Huawei Mate 8 review, hardware, camera, display

Huawei Mate 8 is a representative smartphone for the business segment. This is evidenced by the design and capabilities, and even the display size of 6 inches. The model has come to replaced the previous devices. The developers themselves say that they did not seek to redraw the exterior of the gadget. It is rather a work of mistakes and an update of the extremely successful Mate 7.

What are the characteristics of the refreshed Mate 8 and is it worth paying attention to it?


The main work on the case was focused on the details. The joints of the panels have become much more accurate, the design of the rear module and the scanner resulted in proper condition. In evaluative comparison, the effect of “polishing” is visible to the naked eye.

Additionally, the sensor of the fingerprints and the eye of the main camera are “rounded”. In combination with a square the angular design looks very extravagant. The front module was shifted to the opposite side, and the speaker was sent down, where it belongs. Such inconspicuous touches greatly refreshed Huawei 8.

Dimensions are the same: 80.6 × 157.1 × 7.9. Only the mass rose slightly due to the battery – up to 185 g.


Display and sound

Huawei engineers are almost the only ones who deliberately put screens on Full HD models. The matrix was changed to the latest generation IPS instead of AMOLED. It would seem that OLED is much more economical, but experts know better.

It is impossible to find any defects concerning the image quality – it is perfect. Almost 368 ppi with a 6” diagonal is a fairy tale. The temperature is somewhat high, but it is regulated in the settings. The second drawback – the color profile is simply not configured. But this flaw can be traced for a long time. Although the flagship could have eradicated.

But the speaker can sometimes cause you to twitch in surprise – very loud. Acually, you don’t catch the difference between simple MP3 and clever WAV, but in headphones the situation changes radically.



Previously, all Kirin CPUs could only somehow reach Qualcomm and Exynos. Kirin 950 has a set of 8 cores Cortex (4-2.3 GHz, 4 – 1.8 GHz) and 16 nm process technology. This indicates a minimum consumption and heating.

The memory is either 3/32 or 4/64. For certain markets different configurations are available. However, there is a slot for microSD. But it is inserted instead of the second SIM. Again we are forced to make a choice. Mate 8 is characterized by support for all the latest 3G and LTE bands, GPS and more. Full stuffing.

A 4000 mAh battery brings autonomy to a new level.



The rear module has been completely changed. Here we have a 16-megapixel sensor from Sony (IMX298), an 8-megapixel front eye and instant focus, regardless of the time of day.

The colors are natural, but not stretched, as in color rendition. Special gourmets and just knowledgeable people are free to indulge with focus, sensitivity, balance, ISO and other aspects. Fortunately, the settings allow it.

Unfortunately, the phone can’t shoot in 4K. The night shooting is clearly not the best function of Huawei Mate 8. But with certain manipulations, you can improve the result.

The target audience

Who is this 6-inch gadget suitable for? Perhaps, businessmen and busy people who appreciate powerful hardware, rich functionality and high autonomy. The design is fully consistent with all the criteria of a successful person: strict, no frills, muted color and without gloss.

Besides the delivery kit is not poor at all. Here is a charging with micro USB, and a good headset and bumper cover. All in separate boxes and neatly packed. Even to give such a gadget as a present would be nice, without blushing for it.

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