Huawei Mate 8 – One of the largest screens on a phone
DIMENSIONS: 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm (6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 in)
WEIGHT: 185 g (6.53 oz)
SCREEN: IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
RESOLUTION: 1080 x 1920 pixels (~368 ppi pixel density)
PROCESSOR: HiSilicon Kirin 950 - Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53
RAM: 3 GB RAM - NXT-L09, NXT-L29
4 GB RAM - NXT-L29
MEMORY: 32 GB - NXT-L09, NXT-L29
64 GB - NXT-L29
microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
SOFTWARE: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
CAMERA: 1/2.8" sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
* Primary: 16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
* Secondary: 8 MP, f/2.4, 26mm, 1080p
BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
* Stand-by: Up to 528 h (3G)
* Music play: Up to 98 h
The Huawei Mate 8 has, as expected, a fingerprint sensor on the back, just as the Mate S and Ascend Mate 7 do, but it's now round rather than rectangular. Apart from the shape of the sensor, little has changed.
The fingerprint sensor does more than just unlock the Smartphone. Additional functions can be found in the settings, such as triggering the camera, handling calls, or stopping the alarm.
Huawei Mate 8
We cannot ignore the growth of the Chinese manufacturer of the Huawei Mate 8 to be one of the few who work the global market with the same intensity as they do at home, with aspirations to catch Samsung and Apple. Proof of this are the sales figures last year, choosing them by Google to create the Nexus 6P and the brand image that they keep getting in each product.
The interesting thing is whether Huawei Mate 8 is worth regarding Mate 7, a phone that sold over five million copies last year, showing that there was interest in the large format, and Huawei could also sell well more expensive products. Huawei Mate 8 is a much better product in all sections, one by one, as you will go and checking. Given the very high-level specifications that have its cousin Nexus, we would have liked that he seemed a little more like it, but it looks like all sections are at a good level, especially in autonomy.
As always we evaluated the design of a product, there are two very different paths to consider, its appearance and quality. The first is subjective, and there it’s probably right, whether you love or hate these lines, you have to appreciate that Huawei is creating a recognizable design language. Mate 8 is a Huawei.
As for quality, then we can also access collected materials or dimensions, and in both cases, we have a very good terminal. Construction and elements used are first, the Chinese brand takes time working the metal – aluminum – and in this sense, we are happy to pay for a product with a price to match what they give us.
In comparison to Mate 7, there are no any significant changes in design. The dimensions are very similar but the curvatures make the phone look a little less bulky.
With respect to dimensions, here must be given a ten to Huawei. We forget that this is a phone with 6-inch screen on the hand because it seems smaller, take a look at the comparative image scale it allows us to see how the front with respect to large and famous phone market.
This is achieved with minimal frames in their front 4 positions, thick enough content and a slightly curved back and front that make it possible to catch more pleasantly than the model it replaces. It is also very light for its size: 185 grams.
In detail design, you can check as aluminum spans the entire team without space for uncomfortable – to see – plastic lines for antennas. To me, it touched me try the Space Gray, which is what would choose, but I recognize that the Mocha Brown is the most personal – or different – from the proposal. To complete the proposal is gold and silver.
A striking change is in the back, all the elements were created based on squares, and circles are drawn now: camera, flash and fingerprint sensor. Following the line with the latest phones, the speaker goes to the lower area with double grids in which sound is output from only one side.
For the front they have introduced the system 2.5D – widespread in the new Chinese mobile – it creates a curvature in the area of the screen that comes up the sides, and can be seen in the image below. We think something strange under 2.5 millimeters there is just around the screen (most noticeable in models with the front with light shade).
The speakers happen to be on either side of the connector, which is still microUSB 2.0. The fingerprint sensor on the front prefer.
Maybe it would have been better if fingerprint sensor were in front, and although it is in a natural position, we often use the phone with covers or on the table, and we cannot access it. It is not a button; it’s a small, flat circular slit. It is very fast, much as the best we can put forward and the rate of failure is minimal recognition.
Wanting to buy a Mate means choosing one of the largest screens on a phone, it’s always has been like that in this family of phones, and thereby gain and lose things. First, that it is impossible to create a perfect screen of these dimensions and want to have a good market price.
This reason is what leads us to meet an LCD panel with full HD resolution, which to some may sound like coming from the past, but in the Mate 8, it has its meaning. Before the appearance of this phone, it was rumored to jump to QHD, like Nexus 6P did. It was also speculated that the AMOLED panel would be used, something we found in his brother Mate S. None of these things happened.
Overall, we are left with the same features that worked well in the Mate 7 but in its renewal expected further evolution. We must be realistic; with an OLED screen of 6 inches, or LCD with QHD resolution the final price would rise significantly and will not ensure that another of the strengths of Mate remains: autonomy.
If we stop to evaluate the resolution itself, it is fair to say that in this size it can be noted that the pixel density is not the best, especially if you have at hand a Samsung phone of the last generation. But make no mistake; with this price and size, there are few screens better than we proposed Huawei.
There is a lot to say about the internal hardware of Huawei Mate 8, starting with the fact that the Chinese firm develops its own chipsets and is one of the few that does perform this process completely, and so it is very interesting to see in what state each time they present a new solution.
Inside there’s a new hardware called Kirin 950, designed by the company HiSilicon, belonging to Huawei group. The Chinese company spends to buy chipsets to others, the ability to design prefers to taste the product, but also run the risk of falling behind in performance. Something was happening with previous Kirin, especially in the graphics.
Passing all kinds of tests we found that is a lot better than what they had before graphics unit, and to associate it with a Full HD screen, the thing comes off pretty well. The problem is we do not see him much route if we had to deal with a QHD panel. Therefore, the Exynos 8890 is expected to use the same GPU, but in its MP12 configuration, triple-core graphics.
There are two models of Huawei Mate 8 one 32GB of internal memory that carries 3GB of RAM – is that we have – and a variant with 64GB and 4GB of RAM. By the way, the memory is faster than in previous Huawei but somewhat slower than in the most modern of Samsung or Qualcomm, to establish a quick comparison.
One of the strengths of Huawei’s networks as it is a company that is responsible for assembling and dominates network infrastructure technology at all levels. Therefore, the Huawei modems often have very good, in the case of Mate 8 connects with LTE Cat 6.
No shortage of connectivity in typical high-end devices: WiFi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac dual-band 2.4 & 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. Yes, it is newest Dual SIM meet a system, which is unusual in its segment.