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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  • 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 Reply
  • 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 ? Reply
  • 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) Reply
  • 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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