Huawei Mate 8 brings back age-old question: Does size really matter?

*This is a sponsored post by Huawei Malaysia*

Earlier in March 2016, Huawei Malaysia launched their latest Android flagship smartphone – Huawei Mate 8. The device houses a metallic unibody design, a unique Diamond cut glass and a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Huawei Mate 8 redefines design and experience, bringing about a new style for young business elites.

Huawei Mate 8

Let’s take a quick look at the specs of the Huawei Mate 8:-

  • 6″ Full HD IPS display (1920 X 1080)
  • 2.3 GHz octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 950 processor
  • Storage and Memory:-
    • Standard : 32 GB internal storage + 3 GB RAM
    • Premium : 64 GB internal storage + 4 GB RAM
  • Powered by Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” OS with EMUI 4.0 UI
  • 13 megapixel OIS rear camera; 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • 7.9 mm thin, weighing only 185 grams
  • 4,000 mAH non-removable battery
  • Connectivity : Dual SIM (nano SIM), 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Available in 2 variant :-
    • Standard : Moonlight Silver, Space Gray at RM 2.099
    • Premium : Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown at RM 2,399

For more information and specifications, check out the Huawei Mate 8 Malaysian product page HERE.

OK. Enough with the technical facts, now let’s really get into it…

 

Introducing the Mate 8 – all 6 inches of it

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’d notice that not too long ago, I got my hands on a new smartphone –Huawei Mate 8.

Having used so many devices lately, I swap between smartphones quite regularly, because… well, itchy hands. I’ve been using the Mate 8 for the last 2-3 weeks now so I got really familiar with it.

Huawei Mate 8 - Size Comparison
(L-R) Nexus 5, OnePlus One, Honor 7, Huawei Mate 8

The first thing to note, from an aethetics point of view, is the 6 inch screen.

In the past, a 6″ screen smartphone were regarded as a phablet, and sometimes too big for the average person. In today’s market of big screen device, can you really say that this Mate 8 is too big? Or just right? Even for a female with (relatively) dainty hands like me, I don’t think so.

To many people I spoke to, the 6″ form factor for a smartphone is almost the sweet spot. What with all the video viewing and improved performance for most devices of this size.

But pure size without the specs and performance to back it up, means nothing. So, let’s see how the Mate 8 fares…

 

BIG(?) but feels oh-so-nice in your hands

The Huawei Mate 8 is crafted out of ‘aerospace grade’ aluminium, giving its metallic unibody a premium finish that feels good in my hand. I have been spoilt by metal unibody design smartphones now. Everything else is truly plastic and subpar. I urge you to join me in not compromising on build material and quality of your smartphone of choice.

The design of the Mate 8 is ergonomic as well, with curved sides that just sits nicely in my palm.

Huawei Mate 8 Review

There’s a fingerprint sensor at the back, right underneath the rear camera lens, which is easy to reach with your index finger, in single handed use, regardless of whether you’re left- or right-handed.

My preference has always been rear fingerprint sensor, instead of front ones. Because, honestly, it’s just a more natural movement to scan to unlock with single hand use. Compared to holding the phone in one hand, and scanning your other thumb on the “Home” button. Am I right?

 

Visual Feast For The Eyes

Huawei Mate 8

The Mate 8 screen is a 6″ 1980 X 1080 Full HD Resolution IPS screen.

See More. Experience More. Giving you more intense viewing pleasure across maximised screen capacity, integrated into the most compact design ever – the Mate 8 boasts of 85% screen-to-body ratio and 95% colour saturation displayed through its 6-inch FHD screen.

The screen is almost full screen, with limited bezel. Meaning, from a design perspective, Huawei really maximised the screen all the way to the edge to keep the device size manageable in your hand.

In case you don’t speak tech and spec, 1980 X 1080 resolution – that’s Full HD. Big screen size with resolution and colours that pops – more screen space for your videos, pictures, e-books and website content.

 

Long Battery Life

And I mean really long battery life.

Usually I reserve battery discussions til the very end of my review. But I couldn’t resist.

This Mate 8 packs a 4,000 mAh non-removable battery inside. Because the device is bigger, it can house a bigger battery. However, bigger battery doesn’t mean it has better battery life. But in this particular case with Mate 8, it does! 🙂

And 4,000 mAh is very powerful, mind you.  The tech facts boasts that the battery gives you a whopping 28 hours of 3G talktime. 28 hours!!!!

To give you an idea of how powerful it is – the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (5.7″ screen) comes with only 3,000 mAH battery, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5″ screen) comes with 3,600 mAH battery.

So yeah – 4,000 mAH, that truly packs a punch.

Huawei Mate 8 - Battery Life

In the last 2- weeks, I average 1.5 days battery life, with moderate to heavy use, and can last a full 2-days with light to moderate use.

That’s some impressive battery life, I must say. The only other device that came close to impressing me like this was the Sony Xperia series a while back.

The Mate 8 battery also supports Fast Charging – which is another impressive feature.

 

Perfect for the ladies

Huawei Mate 8 in hand

I am not one for “Female devices”. Because the feminist in me feels it’s insulting to make a pink device and call it a “Ladies’ Edition”.

The Huawei Mate 8 doesn’t market itself with any gender skew. Because most of my male friends do the iSheep thing and just buy iPhones, I noticed Android devices are very much a ladies preference.

For me, I have to agree. As a new mom, female tech blogger and Marketing professional (*phew* I lead such a complicated life) I need a versatile device, that has no fuss features that fits into every need.

I want good camera – front and back, cos I take equal amounts of selfies and rear cam shots. I want a good strong processor, cos I always have multiple apps running concurrently with my multi-tasking lifestyle. I need good battery life, cos I need a device that last me throughout the day from being a mom at home, to heading to work in the day, to coming home to blog some more.

It’s a complex life, I tell you. And in my last weeks’ review, the Huawei Mate 8 has pretty much checked all the boxes for what I’m looking for.

 

Coming up next…

There’s a lot to cover on the features of the Huawei Mate 8 – from the Fingerprint sensor functions, to the Knuckle “Knock” on screen gestures, to the Rear and Front camera features and quality, to productivity apps and functions. I’ll cover them in upcoming posts.

In the next post, I’ll share more details on how I’ve been using the Huawei Mate 8 from work to play. And some of the great features and functionalities I absolutely love of the device. Stay tuned.

Or tell me what you want me to test on the device,any burning questions you have?