The Huawei Mate 8 is both powerful and affordable.
SIM Dual Nano-SIM // Processor 64-bit Kirin 950 octa-core processor // Connectivity 3.5mm audio jack, Micro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth Low Energy // Memory 3GB RAM // Storage 32GB (expandable via microSD up to 128GB using SIM 2 slot) // Battery 4,000mAh // Dimensions 80.6 (W) x 7.9 (D) x 157.1 (H) mm // Weight Approx. 185g // Warranty 1-year // Contact Huawei Malaysia // Telephone 1 800 22 0086 // URL consumer.huawei.com/my Huawei, the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, is back with a new flagship device for 2016, and it's simply called the Mate 8. The stakes are definitely high for Huawei's latest flagbearer, which, without a silver of a doubt, will be thoroughly compared against its immediate South Korean adversary, the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. So, does it have what it takes to steal the spotlight away from the reigning crowd favorite? Let's dig in and find out.
The first thing you'll notice about the Mate 8 is its gargantuan 6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display, which has a pixel density of 367 ppi. While it's not the best in its class – considering that the Galaxy S7 edge is equipped with a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display – we're nonetheless still more than happy with its overall sharpness and pleasantly vibrant colors.
Flip the Mate 8 over, and you'll be greeted by its 16MP f/2.0 rear shooter, whose IMX298 image sensor comes courtesy of none other than Sony. We've spent quite a fair bit of time putting the camera through its paces, and we're glad to report that it worked like a charm. Whether it's under the harshness of direct sunlight or in the dimmest of bars, the Mate 8's rear camera never failed to deliver sharp and detailed images with minimal noise and accurate colors – even when you're casually snapping away with one hand, M AY 2 0 1 6 | HWM 99