On stage at the press conference that Huawei has held to IFA 2015, at the beginning of September, there was only the Mate but also the new G8, a phablet with which Huawei intends to consolidate its presence in the so-called “average range”. Aluminium body, a 5.5-inch Full HD display and a biometric scanner for fingerprint recognition are the calling card of this smartphone which is responsible for improvement compared to its predecessor. Huawei will be succeeded in this task? Let’s find out in the full review of the new Huawei G8.
Hardware, Materials and ergonomics:
Unlike his other device, Huawei has chosen to use a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 616instead of its platform Kirin. This is a 64-bit octa core (1.5 GHz + 1.2 GHz) with 3 GB of RAM supported GPU 405 Adreno and 32 GB of onboard memory expandable 22 of which are available to the user.
- Size: 152 x 76 x 7.5 mm
- Weight: 167 g
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8939 616
- CPU: 64-bit octa core
- GPU: Adreno 405
- MemoryRAM: 3 GB
- Memoryinternal: 32 GB
- Tabsmemory: microSD
- SystemOS: Android 5.1 with EMUI 3.1
- Display: TFT, 1920 x 1080 pixels 5.5 inch
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Camera: 5 megapixel rear 13 megapixel front
- TabSIM: Nano-SIM
- Wi-Fi: b, g, n, Wi-Fi Hotspot
- USB: 2.0, Micro USB
- Bluetooth: 4.0
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Pleasant design, characterized by rounded edges and a slightly curved front glass edges. The whole body is made of aluminium with two plastic inserts for the antennae on the back where there is also the main camera from 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, dual LED flash and biometric fingerprint recognition scanner and other features.
On the right side there are the volume rocker and the power button, 3.5 mm audio jack on the top and the second microphone on the bottom the main microphone and speaker system, the microUSB port, while on the right side there is the dwarf format microSD and SIM tray (or two nano SIM in case of Dual version).
Despite the fairly generous size , ergonomics is still pretty good thanks to software features that enable better use with one hand.
Very good quality of the display, a 5.5-inch TFT 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD resolution and a density of 401ppi offering excellent visibility in bright sunlight and a particularly wide viewing angle.
The colors are well balanced and the white point can be adjusted via software settings. The function keys are software. Excellent touch sensitivity.
Very good the fingerprint reader that is not only fast and accurate, but also allows it to be used with swype to open or close the notifications or double-tap to make a picture.
Drums, Audio and reception:
Excellent battery life, a 3000mAh which enables us to cover without any kind of problem a day of heavy use. Also a power saving modes, settable on three parameters (normal, intelligent and ultra), which goes to limit some functionality of the device.
Very good audio quality both through earbud that through the speaker system. No problems regarding 2 g/3 g signal reception and LTE. The GPS receiver is a breeze to find the location and also the Wi-Fi that works only on the 2.5 GHz band.
Huawei G8 is based on Android 5.1 with the proven user interface EMUI 3.1. We, therefore, the same applications and functionality that we find on other recent smartphone manufacturer of China.
The EMUI is a nice interface to use, characterized by the absence of the drawer. All apps are already distributed on the homescreen that we can customize depending on our needs even in appearance thanks to the many themes available to us. Customizable function buttons.
Not missing so many programs for full control of your smartphone including management notifications and prefixed, cleaning the memory, creating blacklist for calls and texts and a great feature implementation do not disturb.
In General, the user interface is quite fast and responsive even if, sometimes, applications take just a little longer to start up.
As web browsers we have Chrome that one owner. Any particular navigational problem with Google while the second we have some slowdown.
Camera and Multimedia:
The rear camera is a 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and dual LED flash.Pretty good focusing speed. Classic user interface of EMUI though with some functionality in less. The front camera is 5 megapixels with facial enhancement and “selfie”.
In General, the photo quality is good even if you do not reach levels of “big brothers”. The photos seen on display are very nice but bring on a larger display show some imperfections.
Same as for the video which may have a maximum resolution Full HD and benefit from optical stabilization.
Good quality even the player audio and video that reproduce without any problem the most common types of media files. Good audio quality both by loud speaker and headphones. Also the FM Radio.
Not particularly brilliant the game experience with the titles. Real Racing 3, our reference game, is quite jerky even though it does not unduly affect the gameplay. Even under stress the processor tends very become hot.
Huawei G8 will come at the price of 399 euros with one SIM, by operators, and 419 euros in Dual SIM version on the open market. This is certainly a device that for construction, display, phone and agreeableness is them all. A little less as for the camera, albeit with an optical image stabilizer, a plus.