Huawei’s Mate 8 – A Worthy Competitor To Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7?

Is Huawei’s Mate 8 a David against the Samsung’s Goliath? Here’s what we think of the Chinese company’s current flagship phablet.
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Published: Thursday, August 11th 2016
General
Samsung has recently unveiled their latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 7, but it's by no means the only large screen device out there. In January 2016, Huawei took to CES in Las Vegas to unveil their latest (and greatest) large screen handset, the Mate 8.  As the successor to the often underrated Mate 7 (which is a fantastic large screen handset), the Mate 8 had large shoes to fill.  Looking for low-cost cellphone contracts? Let the Guru help you.  Huawei has proven to be a fierce competitor in the high-end smartphone market, but as yet has not gained recognition for their phablet devices, something they hope to change with the Mate 8. Is it a worthy competitor for the Note 7? Here's what you need to know huaweimate8mocha

Design

Huawei stepped up their design with the launch of the Mate S at IFA 2015 in Berlin. The Mate 8 continues this refined design approach with a slim, full metal body which makes it feel better in your hand than its predecessor, the Mate 7. This is thanks to the barely-there side bezels and the slight curve n the back of the handset which makes it more ergonomic. The front of the device is dominated by  the 6-inch display and the Huawei logo adorning the bottom bezel of the device below the display, with a front-facing camera above the screen. On the left-hand side of the device is the volume rocker as well as the power button, with the SIM/ SD Card slot tray on the right-hand side. The 3.5mm earphone jack (yes they still have an earphone jack) occupying the top of the device and a micro-USB port occupying the bottom edge along with a speaker grill. Check out Android Authority's review of the Huawei Mate 8 below.

Chipset

Huawei, like Samsung, make their own chips for their handsets (Samsung uses its Exynos chipset in some of its devices, the Note 7 which launches locally on 1 September 2016 will be using the Samsung chip instead of the Snapdragon which will be available in international models). The Mate 8 is the first device to use Huawei’s own Kirin 950 chipset. According to Huawei, the new chipset is said to boost performance and increase battery life with the company claiming a full 2 days of usage on a single charge (the massive 4000mAh battery helps out as well). In initial use at the global launch, performance on the handset was fast with no lagging or stuttering at all, which means no waiting for websites to load or apps to load (which is really handy when it comes to opening the camera app in a hurry). Check out Android Authority's review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 below.

Camera

While not in the same league as the dual-camera setup on its P9 series, the camera on the Mate 8 is certainly no slouch. Pictures are vibrant and full of colour with indoor shots not showing as much noise as those taken on previous generation Huawei devices. Lowlight images are still not wonderful unfortunately, however they are better than lowlight images taken by the average smartphone. If selfies are your thing then you're going to love the 8MP front-facing camera on the Mate 8. Selfies are vivid and full of colour and they're going to make you want to ask who the fairest of them all is (it's you just in case you were wondering). Mate 8 fingerprint

Security

Huawei is a market leader when it comes to fingerprint scanners with the company producing some of the easiest to use, and fastest, scanners available on any handset. "The circular fingerprint sensor improves the effective identification area by 10 percent. In addition, the fingerprint friction ridge matching has three levels of security, providing a higher level of protection for users. The new sensor design also increases the unlock speed by 100 percent" says the company.

Overview

Huawei's Mate 8 has a lot going for it, a beautiful full HD large display, impressive fingerprint scanner and two-day battery life. It also has the rather nifty feature of scrolling screenshot, which allows you to take a screenshot while scrolling up or down on the display and to capture as one image. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 goes just that little bit further. It features an iris scanner (as well as a fingerprint scanner), a dual-curved super AMOLED display, an IP68 rating making it both water and dust proof as well as the increasingly powerful S-Pen. It certainly seems like Samsung has Huawei beat in the phablet category but it's important to note that the Mate 8 was released at the beginning of 2016 while the Note 7 only goes on sale in South Africa on 1 September. The other thing that needs to be factored in is that the price for Samsung's latest Galaxy has not yet been announced which means that the R12 999 price tag for the Mate 8 could make it the best option for you. After all, you might like big screens and you cannot lie, but cost is almost always the deciding factor isn't it.