After using the Huawei Mate 8 for a few days, I can finally give you my honest thoughts about Huawei’s latest flagship.
First, let’s start with the design. I think Huawei has done a terrific job of bringing sleek design through its unibody all-metal frame along with fingerprint sensor on the back and even support for dual SIM/microSD card slot. Can a smartphone smartphone be beautiful yet have external storage and extra long battery life? Yes, Huawei Mate 8 is exactly that.
As for performance, the Mate 8 comes with Huawei’s own Kirin 950 processor which boasts the fastest performance “right now” eclipsing the current speed king Galaxy Note 5. Couple that with a 1080P screen and you have a killer smartphone with speed of a ferrari and battery life of hybrid car. In my experience using the phone, I’ve had zero lags, everything runs super fast, I actually think it runs a lot faster than the Note 5. Of course, if Huawei could have used 1440P screen, I would have enjoyed it more.
Speaking of its 1080P screen, it’s actually the brightest LCD screen I have tried. Although not as bright as AMOLED screens used on Note 5 and Nexus 6P, the Huawei Mate 8 has a detailed, crisp screen that will amaze you so much you can’t believe it’s only 1080P. While most phablets are going with 1440P, it’s rather surprising Huawei didn’t go with 1080P but in the end, you may benefit from the extra long battery life. Of course, for people who do watch a lot of 1440P content such as YouTube, you may be inclined to get another smartphone with more resolution.
The Huawei Mate 8 the biggest battery capacity in its class (out of phablet-sized phones 5.5-inches or larger) with a whopping 4,000mAh. That’s a full 25% bigger capacity than the Galaxy Note 5 and still bigger than the Nexus 6P. In my daily driving, I found that battery life easily lasts 1.5 to 2 days on average use and you will always get a full day even on super heavy duty usage. Mate 8 is definitely the king of battery life for larger smartphones and if that’s something you are looking for, Mate 8 may be your next “mate”.
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