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Huawei Mate 8 Unboxing and First Impressions


Huawei has been doing a great job with its smartphones since Google chose the Chinese company to make the Google Nexus 6P. So we are honored to review their 2016 flagship phablet – the Huawei Mate 8. We believe that Huawei got many of its inspiration from its own Google Nexus 6P. Since, we never got a chance to review this iconic smartphone, the Huawei Mate 8 could be our next big thing. So let’s unbox it, shall we?


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
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 16 megapixel rear facing Sony IMX 298 camera with phase detection autofocus, optical image stabilization and dual LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facin camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Lollipop with EmotionUI 4.0
  • Status: Available at Globe’s MyLifestyle Plan 2,499


What’s inside the box?

  • Huawei Mate 8 unit
  • USB cable
  • Earphones
  • Wall Adapter
  • SIM card ejector
  • Clear case


The Huawei Mate 8 is a big smartphone. But to our surprise, we did not feel its big thanks to its trimmed bezels. Meant to be a business phone, the Huawei Mate 8 is encased in metal and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that protects the screen. We also love this gray variant that we have. It looks so elegant to hold and flaunt. If you are a little bit clumsy and might worry that the phone might get dings and scratches when it falls, worry not. The package comes with a free clear case to protect the phone’s chassis.

Ports and buttons check:

  • Top – 3.5mm headset jack and noise cancelling microphone
  • Bottom – Microphone, Speaker Grill and USB charging port
  • Back – Fingerprint Scanner, 16 megapixel rear facing camera with flash
  • Front – 6-inch display, sensors, 8 megapixel camera
  • Left – SIM card tray and hybrid microSD card slot
  • Right – Power button and volume rockers

We will be using the Huawei Mate 8 for two weeks. As of this writing, we already have the phone for 24 hours now and we took some photos yesterday and we are very impressed. We also downloaded our apps that we use everyday and so far performance is smooth. Stay tuned!