Introduction


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

Huawei Mate 8

Dimensions

6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches

157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

LG V10

LG V10

Dimensions

6.28 x 3.12 x 0.34 inches

159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate 8

Dimensions

6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 inches

157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Dimensions

6.18 x 3.19 x 0.31 inches

157 x 81 x 7.9 mm

Weight

6.53 oz (185 g)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Dimensions

6.03 x 3 x 0.3 inches

153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm

Weight

6.03 oz (171 g)

LG V10

LG V10

Dimensions

6.28 x 3.12 x 0.34 inches

159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.77 oz (192 g)

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



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.

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54 Comments

1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 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.

16. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

27. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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 ))

30. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

24. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 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..

31. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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)

25. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

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

38. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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

45. robcar

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 18, 2011

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

50. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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

44. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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

2. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

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

8. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

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

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nexus And Lg Devices Get Good Scores.

36. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

37. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

39. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

40. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I can agree with that.

18. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

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

22. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

bcos only ape and shtung paying them..

11. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

This is far from 9.

3. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

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

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

41. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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

5. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

6. zarkonj

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

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

7. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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

13. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

42. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

s6 edge is ok

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 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.
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)

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