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Huawei Mate 8 Review
Huawei Mate 8 Review
Huawei Mate 8 Review
Huawei Mate 8 Review
Huawei Mate 8 Review
Surging to new heights after the successful release of the Google Nexus 6P, consumers around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the company behind the prized phone. Huawei’s remarkable run in 2015 is extending already into the New Year, where it used CES 2016 to announce its latest smartphone in the Mate lineup – the Huawei Mate 8.

It’s been over a year since its predecessor launched, but even more pressing is that the bar has since been raised by the Nexus 6P, so the Mate 8 is predisposed to a higher level of expectation. Similar to the recent Mate S, however, we’re a bit skeptical about its worth being attached with a starting price of €599 (~$650). That’s quite a wallop considering all things, but let’s find out how it fairs.

The package contains:
  • Huawei Mate 8
  • 2A Wall Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • SIM ejector tool
  • Earphones
  • Protective case
  • User guide

Design

Huawei produces a great all-metal phone design.

By now, there’s no denying it. Huawei is able to play on the same level with established industry brands such as HTC, when it comes to delivering quality all-metal designs. The Mate 8 is a beautifully crafted, all-metal design with a subtle curve that employs many of the design characteristics we’re familiar seeing in the Mate series. And for something adorned with a 6-inch screen, it doesn’t feel oversized at all, as they’ve kept it pretty svelte and lightweight. By no means is it meant to be a one-hand device, but the aesthetics make it a far more forgiving thing to handle.

Many things about the phone’s design have been meticulously thought out, like the arrangement of its SIM slot, which fashions together the microSD, nanoSIM, and microSIM slots into a singular unit. If that’s not versatility, then we don’t know what is. There’s also the recessed fingerprint sensor on its back too, which, just like the one in the Nexus 6P, is remarkably accurate and responsive – plus, it’s in a good placement as we hold the phone.

Huawei Mate 8
6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches
157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Ascend Mate7
6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches
157 x 81 x 7.9 mm
6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches
153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

LG V10
6.28 x 3.12 x 0.34 inches
159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm
6.77 oz (192 g)

LG V10


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Huawei Mate 8 Review

Display

Same overblown colors as usual, but it comes with a more potent luminance.

The Mate 8 comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD display that's slapped with 1080p resolution. The resulting pixel density of 367 ppi is certainly sufficient in reading out fine text with our eyes from a normal distance.

Thankfully, the display that’s present here is significantly more improved with its brightness output than the one in the Mate S that we reviewed last month. In particular, its peak luminance reaches 492 nits, making it more visible under direct sunlight. However, it shares the same color reproduction as the Mate S, as opposed to the more accurate panel of the Ascend Mate 7 before it. Therefore, colors appear overblown, which some folks won’t mind, but the results aren’t necessarily true-to-life.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Huawei Mate 8 492
(Good)
8
(Good)
1:1619
(Excellent)
7362
(Good)
2.09
4.85
(Average)
6.36
(Average)
Huawei Ascend Mate7 484
(Good)
11
(Average)
1:1560
(Excellent)
7111
(Good)
2.25
2.89
(Good)
5.16
(Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 470
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6722
(Excellent)
2.09
1.32
(Excellent)
1.94
(Excellent)
LG V10 457
(Good)
4
(Excellent)
1:1556
(Excellent)
7877
(Average)
2.35
4.06
(Average)
6.57
(Average)
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posted on 18 Jan 2016, 06:12 1

1. rd_nest (Posts: 1602; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Unfortunately this phone's camera performance isn't upto mark. Otherwise decent phone if you can get over the UI. Camera issues mentioned in other reviews as well.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 09:26 3

16. zeeBomb (Posts: 2137; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Yellow is the New 7
Brought to you by PhoneArena weekdays on Monday

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 14:32 1

27. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Oh no you didn't PA, you didn't! Top tier phone from China able to rival the Galaxy Note and you throw in a 7? Well I guess it was merciful considering what ratings PA has been handing out as of late ))

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 18:50 1

30. ibend (Posts: 5056; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


it should be 5/10 or something with PA's standart :-/

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 11:33 3

24. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


u see ppl all the sudden cpu and gpu doesn't play any role..
No matter how fast is smartphone iphone fanboys will ignore it.. so all sudden cpu isn't important..
at least 7.5 or 8 should have this..

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 18:58 1

31. ibend (Posts: 5056; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


Suddenly, Subjective stuff like color balance, Disorganized user interface, Weak internal speaker, Greenish hues with indoor snapshots, Wobbly effect with video capture, etc became Important now..
as we know that each individual have their own liking for color balance, UI, speaker quality, so its just not right to put bad score just because it didnt fit one individual taste (reviewer)

people will care more about Elegant all-metal design, Slim & lightweight for its size, Better-than-average battery life, Tons of features, and great CPU performance..

but well, for that price its better to get S6, V10 or the others, but this phone deserve at least 8/10 (and 8.5/10 for V10)

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 13:26

25. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 893; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


huawei always uses average camera. They never try to compete in camera performance

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 11:05

38. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


it is not camera as hardware but mainly software needs to be optimized.. properly

posted on 25 Jan 2016, 11:46

45. robcar (Posts: 110; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


That's irrelevant for consumers, the resultats in practice is the only important thing.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:56

50. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Not always ays depends of user.. and his knowledge..

posted on 23 Jan 2016, 04:24

44. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


Here is REAL vs phone 6S plus and mate 8 mate wins
youtube.com/watch?v=vqt6cJnbggk

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 06:15 27

2. abdoualgeria (Posts: 456; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


ok we get it ....... 7 is the new 9

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:24 18

8. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 54; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


every phone with out the apple logo or samsung branding is by default a "7" in PAs reviews

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 08:09 1

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2706; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Nexus And Lg Devices Get Good Scores.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 07:40 1

36. jellmoo (Posts: 1693; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The LG V10 got a 7 for some insane reason. A 7! Just about every other tech reviewer loved the thing. Here, a 7.

The Nexus 6P got an 8.8. Not a bad score, but with so many sites giving it the phone of the year award, it's really, really low when compared to devices that scored 9 and up.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 09:18

37. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2706; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The LG V10 Is Lame(My Opinion), The G4 Got A Good Score And 8.8 Is Great For The 6P.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 11:44 1

39. jellmoo (Posts: 1693; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Yup. G4 got a good score. The V10 may not be for everybody, but it's nonsensical to give the G4 a 9 and the V10 a 7.

8.8 is really low for a device that many consider the device of the year, when other handsets received above 9s.

posted on 19 Jan 2016, 22:49

40. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2706; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I can agree with that.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 10:21

18. SenorThrottles (Posts: 284; Member since: 23 Dec 2015)


The Galaxy A9 and View didn't get a great score either.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 11:29

22. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


bcos only ape and shtung paying them..

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:44

11. senseiJ (Posts: 163; Member since: 02 May 2015)


This is far from 9.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 06:23

3. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


What are the several phones that they can spout out that have better characteristics and performance?

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:00 14

4. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Anandtech was able to set the brightness to 200 nits. I can't understand why PA can't.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 15:26

41. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


these reviewers has o idea what auto brightness is and how to turn it off .. :)
+ use color temp.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:01

5. Awalker (Posts: 1566; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I'm surprised he didn't mention that EMUI is a complete ripoff of iOS.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:16 7

6. zarkonj (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)


I wonder if there is any good smartphone around. Because according to PA...there isn't.

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:18 3

7. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 674; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Wait till the S7 or the iPhone 7/7S come out

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 08:11 3

13. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2706; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I Know You Were Trying To Make A Joke But Those Phones Will Be Good LOL.

posted on 20 Jan 2016, 15:27

42. Predator-X (banned) (Posts: 44; Member since: 07 Jan 2016)


s6 edge is ok

posted on 18 Jan 2016, 07:25 11

9. jellmoo (Posts: 1693; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Recent PA scoring system:

Is the device a Samsung of Apple one?

If no, just give it a 7. No further effort required.

If yes, start at a 9 and adjust up or down slightly as needed. Actually review the handset.

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Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate 8

OS: Android 6.0
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Display6.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (367 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
HiSilicon, Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A72 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
4 GB RAM
Size6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches
(157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm)
6.53 oz  (185 g)

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