Huawei Mate 8 – “Power and Efficiency”


ES 2016 allowed me the chance to get my hands on the Huawei Mate 8 Android smartphone to review. It really is a beautiful device, with brushed metal edges and backing of the Unibody design give it a wonderfully uniform feel, and fairly slip-proof.  As long as you appreciate a larger screen, the 6 inch FHD display looks great, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. A key differentiator is that the Mate 8 is Quad Band 4G/GSM, Dual sim, For those who travel frequently, this gives you multiple network capability in one for various GSM countries, without having to buy a temporary phone. . The sim card tray can either accommodate two sims, or one sim and one micro SD card.

There are a few features which stand out when it comes to the topic of efficiency. The HiSicicon Kirin 950 Processor of course should be the most important. I found a few performance tests and it seems to stack up to its’ hype. A small but extremely useful feature is the Knuckle gesture capability. You can even take a screenshot using a double knuckle tap (This is key if you are a documentarian like me.) The fingerprint sensor was a breeze to set up, which responds very when unlocking. This is one of many built-in sensors. Charging is superfast, reportedly charging the 4000 mAh batter to 37% in 30 minutes, which I found to be accurate. The camera menu is fabulous! I love the simplicity and the icons, as well as ease of use. Some additional camera features include an additional light option, time-lapse, light painting, and selfie mode.(I tried the later but it didn’t look anything like me by the time I used level 10) It boasts 16 MP rear facing and 9 MP front facing cameras.

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • Sensors:
  • HUAWEI Kirin 950, Octa-core + i5 co-processor
  • Business card scanner
  • Intuitive knuckle gestures
  • Colors (depending on location): Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, Champagne Gold, and Mocha Brown
  • Size:
  • Display: 6” FHD Screen, 1080p 16.7M colors, Color saturation(NTSC) 95%, 16.7M
  • Available in 32GB memory and 3GB RAM, 64GB and 4GB RAM, and some countries up to 128GB in memory.

All in all this is a beautiful smartphone, with lots of new useful and helpful features. Available in China and Europe, it costs between $600-$800 plus, depending on the version. Is the price necessary? I doubt the average smartphone user will pay it, but there is definitely an audience for this one.