Phones Huawei Mate 8

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    Picked up a Huawei Mate 8.
    Just got it setup with my apps and music. I will post feedback in a day or so.
    This a a big phone. But it is a very nice to hold. It is about as big and my 6P.
    Very fast and responsive. The build is right there with the Nexus 6P.
    I got the Huawei Mate 8 NXTL29 model Mocha/Gold 64GB
    It has 6 inch display
    16MP Camera
    4GB Ram
    4000 mAh battery
    Dual Sim with SD Card
    Here are a few pics....

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    NICE!!!! Can't wait for your review.
     
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    Let us know what you think about EMUI. Mostly I hear it is basically a 6P with a busted OS. But I do think that was mostly reviews of the international version.
     
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    Amazon has them now. In a few weeks availability will be much better as will color choice.

    I'm eager but waiting patiently to buy the configuration I want. After long stints with other 6.0" Androids, experience has taught me that the gorgeous 6.0" display is the absolute perfect size for me.
     
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    Quick observations:

    If you like the Nexus 6P you will like this phone as well. They changed a few things from the 6P. The wake/lock and volume buttons have been moved. They make more sense on the Mate 8. I haven't accidentally turned the volume down like I do on the 6P when picking ip up from a flat surface.
    The phone is blazingly fast and responsive.
    It came with Android 6.01 so that is nice. But the overlay EMUI....is taking a lot of getting used to. It is smooth and fast but some of the settings are buried and hard to find so far. It also comes without an app drawer.
    I want to give EMUI a try so resisting the urge to instal Nova....
     
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    Someone needs to hide the credit cards where they can never find them, lol! You're giving MRU a run for his money, literally. Lol.
     
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    Congrats! This seems like a fantastic device, Huawei went all out with this as they did with the Mate 7, which was also quite the powerhouse even to this day.

    I feel like the Huawei Mate phablets are the only true Galaxy Note competitors, they are just as feature packed and no-compromise type devices (excl. Note5).
     
  10. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    Huawei Mate 8 Dual Sim NXT-L29


    I was impressed with the Nexus 6P enough to try the Huawei Mate 8.

    Since they are both made by Huawei, You will se them compared to each other a lot in this review.

    Here are the specs from GsmArena

    http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_mate_8-7239.php

    6 inch display, 16MP camera, 4GB Ram, 4000 mAh battery, SD Card


    Initial observations:


    This is a big phone. It has a 6 inch display and is all metal like the Nexus 6P. But it is a little shorter than the 6P but little wider and thicker as well. The color is a mocha/gold and is very nice. Not too bling or shiny.

    First impressions are very good. I am quite impressed with the feel in my hand. The build quality is every bit as good as the Nexus 6P.


    It comes with Android 6 with an overlay called EMUI 4. I gotta be honest here this takes some getting used to. It is both nice and frustrating at the same time. It buries some settings so deep i had to look them up to find them. Then it offers features that I would like to see on other phones as well. I still can’t find how to get SOT from the battery manager :)

    Set up was a breeze restoring apps and settings from my Nexus 6P. Love that feature!

    By default the EMUI overlay does not have an app drawer. This is a first for me on an Android phone.

    I am forcing myself to use this phone without using Nova as my launcher.:)


    Battery life is more than impressive! I charged it the first day to 100%. Since then it has been 27 hours as my daily driver and it is still at 49%! Very very impressive. It has been a mixture of WiFi and cell service at work and home. I have used it just as normal as I would any other phone i have.

    So far the Mate 8 has dethroned the iPhone 6s+ as battery king for me.

    Sadly in EMUI i cannot find a way to get SOT. It does give a detailed use of apps and battery consumption but ti does not give the display consumption.


    The speed and overall performance is right there with the Nexus 6P.

    I do like the wake/lock and volume buttons placement


    In testing the camera...i would rate it right there with the Nexus 6P

    Not quite as good as my 6s+ and not close to my S7 edge. But still a good camera.


    I am impressed with the Mate 8 and its build quality and craftsmanship. It is a very nice phone. The performance has been awesome. It is very fast and responsive with no lag or slowness at all.


    But it is a big thick heavy phone. it is thicker and heavier than the Nexus 6P but a little shorter.


    One thing to note about the Mate 8 is that because of the internals, there is hardly any development over at XDA. I could only find a couple of devs working on anything for the Mate 8. I would love love to see CyanogenMod 13 on this phone.

    But I am not sure that will happen.

    Anyway let me know if you have any questions or if I left anything out! :)
     
  11. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Is the Mate 8 and the Mate S the same device ? Someone offered me a Mate S a few weeks back cheap and I knocked them back presuming it was just a cheap Chinese android, but now thinking I could have been hasty.
     
  12. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    It is not the same phone.
     
  13. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Oh cool. Thanks. :)
     
  14. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    I think it used to be the Ascend Mate line but they dropped the prefix :)
     
  15. mclld macrumors 68000

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    The no app drawer would not work, I would have a launcher on that asap but the battery life has my attention for sure. That is my number one thing for a phone
     
  16. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I'm using my s7e without the app drawer and haven't missed it. Felt strange initially and couple days later actually began enjoying not having one and having only one area to arrange apps rather than the duplication of arranging apps on home screens and app drawer management.
     
  17. mclld macrumors 68000

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    I use one home screen and three folders. One folder for games, one for Google apps and the third for the few apps I use.
     
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    Can you add folders within folders on your S7e without and app drawer? The Mate 8 won't let me do that. It would be great to be able to nest folders.
     
  19. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    No you can't do that on the S7e either.
     
  20. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    The Mate 8 has been amazing so far. Battery life is now going on 2 days and it is at 27%
    My only complaints so far is the size of this beast and the EMUI overlay really takes some getting used to.......

    I forgot to mention the fingerprint scanner. It is the same as the Nexus 6P. Very fast and accurate. The FP unlocks and opens to the home page. I really like the round FP scanners on the Nexus 6p, Mate 8 and 6s+
     
  21. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah looking at the photo in the other thread it looks like a giant of a phone. As big as the Nexus 6 and I found that a bit too big.
     
  22. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    Yeah it is just as wide as the N6 but heavier though because of the all metal build.
     
  23. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Aww that sucks, the N6 was just a little too wide for me
     
  24. jamezr thread starter macrumors G4

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    Here is the specs..it is not quite as wide as the N6 but really close....

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    http://mobiledevicesize.com/compare/
     
  25. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Wow that's a stunning phone. Does it have all AT&T and Tmobile bands for use in the US? I'm impressed with how tiny the bezels are. Is there a root out for it yet? Might be something nice to put vanilla Android on.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 27, 2016 ---
    Just read up a bit on it, it's only a 1080p screen and only shoots 1080p video, bleh. The side bezels also aren't as narrow as I thought, as the screen doesn't stretch all the way to the silver/gold frame, but has a bit of non screen bezel in between there. Still, the top and bottom bezels are super nice. But I think I'd just spend a little bit more and go with the 6p and get the better specs.
     

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