You can leave all the neg­a­tive mis­con­cep­tions you have to­wards China-made smart­phones at the front door, as the Huawei G8 ex­udes both qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity.

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Pro­ces­sor 1.50GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 615 // GPU Adreno 405 // Con­nec­tiv­ity 3.5mm au­dio jack, Mi­cro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/, Blue­tooth 4.0, NFC // Mem­ory 3GB RAM, 32GB in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able via mi­croSD to 128GB) // SIM Card Type 2x nano SIM // Di­men­sions 152.5 (L) x 76.5 (W) x 7.5 (T) mm // Weight 167g (w/ bat­tery) // Bat­tery 3,000mAh Li-ion // Con­tact Huawei Malaysia // War­ranty 1-year // Tele­phone 1 800 22 0086 // URL con­sumer. huawei.com/my Just last month, we re­viewed the Huawei Mate S – a de­vice that we thought to be plenty pow­er­ful and fea­ture-packed, but priced a lit­tle too am­bi­tiously for the av­er­age Joe. If you like what the Mate S has to of­fer, and are will­ing to com­pro­mise some of its fea­tures for a more bud­get­friendly de­vice, you can al­ways con­sider the Huawei G8, which is es­sen­tially a light­weight ver­sion of the Mate S.

As with most pre­mium smart­phones th­ese days, the G8 is built pri­mar­ily out of metal. We say pri­mar­ily and not en­tirely, be­cause there are still some sub­tle traces of non-metal ma­te­rial on the face of the de­vice. Not much of a deal­breaker, re­ally, as the G8 al­ready feels like an in­cred­i­bly solid de­vice as it is. It looks great too, thanks to its rounded, 7.5mm-thin chas­sis and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing shiny, cham­fered edges.

De­spite be­ing mar­keted as a midrange de­vice, the G8 is ac­tu­ally fit­ted with pretty de­cent hard­ware. It has a bright and vi­brant 5.5-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) dis­play, a 1.5GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 615 octa-core pro­ces­sor, an Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able via mi­croSD to 128GB), and a non-re­mov­able 3,000mAh Li-ion bat­tery. On the soft­ware side of things, the G8 runs on Huawei's own EMUI 3.1 user in­ter­face on top of An­droid 5.1 Lol­lipop.

We didn't en­counter any per­for­mance is­sues dur­ing the weeks we spent with the G8, though it did show­case

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The 13MP rear shooter of the Huawei G8 does a pretty re­spectable job at cap­tur­ing sharp, vi­brant, and noise-free pho­tos. You might want to thank its op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­lizer for that.

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