Huawei Mate 8 review
Truly a new breed of smartphone
The CES consumer electronics trade show is taking place in January 2016 and the first smartphone to be announced at the event is the Huawei Mate 8. Heading to European markets soon, the Huawei Mate 8 will be one of the most advanced smartphones on the market, ushering in a new era of smartphone technology.
The Huawei Mate 8 looks incredible with a design that oozes quality characteristics. The metallic aluminium unibody is met by a rear surface that is rich yet smoothly textured and achieved through a process of sandblasting.
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The Mate 8 is available in a set of matte tones that includes Moonlight Silver, Space Grey, Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown. These surround the 6” display which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The 2.5D diamond cut glass tapers away at the edges, giving an amazing 85% screen-to-body ratio.
Inside the Huawei Mate 8 is just as impressive. An octa-core 2.3GHz Kirin 950 processor with SmartPower technology delivers performance and energy efficiency. The advanced Graphic Processing Unit takes gaming to new levels with 20% less power consumption and 11% better performance. The i5 co-processor also reduces location-based power consumption by 70%.
The Mate 8 will become available in two memory versions. The first will have 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal memory for the user. The second is slightly more powerful with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
Phone Set Up
A variety of set up tasks greet you upon first powering on the Huawei Mate 8. The first will be to set up the fingerprint security, which now works through a redesigned fingerprint sensor that is more reliable. A circular sensor design that matches the shape of the finger and a reduced recess to get finger closer to sensor are the main advancements.
The Mate 8 has dual SIM capabilities, which some will find useful but more attractively, this phone supports more frequency bands than any other dual-SIM phone. This means that it will work overseas in far more places than most smartphones.
Business users will appreciate being able to add new contacts by using the camera to scan business cards and the phone can be connected to a car’s infotainment service with Android Auto. This gives access to contacts, playlists and real-time traffic information.
The user experience is close to perfect with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system providing exceptional functionality, with Huawei’s EMUI 4.0 user interface adding extra features and themes.
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Knuckle gestures add an extra layer of usability that really is well worth getting familiar with. Dragging a knuckle from left to right over the screen switches the display into split screen mode. Drawing a letter on the screen with a knuckle gives quick access to apps and the knuckle can additionally be used to crop and edit pictures or record the screen.
Camera & Video
The 16MP camera uses Sony’s latest lens and with two methods of auto-focus working together, images are focused upon quickly and accurately. Intelligent light-level monitoring and anti-shake technology, along with a dual-tone flash, ensure results taken in low light are bright, detailed and sharp.
Advanced camera features include the option to take a burst of 100 shots at a rate of 12 frames per second and this is a great mode for shooting fast moving action. Alternatively slow motion video can be recorded in 1080p high definition and played back at 1/4 speed.
The secondary camera is also high-end with an 8MP resolution and this can be used for taking high-quality selfies or for making video calls.
The high-capacity 4,000mAh battery is simply the best on the market today. Heavy users can expect to get 1.65 days of use from one charge, while regular users can expect to get 2.36 days of use. If you simply want to leave the phone in standby, then it will not need recharging for 22 days.
High-definition video can be played for 17 hours, navigation can be used for 20 hours and the Huawei Mate 8 can be fast charged in just 2.5 hours. If time is short then a full day’s charge can be gained in just 30 minutes.
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Aside from the high capacity of the battery, the Heartbeat Agent monitors apps and determines the optimum ratio between power use and performance, reducing overall consumption by 50%, to achieve these results.
Written by: Michael Brown