After having a hands on the recently launched Huawei Mate 8 in Harare, I can certainly say the word stunning falls short of what the new flagship is capable of doing. If I’m to coin a new description it is simply a beast entangled in beauty. You may watch the full live video here
Quiet often a smartphone has to be specifically for certain types of people mainly low end and high end, but these days few models are being released with low end market in mind fixing the market in the high end yet still there is an amazing gap in the same category.
By Toneo T Rutsito
High end smartphones are either for those who want something expensive and slick or for those who want real power and graphics under the hood with all technical specifications tuned up to the needs of a heavy user. Amazingly the Huawei Mate 8 has perfectly managed to combine the same beauty and prowess together.
What you will definitely love from the new smartphone is the amazing and all powerful selfie camera technology with an amazing back camera resolution, the fingerprint security technology, powerful processor with enough space to record or download and battery life that will take you through the day.
The selfie camera is outstanding feature even in low lit, it flashes its own LCD for perfect pictures while In daylight the camera will rule the roost, at night or in direct sunlight (or even incandescent or tungsten lighting), it’s easy enough to see what’s on the display as long as the brightness is set to full and auto brightness is turned off.
Huawei has one of the strongest design languages in the industry. The metal finish at 7.9mm thick, is most definitely premium in the hand and the precise curves and gradient of the rear provide the handset with its ergonomic feel.
They redefined slickness in a metal covered smartphone that carries in various colours and body grooves to improve firmness in palms while carefully carving all the edges with slickness and neatly placing the back camera right on top of the finger print sensor.
Android community reports that the backside of the phone is where Huawei’s design language used to stand out from the competition; dating back as far as 2013 and the Mate 7, Huawei has dabbled in metal on its flagship devices and at the time, the company (alongside HTC) was leading the pack.
Most techies would quickly want to know what’s under the hood of the new Huawei Mate 8, and their latest Zimbabwean offering did not disappoint with a massive octacore processor, hence 8 separate processing instances running on 4gb RAM which can even take head on heavy graphics game or demanding apps without hanging or freezing.
Once you get hold of the new Mate 8 , the graphics display screen is an amazing crystal clear 6 inch display screen with 1080 x 1920 pixels which brings vivid images in your palms. Display pixels say a lot about your screen display quality and picture density.
Unfortunately, the Huawei-made Nexus 6P became the first Huawei-made smartphone to offer QHD resolution running on 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution, the Mate 8 falls short of this on display but still beats many other flagship smartphone in the market.
The 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing camera is a tool of nothing but show off to kill off most of the competition that will beg your friends to use your phone for any public photo shooting event. But make sure there isn’t anyone with Google Nexus 6P or Samsung Galaxy Note 5,
Just below the rear camera, there is a feature that Huawei has become superb in delivering: the fingerprint sensor. From the square sensor in the Mate 7 to the gesture-enabled Honor 7, the ultra fast sensor on the back of the Nexus 6P and now, the scanner in the Mate 8, it’s clear that Huawei understands fingerprint scanners and the Mate 8 is no different.
While it doesn’t have all the gestures found in the Honor 7 and Mate S, it’s definitely up there with the best fingerprint sensors on the market.
The technology allows to set your finger print using different angles about all four and the magic comes is when you only tap a certain angle to unlock in less than a second without any need to fully depress your finger.
The battery is a 400maH and can safely last your day plus, which charges to around 35% in thirty minutes, However, while the presence of rapid charging is certainly welcome, the Mate 8 doesn’t support Quick Charge 2.0 so you’ll need to use the included charger in the box to get the faster charging speeds.
The Mate 8 is a dual SIM both GSM, smartphone that accepts two Nano-SIM. Unfortunately it does not support CDMA network, Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, 3G, 4G) Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, and Gyroscope.
Running all these specs is a beast octacore processor, HiSilicon Kirin 950 CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53 running on graphics processor of GPU Mali-T880 MP4 sitting on 4GB RAM. The storage capacity varies from 32 g to 64 which can be extended up to 128Gb on microSD