The Huawei Mate 8: A Huge Phone at a Small Price


If you haven’t known yet, I’m the type of person who loves to test out new gadgets and trends. If it’s newly released, you will find me doing my research or actually going to the store to test it myself! Another fact about me is that not only do I like new releases, I also happen to like testing new or different brand names not as popular as the popular Apple or Samsung. You can say that I can be a technological hipster. Well, just recently, I’ve stumbled upon a great model that I’m sure many would appreciate. Ever heard of the Huawei Mate 8?

The Huawei Mate 8 Review:

Now, Huawei isn’t the most popular manufacturers, but is slowly evolving around US and UK countries. A Chinese based company, they offer a wide variety of mobile gadgets that still offer impressive specs for those on a budget. The Huawei Mate 8, specifically, is a phablet that isn’t the most popular, but basically is one of the best choices if you like larger screens and solid specs at a fair price.

Huawei Mate 8 Design

Released in November 2015 in China, it is now available in UK countries this 2016. Not sure about US and Australian countries, though! £429, I can say it’s definitely worth the price.

It’s a successor of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, this is definitely a nice upgrade from its predecessor. Not only did they remove the word Ascend (Just to make things simpler and shorter!), but they also managed to improve on the issues that were being complained about from the Mate 7.

So upon testing the Huawei Mate 8 myself, here are a few things I noticed:


With a 6 inch screen and a smooth look, it’s got a good professional design and won’t slip off your hands. But do remember that it’s a phablet, so it probably will be a bit bulky, considering that it holds a 6-inch screen display! My only comment would be the fact that the speaker holes show, which ruins the bottom design. It comes in gold, silver, gray and brown, so you have got a lot of choices! I personally prefer the gold or silver one.

Mate 8 Performance

Its display is amazing, especially on full brightness. The colors are vivid and just right, there’s minimal noise and pixels, despite the fact that it’s a simple 1,080 option. What’s also pretty cool about the phone is that the fingerprint sensor is at the back. It may pose a problem when laying it flat on its back, but it’s actually a convenient way to unlock it, considering how you position your hand when holding the phone. It also unlocks quicker than any other phone I’ve tested!

Huawei Mate 8 Camera

A pro would also be the fact that it already comes in Android 6, so no need to upgrade it to the latest version, BUT, you won’t be able to get the complete effects of the latest version, as compared to other units. It comes with the latest features, but you wouldn’t automatically know that it’s on Android 6.

Performance wise, it’s great. No app crashes or hangs and has great specs that matches big manufacturers like Sony and Samsung, with a quad-core processor at 2.3GHz and 1.8GHz.

A nice thing about it is the fact that it’s a dual sim that uses nano sims, so you get to use other networks and is an advantage to businessmen or people with family members who use different networks. The con here is that if you’d like extra space, you’ll need to sacrifice the second sim slot for the micro SD card. Speaking of storage, it comes in 32GB at 3GB of RAM and 64GB at 4GB RAM, and the pre-installed apps don’t take up much space, which is good.

The camera? Quality! Also very simple and quick to take photos with auto sensor. It’s also got a lot of options to choose from. I would say it’s a nice upgrade compared to its predecessor. A problem would be the blur, though. It blurs easily with slight movement, so it’s something that should be improved on. But even then, night mode still gave me quality photos. A tip would be not to use too much of the beauty option for your rear camera.

Battery life is strong, even if I did use the phone a lot. With a 4,000mAh battery, it lasts for a whole day with heavy usage. Its speakers don’t look good at the bottom, but they do pack a punch and are very powerful, though a bit tinny when on full blast.

Huawei Mate 8 Cons

Two words: Emotion UI. The latest feature from Google isn’t that impressive and can cause a bit of an issue. It’s hard to find apps because of its different look and also because it’s on different pages. It’s nice that it’s on Android 6, but it would have been also nice to have a choice to stick with the stock software instead. But it does help with battery life!

Other than the issue with camera blur and the speakers, I would say that there’s nothing to complain about!

Final Verdict


All in all, I can say that it is a great phone to own and while it isn’t a Samsung or Sony, it’s definitely something that can compete with it, with similar specs and functions. It’s one of the best phablets you can purchase on a budget and a huge improvement compared to the Huawei Ascend Mate 7. Whether you’re using it for business or personal reasons, the Huawei Mate 8’s functions will definitely be deemed useful for you. If you’re based in US or Australia, you may be able to purchase it online or be updated with its official release in Huawei’s website. In a nutshell, if you’re looking for a great phone with a big screen, great specs and at an affordable price, you won’t go wrong with the Huawei Mate 8.