Huawei Mate 8 Review

From the point of view of aesthetics and materials, Huawei Mate 8 looks like a decidedly mold premium phablet and excellent workmanship. The design is almost the same as Huawei Mate S: Shell rounded front, rounded corners and reflective border are the factors that highlight the elegance of this Terminal.

In the back, a large glass panel features a 6 inch wide display. The rest of the Terminal is made from aluminum. The back, slightly slippery, houses an LED flash dual-tone, the main camera and a fingerprint sensor.

The side frame houses the various ports and the keyboard. In particular, on the right side there is the button for switching on and off of the Terminal and the volume rocker. Less rich is the left hand side in which it is immersed the withdrawable truck can hold up to two nano-SIM card and a micro-SD expansion ROM.

The lower part of the side frame includes two grids: these are, specifically, speaker for sound output and microphone for voice. There is also a micro-USB 2.0 port for fast charging and data transfer. In the upper part of the frame can be seen a second microphone for eliminating ambient noise and a 3.5 mm standard headphone jack.

The front of Huawei Mate 8, in addition to leaving 6 inch wide display space, hosting a speaker for audio input, a front-facing camera and sensors. Absent, unfortunately, no LED flash. Are also even the soft-keys that are changed from the classic Android screen buttons, as usual in the home Huawei.

The general outline of the Terminal is balanced, perhaps slightly away from the current standard of competition. The whole is summed up in 7.9 mm thick and weighs about 185 grams.

The display is one of the largest seen on a phablet. This is a very good IPS with Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080) with a pixel density of 368 ppi. Is not one of the best panels in terms of definition, but is still an excellent display.

The brightness is not too high and the ambient light sensor is not very efficient, however the viewing angle is close to 180° and behavior under sunlight is fine. Blacks are not very deep as usual among the IPS, while white is adjustable via software.

Finally, unlike Huawei Mate S, it appears that sensitivity to fingerprints has been well contained.


Huawei Mate 8 has two cameras: a 16-megapixel camera and a front-facing rear well 8 mpx. Both have shots really worth mentioning.

As regards the rear camera, as mentioned, is accompanied by an LED flash dual-tone, thanks to which night shots are effectively alleviated by the presence of digital noise. Excellent macro. In particular, in low light situations, the LED flash dual-tone causes every detail and every single color are faithfully reproduced.

Even the front camera ensures high level selfie: the light is collected fairly. Equally popular is the quality of the returned details while is absent, unfortunately, a flash front: in low light situations could make a difference, even if the noise that occurs is scarce.

Huawei Mate 8 record video up to 1080 p at 60 fps, maximum quality quite good overall. No sound is picked up very well but it’s an irrelevant detail.
Huawei Mate 8 comes out of the box with Android Marshmallow 6.0 installed on board. This is not, in this case, stock Android, but a customized version with the usual UI EMUI which comes, in this case, the version 4.0.

The EMUI does not weigh hardly at all the phablet while giving him several additional features. The hallmarks are minimalism and accuracy.

Also noteworthy is the sector of gesture to facilitate the use of a hand, actually practices and necessary given the size of the display.

The software runs optimally on the whole. They are almost entirely absent delays and slowdowns.


Huawei Mate 8 mounts, under the shell, the chipset owner Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 950 offers an Octa-core processor (Quad core 2.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A72 + 1.8 GHz Cortex A53) and a Mali-T880 MP4. The whole thing is topped off with 3 GB RAM (for test).

The results are from record: the benchmarks the most important 8 Mate well above the top of the line Android. The Terminal exceeds – and many more – in Galaxy S6 and OnePlus 2, to name a few.

Results that translate into fact when trying to run any type of application, from social, heavier games given the absence of any slackening, slowing down and freezing. Android is extremely fluid:

As for the phone the experience was a good one: clear sound and high volume. Good reception of network modules, even Wi-Fi antenna.

The fingerprint sensor behaves in an optimal way: with regard to the timing of recognition of the mark, you are on a par with Apple’s iPhone 6s.

Huawei Mate 8 is also tireless: the battery is from well 4000 mAh, one of the higher numbers on the market for phablet now. With a really intense usage you are unable to arrive safely at the end of the day. A more bland door 2 days to rest after almost 8 Huawei Mate.

Finally, the price. The trial version with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM is to be sold by Huawei Italy to € 599, a price tag objectively fair having regard to the performance of the device.

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