Huawei mate 8 dual 64gb
Huawei Mate 8
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Huawei Mate 8 является фаблетом для бизнес-сегмента. Об этом говорит и дизайн, и возможности, и даже размер дисплея в 6 дюймов. Модель пришла на смену предыдущей итерации аппаратов. Сами же разработчики утверждают, что не стремились заново перекроить внешность гаджета. Это скорее работа надо ошибками и обновление крайне удачного Mate 7.
Какими характеристиками обладает посвежевший Мейт 8 и стоит ли обращать на него внимание?
Главная работа в отношении корпуса была сосредоточена на мелочах. Стыки панелей стали куда более аккуратными, оформление тылового модуля и сканера привели в надлежащее состояние. При оценочном сравнении эффект от «полировки» виден невооруженным глазом.
Дополнительно «закруглили» сенсор отпечатков пальцев и глазок основной камеры. В сочетании с квадратным угловатым дизайном выглядит весьма экстравагантно. Фронтальный модуль сместили на противоположную грань, а динамик отправили вниз, где ему и место. Столь незаметные штрихи сильно освежили Huawei 8.
Габариты же оставили прежними: 80.6×157.1×7.9. Только масса слегка поднялась из-за батареи – до 185 г.
Дисплей и звук
Инженеры Huawei остались чуть ли не единственными, кто намеренно ставит в модели Full HD экраны. Нет, возможность «впихнуть» Quad HD, а то и 4K есть, но зачем? А вот матрицу сменили на IPS последнего поколения вместо AMOLED. Казалось бы, OLED куда более экономичны, но специалистам виднее.
К качеству изображения придраться невозможно – оно идеально. Практически 368 ppi при 6” диагонали – сказка. Температура несколько завышена, но это регулируется в настройках. Второй недостаток – профиль цветопередачи просто не настраивается. Но этот изъян прослеживается уже давно. Хотя во флагмане могли бы и искоренить.
А вот динамик порой может заставить дергаться от неожиданности – очень громкий. И что характерно – качественный. Да, разницы между банальным MP3 и навороченным WAV вы не уловите, но в наушниках ситуация меняется кардинально.
Хуавей Мейт 8 – ода китайскому чипостроению. Компания смастерила SoC, уделывающий конкурентов на начало 2016 года. Ранее все ЦП Kirin могли лишь кое-как дотягивать до Qualcomm и Exynos. Kirin 950 обладает набором из 8 ядер Cortex (4-2,3 ГГц, 4 – 1,8 ГГц) и техпроцессом в 16 нм. Это говорит о минимальном потреблении и нагреве. Да, здесь оставили архаичный Mali-T880 MP4, но и для игр его с головой.
Памяти либо 3/32, либо 4/64. Для определенных рынков поставляются разные комплектации. Однако есть и слот для MicroSD. Но она вставляется вместо второй SIM. Снова нас заставляют делать выбор. Для Mate 8 характерна поддержка всех последних 3G и LTE диапазонов, GPS и не только. Полный фарш.
Батарея в 4000 мАч выводит автономность на качественно новый уровень.
Тыловой модуль изменили полностью. Здесь мы имеем сенсор на 16 Мп от Sony (IMX298), фронтальный глазок на 8 Мп и мгновенную фокусировку, независимо от времени суток.
Цвета натуральные, а не натянутые, как в цветопередаче. Особые гурманы и просто знающие люди свободны баловаться с фокусировкой, чувствительностью, балансом, ISO и прочими аспектами. Благо, настройки это позволяют.
К сожалению, телефон не умеет снимать в 4К. И ночная съемка явно не конек Huawei Mate 8. Но при определенных манипуляциях можно улучшить результат.
Кому подойдет этот 6-дюймовый фаблет? Пожалуй, бизнесменам и занятым людям, ценящим мощное железо, богатый функционал и высокую автономность. Дизайн вполне соответствует всем критериям успешного человека: строгий, без излишеств, приглушенного цвета и лишен глянца.
Да и комплект поставки далеко не самый скупой. Тут и зарядка с micro USB, и гарнитура неплохая и чехол-бампер. Все в отдельных коробках и аккуратно упаковано – не придраться. Даже подарить подобный фаблет будет приятно, не краснея за свои действия.
Технические характеристики Huawei Mate 8
|Модель||Ascend Mate 8, Huawei Mate 8, NXT-L29, NXT-AL10, NXT-CL00, NXT-DL00, NXT-TL00, NXT-L09|
|Дата анонса/начала продаж||ноябрь 2015 / ноябрь 2015|
|Размеры||157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 мм.|
|Цветовая гамма корпуса||Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, Mocha Brown|
|Количество и тип SIM-карт||Nano-SIM — NXT-L09Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) — NXT-L29|
|Операционная система||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Стандарт связи в 2G сетях||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 — SIM 1 & SIM 2CDMA 800|
|Стандарт связи в 3G сетях||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100CDMA2000 1xEV-DO / TD-SCDMA|
|Стандарт связи в 4G сетях||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Тип экрана||IPS-NEO LCD, 16 млн цветов|
|Размер экрана||6.0 дюймов|
|Разрешение экрана||1080 x 1920 @468 ppi|
|Multitouch||есть, до 10 одновременных касаний|
|Защита экрана||Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|USB||microUSB v2.0, USB Host|
|Спутниковая навигация||GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS/ BDS|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE|
|Соединение с Интернет||LTE, Cat4; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, EDGE, GPRS|
|Процессор||HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53)|
|Графический процессор||Mali-T880 MP4|
|Оперативная память||3 GB RAM — NXT-L09, NXT-L294 GB RAM — NXT-L29|
|Внутренняя память||32/64 GB|
|Поддерживаемые карты памяти||microSD до 256GB|
|Фотокамера||16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Функции камеры||1/2.8″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Запись видео||[email protected], [email protected], [email protected]|
|Фронтальная камера||8 MP, f/2.4, 26mm, 1080p|
|Тип и емкость аккумулятора||Li-Po 4000 mAh несъемный|
|Датчики||Освещенности, приближения, гироскоп, компас, акселерометр, барометр|
|Электронная почта||IMAP, POP3, SMTP|
|Прочее||— Fast battery charging: 37% in 30 min— DivX/XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player— MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player— Document editor|
— Photo/video editor
|Стандартная комплектация||Huawei Mate 8: 1USB-кабель: 1Руководство пользователя: 1Гарантийный талон: 1|
Зарядное устройство 5V / 2A: 1
Китайские смартфоны Huawei – это идеальное сочетание превосходного качества и доступной цены. Мобильные телефоны Huawei могут похвастаться: высокой производительностью, которая обеспечивается использованием современных технологий, в том числе собственной разработки; стильным дизайном, позволяющим девайсам выделяться среди устройств других производителей; качеством сборки, которое ничем не уступает качеству сборки смартфонов известных производителей, таких как Apple, Samsung и других; адекватной ценой, которая ниже, чем цена на аналогичные по классу девайсы именитых брендов.
Покупая смартфон Huawei, вы покупаете не просто мобильный телефон, а высокотехнологичный гаджет, способный удовлетворить все потребности современного человека не только в общении, но и в развлечениях.
Ниже представлен полный каталог моделей смартфонов Huawei за исключением устройств до 2013 года и некоторых моделей брендированных телефонов для операторов связи, а также локальных версий устройств для китайского рынка. Линейка смартфонов Honor представлена в отдельном разделе.
Модели смартфонов Huawei Ascend Platinum
Модели смартфонов Huawei Ascend Gold
Модели смартфонов Huawei Ascend Youth
Модели смартфонов Huawei Ascend Mate
Модели смартфонов Huawei Ascend Diamond, Nexus и Enjoy
Huawei Mate 8 review: Checkmate
The Huawei Mate 8's defining feature is its 6-inch display. Arguably, 1080p was already a bit outdated around the time when Mate 7 was unveiled; but the Mate 8's screen comes in this same resolution. Hence, it won't win any pixel density awards, but at 368ppi, it's comfortably above what Apple coined as Retina resolution, and should be less taxing on the battery and processor.
The Huawei Mate 8 uses an IPS-NEO LCD panel by JDI, which delivers deeper blacks. The Huawei P8 was perhaps the first phone we've seen to come with this tech but today, it no longer looks as spectacular as before. Don't get us wrong, it's still noticeably better than any regular IPS LCD.
The maximum brightness level achieved by the screen when displaying white is 471nits, which while not award winning is plenty to go by. The offered contrast ratio is also excellent - 1361:1.
Regarding color reproduction accuracy the Mate 8 screen is less than stellar with an average deviation (DeltaE) of 6.1 a bit higher than what we would ideally like. We've seen worse even in flagship devices, so this one sits somewhere in the middle. For a screen to be considered properly calibrated it needs to have a maximum DeltaE of 4.
Using the built-in Color temperature slider, we managed to get a better color reproduction (Avg. DeltaE 4.4) by going all the way to the Warm setting, but that came at the expense of slightly lower maximum brightness (450nits).
In all cases, the minimum brightness of the screen (10.8) is somewhat too high for comfortable reading in pitch dark if this sort of thing is important to you.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Contrast ratio||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Contrast ratio|
|Huawei Mate 8||0.11||149||1355||0.346||471||1361|
|Huawei Ascend Mate7||0.11||149||1428||0.37||530||1428|
|Huawei Mate S||0.00||60||∞||0.00||372||∞|
|Samsung Galaxy Note5||0.00||183||∞||-||439||∞|
|Samsung Galaxy Note5 max auto||-||-||-||-||620||-|
|Huawei Nexus 6P||0.00||180||∞||0.00||352||∞|
|Oppo R7 Plus||0.00||171||∞||0.00||351||∞|
|Apple iPhone 6s Plus||0.10||150||1563||0.43||590||1382|
|Microsoft Lumia 950XL||0.00||115||∞||0.00||335||∞|
|Microsoft Lumia 950XL (max auto)||-||-||-||0.00||705||∞|
The Mate 8's solid performance in our display tests continues into sunlight legibility. A score of 2.949 is a very good achievement for an LCD panel and emphasizes another strong point of the IPS NEO tech.
Sunlight contrast ratio
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ 4.615
- HTC One A9 4.274
- Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 4.124
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 4.09
- Huawei Nexus 6P 4.019
- OnePlus X 3.983
- Oppo R7s 3.964
- Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor 3.879
- Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor 3.873
- Samsung Galaxy A8 3.859
- Apple iPhone 6 3.838
- Microsoft Lumia 950XL 3.837
- Motorola Moto X (2014) 3.816
- Apple iPhone 6s 3.783
- Meizu Pro 5 3.781
- Vivo X5Pro 3.706
- BlackBerry Priv 3.645
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 3.53
- Microsoft Lumia 950 3.512
- Oppo R7 Plus 3.499
- Samsung Galaxy J7 3.422
- Meizu MX5 3.416
- Oppo R7 3.32
- Samsung Galaxy J2 3.235
- Motorola Moto X Play 3.222
- Lenovo Vibe Shot 3.113
- LG Nexus 5X 3.092
- Huawei Mate S 3.073
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3.065
- Apple iPhone 6 Plus 3.023
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2.97
- Huawei Mate 8 2.949
- HTC One S 2.901
- Sony Xperia Z5 2.876
- Microsoft Lumia 550 2.851
- Sony Xperia Z5 compact 2.784
- LG V10 2.744
- Sony Xperia M5 2.69
- Xiaomi Mi 4i 2.641
- Xiaomi Mi 4c 2.574
- Microsoft Lumia 640 2.563
- Motorola Moto G 4G 2.546
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 2.525
- Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 2.503
- Motorola Moto G 2.477
- Huawei G8 2.471
- Sony Xperia Z 2.462
- Huawei Honor 7 2.406
- ZUK Z1 by Lenovo 2.382
- HTC One E9+ 2.305
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 2.253
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 2.249
- Sony Xperia C4 Dual 2.235
- Motorola Moto G (2014) 2.233
- LG Nexus 5 2.228
- Huawei P8 2.196
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 2.166
- OnePlus Two 2.165
- HTC One X 2.158
- Archos 50 Diamond 2.134
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.119
- Huawei P8lite 2.078
- Moto G 3rd gen max manual 2.026
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 2.024
- Sony Xperia E4g 1.972
- OnePlus One 1.961
- BlackBerry Leap 1.892
- Meizu m2 note 1.892
- HTC Butterfly 1.873
- ZTE Nubia Z9 mini 1.759
- Sony Xperia U 1.758
- Asus Zenfone Selfie 1.68
- Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen) 1.675
- ZTE Nubia Z9 1.659
- Motorola Moto E 1.545
- Sony Xperia M 1.473
- Xiaomi Redmi 2 1.311
- Sony Xperia C 1.283
- Meizu MX 1.221
Regarding connectivity, the Huawei Mate 8 is properly equipped. Huawei is very proud, and rightfully so, of the Kirin 950's built-in radio support, which includes up to five 2G bands, ten 3G bands, and eighteen 4G bands. Our variant (NXT-L29) comes with dual nano-SIM slots, and the second one can only tap into 2G networks while the first gets the full cellular connectivity.
The Mate 8 supports dual-band 2.4/5.0GHz Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, with Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot capabilities. Bluetooth is v4.2, where interference issues with LTE networks should be fixed.
There's NFC on board, as well as an FM radio. The satellite receiver GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou, so there isn't a corner in the world where the smartphone won't be able to pinpoint your location.
A 3.5mm jack provides standard connectivity for wired headphones. There is no Type-C connector on the Mate 8 - a regular microUSB 2.0 provides charging and PC connectivity capabilities. Mind you, it defaults to charge-only every single time you connect it to a PC, and you have to select manually from the notification shade that you want to do something else. It does support USB OTG (without additional actions, like enabling it in settings), but it didn't work with the MHL adapter we had lying around the office.
Huawei Mate 8 battery life
The Mate 8 has one of the largest capacity batteries for a major manufacturer high-end phablet. At 4,000mAh, it's a tiny 100mAh less than the predecessor but is still a lot more than current rivals. Huawei's own Nexus 6P comes closest at 3,450mAh, the Lumia 950 XL packs 90mAh less, while the Galaxy Note5, LG V10, and Moto X Style make do with 3,000mAh.
While not strictly a flagship, the Oppo R7 Plus matches the Mate 8's diagonal and packs 4,000mAh worth of juice. The Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016) equals the Mate 8 in screen size and battery capacity, while also potentially offering much better performance than Oppo's 6-incher.
So, after that quick (ok, rather lengthy) roundup, let's see how the Mate 8 fares in our battery test.
In a single word - splendidly. The smartphone lasted a comfortable 17 hours running our web browsing script over Wi-Fi and is good for 12 and a half hours of video playback. At nearly 29 hours of 3G voice calls, the Mate 8 leaves little to be desired in any aspect of its endurance. We also like seeing triple-digit overall scores, and there aren't many of those.
For a comparison with all of the above (save for the Galaxy A9) be sure to check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your typical use.
We'll just go ahead and mention that the V10, the Nexus 6P, and the Priv die after half the web browsing, time of the Mate 8, and none of the major competitors comes even close in this respect. While well above average, the video playback result of the Mate 8, however, is bested by both the Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus.
It's also worth noting that the Mate 8 comes bundled with a 9V/2A charger for a theoretical maximum output of 18W. Huawei states that it charges the battery from 0% to 100% in two and a half hours, which is quite remarkable. More importantly, in about an hour the battery reaches a 70% charge, which is great if you're pressed for time. Unfortunately there's no form of inductive charging, which we can rightfully complain about on a smartphone this expensive.
Make note that our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties.
Huawei Mate 8 review: Checkmate
The Huawei Mate 8 is powered by the Kirin 950 chipset, made by HiSilicon, a Huawei subsidiary. It's not the first in-house chip the company uses, it's been an ongoing Huawei effort to produce its own SoC's.
Previous iterations include the Kirin 935 in the Mate S and the Kirin 930 in the P8, the two differing in CPU frequency. The Ascend Mate7, on the other hand, had a Kirin 925 inside. For all the numbering differences, the chips have all traditionally had a common issue and that's been GPU performance.
Huawei has made the necessary steps in that department and fitted the Mali-T880 GPU in MP4 configuration. Coupled with the conservative 1080p resolution, the Mate 8 should have no issues on the graphics front.
That's definitely not where all the effort has gone, though. The Kirin 950 chipset comes with a dual quad-core CPU setup, utilizing four of the latest Cortex-A72 cores in its performance cluster and that makes it the first processor with such cores that we get to test. Neither member of the Snapdragon 65x line has shown up on our doorstep just yet, and Mediatek's Helio X20 is yet to make it to a production device.
Additionally, the chip is built on a 16nm production line, as opposed to the 28nm of older generations with the resulting benefits in power efficiency.
One aspect of the Mate8's hardware, which we're no fans of, is the fact that 3GB of RAM are paired with 32GB of storage, and 4GB come with 64GB. If you insist on the larger operating memory, but don't have heaps of multimedia to store, you'd still need to pay for those 64GB. For the record, our review unit is the 32GB variety so it has 3GB RAM.
The Mate 8 stormed through GeekBench, its score miles ahead of anything before it. Our previous champ in the multi-core test, the Meizu Pro 5 with an Exynos 7420 inside, couldn't keep up with the Kirin's powerful A72 cores. The Nexus 6P is among the highest-ranked Snapdragon 810 models, and its score is about two-thirds of the Mate's.
Higher is better
- Huawei Mate 8 6323
- Meizu Pro 5 5578
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 5124
- HTC One E9+ 4796
- Huawei Nexus 6P 4539
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 4413
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 4226
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 4194
- LG V10 3607
- Huawei Mate S 3475
- Moto X Pure Edition 3433
- Samsung Galaxy A8 3375
- Oppo R7 Plus 3204
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 3165
- BlackBerry Priv 2963
The assorted Antutu benchmarks also put the Mate 8 in a leading position. In Antutu 5 it's only slightly ahead of the Meizu Pro 5, but comfortably outpacing the Galaxy Note5. Here, the Snapdragon 810 does best inside the Xperia Z5 Premium, and the Nexus 6P is further down, on par with the iPhone 6s Plus.
In Antutu 6 Huawei's flagship pair scores similarly though the Mate 8 has the upper hand again. The Galaxy Note5 is little behind, but not as much as the Snapdragon 808-powered LG V10. Oddly, in this benchmark, the significantly more powerful chip of the Pro 5 posts an identical result to Qualcomm's second-best of the year.
Higher is better
- Huawei Mate 8 76785
- Meizu Pro 5 74655
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 69465
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 62652
- Huawei Nexus 6P 58610
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 58582
- LG V10 52713
- HTC One E9+ 50753
- Moto X Pure Edition 50629
- Samsung Galaxy A8 49554
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 46502
- BlackBerry Priv 45725
- Huawei Mate S 44393
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 41510
- Oppo R7 Plus 37750
Higher is better
- Huawei Mate 8 91609
- Huawei Nexus 6P 89345
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 81615
- LG V10 67547
- Meizu Pro 5 67531
The Mate 8 surrenders the benchmark lead in Basemark OS II 2.0, another compound benchmark. An inch behind the Nexus 6P, the Mate 8 is outpaced by the iPhone 6s Plus in the overall score. The Exynos-powered Note5 and Pro 5 are still not a match for Huawei's 6-incher.
However, the Mate's processor shows its strength in the CPU-specific parts of the benchmark. Its single-core result is the highest of the bunch, with only the Note5 coming close. There's absolutely no contest in the multi-core test, where the Mate 8 wipes the floor with the current crop of high-end phablets.
Basemark OS 2.0
Higher is better
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 2261
- Huawei Nexus 6P 2040
- Huawei Mate 8 2017
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 1880
- Meizu Pro 5 1837
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 1687
- Microsoft Lumia 950 XL 1472
- BlackBerry Priv 1393
- LG V10 1383
- HTC One E9+ 1227
- Samsung Galaxy A8 1089
- Oppo R7 Plus 968
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 931
- Huawei Mate S 914
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 849
Basemark OS 2.0 (single-core)
Higher is better
- Huawei Mate 8 7332
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 6745
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 6205
- Huawei Nexus 6P 6014
- Meizu Pro 5 5760
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 4365
- Samsung Galaxy A8 4338
- LG V10 4261
- BlackBerry Priv 3941
- HTC One E9+ 3444
- Huawei Mate S 3000
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 2872
- Oppo R7 Plus 2707
Basemark OS 2.0 (multi-core)
Higher is better
- Huawei Mate 8 41897
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 28360
- HTC One E9+ 28201
- Huawei Mate S 22817
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 22387
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 21809
- Samsung Galaxy A8 21753
- Meizu Pro 5 21416
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 18336
- Huawei Nexus 6P 17661
- LG V10 17127
- Oppo R7 Plus 16784
- BlackBerry Priv 11388
Which brings us to graphics performance. While the Mate 8 is no slouch here either, it's also not in the leading position. Its Basemark X results are only slightly ahead of the LG V10, BlackBerry Priv, and Moto X Style (a.k.a. Pure Edition). Those all come with an S808 chipset, which features a rather modest Adreno 418 GPU.
The Note5's score is some 70% higher though the Pro 5 isn't as convincing. It's the Xperia Z5 Premium that leads the way for S810, with the Nexus 6P behind, but still much better than the Mate.
Higher is better
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 26281
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 24281
- Huawei Nexus 6P 22825
- Meizu Pro 5 20038
- Huawei Mate 8 15593
- LG V10 15161
- BlackBerry Priv 15072
- Moto X Pure Edition 14598
- HTC One E9+ 9639
- Samsung Galaxy A8 8838
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 6501
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 5695
- Huawei Mate S 5368
- Oppo R7 Plus 5349
In GFXBench, the Mate 8 posts some respectable scores, but is again no chart-topper. In the offscreen tests, which are run at a standard 1080p resolution regardless of the specific smartphone's actual display setup, the Mate 8 achieves higher frame rates than the S808 bunch, but not quite on par with the S810 or Exynos 7420.
In the onscreen tests, at actual display resolution, the Mate 8 is favored by the lower number of pixels it needs to render, compared to most of its rivals and climbs up the chart. That doesn't help it against the iPhone 6s Plus, Pro 5 and Xperia Z5 Premium, which run the test in FullHD, too. The Nexus 6P, however, gives the Mate 8 a solid run for its money, despite having a QHD screen - owing to the S810's Adreno 430.
It's probably worth noting that the Mate 8 runs the onscreen tests at a slightly lower 1,740 x 1,080-pixel resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, minus the strip of onscreen buttons). This small difference made for slightly better scores in the Mate's onscreen tests compared to the 1080p ones, but the difference is marginal at best.
GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)
Higher is better
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 39.5
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 26
- Huawei Nexus 6P 25
- Meizu Pro 5 25
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 21
- Huawei Mate 8 18
- LG V10 15
- Moto X Pure Edition 15
- Samsung Galaxy A8 13
- BlackBerry Priv 12
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 8
- HTC One E9+ 6.6
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 6
- Oppo R7 Plus 6
- Huawei Mate S 5.4
GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)
Higher is better
- Apple iPhone 6s Plus 38.6
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 27
- Meizu Pro 5 25
- Huawei Mate 8 18
- Huawei Nexus 6P 17
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 15
- Samsung Galaxy A8 14
- LG V10 9.5
- Moto X Pure Edition 9.3
- Huawei Ascend Mate7 8.5
- BlackBerry Priv 7.6
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 6.4
- Oppo R7 Plus 6.3
- Huawei Mate S 5.8
- HTC One E9+ 5.4
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)
Higher is better
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 18
- Huawei Nexus 6P 17
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 15
- Meizu Pro 5 14
- Huawei Mate 8 10
- LG V10 10
- Moto X Pure Edition 10
- BlackBerry Priv 7.8
- Huawei Mate S 3
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 2.9
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)
Higher is better
- Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 19
- Meizu Pro 5 14
- Huawei Mate 8 11
- Huawei Nexus 6P 11
- Samsung Galaxy Note5 6.7
- LG V10 5.7
- Moto X Pure Edition 5.6
- BlackBerry Priv 5.4
- Huawei Mate S 3.4
- Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 3.1
The bottom line is that the Huawei Mate 8 has tons of raw processing power in both single- and multi-core applications. Its GPU performs adequately (unlike the Mate7 before it), but is not quite up to par with the CPU's performance.
We'd say Huawei made some very well-calculated choices on this one. On the one hand, the Mali-T880 MP4 would have definitely choked with a higher-res screen. However, a QHD display with a GPU to match would have meant a much more serious strain on the battery, and that wasn't a compromise the company was willing to make.
That said, Samsung's Exynos 8890 has a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU with three times as many cores, so the Mate 8 won't have it easy once the Galaxy S7 bunch and the Note 6 come next.
Huawei Mate 8 review
With a new year comes new changes and we’re changing our review process beginning with this Huawei Mate 8 review. Now, selected handsets will be reviewed by not one, but two people, with the aim of bringing you two different views on that smartphone. The post and video will be by different reviewers, providing a coherent yet objective opinion on the smartphone.
This review has been written by Nirave Gondhia with the video review (above) by Joshua Vergara. Be sure to check out YouTube as well, where you can watch the video in 4K!
The rise of Chinese manufacturers over the past two years made it inevitable that Google would eventually choose one of them to make its flagship handset and last year saw Huawei team up with the search giant on the Nexus 6P flagship. Sporting an all-metal design, pure Android experience and lightning fast fingerprint sensor – not to mention the best smartphone camera of 2015 – the Nexus 6P has, rightly, been a success.
Like LG and Samsung before it, many expected the success of the Nexus flagship to influence Huawei’s own flagship devices that followed and at CES 2016, the Mate 8 – which was launched in China last month – was finally given its global debut. Prior to CES, there had been many rumours that Huawei would use the Nexus 6P as a springboard for a push into the US market and while the honor 5X is launching stateside, the Mate 8 is nowhere to be seen.
Huawei has always made good hardware and the Mate 8 looks to be no different but has the Chinese company learnt anything from working closely with Google and in particular, is its UX any closer to stock Android? How does the Mate 8 compare to past Huawei flagships? Let’s take a look: hit the jump and join me for the written Mate 8 review and be sure to check out Josh’s video review above.
Here’s the key Huawei Mate 8 specs:
|Display||6.0-inch IPS-NEO LCD display 1920 x 1080, 368ppi |
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
|Processor||Quad-core 2.3GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex A53 HiSilicon Kirin 950|
|RAM||3/4GB, depending on storage option|
|MicroSD||Yes, up to 128GB|
|Camera||16MP rear camera, OIS, phase detection auto focus 8MP front camera|
|Software||Android 6.0 Marshmallow Emotion UI 4.0|
|Dimensions||157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9mm 185g|
Looking at Huawei’s list of past flagships such as the Mate S, Mate 7 and P8, there’s one thing that’s clear: Coupled with the Nexus 6P, it’s clear Huawei understands exactly what premium hardware is and while the Mate 8 does have a few tweaks, the design language hasn’t changed all that much since the Mate 7.
That being said, Huawei has one of the strongest design languages in the industry and while a lack of significant change runs the risk of it becoming stale, the company isn’t there just yet. Although the Mate 8 design is more than acceptable, we would like to see the company show us the next stage of its design language in future flagship devices.
The metal finish is most definitely premium in the hand and the precise curves and gradient of the rear provide the handset with its ergonomic feel. The Mate 8 is a large device like every Mate smartphone – the Mate S aside – before it but it is probably the smallest 6-inch smartphone on the market, thanks to impressively small bezels around the display. Huawei is known for its ability to deliver large displays crammed inside a smaller-than-expected body and the Mate 8 is no different.
At 7.9mm thick, the Mate 8 is not the slimmest smartphone on the market but the symmetrical design and slightly curved rear mean it feels much slimmer in the hand. The in-hand experience is further enhanced by the 185-gram weight and the Mate 8 does feel reassuringly solid in daily usage.
The backside of the phone is where Huawei’s design language used to stand out from the competition; dating back as far as 2013 and the Mate 7, Huawei has dabbled in metal on its flagship devices and at the time, the company (alongside HTC) was leading the pack. However, since then, metal has become the new plastic and almost all companies are now attempting to incorporate metal in their flagships. While Huawei is no longer unique in this, its design language isn’t stale just yet but as mentioned, we’d like to see a few changes to differentiate its future flagships.
Where Josh and I definitely agree is which colour Mate 8 to get; Josh has the Silver version while I have the space gray but both of us agree that the Mocca brown Mate 8 is the version you should try to get. Neither the Silver nor the Space Gray are bad colour choices but the Mocca colour is quite unique and this helps it to stand out from the myriad of other metal-clad smartphones on the market.
Beneath the camera on the rear, we have a feature that Huawei has become superb in delivering: the fingerprint sensor. From the square sensor in the Mate 7 to the gesture-enabled Honor 7, the ultra fast sensor on the back of the Nexus 6P and now, the scanner in the Mate 8, it’s clear that Huawei understands fingerprint scanners and the Mate 8 is no different. While it doesn’t have all the gestures found in the Honor 7 and Mate S, its definitely up there with the best fingerprint sensors on the market.
Overall, the Mate 8 continues Huawei’s impressive design language and the design is definitely one of our favourite elements on the phone. It may have a 6-inch display but Huawei’s innovative design means the phone feels much smaller than you’d think.
In January last year, we sat down with Huawei’s executives in China and during the course of several discussions, one topic that kept creeping up was display resolution and whether Huawei would eventually offer QHD resolution (and above) on its flagship devices. At the time, the answer was a resounding no but fast forward to the latter part of the year and the Huawei-made Nexus 6P became the first Huawei-made smartphone to offer QHD resolution.
Less than two months later, Huawei unveiled the Mate 8 and, despite all the rumours and leaks suggesting a QHD display was in the works, Huawei chose to stick with its guns and opted for Full HD resolution. Normally this wouldn’t be an issue but the Mate 8 was meant to arrive with great aplomb onto the market and a 6-inch Full HD panel really does – at least on paper – stretch the boundaries of whether the display is good enough.
In actual usage, the JDI-NEO display technology certainly helps to pick up some of the shortfall from not having QHD resolution and while the Mate 8 sports what is probably the best 6-inch 1080p screen on the market, it is just Full HD resolution. For the spec-lovers amongst you, this translates to a density of 368 pixels per inch, which is lower than the Galaxy Note 5 and most other similarly sized devices.
I personally find that while FHD resolution is more than satisfactory, I would have preferred QHD, especially given the price of the Mate 8 and its status as a premium flagship. While Josh agrees with this, he does point out that FHD means everything is a little easier to see than with QHD resolution and the Mate 8 is perfect for those who want a bigger screen for easier reading, rather than to have more space to display content.
What about in direct light? Huawei hasn’t always been the best smartphone to use in direct sunlight but the Mate 8 is definitely one of the company’s better attempts. In direct sunlight (or even incandescent or tungsten lighting), it’s easy enough to see what’s on the display as long as the brightness is set to full and auto brightness is turned off.
Overall, Full HD may not provide a great experience on paper but the Mate 8 screen is certainly more than satisfactory in real world usage and if you’re someone who prefers a bigger screen so you can see things more clearly, this is definitely the smartphone for you. However, if you’re a tech aficionado, you may find that you miss QHD resolution after using the Mate 8 for any substantial period of time but the battery life savings of opting for FHD more than make up for any shortcomings in the screen department.
The most contentious part of Huawei smartphones is – and has been for many generations – the company’s EMUI interface which polarises most users. While some find it easy to adjust to, others certainly do not and this is where the company has often been lambasted in previous reviews.
Having worked with Google on stock Android for the Nexus 6P, there was hope that we’d finally see Huawei opt for a more westernised interface as part of EMUI 4 but has the company done so or are they still trying to force a Chinese-inspired interface on a Western market? Furthermore, are some of the bugs from Lollipop finally fixed in their first Marshmallow device and can EMUI help Huawei compete against other OEMs in Western markets? Let’s find out.
Prior to Lollipop, Huawei’s EMUI was clean, simple and relatively easy-to-use but the introduction of Material Design in Lollipop resulted in the company trying to revamp its interface to match Google’s new design guidelines. Unfortunately, it mostly failed in this attempt but with EMUI 4.0 bringing Marshmallow to Huawei devices, are we finally given an interface that hasn’t been designed with China in mind? In short, the answer is: no.
This is one of the biggest problems with the Mate 8 and one that I personally find is quite difficult to overcome. For as good as the hardware is, the software is really poor and it almost feels like Huawei has taken a step back in this department over the past year. From the first build of EMUI 3 last year, bugs such as the notification bar being difficult to read thanks to odd colour choices have existed and while we’ve seen the company mostly fix these in the EMUI v3.1 found running on the new Honor 5X, the Mate 8 still has glaring bugs in the software.
One of the most polarising elements of EMUI is the lack of an app-drawer and while Huawei has certainly made the home screen management more than satisfactory, not having an app drawer is likely to detract from the experience for many Western users. In fact, like previous Huawei smartphones, installing a launcher is probably one of the first things you’ll find yourself doing. Unfortunately, even when you do install a new launcher, the notification menu text bug still persists, so if you use Gmail especially, you can expect to be opening the app or relying on a widget more than you do on other devices.
Look past these glaring issues and the story isn’t much better; Huawei has taken the approach of many other OEMs and sought to add features using its own interface but has failed in its implementation. Some of the new features that Huawei has sought to include are an improved knuckle sense experience – including the draw a letter to launch an app feature that was present on the Mate S – being able to locate your phone through voice control and launching two windows at the same time.
The knuckle sense feature was first launched early last year and at the time, we said it required a lot of work to be truly useful. Several months later, it still needs a lot of work and while it somewhat worked on the Mate S, I’ve personally been unable to successfully take a screenshot or launch an app at least once. For Josh, it has worked a few times but we both agree that it’s a feature that Huawei might as well remove as, in theory, it’s meant to make things quicker to launch but you almost have to punch your phone in order to make the feature work. Voice control is another area that Huawei has been dabbling in over the past year and again, the company has a lot of work to do in this area but at least it is usable.
It’s not all negative as a couple of features in EMUI are quite useful; especially for reviewers and people who have to show others how to do something on a phone, built-in support for screen recording – which is activated by double tapping the display using your knuckle – is great and works really well. EMUI also provides a lot of control over the experience and lets you customise many features and while this is great to have, the sheer amount of controls in the general UI actually makes it very difficult to use overall.
While a lot of thought has gone into the performance and design, the software seems to have been rushed out the door and both Josh and I are disappointed that working with Google on the 6P hasn’t delivered a more refined user experience. With a lot of patience and time, you can make EMUI work exactly how you want it to but the problem for Huawei is that most people will give up on EMUI long before then.
Huawei isn’t known for including exceptional cameras in its smartphones but over the past year, we’ve definitely seen them improve considerably in this department. From the new features launched in the P8 to the excellent Honor 7 camera and then the Nexus 6P – which had the best smartphone camera of 2015 – there was a lot of hope that the Mate 8 could prove to be Huawei’s best yet. Equipped with a new Sony sensor, does the Mate 8 deliver in the camera department? In a word: hardly.
The specs list reads that the Mate 8 offers a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture for better low light images, Optical Image Stabilisation for less noisy photos and 0.1 second phase detection autofocus and these features mostly live up to their hardware billing. The problem for Huawei however is that its camera processing fails to make the most of this hardware and even the presence of OIS doesn’t seem to prevent some blur in photos captured.
While the Mate 8 does struggle with abject camera processing, Huawei deserves credit for some of the features they’ve added. Among the many camera modes is the ability to capture super night photos (which takes awesome low light photos), light painting (which is an excellent mode to capture light trails from cars or to help you be really creative in low light) and Professional mode, which offers a plethora of options for the budding photographer.
While Auto mode results in less-than-impressive photos, the sheer volume of controls in Professional mode, coupled with the way changes are reflected in the viewfinder before you press capture, means you can take some really nice photos if you’re willing to spend time to do so. I personally think you should use Professional mode at all times on the Mate 8 and while Josh agrees that it’s a great mode, he does raise the valid point that most people won’t bother. This means that in auto mode, the Mate 8 camera does absolutely nothing to impress you.
No HDR (left) vs HDR (right)
As good as the options that Huawei has included are, there are some that are most definitely disappointing. For example, turning HDR mode on results in almost no improvements to the picture (as you can see above) and this is not acceptable on any smartphone, let alone one that carries such a large price tag.
Despite being powered by Huawei’s own latest processor, there is still no support for 4K video recording. Yes, the Mate 8 does let you capture Full HD video at 60 frames per second, which is not something that’s common on smartphones, but the lack of 4K recording on an ultra premium flagship in 2016 in inexcusable.
Here’s some images we’ve captured on the Mate 8 – do let us know what you think of the Mate 8 camera in the comments below.
There’s no covering up the fact that while the Mate 8 camera does have some great hardware, it is seriously lacking in the camera department with Josh and I both agreeing the camera is mediocre at best. Like the software, the camera on the Mate 8 really detracts away from the overall smartphone experience and sadly, it is bad enough that it may forfend you even buying the Mate 8.
One of the reasons the Mate 8 is long-awaited is the chipset under the hood, with Huawei finally bringing its long-awaited Kirin 950 SoC to the market. Arguably the key challenger to the 2016 chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung – the Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 respectively – the Kirin 950 is expected to set the benchmark for performance this year and from our testing, it definitely delivers on this.
As we covered during our podcasts at CES, this is one very powerful smartphone and we’re yet to find a way to actually slow it down. Although the Mate 8 versions we have come with just 3GB RAM (with around 1.3GB free when nothing is running in the background), the Kirin 950 makes it seem like there are several gigabytes of RAM available to use and definitely sets the benchmark for what flagship performance should be like this year.
When switching between apps, loading new apps or even running games, the Mate 8 shows zero sign of lag and if you’re after a non-stock handset that has the performance of a stock Android smartphone, the Mate 8 definitely ticks this box. The Mali-T880 GPU finally delivers an experience that seems to be on par with the Adreno GPU used in other processors (although this will only truly become apparent once handsets using these other 2016 processors are launched in the coming months) and solves a big problem with previous Huawei devices, which was the graphics performance.
If smartphones were about raw performance, the Mate 8 would certainly lead the current crop but as we know it’s about more than just performance, so what about the rest of the hardware? Other notable features include dual SIM support by default in every variant – which instantly gives the Mate 8 an advantage over other flagships that have separate variants with Dual SIM support – a microSD card slot (which takes up the second SIM slot) and an NFC chipset.
All of these work as well as you’d expect and just like previous Huawei smartphones, the presence of metal has no impact on network reliability with Huawei’s extensive experience in antennae heralding great signal and network performance in its latest flagship smartphone. One area that is a let down is the bottom-mounted speaker which is average at best and while it is louder than previous Huawei smartphones with body to the sound, it is definitely lacking overall compared to other flagship devices and even the Nexus 6P.
Overall, the hardware on the Mate 8 is almost close to perfect, as is the performance, and aside from a few issues with the speaker, there’s very little that Huawei could have done to make it better. Without doubt, this is one of the main reasons you should buy the Mate 8 and this is reflected in our ratings, with the Mate 8 coming ever so close to scoring a perfect 10 in this section.
If there’s one feature that made Huawei’s Mate range stand out from the rest, it was the battery, with the Mate 7 proving to be a battery behemoth that very few – if any – smartphones came close to. The Nexus 6P continued this trend and Doze Mode in Marshmallow proved to be the welcome fix that Android needed for better standby time but does the Mate 8 continue in this vein?
Under the enclosed metal-body is a 4000mAh non-removable battery that supports fast charging and the capacity is one of the highest on the market. The Mate 7 had a 4100mAh battery (in body that was similarly sized) while the Nexus 6P is powered by a 3450mAh unit and at least on paper, the Mate 8 should lead the battery stakes yet again. As we’ve found in the past however, a big battery doesn’t necessarily mean great battery life, so is the Mate 8 the battery behemoth you need in your pocket? In a word: YES.
The large capacity coupled with Huawei’s own optimisations in its chipset all combine to deliver exceptional battery life and overall battery life depends on which of Huawei’s included modes you use.
For example: if you use the Smart mode (which is typical day-to-day usage), you can expect to get 2 days’ worth of overall battery life with around 7 hours’ Screen-on-Time (SoT) while if you want brute power, the Performance mode should let you use the full package and still get a full days’ usage with around 4.5 hours SoT.
For the times when you are running low, Huawei claims you can charge the Mate 8 for half an hour to get a full days’ usage and in our testing, rapid charging seems to add around 35% in half an hour (it increased from 15% to 50%). However, while the presence of rapid charging is certainly welcome, the Mate 8 doesn’t support Quick Charge 2.0 so you’ll need to use the included charger in the box to get the faster charging speeds. On the topic of charging, the Mate 8 also doesn’t support wireless charging which is certainly not a deal breaker but something to keep in mind if this is important to you.
The Nexus 6P and the Mate 7 before it are both excellent for battery life and with its new flagship, Huawei seems to have continued this trend. When we spoke to Huawei last January, we were told the company was avoiding higher-than-FHD resolution as it didn’t want to impact on the battery life and while we would have liked to have seen QHD resolution on the Mate 8, there’s no doubt it would have impacted on the battery life. As it stands, the Mate 8 is setting the benchmark for the battery life you can expect from a 2016 flagship and it remains to be seen whether its competitors can actually compete against this.
There you have it – Huawei’s latest flagship ticks a lot of the right boxes but some of its gremlins from the past still remain; we’ve always known that Huawei’s hardware is fantastic but the most surprising thing about the Mate 8 has to be just how poorly optimised the software actually is. Yes, it’s more than satisfactory if you’re willing to adjust to it, but with so many flagship devices to choose from, EMUI v4.0 may prove to be a step too far for many users.
The performance and battery - while being fantastic - are not enough to detract away from the poor software and camera experience.
Previous Nexus manufacturers have used their partnership with Google as a springboard onto bigger and greater success, look no further than LG, who have made several Nexus devices in the past and gained much greater recognition for it, but for Huawei, the Mate 8 isn’t the smartphone to do this. However, as the development process for a smartphone can take several months, we’re willing to give Huawei the benefit of the doubt and wait until the next flagship to see the real benefits of working with Google.
So should you buy the Mate 8? Honestly, I would find it difficult to recommend the Mate 8 as the performance and battery – while being fantastic – are not enough to detract away from the poor software and camera experience. That being said, it is still one of the nicest smartphones on the market and feels absolutely great in the hand.
Josh had similar thoughts, stating that
The performance and power (battery) of the Mate 8 just barely cover up the flaws of a device we still love.
Yes, the Huawei Mate 8 is an excellent smartphone and, for the most part, it does rank well amongst the current crop of flagship devices but the few flaws it has are major and while in previous devices Huawei could get away with some of these, we’d have expected a better camera and software experience from its latest flagship. With all that being said, if you’re willing to customise the interface and don’t mind the camera, the Mate 8 is definitely worth a closer look.
What do you think of the Huawei Mate 8 and do you plan to buy one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to check out all of our Mate 8 coverage.