Huawei Mate 8 specs

Huawei has released their biggest and baddest phone ever to the public with the new Mate 8, and the on-paper specifications look impressive.

Featuring the new Kirin 950 processor and i5 coprocessor, we're promised better performance and better battery life. Of course, everything else needed to power a high-end Android phone is on-board as well — Android Marshmallow, a 4,000mAh battery and the promise of an awesome camera.

The Mate 8 is currently only available for the Chinese market, but Alex is having a close look at it direct from Shenzhen.

Huawei Mate 8 hardware specifications

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Size157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
Display6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS-NEO LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
ProcessorHiSilicon Kirin 950
Memory32GB internal with 3GB RAM
64 or 128GB internal with 4GB RAM
Expandable: microSD up to 128GB
Network2G: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - NXT-AL10, NXT-CL00, NXT-DL00, NXT-TL00
4G:LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - NXT-AL10, NXT-CL00, NXT-DL00, NXT-TL00
SensorsFingerprint sensor, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor
LocationInternal GPS antenna + GLONASS, BDS, A-GPS
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.2, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4+5GHz), Wifi Direct, FM Radio
Main Camera16 MP with OIS, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED/dual-tone flash
Front Camera8 MP, 1080p
BatteryLi-Po 4000 mAh battery
Jerry Hildenbrand
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Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • How much.
    The spec sheet just made me drool. Note 4 {Sprint 5.1.1}, with nothing enticing to upgrade too.
  • Yep. Those are some bad-ass specs especially the battery
  • This looks like a beast of a phone. But when will manufacturers stop reducing the RAM when they have different storage options. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Never. It coaxes people to buy the higher end because more is better.
  • Let's hope that it comes to Europe in its dual-sim, 128GB form. Seems like the sort specs I have been waiting for since I ditched Samsung.
  • Let's hope it makes it to Canada! All bands ready for Rogers! *drool*
  • This phone has OIS, but the Nexus doesn't. Way to go, Google. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And yet, it's entirely possible that the camera is not as good as the 6P camera. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The 2 cameras use different sensors.
    Can anyone say which is the better sensor? The 6P takes great pictures because of the large pixels it's sensor captures Mate 7: Sony IMX214 sensor
    Mate 8: 16MP Sony IMX298 sensor
    Nexus 6P: 12.3MP Sony IMX377 sensor
  • I wonder what the difference in price is. I'm not sure how much it would've impacted photo, but video is a bit shaky. Other than that, tap to wake, and Active Display working by waving your hand in front of the screen, it's been a perfect phone IMO. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seen it up for about 900 dollars the 128gb version Posted via the Android Central App
  • Omg, drool. Lam I Am
  • Band 12, very good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will this be Project Fi ready? All phones should be Fi ready!
  • my guess is no Posted via the Android Central App
  • Chinese oem's are really catering to the market these days...American and Korean oem's need to step there hand up or China is going to take over Posted via the Android Central App
  • agreed. and it's not like this creeped up on them. we all saw this coming awhile ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is Dual-tone flash seen on the specs?
  • Means there are two LEDs in the camera flash, and they have slightly different colors. The idea is that you adjust the brightness of them to change the color of light produced by flash to best suit the natural light in the picture.
    Most high end phones have it these days (I believe iPhone was the first to have it, but I'm not completely sure. First phone I know of).
    The new Lumia's from Microsoft have 3 different colored LEDs, which sounds cool. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thanks. Looks nice to have that.
  • Nice specs, battery should be the norm for ALL flagships in 2016. I came from the gutta, now it's all butta
  • 4000mAh. That's amazing. Wish my phone had that. Posted via the Android Central App
  • mate 7 has killer battery life, and this one should too. Now if they'd just do away with EMUI...this would probably be my go to phone. Posted via my Mate 7 or my Moto X Pure
  • As long as the software is as ridiculous as it is.. It's still a no-go for me.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love the battery size. Do you know if the storage is emmc or ufs ?
  • Off contact price? Think this or the 6p will be my next phone $
  • two solid choices. I'm in the US and the guys at the VZ store were drooling over my 6p. they said they never knew Huawei made such attractive hardware Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bands 12 AND 17? Someone's hoping AT&T or T-Mobile will pick it up. I may grab one anyway.
  • My only grip is that 1080p resolution on 6 inches of screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think it's that bad. 1080p is still good. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Huawei, do 5.1/5.2" version of this phone (make it thicker if you need to) with an option to remove EMUI and it will sell like hotcakes outside of China. I would buy one. I know they won't though. Sigh...
  • I think their P series are 5-5.2 inch sized phones with the top specs.
  • You're right! The P8 looks interesting. Compared to my LG G2 though, a bit too tall and smaller battery. Thanks.
  • This looks like a battery champ. Looks like 2 days won't be hard for this this. Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • — Android Marshmallow, a 4,000mAh battery and the promise of an awesome camera --- What do you expect as awesome camera ? Surely better that that of the Mate 7.
    But comparable to other flagships' cameras?
  • From the network bands listed, this phone should be compatible with all gsm carriers in the US. are they going to fragment it with all different SKU models listed.? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damm those spec's are amazing,
    6" screen and physically smaller than a moto N6, and only 1 gm heavier with a 4000 mAh battery lol
    I'm glad there's a big but..... LCD 1080p which is cool but doesn't cut it for me coming from a QHD Amoled, otherwise I'd buy right now... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does the Mate 8 support wireless charging?
  • I'd bet on No
  • that's right!
  • That's really bad!!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • What is bad about it? If it's the 1080p display, then please look in the mirror.
  • Only thing is that full hd not that nothing is wrong with it but with 4000 mah battery I thought they'd go for the quad hd.