Huawei Mate 8 Hands-On Review
The Huawei Mate 8, released in November, 2015 as the Mate 7 successor, is one of Huawei’s latest smartphone projects and continues the company’s upward trajectory as a powerhouse smartphone manufacturer.
The Mate 8 is an aesthetic upgrade from the Mate 7 and recently reviewed Honor 7. The metal build and curved rear give it a professional, modern and slender feel that handles comfortably considering its size. Its 6-inch screen is encased within a 6.19×3.17×0.31-inch build for an impressive screen-to-body ratio.
The Full HD 1920×1080 LCD is somewhat vulnerable when streaming videos in full screen, but this sacrifice helps Huawei set the benchmark in smartphone battery performance. Its proficient 4000mAh non-removable piece boasts 22 hours of talk-time and a blazing charge speed.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow is coupled with Huawei’s polarizing Emotion UI 4.0 skin that presents some frustrating navigation. Fortunately, the new and highly potent octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor blasts through any lag for top-of-the-line performance.
The Mate 8 is equipped with standard 16-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras. Professional mode offers advanced manual options, allowing more seasoned photography enthusiasts to disguise some of the camera’s vulnerable areas.
Huawei’s acclaimed fingerprint scanner makes a welcome return. The redesigned scanner, now circular as opposed to squared, is lowered slightly for more natural handling. The scanner performs more smoothly as well, with Huawei advertising its response time as twice that of the Mate 7.
BuyBackWorld Bottom Line: The Huawei Mate 8 is in elite territory when it comes to performance, style, battery and affordability. The Full HD display and camera are nothing revolutionary and Emotion UI does need improvements, but there are no glaring flaws on this device. With the addition of the Mate 8 to its expanding catalog, Huawei continues to pose a threat to smartphone goliaths Apple and Samsung.
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