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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware HiSilicon Kirin, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    Huawei Emotion UI



45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

50. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Agreed! It's a very nice looking phone.

41. soldier820

Posts: 115; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

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

36. HR_19

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

35. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

OMG i want this one !

29. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 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. all they gotta do now is work on Kirin's rather s**tty 3rd dev support

26. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

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

23. carlemillward unregistered

Also guys no 4K recording

21. carlemillward unregistered

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

18. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

39. qjphone

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

deal with it get a nexus

17. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

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

22. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

IMX298 more advanced than IMX230

32. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Source, please.

14. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

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

19. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; 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.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

43. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 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

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

51. teckel

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

13. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Weak gpu :/ should be mp6 at least

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)

6. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

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

20. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

you must be playing black ops 3 on your mobile

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?

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