Huawei P8 Review: Light In Motion: Performance

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Benchmarks

The Huawei P8 is powered by a home-brewed HiSilicon Kirin 930 chipset. It is equipped with a total of eight Coretex-A53 processors, four clocked at 2.0 Giga Hertz (GHz) and another four at 1.5 GHz. On paper, this looks like quite an adequate setup by current standards and we can only expect the chip to perform up to par with current high-discontinue offers by the likes of Mediatek and Qualcomm.

But, the real problem with the custom Kirin 930 is that it features a far-less powerful GPU than those by the competitors. The Mali-T628 MP4 is hardly a powerhoutilize and can potentially harm the graphics performance of the phone significantly.

It is also fascinating to note that there is a version of the phone with a Kirin 935 SoC. The incompatibility between the two, however, seems to be limited to a higher maximum clock for four of the cores - 2.2 GHz. The Mali-T628 MP4 is still on board.


We've had at least a few Huawei devices come through the office and yet, there are no other entries in our database for either the Kirin 930 or the Kirin 935. The closest we have managed to come is the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate 7, with a Kirin 925, the Huawei Honor 6, with a Kirin 920 and the P8's predecessor - the Ascdiscontinue P7, which runs on a Kirin 910T. We have included them in our comparison as reference points for how the P8 compares to the rest of Huawei's lineup.

As far as the other chosen competitors, the Huawei P8 happens to sit in a pretty premium cost range. With an asking price of €450-€550, the phone is not quite up to par with the current generation of flagship devices, but definitely brusher elbows with last year's top-of-the-line offers. And don't acquire us wrong. We can definitely justify the price, as the Huawei P8 is a textbook example of a premium device through and through. Still, performance-wise, the P8 enters into a tough crowd, but, we'll let the benchmarks do the talking.

Just a small note, the recent EMUI 3.1 is based on Android 5.0, so, we would expect that the P8 has all the benefits that the recent code brings about at its disposal. So, to be fair, we have included, where possible, Lollipop benchimprint scores for any other device on the list that has already received an update.

First up, we have the raw Central Processing Units (CPU) performance test with GeekBench 3, which should be straight-forward enough. The eight-core Cortex-A53 setup of the P8 really does leave its competitors in the dust. Bear in mind, that most other models on the list are now close to a year recent and while still quite capable, they don't have the benefit of recent ARM advancements and technologies.

Naturally, the LG G Flex 2 outshines the competition with its beastly elegant Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, but not by a whole lot. The Meizu MX4 Pro does also show admirable scores in this department, thanks to its Exynos 5 Octa 5430 SoC, despite being based on older Cortex-A15 and A7 chips. Going down the list below the P8, we see that most scores are not that far apart. There is, however, a quite observable line of improvement in the Kirin SoC generations. The Ascdiscontinue P7 with its Kirin 910T is at the very bottom with almost half the score of the P8. It is followed by the Honor 6 and then the Ascdiscontinue Mate 7, in the expected order. The incompatibility between the scores of the latter is not as significant, but, it proves, without a doubt that Huawei has done a nice job designing its own chipset.

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GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    3604

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    3386

  • Huawei P8

    3380

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3285

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3214

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    3165

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3120

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    3094

  • Huawei Honor 6

    3081

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    2970

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    2937

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    2923

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    2880

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2860

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    2561

  • LG G3

    2370

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1895

AnTuTu is a compound benchmark, which also takes into account Random-Access Memory (RAM) and GPU performance. Here we see pretty much the same arrangement. Here, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha takes the cake.

Like the Meizu MX4 Pro it uses an Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset and just like the P8, it has a slightly underwhelming Mali-T628 MP6, albeit slight better. But GPU doesn't really seem to be the defining factor in the race, seeing how the Ascdiscontinue Mate 7 uses the exact same Mali-T628 MP6 model and is almost at the bottom of the chart. Optimization seems to be key and the Galaxy Alpha has proved a prime example of software done correct in quite a few of our tests.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    51905

  • Huawei P8

    50876

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    49803

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    48489

  • LG G Flex2

    47680

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    45660

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    45632

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    45530

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    45348

  • Huawei Honor 6

    42688

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    42211

  • LG G3

    42038

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    41510

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    40393

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    31436

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    28758

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    49

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    38.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    31.3

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    28

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    28

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    27.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    27

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    26.3

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    26

  • LG G3

    26

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    23

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    16.4

  • Huawei Honor 6

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    12.3

  • Huawei P8

    10

Moving on to Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II, which is a truly all-round benchmark. Here, we acquire a first glimpse of the P8 falling short in overall scores. The result is most-likely due to the already mentioned poor GPU, which drags down the otherwise excellent number-crunching power of the eight core processor setup.

The P8 still surpasses its Huawei siblings, as well as the aforementioned Meizu and Galaxy Alpha, which is still an admirable achievement. This observation is further backed up by looking at the single and multi-core performance breakdowns. Little complaints can be made about Central Processing Units (CPU) performance.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    1601

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    1509

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    1370

  • LG G3

    1327

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    1202

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    1173

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    1147

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1116

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    1109

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    1089

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    1067

  • Huawei P8

    1056

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    1003

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    922

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    915

  • Huawei Honor 6

    863

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    830

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    786

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    2579

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2559

  • LG G Flex2

    2528

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    2510

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    2499

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    2426

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2334

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2279

  • LG G3

    2267

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    2236

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2114

  • Huawei P8

    2111

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    1967

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    1891

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    1572

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    15096

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    15012

  • Huawei P8

    14046

  • Huawei Honor 6

    13916

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    10320

  • LG G3

    9975

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    9915

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    9827

  • LG G Flex2

    9758

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    9646

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    9590

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    9364

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    9284

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    8792

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    7399

The same, however, definitely can't be assumed about graphics performance. Things really see poor in this department, almost catastrophic. The P8 barely churns out enough frames to be on the chart. Frankly, we expected poor GPU performance, but, there seems to be something more going on here, besides the underwhelming GPU itself. Even the Ascdiscontinue P7 (1080p screen) with its Mali-450 MP4 does better than the P8 and so does the Honor 6 (1080p screen) with a Mali-T624 MP4.

But perhaps, most surprising of all is that the Ascdiscontinue Mate 7 (1080p screen), which uses the very same Mali-T628 MP4 still manages to outperform the P8 in terms of graphics. This leads us to believe that there might be some severe optimization issues, most-probably related to the recent EMUI 3.1 and the adoption of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Hopefully, these problems will be ironed out in the future, as the poor performance is really unexpected, even for the Mali in question.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    49

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    38.9

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    31.3

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    28

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    28

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    27.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    27

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    26.3

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    26

  • LG G3

    26

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    23

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    16.4

  • Huawei Honor 6

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    12.3

  • Huawei P8

    10

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    48.4

  • LG G Flex2

    48

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    30

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    29.3

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    29

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    28

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    28

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    27.4

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    26.7

  • LG G3

    20

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    17.4

  • Huawei Honor 6

    17

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    17

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    15

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    12.4

  • Huawei P8

    10.7

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    22

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    18.6

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    13.4

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    12

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    12

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    12

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    12

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    11

  • LG G3

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    9.9

  • Huawei Honor 6

    8.1

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    8

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • Huawei P8

    5.4

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    25.3

  • LG G Flex2

    22

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    13

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    13

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    12.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    12

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    11.9

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S800

    10

  • Huawei Honor 6

    8.7

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    8.5

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    7.8

  • LG G3

    7.7

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    5.8

  • Huawei P8

    5.7

Speaking of poor Operating System (OS) optimization, there seems to be a lot more of it in terms of browser performance. Bear in mind, however, that the below scores are from the bundled default browser. Chrome, which is also included out-of-the-box does a significantly better job.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • LG G Flex2

    4621

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    4911

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    5567

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    5968

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    6088

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    6260

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    6355

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    6382

  • Huawei Honor 6

    6937

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    7023

  • LG G3

    7632

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    10193

  • Huawei P8

    11867

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    12266

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • LG G Flex2

    2086

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    2066

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (S615)

    1655

  • Motorola Moto X (2014) Lollipop

    1562

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    1533

  • HTC One (M8) Lollipop

    1460

  • LG G3

    1453

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    1447

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    1364

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    795

  • Huawei P8

    764

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    748

  • Huawei Honor 6

    745

The Huawei P8 benchimprint performance is a mixed bag and not surprisingly, suffering from the choice of custom hardware. This, however, is only part of the story. Kirin chipsets have historically been bundled with rather meager GPU's and this one makes no exception.

Central Processing Units (CPU) performance however is spectacular and everyday tasks are a breeze with no noticeable delay or stuttering in the UI. The 3GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) without a doubt helps in this respect too.

Adapting EMUI for the Android Lollipop has taken its toll on GPU performance, which will hopefully be fixed come future updates. Still, if you are keen on doing a lot of graphics-intensive 3D gaming, the Huawei P8 shouldn't be your first choice. For most everything else, however, the device is fluid, responsive and a pleasure to use.


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