Huawei Mate 8 First Look, Review & Pictures: The idea of a 6.0 inch phone sounded like something really Crazy. But with devices as refined and powerful as the Huawei Mate 8 coming to market, now it has become norm for many. Nowadays a 6 inch phone is a more appealing concept than ever. Over the past two years, the rise of Chinese manufacturers has made their mark in the smartphone market. Sporting all the metal design, pure Android experience, and best smartphone camera and lightning fast fingerprint sensor. Among all the other Chinese manufacturers, Google eventually chose Huawei team to make its flagship handset named Nexus 6P. And Nexus 6P has been a huge success.
Huawei launched it’s own flagship named the Mate 8 at CES 2016, which launched in China last month has now given its global debut. Huawei is best known for making good hardware. But is it the same case with the Mate 8? Let us have a look at its features.
DESIGN: The first impression of the phone was that it is an echo of the Mate 7 which is the previous flagship of Huawei. Let us now look at the Huawei brought to us this year for the new mate series. Huawei clearly knows what premium hardware exactly is. And this is proven by the metal finish and that is the most definitely premium in the hand. The gradient and the precise curves provide the handset its user-friendly design. Huawei has the ability to deliver large displays crammed inside a smaller-than- expected body and the Mate 8 is exactly the same. It is probably the smallest 6-inch smartphone on the market. But it is surely not the slimmest phone in the market. But due to the slightly curved rear and the symmetrical design, the phone feels much slimmer in the hand. Huawei stands out from the competition in terms of the backside design of the phone. Huawei used to dabble in metal on its flagship devices, but now almost every company is now trying to incorporate metal in their flagships. The uniqueness of Huawei in this has lost but they still it’s design language isn’t stale yet. But they need to change their design language for their future flagships. Beneath the camera on the rear there is the fingerprint sensor. So we can actually day that Huawei us leading the pack in terms of design.
DISPLAY: Mate 8 is quite a beast featuring a 157.1 x 80.6mm footprint and its thickness is 7.9mm. But it’s actually not that large also as it is said that Mate 8 is smaller than an IPhone 6+ by 1mm in height. Mate 8 is the best 6-inch 1080p touchscreen smartphone in the market with full HD resolution. The density of the phone is 368 pixels per inch. It further has a JDI IPS-Neo LCD. The resolution screen of the Mate 8 is 1920 x 1080.
POWER PUSH: The all new Mate 8 has got HiSilicon’s new Kirin 950 SoC at its heart in its quad-core 2.3Ghz Cortex A72 and quad core 1.8GHz Cortex A53 form. Apart from Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890, this year Kirin 950 is expected to set the new benchmark in the market. It has a RAM option of ¾ GB depending on the inbuilt storage, out of which around 1.3GB is free. Internal storage also has an option of 32/64/128 GB further expandable via SD card. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with its EMUI the latest version 4.0.
CAMERA: Mostly Huawei phones are known for there excellent cameras. And they have been improving considerably over the past years. Starting from P8 to Honor 7 camera and then Nexus 6P, it has shown improvement. Even Nexus 6P camera had the best smartphone camera of 2015. It offers a rear camera of 16 megapixel with resolution of 4608 × 3456 and f/2.0 aperture for better dim light images, 0.1 second phase detection autofocus and Optical Image Stabilisation for less noisy photos. The front facing camera of Mate 8 is 8 megapixel with a resolution of 3264 × 2448 and F/2.4 aperture. But is still does not support 4K video recording and can only capture Full HD video.
OTHER INFORMATIONS: the Mate 8 has a dimension of 157.1 (h) x 80.6 (w) x 7.9 (d) mm and weighs 185g. It also has a non-removable battery power of 4000mAh. The Graphics of the ohone is powered by Mali T880MP4 GPU with a frequency of 900MHz. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/GNSS, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band 2.4 & 5GHz and microUSB2.0. Colours available for this phone are Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Space Gray. The phone features some excellent sensors such as Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor.