Specs summary

Screen
6"

The Huawei Mate 8's screen is 6 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3GHz

There is a HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 22 days standby time, 1080 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G).



The performance and battery - while being fantastic - are not enough to detract away from the poor software and camera experience.

- Nirave Gondhia , Android Authority 

Good battery and a sleek design aren’t enough to recommend this over the far superior competition.

- Max Parker , TrustedReviews 

Reviews summary

7.8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 26 reviews

What's good  

  • All-day battery life
  • Blazing performance
  • MicroSD support
  • Dual-SIM
  • Crisp camera
  • Fast fingerprint scanner

What's bad  

  • Too big for one-handed use
  • EMUI 4.0 heavily modifies Android
  • Lower resolution display than competition

Huawei has built a solid reputation for high-quality devices at competitive prices. With the Mate 8, Huawei looks to tackle the competitive phablet market. But does this monster of a metal phone offer enough value to warrant toting it around?

Reviews are out and we’re bringing you everything you need to know in this Informr phone summary!

One of the first things mentioned by reviewers is the sheer size of the phone. Yet, apart from one-handed usage, most were very pleased with the all-metal design of the Mate 8. The Inquirer said, “the smartphone's matte metal body provides a premium feel and a reassuring solidity. It's curved at the back and the chamfered edges mean that, while most will still struggle to operate it comfortably with one hand, it sits nicely in the palm.”

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You’ll find a round fingerprint scanner tucked into the upper-middle of the phone’s back. Reviewers loved both the placement and performance of the scanner. Pocket Lint says, “It's the scanner's rear positioning that makes it particularly standout. It's just a really natural placement for a device of this size; the fact it's recessed makes it easy for a finger to slip into place.”

Coming around front, you’re greeted with a 6-inch 1080p IPS panel. The Gorilla Glass 4 should avoid scratches well, but many reviewers noted some smudging and fingerprint issues. Otherwise, the screen performs well, with PocketLint noting, “Pushed to maximum brightness and there's plenty of output from the Mate 8. However, its auto brightness can seem a little conservative in some situations.”

Huawei chose to power the phone with their own eight-core 2.3Ghz Kirin 950 processor. Depending on the model, you’ll find 3 or 4GB of RAM to handle larger apps or multitasking. Performance reviews are undeniably positive with PC Advisor UK saying, “the Kirin 950 delivers is in spades.” Phandroid agreed, declaring, “All you need to know about this processor is it screams. This is without a doubt the fastest phone I have ever used.”

To ensure you can make the most of the big screen and powerful processor, Huawei offers models with 32, 64 and 128GB of internal storage. Should you need more space, you can use the microSD slot. However, doing so disables the dual-SIM capabilities of the phone.

The 4000mAh battery in the Mate 8 blew reviewers away. Pocket Lint noted, “The 4,000mAh cell on board the Mate 8 has lasted out for well beyond a day, almost without exception. And we're talking under proper use: we don't faff around uninstalling Facebook, WhatsApp and whatnot.” Fast charging with the built-in charger offers a 37% charge in 30 minutes for quick top-offs when needed.

The one area that most reviewers questioned is the software on the Mate 8. While it runs Android Marshmallow 6.0, Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.0 leaves it almost unrecognizable. SlashGear notes, “Pure Android fans will also lament the lack of an app drawer, or a clean implementation of Material Design. Another lasting annoyance associated with Emui were its constant notifications concerning the amount of power being used by background apps and services.” Reviews agreed that the UI is the biggest reason buyers might not like the phone.

If you don’t mind having to hold a massive phone to take pictures, reviews on both the 16MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing lens are positive. SlashGear notes, “You'll likely be ecstatic with the quality of the photos taken by the device.” Phandroid backs this up, saying, “Photos come out with a lot of detail, but lighting can be a bit iffy. The front facing camera is just as solid as the rear one.”

Overall, as long as you know you’re getting a large phone, reviews for the Mate 8 are great. Phandroid summed up opinions well in their verdict, saying, “The software will ultimately determine if the phone is right for you. EMUI is an acquired taste. You’ll either learn to love it or despise it more every day. The good news is there’s really nothing else to complain about.”


Reviews (7.8/10 Avg. rating)


GSM Dome

6 inch perfection

from GSM Dome
This model is the highest performing unit one can get before the 2016 flagships are out and even then it may pose them some problems, with its great low light capture and great CPU. Everything is basically perfect on this phablet, minus the audio and video capture. It’s a future proof device... Full review
Notebookcheck

Excellent performance and stamina

from Notebookcheck

The Huawei Mate 8 left a very good impression during our review with its noble chassis and the high performance. It is quite a big device with its 6-inch display, but the handling is still comfortable thanks to the thin frame. Besides the high performance, we are also convinced by the efficiency of the new Kirin 950 SoC, because the runtimes are massive in combination with the 4000-mAh battery. You should usually be able to manage two days with one charge. The handling of Android 6.0 with Huawei’s own EMUI 4.0 software is always very smooth and the manufacturer also waives unnecessary... Full review

The Inquirer

Unbeatable performance but is let down by shonky software

from The Inquirer
It's not hard to see why Huawei is becoming more popular. The Mate 8's software is frustratingly heavy, but it matches its big-name rivals in almost every other respect, offering a premium design, superb performance and a decent display... Full review
Mobile Choice

Super-sized friend

from Mobile Choice
If you need a device to do all the grunt work in the world then this is the one for you. Also important are massive hands because the Mate 8 is a lot wider than most other smartphones out there making it quite awkward to use one-handed... Full review
Phandroid

Blazing fast performance, premium build quality

from Phandroid
The Mate 8 is a beastly phone with specs that will make most people drool. Performance and battery life are off the charts, but Huawei’s weird EMUI software will be a turn-off for some people. If raw power is your #1 priority, it’s hard to find a better phone that the Mate 8... Full review
Absolute Geeks

Great value for money

from Absolute Geeks
The Mate 8 has a lot of things working for it. An excellent design, form factor, power and all day battery life make it one of the strongest phones in the market. The camera isn’t the best, but it’s good enough for most people’s needs... Full review
SlashGear

Excellent cameras, huge screen, and unkillable battery life

from SlashGear
The bottom line? I've avoided more than a passing mention of the Mate 8's price until now, but I can't ignore it any longer. Depending on your retailer, you're looking at a shocking $700-$900 to have the Huawei shipped to your door. Consider every downside I've discussed concerning the phablet's size and UI, and then throw in the fact that the device is priced significantly higher than its Nexus, Samsung, and Apple rivals... Full review
Pocket-lint

Big beauty

from Pocket-lint
The Huawei Mate 8 is an echo of the Mate 7. But with an added thump of power at its core, the latest software on board and an improved camera, it's all the more appealing. Plus 6-inch phones are becoming increasingly the norm, which ought to further seed its success as one of the standout 6-inch devices on the market... Full review
GSMArena

Simply is the one phone to get

from GSMArena
Great as it may be, Huawei's high-end phablet is not perfect, and you'd better be aware of its flaws, even if you choose to ignore them. The camera could use plenty of improvement, and the Android overlay is a love-it-or-hate-it affair. However, the Mate 8 is an exquisitely built smartphone with killer looks, superior battery life, and a powerful chipset. If only we could have it all... Full review
Tech Advisor

A powerful phablet that does a lot right

from Tech Advisor
In many ways, the Mate 8 is an excellent smartphone. It has a big, high-quality screen and is well made. It isn't the most stylish of phones, but it's fast (unless you're talking about games) and has decent battery life. The camera is a disappointment in terms of limitations and outright quality - even with the latest software update. For £20 more, the Nexus 6P is a compelling alternative with a higher-resolution screen, a better camera and plain Android Marshmallow. Battery life isn't as good and there's no microSD slot, but these are sacrifices many will be happy to make... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date January 25, 2016
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, India, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Processor HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB or 64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.18 W/kg
Body: 0.21 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1080 minutes (2G)
1080 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 22 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 8.1 x 0.8 cm
(6.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 in)
Weight 185 grams
(6.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 368 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, HDR, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei Ascend Mate 8, NXT-L29

Additional Sensors: Fingerprint sensor, Barometer

Variant:
64 GB Internal Flash Memory has 4 GB of RAM
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