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Huawei Mate 8 goes official: 6-inch monster phone with top-grade specs and 4,000mAh battery

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Huawei Mate 8 goes official: 6-inch monster phone with top-grade specs and 4,000mAh battery

Huawei has just taken the wraps off its next ‘big’ thing and by big, we literally mean huge: the new Huawei Mate 8 features a large 6-inch display and is the spiritual successor to the Mate 7.

It comes with thinner edges and 2.5D, slightly curved towards the edges glass that would make it more ergonomic to hold and hopefully, more comfortable to handle.

Here is a quick look at the Huawei Mate 8 specs highlights:

Platform: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei Emotion UI 4.0
Screen: 6-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels
SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 950 with 4x Cortex A72s @ 2.3GHz, 4x Cortex A53s @ 1.8GHz
RAM: 3GB/4GB
Internal storage: 32GB/64GB
Camera: 16MP Sony IMX298 rear cam with f/2.0 aperture and 3-axis OIS, 8MP Sony IMX179 front cam with f/2.4 aperture
Battery: 4,000mAh



There are a few things worth going through here: first, the display. At its large, 6” size, it’s a bit of a surprise to see a resolution lower than Quad HD. The 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution works out to a pixel density of around 367ppi on this screen, which is below most of the competition (but we would not go on to say that it is not enough for the screen to appear sharp from regular viewing distance).

The Huawei Mate 8 will be on display at CES 2016

Also, the rear camera is a fairly capable Sony IMX298 unit with phase detection auto-focus for faster locking. Having 16 megapixels of resolution at its size means that pixel size is 1.12 micron, the lowest end on the market, and typically this would result in some issues with low light sensitivity, but we’re yet to see how Huawei has dealt with those theoretical issues. Interestingly, Huawei has also opted for tri-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), which should minimize hand shake in video and allow for faster shutter speeds and sharper images.

There is a new and improved fingerprint scanner on the back: Huawei says erroneous recognition rate on it is just between 2% and 1%, and the sensor is a 360-degree all-round reader that takes just 0.5 seconds to complete a one-touch unlock. It also packs added functionality: you can use it to pay for stuff (it seems that the feature is initially available in China only, though), to unlock securely documents, to lock applications, stop the alarm, access private photographs, and even answering calls (via a long press).

Finally, the combination of a 4,000mAh battery and the HiSilicon Kirin 950 will be what determines the performance and battery longevity of the Mate 8. Huawei officially says Mate 8 battery life will be 2.36 days with 'normal' use, while HD video playback time stands at up to 17 hours. The phone will also support QuickCharging, getting a day worth of battery life with a 30-minute charge. On the SoC side, the Kirin 950 is an octa-core chip with four high performance Cortex A72s running at up to 2.3GHz, it should deliver more than sufficient oomph. The chip itself will be built on 16nm FinFET silicon.

The Huawei Mate 8 will be available in China in the first quarter of 2016, while more details about the handset will be presented at CES in early January (expect the first hands-on looks at the Mate 8 then as well).


source: Huawei

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posted on 26 Nov 2015, 01:49 3

1. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


Nothing new jut redesigned mate7..
No QHD as it is 6", no usb type c, no 20mpx cam, no fast charge..
Huawei becoming Apple 2!
Vivo X6 and X6Plus going to be better I think..

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 02:25 9

5. callumshell1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2015)


USB-C is the only thing missing from this phone, there's no need to go higher than 300ppi and cramming more pixels into a camera sensor doesn't make it better (quite the opposite actually). And how do you know it doesn't have fast charge?

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:05 4

8. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


300ppi isn't enough.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:18 9

9. EcoCare (Posts: 347; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Why? Because you use phone as close as a microscope?

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:19 10

10. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No, because it looks like s**t now despite what the itards like to think.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:34

24. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


Lol, iTards.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 08:00 3

34. EcoCare (Posts: 347; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


So you do use your phone as close as a microscope. Okay then.

posted on 29 Nov 2015, 08:00

42. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


1520 still looks crisp next to higher resolutions. 1080p at the proper distance looks just the same.

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 12:55

46. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


:-) :-)

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:24

11. Deca-core (Posts: 75; Member since: 20 Nov 2015)


what about samsung and sony?

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:42

27. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


umm in the article it says the phone supports Quick charge..............

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 07:36

33. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Huawei going to have c much better photos and performance with this device... Its awesome! Newer ISP, better CPU, its hard to hate it man!

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 16:58 1

37. woz7luv7 (Posts: 10; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


20 mp for what?
Huawei uses imx 298 for Mate 8.
It's better than imx220 or imx230

& Mate 8 supports quick charge.

Did u read it?

posted on 28 Nov 2015, 06:58

40. Noonting (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Kirin 925 and 950 is quite a difference

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 01:59 2

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1008; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


gr8 b8 m8 i r8 8/8

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 02:03

3. qjphone (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


grow up it has the specs that matter.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 02:22 9

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I know 1080p is plenty for most. But at 6", 1080p gets a little thin. I was expecting QHD.

But I guess given that GPU, 1080p was the right choice after all.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:26

12. pmsap (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 May 2015)


Where is the info regarding GPU?

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:48 4

16. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


It's a T880 MP4. Besically it's a lot less powerful than the GPU in the exynos 7420 and Sd 810. And the Apple A9 wipes the floor with it.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:37 1

25. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


They could've used the T880Mp16 Mp10 or the 8, 12 and 16 would be super. Would reach 90fps.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 06:00

30. ananthu07 (Posts: 78; Member since: 25 Oct 2015)


T880 is way more powerful than T760 on Exynos 7420. Do your research.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 06:31 6

31. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


T880 is more powerful, yes. But T880 MP4 with half the bandwidth isn't nearly as powerful as T760 MP8. The T760 has double the cores and much higher bandwidth to feed it. Not to mention higher frequency.

If huawei used T880 MP8, it will be powerful. But they used a GPU half as powerful.

BTW, do your research. higher number doesn't mean better.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 18:46

38. WPX00 (Posts: 194; Member since: 15 Aug 2015)


Well it's better than the G6200 in the M9+. PoS can't even keep a QHD screen running smoothly

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 02:42 2

6. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Disappointing GPU... Other than that it seems like a good device.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 04:51 3

20. Bondurant (Posts: 415; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


you must be playing black ops 3 on your mobile

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 02:49 5

7. Manyci (Posts: 110; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


I'm a fan of the Mate 7 (although I never had it) and yes, it would have been a pleasure to see this with QHD screen. BUT how dare PA criticize the FHD resolution on this??! They even said, that it works out a pixel density of 367ppi! Now, if the screen of their much belowed iPhone 6s was phenomenal with its average 326ppi and it got 9.3 points, then I think this is more than enough. (But I'm seeing forward the 7-7.5 rating of its review)

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:39 2

15. kultissim (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Oct 2015)


Maybe it's only 326 ppi on iPhone 6S but it looks better anyway because.....it's an Iphone! It'sn't phonearena????:p)

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:29

13. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Weak gpu :/ should be mp6 at least

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 03:32 1

14. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1981; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


not top specs for me 1080x1920 is so 2012...

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 04:39 7

19. Dr.SamX (Posts: 152; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


No, this is actually called common sense! Noone needs more than 300ppi! Anything higher will just deplete the battery, at no additional value.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:45 2

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sure it is.......lay off the Apple koolaid.

posted on 29 Nov 2015, 11:52

43. NFSHesham (Posts: 257; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


It is not Apple koolaid .. It is for your own sake
350+ PPI don't make any sense unless you're one of the people who sticks his face to the screen ... Batteries have gone rubbish because of QHD and performance could have been much much much better if not for that crazy QHD

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 13:26 1

47. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Funny the Note 5 and all the Galaxy S6 models all have good through excellent battery-life even with a QHD display. Your post is false.

The S6 Edge+ for example is nearly 14hrs of video playback, over 10hrs of web browsing and over 30hrs of talk time. Even with a 1440p displap.

The Note 5 even with its heavy-lifting still manages to do slightly better.

That's with over 500+PPI.

Batteries havent gone to runbbish, it just depends on which brand you are buying. LG phones with 1440p suck, but not Samsung. In fact DisplayMate states the Note 5 display is the most efficient display in the resolution category and its more efficient than the display on the latest iPhone models.

Also consider, the iPhone has 50% the spec and far less capability vs the Note 5 and yet in battery-life according to PA's testing, the iPhone 6S Plus only matched the battery-life when it should have beaten it considering it has only 2 cores to push, 2GB of RAM, 1080p display and a slightly smaller screen.

The only reason the battery-life was that good was because of using 14NM FinFet. If they had stayed with anything larger, the 6S both of them would have last 2 hours of less time.

posted on 10 Dec 2015, 09:28

51. teckel (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2015)


I compared both the Samsung S6 and LG G4 and I went with the LG G4. Not sure what you mean by "LG phones with 1440p suck". But I found quite the opposite. The Samsung S6 display sucks, it gets terrible burn-in! And My LG G4 is very snappy, looks great, and I get insane battery life.

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 13:26

48. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Opinion based on no facts. The Galaxy S6's and the Note 5 all beg to differ.

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 13:29

49. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


There is additional value. You get a higher resolution display at least with Samsung starting at only $599. You get sharper text, higher brightness, more energy efficient, colors closer to natural and more.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 04:10 1

17. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Why didn't they go for the 16MP IMX230?! GPU is already DOA against Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:00 2

22. Bondurant (Posts: 415; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


IMX298 more advanced than IMX230

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 06:54

32. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Source, please.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 04:37 1

18. Dr.SamX (Posts: 152; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


If there was only a way to get stock Android onto this beauty!
Overall, I am pretty happy with my P8, but EMUI just sucks.

posted on 27 Nov 2015, 03:59

39. qjphone (Posts: 13; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


deal with it get a nexus

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 04:57

21. carlemillward (unregistered)


No suprises here, was expecting FHD and 16MP as well as 4000mAh, Kirin 950 and 3/4GB RAM.

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:19

23. carlemillward (unregistered)


Also guys no 4K recording

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:39 1

26. Plume-Veil (banned) (Posts: 174; Member since: 19 Nov 2015)


Looks like this will be the first to use A72 Cpu....

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 05:51

29. Suo.Eno (Posts: 475; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


A toast! **holds up the coffee mug** To Huawei! For the Balls of Steel Award this part of 2015 at sticking with FHD screen. I heartily think that it's the right move.

..now all they gotta do now is work on Kirin's rather s**tty 3rd dev support

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 13:38

35. plasteek (Posts: 109; Member since: 07 Jun 2015)


OMG i want this one !

posted on 26 Nov 2015, 16:55

36. HR_19 (Posts: 58; Member since: 09 Aug 2014)


Seeing all these phones with great cameras on the front AND back make me really wish Project Ara was already a thing, because honestly the 8MP camera on the front of the device would plenty for me if it was on the back, and I haven't even used my front camera in 6 months, and only once in over a year. It's a huge waste of money for me. Good processor, good screen, good storage, good battery life, and give me an IR blaster, and I'm all set. If I could buy a processor from Intel, screen from Samsung, a decent camera from Sony, batteries from whoever, and something with an IR blaster, then I'll be set.

posted on 28 Nov 2015, 07:42

41. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


yeaaa.... i'll pass. Thanks tho

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 12:50 1

44. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I dont care about the specs on this device, because I'm not going to buy it.

But the look and design of the phone is gorgeous.

Looks a bit wide, unless its just the camera angles.

But it looks very sharp and well made.

posted on 01 Dec 2015, 15:12

50. Techist (Posts: 222; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


Agreed! It's a very nice looking phone.

posted on 30 Nov 2015, 12:53

45. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7795; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Am curious as to why the 16MP camera has such a low resolution for max photos.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Huawei-Mate-8-goes-official-6-inch-monster-phone-with-top-grade-specs-and-4000mAh-battery_id76131/comments?post=1333396#post_1333396

One thing I can say is, I wish every phone close to this size, had a 4000+MAH battery.

I like the UI for the camera too.

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