System Performance

The P8 Lite is the first device with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 that we've reviewed. The Snapdragon 615 implementation in the P8 lite has two clusters with 4 Cortex A53 cores. With this bin the first cluster has a peak frequency of 1.5GHz, while the second has a peak frequency of 1.11GHz. This is slightly slower than the 1.7GHz implementation in the HTC One M8s, but it still represents a 25% improvement in clock speeds on the big cluster over Snapdragon 410. In theory since there's support for HMP the OS could schedule threads to use all 8 cores at once, but in essentially every user workload it will act as a quad core Cortex A53 CPU.

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2013 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2015 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

The P8 Lite shows good improvement over devices that use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 and 410 SoCs. In both versions of WebXPRT and in Mozilla Kraken we see improvements of about 20%, with Google Octane improving by over 30%. This is in line with what one would expect from the 25% clock speed improvement on the big cluster when compared to Snapdragon 410.

PCMark - Web Browsing

PCMark - Video Playback

PCMark - Writing

PCMark - Photo Editing

PCMark - Work Performance Overall

PCMark is a benchmark that focuses more on real-world scenarios where race to sleep speed is paramount, but the user workload also increases with faster CPUs. Software can also be as important to the test as hardware, and we've seen gains on devices running Android Lollipop over those running KitKat. In it we see that the Huawei P8 Lite doesn't do very well overall. The main cause of this is its score in the writing sub test. This is not a new situation for Huawei, as all of their KitKat devices score somewhere around 500 points in that test due to problems with Dalvik. If that test were to be removed, the P8 Lite would perform slightly better overall than the Moto E. Ultimately the result in PCMark is just an example of how performance is hardly software agnostic, and demonstrates why devices should not be launching with KitKat this far into 2015.

Basemark OS II 2.0 - System

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Memory

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Graphics

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Web

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Overall

In BaseMark OS II we again see the P8 Lite holding a lead over Snapdragon 400 and 410 devices, with the largest improvement being in the graphics sub test.

Overall the P8 Lite shows significant improvements over the performance of lower end Snapdragon 400 and 410 based devices. CPU improvements are right in line with the 25% greater clock speed than Snapdragon 410 on the big cluster of Cortex A53 cores, and BaseMark OS II shows us that there are substantial GPU improvements which will be detailed on the next page.

Introduction, Design, and Software System Performance Cont'd: GPU and NAND
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  • ileben - Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - link

    Again, please, post a graph of performance over time for a 20 minute intensive run (ala T-Rex).
    Also, performance degradation should be expressed as a ratio of [final run] / [cold run].
  • NAdeera - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - link

    Can anybody tell me about the battery time
  • stampede84 - Thursday, July 21, 2016 - link

    Is it possible to charge Huawei with 2A chargers ? Will it break my phone or does the charging time will remain the same ?
  • KilonBerlin - Friday, August 21, 2020 - link

    how the flock can the P8 be last in fps with only 8.71 fps and the P8 lite (a lot cheaper version) has 23.40? That would be like my current P30 Lite would kick the P30 Pro heavy in GPU testing?! People who said Huawei has no chance, maybe in the US where it was stopped early (most companies were not allowed to offer it with contracts and contracts made up over 80% of sales in 2017 when I did read about first US sanctions on Huawei)
  • KilonBerlin - Friday, August 21, 2020 - link

    It sold so well in Eurasia that the first sanctions they (Apple, US industry in this business and trump, for him every deal is unfair if america has no large advantage or has to compete with countries like china) hoped its done with, than that google thing, people like me and millions others still buyed the phones, now we know "they" were the last huawei with google services, P40 and other news (Mate 30?! or 40?) come without and I only play 1 game right now on my phone, its the well known Asphalt 9: Legends, I downloaded it somehow via AppGallery from Huawei and I because of that dont play with my google account but with huawei account but have no problem with that, most players come from China, India and some asian countries and than russia/europe and the rest of the world^^

    its very unfair and I never ever will buy the apple...but I knew that already before they released smartphones, apple just suck, next phone wont be huawei except the appgallery continue to grow and most new games will also be available there (china/asia is a huge market and Huawei was just the largest smartphone company in the world due to corona weak sales in the US/"West" from Apple and Samsung also weakened a bit, this wont hold but I dont think Google and the companies want to give up all that possible customers with growing income and in china but also (at least before the P40 or other non-google phones were released) in countries like russia huawei really had large shares, P20 lite was the best selling phone of the month (by numbers ofc) in June or July 2018 in Germany,

    offering always lite, normal and pro versions, and maybe they use other names in india or vietnam but the lite version should be affordable for most, especially if its subsidied by a 1 or 2 year internet contract which doesn't cost a fortune there like in Germany where already in 2000 the mobile data frequencies were sold for unbelievable 100 billion D-Mark to the 6 leading mobile companies (16.66 billion DM each!), in the UK a comparable auction only brought a few billion by the 4 largest companies also around that time,

    lets hope when trump is removed the relations between Europe and the US get better and maybe they even see that its a cheap way to destroy Huawei who was/is standing for the success of the chinese state, but the producers of ARM-SoC's are in US hands and even the only alternative from Taiwan had been told if they deliver chips to huawei they can forget all contracts with US companies or to the US... thats trumps "fair trade", like they threat small companies finishing the Nord Stream 2 gives Russia and Germany another advantage in gas, which in this 2nd offshore pipeline would be for exports only from Germany that trump wants to use for exporting the flood of shale gas, the boom started in 2011, planing even a while before but trump becoming president in 2017 said it were his great actions...

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