Huawei Mate 8 – Handsome on the Outside, Not so Much on the Inside

Once you take a glance at the Huawei Mate 8, you will have a gander at its most visually compelling quality – its size. For a smartphone, it is placed as one of the big ones and it is certainly going to be a difficult challenge to hold the unit with only one hand. It is also one of the most handsome-looking handsets to grace CES 2016. However, at its size, it is certainly thin which is a bit odd after the first few seconds when you pick it up. While it is handsome on the eyes, what about its software?

Huawei Mate 8 - Handsome on the Outside, Not so Much on the Inside

The Huawei Mate 8 is Certainly a Looker

The Huawei Mate 8 has a very similar look to the Mate S, so much so that both handsets almost look like twins. Both has a slightly curved back, a mostly clean phone face, and the protruding camera at the back. Those who can get their hands on the phone will notice a great attention to detail. There is the machined speaker holes to the microUSB port which certainly does impress.

Under its metal-clad body, there is an array of high-end specs. Looking at the hardware specifications on paper, your eyes may immediately be directed to the large 4,000mAh battery cell. It is also impressive to find that the phone’s display packs an FHD 1080p screen resolution.

For its looks, the Mate 8 does look like a fine smartphone. There are slight pixelation that can be spotted but only if you really, really try. Viewing angles are bright and color accuracy is great as well. Paired with a huge battery, its lower resolution display should make the phone last for a good long while.

This is also the first phone from the smartphone manufacturer to have used their new Kirin 950 chipset. It is of a quad-core setup, and recent tests proved that there are minimal to no visible lag when scrolling around the menu screens. Apps will open up almost instantly, and web pages in browsers loaded with ease. Everything about it felt smooth to the touch.

But when it comes to its software, Huawei hasn’t resolved much of the complaints in this department. While other smartphones have operating systems that have slimmed down their Android skins, Huawei seems to beef up theirs every time. Thus, things will look downright cluttered.

With the Huawei Mate 8, you will get a great looking, great feeling phone. It is still quite a shame that the software continues to be non-user-friendly. Simply put, the software brings the phone hard to recommend, especially for individuals who are new to the smartphone realm who wants a large phone.


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