There are so many smartphones that you can use both for work and play. But there are few that really matches all the things you need on a smartphone. And then there is the Huawei Mate 8, a smartphone designed for business. During our two week review of the Huawei Mate 8, we found out that there is more to the phone’s good looks and high ends specs. Let’s find out.
Huawei Mate 8:
- 2.3Ghz Octa Core HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor
- Mali T880 MP4 graphics
- 3GB RAM
- 32GB internal memory, expandable storage via MicroSD up to 128GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
- 6-inch Full HD IPS-NEO LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- 16 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX 298 camera with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and dual LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, Fingerprint Sensor
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Lollipop with EmotionUI 4.0
- Status: Available at Globe’s MyLifestyle Plan 2,499
- BUY ONLINE
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We do all know that the Huawei Mate 8 is large phone with its 6-inch display. But Huawei, somehow managed to make the device look and feel smaller. It feels like holding a 5.5-inch display smartphone. The metal chassis plus our review unit’s titanium color adds a touch of premium to it. Clearly, the looks of the Huawei Mate 8 is crafted for a businessman or an executive’s hands.
If there are cons for having a large display, there are benefits as well. Watching movies, TV shows and playing games is such a joy on the Huawei Mate 8. The 6-inch display has a Full HD resolution instead of a Quad HD panel. Huawei made a splendid job with this display. It is bright and beautiful plus is it very visible under direct sunlight.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Huawei Mate 8 has a heavily skinned UI called Emotion UI or EMUI. It is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The UI is a love or hate affair for many users. If you hate the UI but love the hardware, you’ll be having a hard time loading a third party launcher because EMUI does not allow other launchers to be used. If you don’t have any problems with the UI, you can change the look of your phone via Huawei’s own theme store.
This is one of Huawei’s best performing smartphones to date. We never had issues of slowdowns and lags during our two-week duration review. The secret is the perfect combination of Huawei’s home brewed Kirin 950 chipset and 3GB RAM.
Over the years, Huawei has been striving perfection as it develops and improves its technology on their cameras. Near perfection is achieved on the Google-branded Nexus 6P which was made by Huawei. Camera is said to the best and even at par with the world’s best camera smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S7.
So when we first got a hold of the Huawei Mate 8, we expect the same superior shooting capabilities and it did impress us. When in auto mode, photos are very sharp with all the details remained intact. Put it on Professional Mode and you can change the ISO, White Balance, Exposure levels and many more. You can check some of our sample photos below.
What we love about Huawei is its strong signal reception. We did compare the its antenna capabilities with the Apple iPhone 6. We used the same network and went to an elevator and the signal on the iPhone was erratic while on the Mate 8 remains steady with full signal bars. LTE using Smart and Globe SIMs are within normal speeds. Calls are very clear with no issues.
Worry not about somebody messing around with your phone because the Huawei Mate 8 has a fingerprint scanner and only you can unlock the phone. Huawei is known to have the best fingerprint scanners as it is the fastest ones out there. Plus you can use the fingerprint scanner to take selfies and view photos on the gallery by swiping your finger across the scanner.
One favorite feature of the Huawei Mate 8 is its constant reminder to close apps that heavily drains the battery. In this way, you can stretch the battery further throughout the day. With that feature turned on plus LTE and WiFi, we managed to get 12 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use. This includes playing games, watching movies and TV shows, social media, camera, Spotify and using the phone as a WiFi hotspot. We also achieved screen on time of 4 hours and 23 minutes on this particular test.
There is no such thing as a perfect phone for everyone but there can be a perfect phone for someone who is in the look for a good-looking but well performing smartphone that will match your two kinds of lifestyle – work mode and play mode. High praises for the Huawei Mate 8 – big and bright display, lag free experience, amazing camera, superb battery life. If you are this certain individual, you and the Huawei Mate 8 are better together.