huawei-mate-8-heroAnnounced during CES 2016

, the Huawei Mate 8 is Huawei’s “power-user” smartphone, designed to last longer and to perform well in most common use cases, including productivity, web browsing, video, and photography. As such, it comes with an impressive 4000 mAh battery and a 6-inches 1080p LCD display. We gave it a Best of CES 2016 during the show.

The Mate 8 is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor, which has powerful A72 cores and is built using a 16nm FinFET transistor technology. This sounds impressive, but where does the Huawei Mate 8 stand in relation to today’s market? This review will show you the pro and cons of this true large-display phone.

Industrial Design

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The Huawei Mate 8 is an all-metal/glass phone that uses the proven design language of the company’s most successful handsets such as the Mate 7, Mate S or the Huawei Honor 7.

From a distance, all look similar, but a closer look reveals that the aluminum alloy used in the Mate 8 feels more premium and the sides use brushed metal now. These are subtle things that can be felt and contribute to a more pleasing handling of the phone.

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The design of the camera module cover is also much nicer, with concentrically brushed metal and more compact/elegant dual LED flash housing. The fingerprint sensor has a larger sensing surface, but occupy a lower overall footprint, thanks to the narrower and circular bezel. The fingerprint sensor performance is also much better, and we’ll get to that in the “Software” section.

But that’s not it: the back cover functions at the top and bottom are more subtle, with no visible antenna gap in the back (it’s been pushed to the side). The speaker design is also much better, with the speaker grill carved in the aluminum at the bottom of the phone, instead of using a grill made of small holes in the back. Cherry on the cake: the USB port is now perfectly centered.

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The display’s glass uses a 2.5D beveled glass which makes the phone feel softer (no sharp edges) and even a little thinner (that’s only a perception) and more agreeable to hold, overall. Without a doubt, Huawei has been working hard to refine noticeably its visual identity, but without changing an overall formula that has proven extremely popular in certain markets.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android, Ascend Mate 7, CES, CES 2016, Huawei and Mate 8.

ProductAscend Mate 7Mate 8
Display Diagonal (inches)6" (15.2cm)6" (15.2cm)
Megapixel Count13 Megapixel16 Megapixel
Battery Capacity (mAh)4100 mAh4000 mAh
Processor/Soc NameKirin 925HiSilicon Kirin 950
RAM Options2 GB,3 GB,
Street Price$-1 Ascend Mate 7 on Amazon$480 Huawei Mate 8 on Amazon
Link to full specsAscend Mate 7 Full specs and detailsHuawei Mate 8 Full specs and details
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