The Huawei Mate 8 is a large and powerful smartphone with excellent performance and battery life. It’s very well built and designed, and it has unique features not found on other smartphones. Huawei has built the best fingerprint sensor not found on an Apple product, and its camera is in the top tier among mobile devices.
It can also be unwieldy, and even with a dual-SIM, has trouble connecting with two major US carriers, unless you’re willing leverage Google translate to order one for China Telecomm. The display looks good on its own, but it’s a few notches below the best. We’d be able to overlook that last point if the Mate 8 wasn’t so expensive. As of this writing, it available for between $600 and $900 from various sellers online, including Huawei. That’s a flagship price range, and for that you should get the best of the best all around.
So where does that leave the Mate 8? Frequent business travelers will certainly appreciate its dual-SIM, large display, performance, and battery. The Mate 8 is a great productivity phone. AT&T and T-Mobile customers who want an extra-large smartphone should also take a look and compare it to the Note5, given that the Nexus 6 is starting to show its age.
Everyone else can sit back and wait for Huawei to release something a little more mainstream. The Mate 8 proves that Huawei has the potential to make a killer flagship smartphone.
- Great build
- Excellent performance
- Camera photo quality top notch
- Long-lasting battery
- Large phone can be unwieldy
- US carrier support limited
- Display resolution lower than other flagships