Huawei Mate 8 takes another swing at AnTuTu benchmarks, scores beyond expectations

Huawei's gargantuan Mate 8 phablet was announced yesterday and, of course, someone managed to run benchmarks on the new device. The Mate 8 carries Huawei's home-made Kirin 950 SoC and it did visit AnTuTu before, when it scored 79,131 points – well above current flagships like the Galaxy S6, which scored 67,520 points.

Well, in a new test that was, apparently, performed today, the Mate 8 reached an impressive score of 94,250. It's hard not to take this result with a grain of salt, but we have to say – we'd love to take the phablet through some heavy paces when we get our hands on it. At this point, one can only wish that this sort of power is paired with a high level of software optimizations, making the phone snappy, responsive and unstoppable. We will see.

The Mate 8 is Huawei's newest “premium” phablet-class handset. As mentioned, it sports a Kirin 950 system-on-chip, has 3 GB and 4 GB RAM variants, and comes with 32 / 64 / 128 GB of expandable storage. It rocks a 4,000 mAh battery under its hood, so here's hoping for some extensive battery life. The handset is also equipped with a fingerprint scanner on its back, a 16 MP main camera, and an 8 MP selfie cam. It will hit the Chinese market some time in Q1 2016, with its price starting at around $470. Of course, if it travels west, this tag might get appropriately inflated.

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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



30. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

This baby with stock Android or Cyanogenmod and I would pay A LOT for it! Too bad there is almost no custom rom support for HiSilicon Kirin devices.

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

great spec on paper, but sadly this one will get 7/10 review score..

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Huawei is lacking behind in Camera... IMX298 is 1/2.9 sensor... I am sure, camera will fell far behind again... But huawei's phones are much better then the competition, except the camera

17. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

This score is just plain useless my note 3 from late 2013 just scored a 71,275 on the new antutu (on the old one I was getting 43k) so im willing to bet the note 5 run through this test would slaughter everything else

16. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

thanks to FHD screen.

11. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

They've tested it in the new Antutu 6.0 if someone didn't notice.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's all due to CPU and nothing out of GPU. More Antutu score means absolutely nothing. As you can see, the 3D score was 11k while 2015 flagships score well over 20k. The overall speed of a process is often equal to the slowest part. If you have a beefy CPU, but the memory bandwidth is low, the poor CPU won't get the data in time. The other components will wait around for the slow part to catch up. That's why companies who care about performance increase all the aspects. You need a super fast flash storage, a beefy CPU, GPU, high memory bandwidth, low latency, fast memory(RAM) and so on...... If even one of those falls behind, you're in for a bad experience. Try to run an intel core i7 extreme + GTX 980 Ti with a 5400 RPM HDD and you'll know what I'm talking about. Apple, Samsung and Qualcomm know the fact. Samsung outfitted S6 with LPDDR4 RAM and UFS II for this reason. Same with Apple for using NVMe based SSD in 6s.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And SLC caching... Also LPDDR4! For twice the bandwidth!

6. TyrionLannister unregistered

I think Apple also doubled up the L1 cache for the A9. There are a lot of other small things. My comment above is by no means exhaustive, and I never say I know everything.

7. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

okay you stick with Samsung. Knowing where Huawei is coming from and how they where when mocked a year ago, it does make a lot of difference. They are up there on top and even Mediatek will take some time to catch up in 2016. Some make a big deal of Huawei using 4 cores for the GPU likes as though it would take a genius to figure out the need for more cores rather than obvious that Huawei has decided to stick with 4 cores itself for a good reason in their view.

8. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Yep. I barely gave the Mate 7 a passing glance last year, but after the P8, Mate S, Nexus and now this... monster of a thing, I can seriously start considering Huawei for my next phone. Now if only they'd design actually usable software.

15. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

This I will buy. The very first A72 soc.

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

Let me guess, you didn't even read my comment. My comment was more focused on Apple rather than Samsung. But you wouldn't know as you didn't read it. Also the personal bash 'okay you stick with Samsung' just shows your internet troll attitude and lack of ability to discuss like a civilised person. The good reason to stick with MP4 is cost and die area saving. wider is always better. And GPUs are unlike CPUs, which means even 200 cores won't hurt as operations are fully parallel.

10. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

This are the first A72 Cpu.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

That's why I'm saying this is all CPU and nothing else. They have neglected the other components like storage speed, memory bandwidth and GPU.

14. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Very true.if this had: 4-6 gb Ram Ddr4 Memory bandwidth 54 Mali T880Mp16 550ppi

23. Acer_Predator unregistered

u stupid comparing JUST the phone with i7 hhahaha :DDD man u ar taking this sht too much seriously .. god just get life .. u fkin whining about slow gpu when 5% of ppl will play crappy boring games on this phone .. ANd please DON't compare with desktopPC.. u look like an ashl

24. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

your comment is just showing how much techie you are and what the person you are.... #mercyforyou :(

25. vuyonc

Posts: 1094; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It's called "bottlenecking", dimwit. The slow 5400 RPM HDD drags the gaming experience with slow loading times and inconsistent frame timing as graphical assets pop in and out of the screen. A brand new Ferrari with a missing tyre would lose to an unscathed minivan. Likewise, inferior storage speed and average GPU performance puts the Kirin 950 behind the Exynos 8890, A9 and SD820 no matter how hard the CPU cores try in real life usage. Mediatek keeps losing in real time gaming for the same reason even when they excel in Antutu.

27. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Kirin 950 will work pretty well for games for 99.9999 % of the population.. No one cares about your obsession with playing computer games on Mobile.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Samsung says okay, again to set another record and hit 100k


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Andrei from AnandTech says that those 8890 scores were from the Ludashi/Master Lu benchmark, no Antutu I'd expect higher Antutu scores from the 8890 since the A9 gets 123K and the K1 gets 106K in Antutu 6.0

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

My Meizu pro 5 get 76k and 5600 n multi core geekB

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Huawei is not the chines manufacturer that used to sell cheap android phones anymore.. This is just impressive. They're in the big leagues now among the likes of samsung, Apple, Sony and LG.. The nexus 6p is just confirmation of that.

9. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

its not antutu 5.x, its new antutu 6.0's score samsung s6 edge score 79429 on antutu6.0, the new version focus on single core cpu performance + ram, UI render , gpu performance (ratio 1:1:1) more than previously multiple core cpu performance

20. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

yes it's version 6.0. but still the score is damn impressive...

21. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

And iphone 6s score 123k in antutu 6.0

22. Acer_Predator unregistered

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