons and can easily be operated with the thumb. This works for left as well as right-handers.

Portrait mode
Portrait mode
Landscape mode
Landscape mode

Display

Huawei P8: Good display!
Huawei P8: Good display!

Huawei has equipped the P8 with a 5.2-inch IPS Neo screen and a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which results in a screen ratio of 16:9 and a high pixel density of 424 ppi. The latter is slightly lower compared to the Ascend P7 because the size of the panel has increased, but the result is still razor-sharp.

The luminosity is decent and we can measure 439 cd/m² on average. The brightness distribution is very even at 91%, but the P7 (470 cd/m², 92%) was actually slightly better. However, this is still a very good result within the comparison devices, only the HTC One M9 (458 cd/m², 85%) and the iPhone 6 Plus (496 cd/m², 90%) are brighter.

431
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
422
cd/m²
453
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
419
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 458 cd/m² Average: 439.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 453 cd/m²
Contrast: 1618:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.03 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
72.04% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-18%
-34%
-22%
14%
-14%
-55%
Brightness middle
453
474
5%
423
-7%
274
-40%
343
-24%
519
15%
275
-39%
Brightness
439
458
4%
408
-7%
264
-40%
338
-23%
496
13%
278
-37%
Brightness Distribution
91
85
-7%
83
-9%
89
-2%
94
3%
90
-1%
89
-2%
Black Level *
0.28
0.4
-43%
0.54
-93%
0.62
-121%
Contrast
1618
1185
-27%
783
-52%
837
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.7
6.32
-34%
5.56
-18%
6.99
-49%
2.2
53%
3.67
22%
10.99
-134%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.03
6.36
-26%
7.55
-50%
4.01
20%
2.37
53%
3.78
25%
8.29
-65%
Gamma
2.27 97%
2.43 91%
2.33 94%
2.03 108%
2.41 91%
2.42 91%
2.16 102%
CCT
7439 87%
8218 79%
7624 85%
6329 103%
6425 101%
7327 89%
6731 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72.04
58.81
-18%
87.77
22%

* ... smaller is better

The new IPS technology is noticeable in terms of the black value. The Huawei P8 manages an excellent result of 0.28 cd/m², which is the best value that we have been able to measure for an LC display so far. This results in a great contrast of 1618:1. Only smartphones with AMOLED screens like the Galaxy S6 or the Nexus 6 can manage better results.

We tested the color accuracy of the review unit with a spectrophotometer and the software CalMAN. The grayscale reveals a slightly visible shift towards blue and green, but this is not an issue in practice. The color temperature can be manually adjusted in the settings, but this will actually reduce the accuracy and the deviations of the ColorChecker in particular will get bigger. The results are quite good ex-works with an average DeltaE value of 4.7. However, the panels from the flagship devices like the Galaxy S6 Edge (dE 2.2) and the iPhone 6 Plus (dE 3.7) are noticeably better. The P8 shows significantly more visible deviations from the ideal value for green colors in particular, which are more saturated. The panel can cover almost the whole sRGB color space, so it is one of the best IPS displays that you can currently get for a smartphone.

Grayscale (target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space AdobeRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space AdobeRGB)
Colorspace (target color space sRGB)
Colorspace (target color space sRGB)
Color space coverage AdobeRGB (72.04 %)
Color space coverage AdobeRGB (72.04 %)

The Huawei P8 leaves a decent impression outdoors. The high contrast and good luminance ensure that the display content is visible in bright environments. Only the glossy surface can be a problem in some situations, but the overall outdoor capabilities of the P8 are still good.

The visibility is good when you look from above.
The visibility is good when you look from above.
Wider angles will result in annoying reflections.
Wider angles will result in annoying reflections.

The viewing angle stability of the Huawei P8 is very good from every angle. There are never any color inversions or ghost effects. We cannot find any annoying IPS lights. Even extreme viewing angles will only result in a slight reduction of the brightness.

Viewing angle stability Huawei P8
Viewing angle stability Huawei P8

Performance

The P8 uses Huawei’s own 64-bit SoC HiSilicon Kirin 930. The octa-core processor consists of two quad-core clusters of Cortex-A53 cores, which run with 2.0 and 1.5 GHz, respectively. The manufacturer had to modify the design slightly to reach such high frequencies and use Coretx-A53e cores for the faster cluster. Huawei has discarded the more powerful Cortex-A57 cores completely, so the performance cannot keep up with the Exynos 7420 or Snapdragon 810. The SoC is supported by 3 GB of memory and the ARM Mali-T628 MP4 GPU. The latter has already been used for the Kirin 920, which can be found inside the Honor 6.

The lack of the fast Cortex-A57 cores, which are around 60% faster than the less powerful A53 cores, affects the benchmark results. This also means that even older SoCs can be faster than the modern Kirin 930 when you just use a few threads. This is visible in the Geekbench 3 Single-Core test, where the Honor 6 is much faster than the review unit and the same applies for Smartbench 2012. The P8 performs very well in applications optimized for multi-core workloads and a 64-bit architecture. It can convince in AnTuTu v5 and beats many rivals with Snapdragon 801 processors. It is even faster than the HTC One M9 (Snapdragon 810) in PCMark for Android and is only beaten by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Exynos 7420).

The difference compared with the high-end competition is more noticeable in the graphics benchmarks, where the Huawei P8 often falls behind. Flagship devices like the One M9 and the Galaxy S6 can be more than five times faster. Even the Lumia 930 (Snapdragon 800Adreno 330) manages a 50% higher frame rate in the older GFXBenchmark 2.7. Unfortunately, at the time the review, the modern 3DMark Sling Shot did not yet support the Huawei P8.

The subjective performance impression is very smooth and apps run fast.

AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
45927 Points ∼46%
OnePlus One
47123 Points ∼48% +3%
LG G3
36792 Points ∼37% -20%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
43985 Points ∼44% -4%
HTC One M9
55374 Points ∼56% +21%
Sony Xperia Z3
42125 Points ∼42% -8%
Google Nexus 6
51812 Points ∼52% +13%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
72094 Points ∼73% +57%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
50360 Points ∼51% +10%
Honor 6
41860 Points ∼42% -9%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
2955 Points ∼4%
Huawei Ascend P7
1796 Points ∼2% -39%
OnePlus One
2095 Points ∼3% -29%
LG G3
2323 Points ∼3% -21%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
3005 Points ∼4% +2%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼4% +18%
Sony Xperia Z3
2708 Points ∼3% -8%
Google Nexus 6
3141 Points ∼4% +6%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4843 Points ∼6% +64%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2874 Points ∼4% -3%
Honor 6
3102 Points ∼4% +5%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
698 Points ∼14%
Huawei Ascend P7
599 Points ∼12% -14%
OnePlus One
878 Points ∼18% +26%
LG G3
941 Points ∼19% +35%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
1003 Points ∼21% +44%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼24% +67%
Sony Xperia Z3
979 Points ∼20% +40%
Google Nexus 6
1043 Points ∼21% +49%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1329 Points ∼27% +90%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1609 Points ∼33% +131%
Honor 6
858 Points ∼18% +23%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
3458 Points ∼9%
HTC One M9
3835 Points ∼10% +11%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
5619 Points ∼15% +62%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
864 Points ∼18%
HTC One M9
1275 Points ∼26% +48%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1503 Points ∼31% +74%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Huawei P8
272.482 MFLOPS ∼9%
Huawei Ascend P7
254.016 MFLOPS ∼9% -7%
OnePlus One
694.102 MFLOPS ∼23% +155%
LG G3
608.905 MFLOPS ∼21% +123%
Nokia Lumia 930
930.16 MFLOPS ∼31% +241%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
952.919 MFLOPS ∼32% +250%
HTC One M9
685.383 MFLOPS ∼23% +152%
Sony Xperia Z3
700 MFLOPS ∼24% +157%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
839.138 MFLOPS ∼28% +208%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1440.81 MFLOPS ∼49% +429%
Honor 6
231 MFLOPS ∼8% -15%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Huawei P8
122.028 MFLOPS ∼12%
Huawei Ascend P7
83.168 MFLOPS ∼8% -32%
OnePlus One
366.084 MFLOPS ∼36% +200%
LG G3
281.32 MFLOPS ∼28% +131%
Nokia Lumia 930
232.54 MFLOPS ∼23% +91%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38% +218%
HTC One M9
578.161 MFLOPS ∼57% +374%
Sony Xperia Z3
375 MFLOPS ∼37% +207%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
625.622 MFLOPS ∼61% +413%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
766.2 MFLOPS ∼75% +528%
Honor 6
174 MFLOPS ∼17% +43%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Huawei P8
694 Points ∼34%
OnePlus One
661 Points ∼32% -5%
LG G3
635 Points ∼31% -9%
Nokia Lumia 930
579 Points ∼28% -17%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
880 Points ∼43% +27%
HTC One M9
789 Points ∼39% +14%
Google Nexus 6
682 Points ∼34% -2%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
778 Points ∼38% +12%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1092 Points ∼54% +57%
Honor 6
790 Points ∼39% +14%
Graphics (sort by value)
Huawei P8
882 Points ∼3%
OnePlus One
2382 Points ∼8% +170%
LG G3
2530 Points ∼9% +187%
Nokia Lumia 930
1233 Points ∼4% +40%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
2731 Points ∼9% +210%
HTC One M9
3210 Points ∼11% +264%
Google Nexus 6
2130 Points ∼7% +141%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
2489 Points ∼9% +182%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2389 Points ∼8% +171%
Honor 6
775 Points ∼3% -12%
Memory (sort by value)
Huawei P8
1216 Points ∼16%
OnePlus One
587 Points ∼8% -52%
LG G3
610 Points ∼8% -50%
Nokia Lumia 930
1500 Points ∼20% +23%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
619 Points ∼8% -49%
HTC One M9
933 Points ∼12% -23%
Google Nexus 6
421 Points ∼6% -65%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1426 Points ∼19% +17%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
536 Points ∼7% -56%
Honor 6
508 Points ∼7% -58%
System (sort by value)
Huawei P8
1860 Points ∼11%
OnePlus One
1768 Points ∼11% -5%
LG G3
1387 Points ∼8% -25%
Nokia Lumia 930
1296 Points ∼8% -30%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
1540 Points ∼9% -17%
HTC One M9
1672 Points ∼10% -10%
Google Nexus 6
1604 Points ∼10% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
3989 Points ∼24% +114%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
2038 Points ∼12% +10%
Honor 6
2079 Points ∼13% +12%
Overall (sort by value)
Huawei P8
1085 Points ∼13%
OnePlus One
1131 Points ∼13% +4%
LG G3
1080 Points ∼13% 0%
Nokia Lumia 930
1085 Points ∼13% 0%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
1230 Points ∼15% +13%
HTC One M9
1410 Points ∼17% +30%
Google Nexus 6
995 Points ∼12% -8%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1821 Points ∼22% +68%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
1299 Points ∼15% +20%
Honor 6
897 Points ∼11% -17%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Huawei P8
4340 points ∼94%
Huawei Ascend P7
2942 points ∼64% -32%
OnePlus One
4129 points ∼90% -5%
LG G3
3984 points ∼87% -8%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
4496 points ∼98% +4%
HTC One M9
4454 points ∼97% +3%
Google Nexus 6
2108 points ∼46% -51%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4498 points ∼98% +4%
Honor 6
4327 points ∼94% 0%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Huawei P8
5433 points ∼29%
Huawei Ascend P7
6468 points ∼34% +19%
OnePlus One
7028 points ∼37% +29%
LG G3
8377 points ∼44% +54%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
8386 points ∼45% +54%
HTC One M9
5738 points ∼30% +6%
Google Nexus 6
7468 points ∼40% +37%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
13558 points ∼72% +150%
Honor 6
7002 points ∼37% +29%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
4479 Points ∼23%
OnePlus One
3571 Points ∼18% -20%
LG G3
3731 (min: 3662, max: 3829) Points ∼19% -17%
LG G3
3308 Points ∼17% -26%
HTC One M9
4193 Points ∼21% -6%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
5050 Points ∼26% +13%
Honor 6
2832 Points ∼14% -37%
ANDEBench PRO
3D (sort by value)
Huawei P8
15.73 fps ∼12%
OnePlus One
24.6 fps ∼19% +56%
LG G3
24.7 fps ∼19% +57%
HTC One M9
32.88 fps ∼25% +109%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
37.8 fps ∼29% +140%
Honor 6
15.87 fps ∼12% +1%
Platform (sort by value)
Huawei P8
212.7 Points ∼3%
OnePlus One
140.6 Points ∼2% -34%
LG G3
149.3 Points ∼2% -30%
HTC One M9
154.1 Points ∼2% -28%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
191.9 Points ∼3% -10%
Honor 6
162.5 Points ∼2% -24%
Storage (sort by value)
Huawei P8
6829 KB/s ∼7%
OnePlus One
7193 KB/s ∼7% +5%
LG G3
7714 KB/s ∼8% +13%
HTC One M9
5862 KB/s ∼6% -14%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
7878 KB/s ∼8% +15%
Honor 6
4301 KB/s ∼4% -37%
Memory Latency (sort by value)
Huawei P8
4550 KOps/s ∼56%
OnePlus One
6738 KOps/s ∼83% +48%
LG G3
6940 KOps/s ∼86% +53%
HTC One M9
2302 KOps/s ∼29% -49%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
5030 KOps/s ∼62% +11%
Honor 6
3997 KOps/s ∼49% -12%
Memory Bandwidth (sort by value)
Huawei P8
5160 MB/s ∼25%
OnePlus One
5485 MB/s ∼26% +6%
LG G3
5031 MB/s ∼24% -2%
HTC One M9
7609 MB/s ∼36% +47%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
10467 MB/s ∼50% +103%
Honor 6
5105 MB/s ∼24% -1%
CoreMark-PRO/HPC (Base) (sort by value)
Huawei P8
2311 Points ∼36%
OnePlus One
2464 Points ∼38% +7%
LG G3
2539 Points ∼40% +10%
HTC One M9
2296 Points ∼36% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4366 Points ∼68% +89%
Honor 6
2765 Points ∼43% +20%
Device Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
6707 Points ∼26%
OnePlus One
7169 Points ∼27% +7%
LG G3
7344 Points ∼28% +9%
HTC One M9
7158 Points ∼27% +7%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
10328 Points ∼40% +54%
Honor 6
6251 Points ∼24% -7%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Huawei P8
10494 Points ∼12%
Huawei Ascend P7
13330 Points ∼15% +27%
OnePlus One
13167 Points ∼15% +25%
LG G3
12939 Points ∼15% +23%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
16354 Points ∼19% +56%
HTC One M9
10432 (min: 10432, max: 10786) Points ∼12% -1%
Sony Xperia Z3
13674 Points ∼16% +30%
Google Nexus 6
18113 Points ∼21% +73%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
19260 Points ∼22% +84%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
9473 Points ∼11% -10%
Honor 6
12813 Points ∼15% +22%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
8743 Points ∼2%
Huawei Ascend P7
6599 Points ∼1% -25%
OnePlus One
18074 Points ∼3% +107%
LG G3
17029 Points ∼3% +95%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
20806 Points ∼4% +138%
HTC One M9
34429 (min: 34429, max: 34485) Points ∼6% +294%
Sony Xperia Z3
19606 Points ∼4% +124%
Google Nexus 6
25480 Points ∼5% +191%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
23954 Points ∼5% +174%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
23937 Points ∼5% +174%
Honor 6
14522 Points ∼3% +66%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
9080 Points ∼4%
Huawei Ascend P7
7433 Points ∼3% -18%
OnePlus One
16692 Points ∼7% +84%
LG G3
15911 Points ∼7% +75%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
19619 Points ∼8% +116%
HTC One M9
22783 (min: 22783, max: 23171) Points ∼10% +151%
Sony Xperia Z3
17882 Points ∼8% +97%
Google Nexus 6
23368 Points ∼10% +157%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
22723 Points ∼10% +150%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
17873 Points ∼8% +97%
Honor 6
14104 Points ∼6% +55%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P8
10 fps ∼0%
Huawei Ascend P7
12.3 fps ∼0% +23%
OnePlus One
28 fps ∼0% +180%
LG G3
26.7 fps ∼0% +167%
Nokia Lumia 930
15 fps ∼0% +50%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
27.2 fps ∼0% +172%
HTC One M9
49 fps ∼0% +390%
Sony Xperia Z3
27.5 fps ∼0% +175%
Google Nexus 6
39 fps ∼0% +290%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
53 fps ∼0% +430%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
44.8 fps ∼0% +348%
Honor 6
17 fps ∼0% +70%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei P8
11 fps ∼0%
Huawei Ascend P7
12.4 fps ∼0% +13%
OnePlus One
29 fps ∼1% +164%
LG G3
20.2 fps ∼1% +84%
Nokia Lumia 930
20 fps ∼1% +82%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
29.3 fps ∼1% +166%
HTC One M9
50 fps ∼1% +355%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼1% +167%
Google Nexus 6
28 fps ∼1% +155%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
32 fps ∼1% +191%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
52.4 fps ∼2% +376%
Honor 6
17 fps ∼1% +55%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P8
5.5 fps ∼1%
OnePlus One
12 fps ∼2% +118%
LG G3
11.3 fps ∼2% +105%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
11 fps ∼2% +100%
HTC One M9
23 fps ∼4% +318%
Sony Xperia Z3
11.8 fps ∼2% +115%
Google Nexus 6
19 fps ∼3% +245%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
25 fps ∼5% +355%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
18.8 fps ∼3% +242%
Honor 6
8.1 fps ∼1% +47%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei P8
5.8 fps ∼2%
OnePlus One
12 fps ∼3% +107%
LG G3
7.3 fps ∼2% +26%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
12.6 fps ∼3% +117%
HTC One M9
24 fps ∼7% +314%
Sony Xperia Z3
12.6 fps ∼3% +117%
Google Nexus 6
12 fps ∼3% +107%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
15 fps ∼4% +159%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
30.6 fps ∼8% +428%
Honor 6
8.7 fps ∼2% +50%
Basemark X 1.1 - High Quality (sort by value)
Huawei P8
5367 Points ∼12%
Huawei Ascend P7
4142 Points ∼9% -23%
OnePlus One
12411 Points ∼28% +131%
LG G3
11499 Points ∼26% +114%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
12141 Points ∼28% +126%
HTC One M9
19122 Points ∼43% +256%
Sony Xperia Z3
12603 Points ∼29% +135%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
27059 Points ∼61% +404%
Honor 6
6710 Points ∼15% +25%

Legend

 
Huawei P8 HiSilicon Kirin 930, ARM Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Ascend P7 HiSilicon Kirin 910T, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
OnePlus One Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia Lumia 930 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Apple A8, PowerVR GX6450, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 6 HiSilicon Kirin 920, ARM Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The performance of the Huawei P8 in the browser benchmarks is not very good with the preset browser. In some cases, the results are clearly behind the other flagship devices. However, subjectively web browsing is quite fast.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4084 Points ∼8%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2775 Points ∼5% -32%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4345 Points ∼8% +6%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3892 Points ∼7% -5%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2737 Points ∼5% -33%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5403 Points ∼10% +32%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6493 Points ∼12% +59%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5339 Points ∼10% +31%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5271 Points ∼10% +29%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
8650 Points ∼17% +112%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7276 Points ∼14% +78%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6363 Points ∼12% +56%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1163.6 ms * ∼13%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1042.7 ms * ∼11% +10%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2180.1 ms * ∼24% -87%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
900 ms * ∼10% +23%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
629.3 ms * ∼7% +46%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
534 ms * ∼6% +54%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
777.3 ms * ∼9% +33%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
839.7 ms * ∼9% +28%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
827.5 ms * ∼9% +29%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
784 ms * ∼9% +33%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
347.1 ms * ∼4% +70%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
347.4 ms * ∼4% +70%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
725 ms * ∼8% +38%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11807.9 ms * ∼20%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16134.7 ms * ∼27% -37%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
7883 ms * ∼13% +33%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7279.7 ms * ∼12% +38%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7163 ms * ∼12% +39%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
11108 ms * ∼19% +6%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6243.3 ms * ∼10% +47%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6508.2 ms * ∼11% +45%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6502 ms * ∼11% +45%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6124 ms * ∼10% +48%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
4037.4 ms * ∼7% +66%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
4469.8 ms * ∼8% +62%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5450 ms * ∼9% +54%
WebXPRT 2013
Offline Notes (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1355.4 ms * ∼28%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1394.4 ms * ∼29% -3%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1799 ms * ∼38% -33%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1227 ms * ∼26% +9%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1124.3 ms * ∼23% +17%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1226 ms * ∼26% +10%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1122.6 ms * ∼23% +17%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1132.1 ms * ∼24% +16%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1192 ms * ∼25% +12%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1158 ms * ∼24% +15%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
929.4 ms * ∼19% +31%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
499 ms * ∼10% +63%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1079 ms * ∼22% +20%
Stocks Dashboard (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1223.7 ms * ∼33%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1509.7 ms * ∼40% -23%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1488.1 ms * ∼40% -22%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1183 ms * ∼32% +3%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1078.1 ms * ∼29% +12%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1189 ms * ∼32% +3%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1121.9 ms * ∼30% +8%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1087.6 ms * ∼29% +11%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1103 ms * ∼29% +10%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1231 ms * ∼33% -1%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
648.5 ms * ∼17% +47%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
338 ms * ∼9% +72%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
986 ms * ∼26% +19%
Face Detection (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2145 ms * ∼18%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4339.9 ms * ∼36% -102%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2123.9 ms * ∼18% +1%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2277 ms * ∼19% -6%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1785 ms * ∼15% +17%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2515 ms * ∼21% -17%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1771.9 ms * ∼15% +17%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2237.3 ms * ∼18% -4%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7831 ms * ∼65% -265%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1736 ms * ∼14% +19%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
830.5 ms * ∼7% +61%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1463.2 ms * ∼12% +32%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1606 ms * ∼13% +25%
Photo Effects (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1432.4 ms * ∼16%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
821.4 ms * ∼9% +43%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
945.7 ms * ∼11% +34%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1202 ms * ∼13% +16%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1106.7 ms * ∼12% +23%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1004 ms * ∼11% +30%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
988.6 ms * ∼11% +31%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1585.1 ms * ∼18% -11%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
875 ms * ∼10% +39%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
898 ms * ∼10% +37%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
371.8 ms * ∼4% +74%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
904.7 ms * ∼10% +37%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1129 ms * ∼13% +21%
Overall Score (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
276 Points ∼12%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
252 Points ∼11% -9%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
273 Points ∼12% -1%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
314 Points ∼14% +14%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
313 Points ∼14% +13%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
300 Points ∼13% +9%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
341 Points ∼15% +24%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
287 Points ∼13% +4%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
345 Points ∼15% +25%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
340 Points ∼15% +23%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
634 Points ∼28% +130%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
604 Points ∼27% +119%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
353 Points ∼16% +28%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1035 Points ∼17%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
794 Points ∼13% -23%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
760 Points ∼12% -27%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1097 Points ∼18% +6%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
526 Points ∼8% -49%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
881 Points ∼14% -15%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1043 Points ∼17% +1%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
811 Points ∼13% -22%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
1337 Points ∼22% +29%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2613 Points ∼42% +152%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1260 Points ∼20% +22%
Browsermark - 2.1 (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
774 points ∼3%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
1368 points ∼4% +77%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1370 points ∼4% +77%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1343 points ∼4% +74%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
829 points ∼3% +7%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1576 points ∼5% +104%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1729 points ∼6% +123%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
2731 points ∼9% +253%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1106 points ∼4% +43%
Vellamo 3.x - Browser (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2756 (min: 2248) Points ∼36%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
2683 Points ∼35% -3%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2945 Points ∼39% +7%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2762 Points ∼36% 0%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3259 Points ∼43% +18%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3174 Points ∼42% +15%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2871 Points ∼38% +4%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3740 Points ∼49% +36%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
5463 Points ∼72% +98%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3367 Points ∼44% +22%

* ... smaller is better

This version of the Huawei P8 has 16 GB of internal eMMC flash storage and the user can use around 11.5 GB. It is also possible to use a MicroSD card if you do not want to get the premium version with 64 GB of internal storage. The MicroSD card is an inexpensive method to expand the storage by up to 128 GB. App2SD is also supported.

Compared to the predecessor, the performance of the storage has improved noticeably, but is only average within the high-end segment. Only the reading performance of small files is very convincing and the P8 is only beaten by the Galaxy S6 Edge.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.04 MB/s ∼4%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.13 MB/s ∼0% -89%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
10.42 MB/s ∼4% +4%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.44 MB/s ∼1% -86%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2.43 MB/s ∼1% -76%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
13.91 MB/s ∼5% +39%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
2 MB/s ∼1% -80%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.49 MB/s ∼1% -85%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
19.84 MB/s ∼8% +98%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.3 MB/s ∼2% -47%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22.46 MB/s ∼10%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.94 MB/s ∼4% -56%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
18.27 MB/s ∼8% -19%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20.98 MB/s ∼9% -7%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.49 MB/s ∼6% -40%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20.66 MB/s ∼9% -8%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15 MB/s ∼7% -33%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7.85 MB/s ∼3% -65%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
77.43 MB/s ∼34% +245%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
17 MB/s ∼8% -24%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
39.58 MB/s ∼7%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
10.74 MB/s ∼2% -73%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
159.72 MB/s ∼27% +304%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
23.83 MB/s ∼4% -40%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
27.42 MB/s ∼5% -31%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
123.81 MB/s ∼21% +213%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
18 MB/s ∼3% -55%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
18.46 MB/s ∼3% -53%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
139.12 MB/s ∼24% +251%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
29.6 MB/s ∼5% -25%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
139.95 MB/s ∼8%
Huawei Ascend P7
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 910T, 16 GB eMMC Flash
33.32 MB/s ∼2% -76%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
223.64 MB/s ∼13% +60%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
167.46 MB/s ∼9% +20%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
140.73 MB/s ∼8% +1%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
235.14 MB/s ∼13% +68%
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
149 MB/s ∼8% +6%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25.78 MB/s ∼1% -82%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
319.25 MB/s ∼18% +128%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
80 MB/s ∼4% -43%
BaseMark OS II - Memory (sort by value)
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1216 Points ∼16%
OnePlus One
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 64 GB eMMC Flash
587 Points ∼8% -52%
LG G3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
610 Points ∼8% -50%
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1500 Points ∼20% +23%
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
619 Points ∼8% -49%
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
933 Points ∼12% -23%
Google Nexus 6
Adreno 420, 805 APQ8084, 32 GB eMMC Flash
421 Points ∼6% -65%
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
1426 Points ∼19% +17%
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
536 Points ∼7% -56%
Honor 6
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 920, 16 GB eMMC Flash
508 Points ∼7% -58%

Games

The Huawei P8 is certainly not for gaming enthusiasts, but the performance of the ARM Mali-T628 MP4 is still sufficient to play for example, “Asphalt 8” smoothly with the highest settings, and we could rarely notice small stutters. Simpler games like “Angry Birds”, “Clash of Clans” or “Anno” are not a problem for the smartphone. However, upcoming games with a high technical standard could be too demanding for the P8.

The clean operating sensors and the great touchscreen do not affect the gaming experience. The speakers also deliver a good sound.

Anno
Anno
Asphalt 8
Asphalt 8

Emissions

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Huawei P8 leave a good impression, which is mainly a result of the weak SoC. At a maximum of 33.2 °C (~92 °F); the smartphone does not even get lukewarm while idling. The temperatures are not much higher under sustained load, and the measured 35.7 °C (~96 °F) is a very low result.

Unfortunately, we can measure higher temperatures underneath the surface. We use a stress test with the GFXBenchmark battery test to check the clocks of the SoC under sustained load. The T-Rex Onscreen test is repeated thirty times. With 11 fps, it does not run smoothly on the P8, but the performance is further reduced after the first run. The smartphone loses more performance over the course of the benchmark and the difference is around 40% at the end of the test.

GFXBench 3.0 - Battery test
GFXBench 3.0 - Battery test
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Clocks
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Clocks
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Temperature
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Temperature
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Frame times
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Frame times
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Battery capacity
GFXBench 3.1 - Battery test: Battery capacity
Max. Load
 31.5 °C
89 F
34.2 °C
94 F
34.7 °C
94 F
 
 30.9 °C
88 F
32.4 °C
90 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 30.5 °C
87 F
30.3 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 35.7 °C = 96 F
Average: 32.5 °C = 91 F
30.7 °C
87 F
31.3 °C
88 F
31.1 °C
88 F
30.3 °C
87 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.7 °C
87 F
29.6 °C
85 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.5 °C
85 F
Maximum: 31.3 °C = 88 F
Average: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  34 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 21.5 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.5 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The two speakers at the bottom of the smartphone frame are certainly not perfectly located, but they sound comparatively good and can be very loud. The sound stays quite balanced up to 60% of the maximum volume and is sufficient for the occasional music playback if you do not have external speakers. Medium tones are audible and there is even some bass, but the smartphone does not oscillate. You will have to live with a tinny sound and some echoes when you turn up the volume. It is still quite a good component for a smartphone, but it cannot compete with the HTC One M9.

The stereo jack leaves a good subjective impression and the sound output is very clear. The provided headphones are not suited for music playback since the sound is very unbalanced and muffled.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the Huawei P8 is surprisingly high, which seems to be caused by the display in particular. The consumption is heavily increased with the maximum luminance and it can increase the idle consumption up to 2.0 watts without a wireless connection.

The values are also very high under load with up to 7.4 watts, so the P8 is similar to the One M9 (up to 7.5 watts) and consumes even more power than the Galaxy S6 Edge (up to. 6.8 watts), even though both rivals have much more powerful SoCs.

The power adaptor is not powerful enough with a nominal output of 5 watts. Quick Charge is not supported, so a complete charge of the smartphone takes more than three hours.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 2 / 2.1 Watt
Load midlight 4.9 / 7.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Runtime

The battery capacity of the Huawei P8 is quite generous at 2680 mAh when you consider the slim construction, but the high power consumption prevents good runtimes on par with the rivals in some scenarios. The stamina of the P8 in the Reader’s Test is rather short; all the rivals except for the HTC One M9 last longer. On the other hand, the P8 manages better results than the rivals under load. The runtimes with an adjusted display brightness are average at best within the comparison, but more than seven hours in the WLAN test and almost ten hours in the video test are still quite good results.

We were able to test the Huawei P8 for quite a while and can report that you should have no problem to manage a whole day, even with intense use of the smartphone. Our battery charge lasted for 36 hours, but you will have to charge the smartphone in the evening if you use the camera frequently.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 46min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 14min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 41min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 35min
Huawei P8
Mali-T628 MP4, Kirin 930, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Mali-T760 MP8, 7420 Octa, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
HTC One M9
Adreno 430, 810 MSM8994, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia Z3
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto X 2. Gen 2014
Adreno 330, 801 MSM8974AC, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Nokia Lumia 930
Adreno 330, 800 MSM8974, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
PowerVR GX6450, A8, 64 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
16%
-10%
8%
4%
25%
28%
Reader / Idle
826
1349
63%
805
-3%
1203
46%
1078
31%
1387
68%
1436
74%
H.264
581
417
-28%
421
-28%
682
17%
604
4%
675
16%
WiFi v1.3
434
534
23%
348
-20%
Load
215
224
4%
236
10%
132
-39%
165
-23%
175
-19%
199
-7%
WiFi
573
672
617
1002
777

Pros

+ Nice design
+ Very good build quality
+ Great camera
+ Decent battery runtimes
+ Good speakers
+ Memory can be expanded
+ Great voice quality with wind noise suppression
+ Good price-performance ratio

Cons

- SoC is a bit too slow and reduces the performance under load
- No LTE Cat. 6
- No ac-WLAN
- Neither Qi-charging nor Quick Charge
- Videos only up to 1080p @ 30 fps
- Only average GPS
- Power adaptor not powerful enough

Verdict

In review: Huawei P8. Test model courtesy of Huawei.
In review: Huawei P8. Test model courtesy of Huawei.

The Huawei P8 shows that the Chinese can build very good smartphones. The device can impress in many areas and can compete with the much more expensive rivals from Samsung, HTC and Apple.

Our review unit uses the high-quality materials, a mix of aluminum and glass as well as a slim construction. The display looks very good and even without QHD resolution, the measurements are very good. The camera takes good pictures, even in difficult lighting conditions and the communication modules work very well.

Huawei can still improve a few things. Connectivity in particular lacks some features. By now, WLAN-AC should be standard in this price range, and we would have liked to see LTE Cat. 6. The performance does not really remind us of a high-end smartphone.

The P8 is Huawei’s best smartphone so far.

However, if you look at the RRP of just 499 Euros (~$568) you can quickly see that Huawei offers a lot of smartphone for the money. If you want to buy one of the better-equipped rivals, you will get more modern communication modules, maybe a slightly better display or a better camera, but you will have to pay a few hundred Euros/Dollars more. We think the P8 is a successful smartphone with a great price/performance ratio.

Huawei P8 - 05/05/2015 v4(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
44 / 60 → 73%
Weight
93%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
57 / 63 → 90%
Application Performance
45 / 70 → 64%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
80 / 91 → 88%
Camera
88%
Average
79%
88%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2015-05-13 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.