GPU Performance

The Adreno 405 GPU is an interesting part. Because Snapdragon 615 is approaching upon Qualcomm's high end SoCs there's significantly more power on the GPU side of things than you'll get with SoCs meant for more low end devices like Snapdragon 410.

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Physics

3DMark 1.2 Unlimited - Overall

In 3DMark's graphics test we see that Adreno 405 holds a large lead over Adreno 305/306. The score achieved is more than twice as high. The physics test has a poor showing, lagging behind even the Snapdragon 400 based Moto G. Since the CPU side of Snapdragon 615 is certainly faster it's clear that this slowness is due to problems with Dalvik, which in turn is due to the P8 Lite shipping with KitKat. In the end the overall score isn't quite twice that of the Moto E, but it's still a significant improvement.

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Onscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Dunes (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Hangar (High Quality, Offscreen)

BaseMark X 1.1 - Overall (High Quality)

I don't have results for BaseMark X on the 2015 Moto E as the benchmark crashes before it completes. Unfortunately this means there's no Snapdragon 410 device to be used as a reference in this test. In the on screen results the P8 Lite doesn't come in last, but the only slower device is the LG G3 with its relatively unbalanced combination of an Adreno 330 GPU and a 2560x1440 display. In the off screen tests the P8 Lite falls behind the other devices tested, but it's not an unexpected result given the flagship status of the other devices on the chart.

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Onscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex HD (Offscreen)

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan (Offscreen)

The last GPU test is GFXBench 3.0. In both T-Rex HD and Manhattan, the offscreen performance of Adreno 405 shows a large improvement over the performance of the 2015 Moto E. In fact, both tests have the P8 Lite achieving almost three times the performance of the Moto E. While the Moto E is obviously a cheaper device, the results show the significant GPU gains that Snapdragon 615 devices have compared to Snapdragon 410 devices.

Overall, the GPU performance of the Huawei P8 Lite is actually very good for a $249 device. One should definitely note that the ASUS Zenfone 2 is significantly faster and only costs $199, but that's quite an edge case and there really aren't many other devices at this price point that offer the GPU performance that the P8 Lite does.

NAND Performance

NAND performance is another important aspect of mobile devices. Poor NAND can be a serious bottleneck of system performance whenever something is being loaded from the internal storage, or when a background app is doing reads and writes or downloading updates.

Internal NAND - Random Read

Internal NAND - Random Write

The P8 Lite comes in last for both random read and random write speeds. In the case of random read speeds the gap between it and the next device is fairly significant as well.

Internal NAND - Sequential Read

Internal NAND - Sequential Write

Sequential reads and writes on the P8 Lite are in a much better situation than random reads and writes, with the P8 Lite being faster than both the Moto E and Moto G in both cases. While it's not as fast as the latest flagship devices, I don't think it's at a point where it will cause any problems for the type of users who will purchase a phone like the P8 Lite.

System Performance Display
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  • Pissedoffyouth - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    Why would you do that though, considering the A53 is so low power anyway. It makes no sense at all. Instead of second cluster put a single A57 core in or something Reply
  • Samus - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    Every little bit helps. Reply
  • protomech - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    4.5 hours to charge a 8.4 Wh battery at 5W is ludicrously bad.

    Is the issue that the wall plug isn't actually delivering 5W (5V 500 mA only maybe?) or that it simply takes an age to go from nearly full to 100%?

    While the 100% charge time test has its uses, it may be more useful to report 0% to 80% charge time, as this should avoids charge taper near the top and is a better indication of how much charge can be recovered in a short period (airport, etc).
    Reply
  • webdoctors - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    Zenfone 2 at $200 makes this phone a flop, especially considering its not even coming with lollipop, wut?!

    The last paragraph in this review is gold and nicely sums up the entire article:

    The P8 Lite wouldn't be a bad recommendation if it was priced a bit lower and received an update to Lollipop. While I don't know if it would be possible for Huawei to reach a price of $150, I would need the P8 Lite to be priced somewhere below $200 before I could really recommend it. At this time there are simply better options in the $200-300 range, and so at its current price point the P8 Lite is a phone I find difficult to recommend.
    Reply
  • utmode - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    'Kitkat?'
    Gee, I began to hate this company
    Reply
  • zodiacfml - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    I have a problem with this company. Most of the phones they're selling these days are not in tune with the market based on specifications, build, and/or branding. They're an adequately sized company selling communications equipment but I doubt they are big and experienced as ASUS or Motorola. Gigabyte also makes phones and laptops but they're reasonably priced as they are not a big brand.

    Anyway, for the specs and review, I'd put this on par or even below a Moto G (2015 and 2014). Yes, it is a thin phone but it ends there.
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  • Buk Lau - Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - link

    Nah that's a huge misconception. Huawei if anything is many times bigger than Asus and Motorola combined. They provide equipment and build cellular structures for EUs and they are a government company, and hold enough patents in mobile network that can almost compete with Qualcomm. Smartphone is only a one sector of their business and they are just not taking it seriously enough Reply
  • ToTTenTranz - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    I wonder why Huawei hates having a decent wifi connection in their models. Reply
  • ultimatebob - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    Hey Anandtech, the forums are down again. Can you get someone to look at that when you get a chance? Reply
  • Setec - Monday, July 27, 2015 - link

    Actually, the OnePlus One price was dropped to $249 a few months ago. Reply

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