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Tech Times | The Huawei Mate 8 Review

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 6:00 AM
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This week, we'll be taking a look at the much talked-about Huawei Mate 8 that is said to be in the powerhouse league with the Samsung Galaxy S7.

Huawei Mate 8 specifications:

• OS Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)

• Fingerprint scanner

• 16MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera

• Dual LED flash

• CPU: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53

• Micro SD Card support

• 6.0 inches (1080 x 1920 pixels)

Also, if you dig deeper in to the heart of the Huawei Mate 8, you'll find some interest things on the specification sheet like:

• 4000 mAh battery

• 3GB Of RAM

• 32GB of internal storage

• Mali-T880 MP4

 

BUILD QUALITY AND DESIGN

 

The Huawei Mate 8 is a very large phone, but that doesn't stop it from being stylish and having a premium build. The Mate 8 has Gorilla Glass 4 covering the display and metal covering everywhere else on the phone. The phone also has a slight curve at the back that helps it feel comfortable in the hands while holding it. The location of the fingerprint scanner is at the back of the device below the main camera. This is certainly the sweet spot for fingerprint sensors. It feels like second nature when you are unlocking the phone. Also, it should be noted that the fingerprint scanner on the Mate is the fastest and most accurate scanner we have used on an Android smartphone thus far.

 

CAMERA QUALITY

 

The Huawei Mate 8 has a 16MP rear camera, and it takes really amazing pictures in daylight and low light areas, but the beauty shots taken by this phone is too good to be true. I am not exaggerating. This phone has the power to turn anybody's photo to a real glamour shot. The camera app also comes with a very extensive list of features that certainly outshines most competitors on the market.

 

PERFORMANCE

 

This phone feels and performs just like any high-end smartphone out there. It's very responsive and the 3GB of RAM really helps the phone maintain its stability. It has the processing power to handle any game or app you can fit on its internal storage without struggling. My only concern is the lack of a split-screen application to really uses up the six-inch display.

 

DISPLAY

 

The LCD screen is very good, but it suffers a bit when you try to use it in direct sunlight. You'll have to turn up the display brightness to see what you are looking for or trying to read. Otherwise, the Huawei Mate 8 six-inch display does a great job in playing videos and picture viewing, but there is definitely room for improvement.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

 

The Huawei Mate 8 might be a big phone, but it is also a feature-packed device with an amazing three-day battery life on moderate useage. So to answer the question, the Huawei Mate 8 is more than worthy of the flagship status, and can certainly dethrone other flagship smartphones in the top 10 spots.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott