Huawei Mate 8
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix f/2.4
Average of 23 scores (from 39 reviews)
Reviews for the Huawei Mate 8
Fast and enduring. Huawei wants to enter the high-end competition with a 6-inch display and a brand-new SoC. We put the Mate 8 through our lab tests to see if this is a success.
Source: PC Perspective
The market for an unlocked $499 smartphone is very crowded, and there is stiff competition from not just other handset makers, but HUAWEI itself with the Nexus 6P at the same $499 (or probably less, very soon). I would personally choose the 6P as I have been a Nexus user since the introduction of the Nexus 4, but this Mate 8 is geared more toward the phablet (i.e. Galaxy Note) crowd. In the phablet space the Mate 8 makes a very good impression, and offers solid performance from its relatively unknown SoC (which just happens to be powered by the most current ARM cores).
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/26/2016
Source: PC Authority
Huawei has hit a home run with the Mate 8. It's not the top-of-the-line premium phone from the company, though to anyone on the street it certainly looks the goods. Excellent specifications (apart from the screen) and good build and materials make it one to consider, and perhaps save a couple of hundred dollars over a competitor device.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: GSM Arena
The Huawei Mate 8 may very well be the best 6-inch smartphone you can pick up today, but that's only if you are after a 6-inch smartphone specifically. The phone certainly makes a very compelling case for itself. It starts with the display, which boasts high contrast and exceptional sunlight legibility for an LCD panel. Battery life is nothing short of amazing either. Its processor packs all the punch you need and then a lot more.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 100% display: 90% mobility: 100% workmanship: 80% emissions: 80%
Source: Ubergizmo English
Huawei has certainly carved a very interesting segment for itself with the Mate 8, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the competition will react to it. Right now, the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 does a fair job of competing in battery capacity and has better graphics speed. However, the Mate 8 beats the Droid Turbo 2 in raw CPU speed, has better overall system performance, Android 6.0 and an even larger battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/17/2016
Source: Hot Hardware
The Huawei Mate 8 was a breath of fresh air for us in a number of areas. First, though you might be fooled by its more mainstream 1080p resolution, its display is actually quite impressive, offering great vibrance, brightness and color accuracy. Also, the Mate 8 handled very well, always feeling snappy no matter what we threw at it, evening taking top honors in some of our CPU-centric benchmarks, though offering only mid-level graphics performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/16/2016
There are two words to describe the Mate 8: performance and battery. If those are the two most important things to you, get the Mate 8. Simple as that. Looking at the complete package, the Mate 8 is not a perfect phone. Many people will clamor for the excellent performance and battery life, but there are things that will get annoying over time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/05/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Android Authority
The Nexus 6P is available unlocked through the Google Store and through select retailers globally, priced at $499 for the base model. On the other hand, the Huawei Mate 8 is not offered in North America, though it is avaliable in Europe and parts of Asia. For those interested in picking it up in the US, the good news is that the Mate 8’s variety of bands means it will play nicely with US LTE networks. You can find imported international models for around $600 on Amazon, alongside a number of other e-tailers.
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 02/05/2016
Source: 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.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 01/28/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/28/2016
Source: GSM Arena
The Huawei Mate 8 may very well be the best 6-inch smartphone you can pick up today. But it is the specific stipulations in that wording that hide a few caveats. For one, Huawei's largest phablet this season is among a select few flagships that venture past the 5.7-inch mark. And that's another way of saying there aren't any others. So if you want that particular pairing of largest diagonal with current, powerful hardware, the Mate 8 simply is the one phone to get.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/27/2016
Source: PC 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.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Trusted Reviews
The Mate 8 is a nice looking phone with great battery life and strong performance. But, it’s seriously let down by awful software and an inconsistent camera. Personally, if you’ve got £430 to spend and you want a large screened Android phone I wouldn’t go for the Mate 8.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
But that’s not saying the Mate 8 doesn’t have a place in the world. Big screens, big processors and huge batteries are very appealing to a certain kind of buyer – the same kind of buyer that can easily get around the software shortcomings of EMUI by installing custom software of his or her own. When you factor in its staggering endurance and never-ending feature list, the Mate 8 becomes the new import alternative for a new kind of customer: the road warrior/power user combo, or “Power Warrior.”
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 90%
Source: Android Authority
There you have it – Huawei’s latest flagship ticks a lot of the right boxes but some of its gremlins from the past still remain; we’ve always known that Huawei’s hardware is fantastic but the most surprising thing about the Mate 8 has to be just how poorly optimised the software actually is. Yes, it’s more than satisfactory if you’re willing to adjust to it, but with so many flagship devices to choose from, EMUI v4.0 may prove to be a step too far for many users.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 90%
Source: Phone Arena
Huawei’s sudden surge is evident, there’s just no arguing how they’ve turned things around in just a year. The Huawei Mate 8 is yet another device in their portfolio that shows that they’re not backing down anytime soon, as it’s quickly establishing itself as a premium phablet with Marshmallow on board. In all fairness, there are several great things about the handset, like its premium all-metal design, long-lasting battery life, and exceptionally quick processing performance, but at the end of the day, its high price point makes it a tough sell.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Expert Reviews
If it wasn't for its hopeless camera and Huawei's Emotion UI, the Mate 8 would be an excellent phablet for anyone still waiting for Samsung to release its Galaxy Note 5. At £429 SIM-free, it's also relatively cheap for its size, costing less than the Nexus 6P. However, when the Nexus has a vastly superior camera, better battery life and an even more attractive display, there's simply no competition. If you're in the market for a big screen smartphone, the Nexus 6P is still our phablet of choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Legit Reviews
The Huawei Mate 8 isn’t the perfect end-all smartphone on the market, but it’s pretty solid on both paper and when tested in the real world. The fact that you can’t buy it in many countries is a bummer as is the fact that it costs €600 for the Huawei Mate 8 standard version. At ~$650 USD that puts this phablet in a rather crowded premium market. The Google Nexus 6P, also made by Huawei, is priced 23% lower at $499.00 shipped when purchased at Amazon. The Nexus 6P might have a smaller battery, screen, and less powerful 12MP camera, but it also runs Android 6.0 and even sports a USB Type-C connector. You also have the Xiaomi Mi 5 powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC coming out next month that appear like they will be competitive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/10/2016
As we come to the end of the review I’m rather pleased with what Huawei was able to do with the Mate 8. Design-wise this is still very clearly a Mate device and fully embraces the form-factor and industrial design established by the Mate 7. This is clearly a large phone as the 6” screen is of the biggest on the market, and certainly one of the only devices of its size competing in the very high-end segment.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/05/2016
Source: GSM Arena
At its CES 2016 press conference, Huawei went on to showcase three devices - a phone, a tablet, and a smartwatch. The Mate 8 phone sees its international launch, the Mediapad M2 10 is a new device entirely, while the Huawei Watch Elegant and Jewel are two new editions of the Huawei Watch this time with the ladies in mind specifically. Huawei spoke at length how much its brand awareness has gone up around the world and that it has become the #3 smartphone maker worldwide. With ambitions to jump over Apple and take #2, of course. Flagships like the Huawei Mate 8 and the Nexus 6P will help raise awareness and push sales even further.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2016
Source: Computerbild - 3/2017
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 98%
Source: Computerbild - Heft 11/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 88%
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Connect - Heft 5/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 86%
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Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 72% performance: 99% features: 93% display: 94% mobility: 83%
Source: Android Mag DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/14/2016
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/23/2016
Source: MobiFlip DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 90% features: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100%
Source: Turn On DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/26/2016
Source: Teltarif DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/19/2016
Rating: Total score: 95% features: 90% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 95%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 94% performance: 94% features: 98% display: 93% mobility: 94%
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Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 94%
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget ES→EN
Positive: Premium design; fast fingerprint sensor; nice performance; good connectivity. Negative: Poor cameras; weak hardware; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/24/2017
Source: Descargar.mobi ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; long battery life; beautiful design; good performance; fast charging technology; decent cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/07/2016
Source: Tech Different IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 85%
Model: Huawei's 6-inch, metal premium smartphone – Mate 8 - is runs the recent Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This solid and sleek phone is all about better and long lasting battery performance. The impressive 4000 mAh battery can last for a number of days during light usage, when it is coupled with the Android 6.0's Toss in the Doze feature. The smartphone comes with a 16 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. Therefore, it is able to capture nice photos in most of the lighting environments. Moreover, the phone implements a fingerprint scanner on the rear side, which is working as perfect as users can imagine. The position is just almost similar to the index finger on either hand.
While the 6 inch screen is suitable for users who want to browse on a bigger screen, it might not be comfortably to hold for small-pawed folks. Besides, its dim 1920 x 1080 screen resolution adds flaw into this phone's overall rating too. The pleasure is still there but its brightness has a room for improvement, especially when watching the HD videos as well as viewing any high resolution pictures. With all its novel and interesting features, it currently stands on an expensive price tag for users.ARM Mali-T880 MP4: Mobile graphics solution for tablets and smartphones, which can be found in ARM SoCs like the HiSilicon Kirin 950. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Kirin 950: ARM based octa-core SoC containing four Cortex-A72 cores for performance tasks and four Cortex-A53 cores to save power. Furthermore, the SoC integrates an LTE radio and a ARM Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Huawei: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company founded in 1987 with focus on telecommunications hardware and 170000 employees. In the first quarter of 2016, Huawei had a market share of 8.2% in the smartphone market, making it the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Compared to the same quarter of 2015, Huawei increased its market share by more than 58%.
In 2014, Huawei created the sub brand Honor and offers certain smartphone series under this name. The name Huawei is usually not listed for these products.
There are a lot of reviews on Huawei phones with slightly above average ratings (as of 2016).
85.54%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.