The Mate 8 is the new flagship phablet from Huawei . Succeeding the Ascend Mate 7 retains 6.0-inch smartphone with the basic orientation in design and features but does in some areas to enormous. Apart from the actual SIM slot it has a second slot, one can prove with an optional microSD or SIM 2. In particular, the rate is one of the best in the dual-SIM mobile test and even dominates the benchmarks of a Galaxy S6 , said Mate 8 still a huge battery life offers. How good it is in the test and how it is reflected in the comparison to similarly positioned Samsung Galaxy A9 ? We have the XXL Phone with LTE and fingerprint sensor just looked at. The detailed report will follow shortly.
Huawei Mate 8 Dual Test / Report
  • Android 6.0
  • 6.0 inch inch display, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-Core Hi-Silicon Kirin 950 processor (4x 2.3 + 4x 1.8 GHz)


With 6-inch screen, the lifts IPS Neo display also on the now clearly become larger "standard" smartphones. Who much visible surface but does not want to pick up the pure tablet, has the Mate 8 a good option. The screen coating is the way to the curved edges rudimentary  and mediated by a touch of "edge". The actual panel is however flat - lateral arched side displays there is not. Instead 3D so only " 2.5D ". In the test, not put to the test, but good to know: Against scratches and scrapes equips Huawei Mate the 8 with Gorilla Glass 4 from.
The display has despite its size with Full HD on, while indeed offer the current Super Phones of 5-inch-class part Quad HD. But they mean 1920 × 1080 pixels on the large surface no serious disadvantage. Although a 2560x1440er screen looks even more brilliant in direct comparison, but Pixeltufen or the like could be in Mate 8 test does not detect. Who the phone so does not adhere as directly before the eyes, eg for VR applications, the pixel densityneglect (with 368 it is well above the threshold at which individual pixels from a normal viewing distance, you can still recognize it as such).
More Pluspunnkte are the (if necessary) very bright display and thanks to IPS panel authentic, also with side viewing angle color rendering. Although it is not directly part of the screen technology: By dispensing with Quad HD saves the current model, which is reflected in the long battery life. In addition, the Mate 8 the first smartphone in our comparison, the well on the home screen in the landscape mode may change when you hold it horizontally. A function in which you had wondered for a long time, when they finally someone introduces.

operating system

A premiere at Huawei: The Mate 8 comes as the first smartphone manufacturer with Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow on the market. As usual, puts the producer but not an in-house user interface above, namely Emotion UI , short EMUI in version 4.0 . As with all additional user interfaces are some special functions are integrated, which only partly a matter of taste.
  • Very useful because of the large screen, the split screen function - because on this scene you can use really loose as browser and YouTube or Office App parallel.
  • You can also the through the settings fingerprint sensor assign other functions. So you can take the shot by a touch on the sensor as in the camera app.

Mobile Internet

The Mate 8 is ideally equipped for mobile Internet in Germany: It supports all network frequencies, whether in 4G (LTE), 3G (HSPA +, UMTS) or 2G (GPRS). Unlike many China imports so no frequency band is missing. The maximum transmission speed is top: LTE Cat 6 allows up to 300 Mbit / s download speed - provided the own mobile phone contract and the power supply on site make such a high data rate at all available. LTE is only on the main SIM possible - the second card can appear only access 2G and 3G.

SIM slots

Like many current dual SIM models is the Mate 8 a so-called hybrid model. This means that in addition to the normal SIM slot, a second slot is still available - but this can only be used either for 2 SIM or a microSD memory card. So if you want to use both, must decide. Although these savings measure provides more space in the housing, which can then prove to other purposes. But look for smaller dimensions otherwise quite 2 SIMs and in addition a microSD place.

battery pack

Huawei Mate 8 Battery

Jump, allowing the battery to Mate 8 Test not - for the photo Huawei has the back removed.

With the battery Huawei is a positive surprise succeeded the Mate. 8 Although capacity over its predecessor Mate 7 is decreased by 100 mAh, the new 4000 mAh battery provides now a significantly longer standby time. For on the one hand ensure the (now almost all better phones obligatory) power-saving features, but probably the new Kirin 950 octa-core, the very efficiently retrieves apparently energy. Although each used his cell phone different, but in the test had the eight even very intensive use after just 2 days back on the grid. Who uses it cautiously, can also survive longer. And even if the battery is completely empty: after about 150 minutes they again reached full charge.
  • Very high speed
  • LTE on all German frequencies
  • Very long battery life
  • Choice of materials could be better
  • Housing could be a bit flat

Technology and mobile Details

property value
Display / Screen size 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display WQHD
resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels, 518 ppi
operating system announced Android 6.0 update to 7.0 ()
main camera 12.0 megapixels
front camera 5 megapixel
SIM 1 Nano SIM
SIM 2 Nano SIM
transmission standards LTE, UMTS, GPRS
Supported frequencies LTE / 4G: 800/1800/2600 MHz UMTS / 3G: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz GSM / 2G: 1900 MHz
processor Octa-Core 2.15 GHz
memory 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of internal memory
sensors Bullets
battery pack 3500 mAh
Dimensions 15.35 x 7.39 x 0.79 cm
weight 169 g

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