First released in November 2015, the phone runs on the Android operating system, which is currently the most popular platform on the market. Given that the phone is only a year old, it should be able to run the most recent apps and software just fine. The Mate 8 comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is the newest Android version available. Emotion, by Huawei, runs on top of Android on this device, offering a customized experience.
Camera Rating: A+
The Mate 8 has a 16 megapixel rear (primary) camera, which will capture high quality images. Its 8 megapixel front camera makes it a great choice for selfies. It can capture 1080p high definition video with its primary camera, which is second only to 4K in terms of recording quality.
The camera’s max lens aperture size on the Huawei Mate 8 is about average for smartphones. This isn’t a huge factor, but some photo enthusiasts may prefer larger apertures for shallow depth of field photos, or fast action shots.
Optical image stabilization means that this smartphone’s camera is particularly good at taking videos and images even if the camera isn’t perfectly still. It will actually offset slight movements of the camera lens to capture smooth images.
Display Rating: A+
The Mate 8 has a 6.0 inch display, which is very large for a phone released in 2015. Because its screen is over 5.3 inches, this phone also qualifies as a phablet. This also means that for most users, the phone will be difficult to use with one hand when compared to phones with smaller screens.
The screen has a resolution of 1,920 pixels by 1,080 pixels, making it a 1080p HD screen. Display sharpness can be measured in the density of pixels per square inch of screen, and at 367 PPI, it’s 1.2 times sharper than the average phone released in the past 12 months.
Battery Rating: A
The Mate 8 has an advertised talk time of 18 hours, which is significantly longer than 10 hours, the average of phones released in the past year. In terms of battery capacity, which is the actual electric charge the battery holds, this phone can hold 4,000mAh, a massive battery capacity for a smartphone released in 2015.
Dimensions & Design: Thinner Than Most with a Very Heavy Body
The phone’s metal body is 157.10 mm high, 80.60 mm wide, and has a depth of 7.90 mm, 10% thinner than the average smartphone released in the last 12 months. In fact, it’s thin enough to have a case and still be thinner than an average phone.
With a weight of 185 grams, it’s much heavier than most smartphones its size. The extra mass is due to this phone’s massive battery for its size.
Processor and Memory
The Mate 8 houses an octa-core Huawei Hi Silicon Kirin 950 system on a chip. Its CPU runs at 2.3 GHz, which is much higher than average for a smartphone processor.
With 3 GB of RAM, the Mate 8 has more memory than an average smartphone from this past year.
Large Storage Capabilities
The base model of the Mate 8 has a healthy 32 GB of internal storage for phones release in 2015, making it an ideal choice for users looking to have a lot of music, videos, and pictures on the go. If 32 GB isn’t enough, there are other size options, or you can increase its storage an additional 128 GB with a microSD card.