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
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).

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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Mate 8
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



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..

5. callumshell1

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 26, 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?

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

300ppi isn't enough.

9. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

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

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

24. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Lol, iTards.

34. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

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

42. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

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

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

:-) :-)

11. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

what about samsung and sony?

27. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

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

33. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 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!

37. woz7luv7

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 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?

40. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Kirin 925 and 950 is quite a difference

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

gr8 b8 m8 i r8 8/8

3. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

grow up it has the specs that matter.

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.

12. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

Where is the info regarding GPU?

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.

25. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

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

30. ananthu07 unregistered

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

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.

38. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

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

6. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

20. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

you must be playing black ops 3 on your mobile

7. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 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)

15. kultissim

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

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

13. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Weak gpu :/ should be mp6 at least

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

19. Dr.SamX

Posts: 240; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

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

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