Huawei Mate 8 Review

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Interface and Functionality

EMUI 4.0 goes back to that ‘more is better’ strategy, but it can come off disorganized.

Rather than rehashing in detail again, we’ll just cut to the point and say that the Mate 8 is running the newer EMUI 4.0 skin on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Having the latest build of Android is great news for fanatics, but the underlying custom skin still prides itself in being one of the most feature-filled experiences out there. That’s a good or bad thing depending on who you talk to, however, even with Huawei’s best efforts, we’re inclined to say that it’s still a smidgen behind Samsung and LG’s interpretations.

Visually, the interface is skinned in all the appropriate areas, like the dialer and calendar. Functionally, it bears a wealth of features that adhere to power users, such as its one-handed mode, side-by-side multi-tasking, and gesture (knuckle) controls, but they’re not as refined as we’d like. For example, the side-by-side multi-tasking is limited to only a handful of native apps – far from the more diversified support we find in TouchWiz.

While the core functions of Android are present, EMUI 4.0 attempts to be the mega Android experience with its set of exorbitant features, but the end result lacks cohesiveness and a clear direction.

System Performance

The Kirin 950 is a benchmark trailblazer.

If this is any indication of what’s on the horizon, then Huawei is shaping up to be a formidable force because its home-brewed 64-bit Kirin 950 SoC delivers impressive results with the Mate 8. Our particular review sample features 3GB of RAM, but there’s another model with 4GB. Either way, the benchmark scores are off the roof!

In reality, the processing power propels every action to be accompanied with a pleasant level of responsiveness, but we wouldn’t say it’s as tight as the Nexus 6P’s performance with stock Android. Still, it continues to impress with its better-than-average graphics processing performance. 

Accompanied with 32GB of internal storage, while the other variant comes with 64GB, we can all sleep knowing it’s not going to be an issue because there’s room for expansion courtesy of its microSD slot.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 87783
Huawei Ascend Mate7 42443
Samsung Galaxy Note5 67207
LG V10 46905.33
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 2894
Huawei Ascend Mate7 1398.6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 2532
LG V10 2216
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 5733
Huawei Ascend Mate7 2813
Samsung Galaxy Note5 5476
LG V10 3571.33
Sunspider Lower is better
Huawei Mate 8 529.5
Huawei Ascend Mate7 776.6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 677.7
LG V10 1047.16
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 39
Huawei Ascend Mate7 17.4
Samsung Galaxy Note5 37
LG V10 25
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 18
Huawei Ascend Mate7 8.6
Samsung Galaxy Note5 15
LG V10 5.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 1958
Huawei Ascend Mate7 921.3
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1765
LG V10 1148.33
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 1635
Huawei Ascend Mate7 882
Samsung Galaxy Note5 1431
LG V10 870
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Huawei Mate 8 6335
Huawei Ascend Mate7 2960
Samsung Galaxy Note5 4717
LG V10 3361.33

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