Huawei hasn’t taken a long break after releasing the Nexus 6P for Google. The big search engine company is choosing wisely its collaborators, it promotes them and after that, everyone wants to get their hands on the new products. Google is to “blame” for the ascension of LG and Motorola and now Huawei is following in their steps. Check out its latest phablet, the Mate 8, which has been released in November.
Designs And Displays
The Mate 8 is Huawei’s most advanced flagship smartphone, featuring a premium metallic construction (the alloy is based on aerospace-grade aluminum) with a 2.5D curved diamond-cut glass, but the screen that measures 6-inch (IPS-NEO LCD) supports only a Full HD resolution and it’s not too sharp with its pixel density of 368ppi. The dimensions of the device are 157.1×80.6×7.9mm, it weights 185grams and the available colors for its back are Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Mocha Brown and Space Gray. Also, below the rear camera sits a fingerprint scanner which will authorize your online purchases.
The Nexus 6P was released two months earlier and its design was inspired by the Huawei Ascend P8, meaning that it has an anodized aluminum back with a wide horizontal band at the top, but it’s lightly protruding and has a glossy effect. Also, the sides are curved, not sharp as on the other device, while the available colors for the metal back are Graphite, Aluminum and Frost. The Nexus 6P is shorter and slimmer, measuring 159.3×77.8×7.3mm, while it weights 178grams. The screen has a diagonal of 5.7-inch and it uses Samsung’s AMOLED technology, which provides more vibrant colors, but it’s also sharper with a QHD resolution which gives a pixel density of 518ppi. If you haven’t found yet, the screen is made of 3D curved glass. Also, on the back of the smartphone is placed the Nexus Imprint scanner, which supports Android Pay.
Huawei has perfected its Kirin line of processors and currently, the HiSilicon Kirin 950 model (built using a 16nm process) with four cores running at 2.3GHz and four cores clocked at 1.8GHz is much faster than Qualcomm’s 20nm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor formed from four cores clocked at 1.55GHz and four cores clocked at 2GHz. The Kirin 950 obtained a score of 83,000 on AnTuTu and that’s because it’s also coupled with an i5 coprocessor. Also, the Mate 8 supports 3GB of RAM, but it’s paired with the variant with 32GB of storage, while the other two variants with memories of 64GB or 128GB support 4GB of RAM. The good news is that you can expand the smaller versions up to 128GB, using the SIM 2 slot. The Nexus 6P houses 3GB of RAM and offers three variants of internal memories: 32/64/128 GB, none of them being expandable.
Cameras and Batteries
The Mate 8 received a 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor with OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 1/2.8′ sensor size, but it’s not capable to record 4K videos. Though, you’ll be very satisfied with the 8MP secondary camera.
The Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP Sony IMX377 sensor which performs admirably in low light conditions, taking brighter images. It supports laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and 1.55µm pixel size, and it’s also capable of recording 4K videos. The front camera is also 8MP.
The battery of the Nexus 6P is very big at 3,450mAh, but its capacity is surpassed by the battery of the Mate 8, which supports 4,000mAh.
The new Huawei Mate costs $480, $590 and $700, depending on the chosen configuration. The Nexus 6P costs $499, $549 and $649, according to its variants of internal storage.