Coming from Galaxy S-series I have to say that Mate is on par in everyday performance, but with much less $$$. Also had shortly Xperia Z5 which was complete thrash. Well done, Huawei!
I recently got the Mate 8 (upgrading from an old iphone 3...yes I know...dark ages) and am pretty happy with the quality. The UI looks similar to the IOS so I was right at home from the get go. The phone setup took minimal amount of time and was able to get it running on T-mobile in less time than it took to drive to the local branch.
So far the phone has been great, no lag, no dropped calls etc. Battery lasts a really long time. The only issue is that the charger does not work here since the phone was not released in the US. I can charge it with other chargers but I suspect I need a special one if I want to hit the advertised 37% per 30min. Either way, I was able to plug it into the ipad brick and it gets back to full in a couple of hours.
Overall, pretty happy with my purchase. This feels like a faster version of my ipad :)
LED notification not work with Viber and WhatsApp.Focus camera in low light poor, mediocre video.
I have this phone two months now, and i would like to share my opinion, because i read a lot of comments.
Its price is high (around 600$ actual, 500-550$ looks more fair), but this might be a psychological game, since other flagships (S7,G5 etc) cost somewhere there (little bit more) as well.
Phone might look cheap and not good if its cost was lower. But in any case it deserves it.
In general, look, design and build quality is great. I think that you can hold it easier with a case, because bezzels (left/right) are narrow.
Since its camera sticks out, it isn't stable while its placed on a table. A case corrects that...
It is one of the fastest phones in every day tasks (i don't play games, so i don't know), and it gets a little bit hot only while charging (in 1 hour you get around 70%).
Screen is very good, even under bright sun, and i find FullHD resolution perfect fot its size (6"). Its excellent choice since it offers decent battery life.
Fingerprint scanner is fast and -almost always- accurate. I found speaker normal, nothing special, note that it has one speaker in the right side, i guess that left side is for microphone and symmetry reasons.
Right side buttons stick out a little bit, i have pressed power/volume button(s) by mistake a lot of times. If you put a case it gets better.
Notification led is small, not very bright, but elegant, suits with whole device. Unfortunatelly it doesn't work with Viber application.
Battery life is really great, one of the best out there (easily 2 days with "normal" use). It only stays behind in 4G surfing. (It seems that here is not that efficient.)
Signal reception is pretty good and stable, comparing to other phones.
Call/Sound quality is good, call speaker is not loud, i leave it in full even while i am indoors. Even some 20$ phones have louder call speaker, so why not to have a louder one here?
Regarding EMUI/SW i agree stock android is better option, but i think EMUI is not bad. There could be plenty of improvements in user friendly perspective (a lot of settings are hidden and hard to find).
If you have the willing to spend some time to search EMUI you will see that it offers a lot of usefull options while its fast.
Sim/SD card. You can't use both 2nd Sim and SD-card at the same time (unacceptable, i can't believe that there is no space). Stop using hybrid Sim/SD-card slots. (Add a dedicated SD-card slot!)
I left cameras for the end. Front/selfie camera is good. Rear camera is mediocre. It takes moderate photos, while video is almost bad (far away from S7 for example).
So rear camera should have been better, for its price. I haven't tried latest B320 firmware where Huawei says that there are optimizations in camera,
but i don't feel that Sony's sensor is that good. (If you are looking for a phone with good camera this is not an option.)
There are several references about battery draining (usually after upgrade). These can be fixed by restoring to factory settings. This is painful, but i don't know if there is any better option.
To sum up, mate 8 is a good phone, with prons and cons which i tried to describe above.
Thank you and sorry for big post.
I like my phone alot I had p8 max before but that was so big to carry but this one is great for sure there are some cons like some apps in google play wont work on kirin cpu but other than that rest is good.
just hope huawei release mate 9 with 3 slots two for sims and one for micro sd. I hate hybrid slots alot if they can release it with three slots like honor 5x they should release high ends like that too
[deleted post]Yeah 100% well said... every one is free to say n to share his experience . I m u can say an addicted to huawei, I love huawei phone because I never found some thing bad or unresponsive about their phone. I used Samsung note 4 and iPhone 6s but really didn't find them as good as huawei mate 8 although I used huawei low budget phone too but they never make me feel bad or unhappy . I love it and I prefer huawei phone to those and only those who understand what is good or what is bad... and huawei worth more customers no doubt
amonrei, 30 Jun 2016Battery life is the best feature of this phone. Using it without gaming can result in 8 hours ... moreBTW the software & UI is not THAT horrible. It might look like a blatant iOS ripoff but it's actually better and VERY smooth. I didn't like it at first but i got used to it and now i like it hah. And the GPU is not THAT weak. I've been gaming a heck lot on this phone and it works just fine with MAX detail on Heroes of Incredibles Tales which is running on Unreal 4 engine. The CPU, wow the CPU. The CPU is great and efficient. Just read Anandtech review to see how great the CPU is even when compared to Samsung Exynos & Snapdragon. Basically, it can run at max clock for longer time compared to last year's flagship CPUs. It's still holding strong compared even to this year's flagship CPU. Top comments favoring Note 5 and dissing Chinese phones obviously have never tried this phone. Chinese phones are improving. FAST and you Samsung fanboys who are worst than Apple fanboys better watch out.
Battery life is the best feature of this phone. Using it without gaming can result in 8 hours of screen on time very easily. Some even report up to 10 hours of screen on time and more. Size is a bit big but i got used to it. 6" is great for gaming and videos. Screen quality is good. Sound is also surprisingly loud and bassy. Camera is decent. Not the bad but not the worst. Build quality is second to none. Troll comments saying the battery sucks on this phone must be a crazy person. Very few phone can beat this phone's battery life but i'm glad OEMs are starting to put 4000+mAh battery in their phones. Even Samsung is following suit.
neel, 29 Jun 2016have you ever used huawei's phones by yourself?Yeah.
They are awesome and donot have any battery,heating,lagging and crashing problems.
Simply,they are the best phones for gaming,browsing,etc. and obviously better than laggy Samsung and laggy Apple.
All of them have a decent camera also.
I've been using my mate 8 for about a month now. i was reluctant in buying and now I'm surprised. well done. i think the developers have done their best on the hardware. the softeare on the other hand needs a lot of UI improvements. I'm truely satisfied with all aspects except the UI design specially in stuck apps like dialer or messenger.
David, 28 Jun 2016Is a free site,free contry ! Huawei pay this man for advertising .what is the ad?
i sold my oneplus 3 and bought it in mocha gold volor.
its diffrent than the picture here this picture is darker but my phone is btighter
Not all speak English, we make mistakes, for you maybe Huawei is God. Huawei mate 8 sucks(camera,notification,proximity senzor,batery...and more) .
Robert, 28 Jun 2016You're right, everyone has his opinion about Huawei phones. If the site is right will display ... moreEveryone has its own opinion.
But,at least they should be correct and your opinion about Huawei is incorrect.
Huawei's high end phones are brilliant in gaming,display,performance,gpu,browsing,etc.
mehdi Ar, 28 Jun 2016I have huawei for 3years and if I want to buy cell phone again I will buy huawei again and againYou're kidding? These are super phones ... hahaha ... maybe firecrackers!
[deleted post]First of all,your english sucks.
Then,you are mad or something like that.
Try Mate 8,P9 or P9+.
It may change your mind about huawei's high end mobiles.