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Although a lot of people think that phones are all about Samsung and Apple, it’s important to take other contenders into consideration. In case you haven’t heard about it, Huawei is already making its way into the hands of tech-savvy kids in the metro.

MB Life got a closer look at the new Huawei Mate 8 smartphone that was launched in November 2015. And because of this, we’re sharing what we observed from this four-month old find. In case you’re wondering, Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company that has been around for 19 years now.

Here’s what made us say wow to Huawei:

Nice Look


This baby’s got a classic look. Available in Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, and Mocha Brown. We got the Champagne Gold one that looks so fine and sleek!

Wow Size


This sleek-looking phone comes in with a six-inch touchscreen display. We told you it’s great… literally. In terms of resolution, the Mate 8 is a stunner at 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. It’s not as heavy as it looks though. This phone weighs only 185 grams – light enough to be held with one hand.

Although it looks huge, Mate 8 can still fit in the normal pocket size of guys’ jeans… and messenger bags.

Such Camera


Taking photos with this phone feels like taking photos using an actual camera because you’ll have to hold it with both hands. Only masters of groufie/selfie photography can hold this six-inch beauty in one hand from a distance. We suggest you use a selfie stick to make life easier.

Mate 8’s primary camera is at 16 megapixels, while the front selfie cam is at 8 megapixels. Fair enough for your flat lay shots and all.

Much Storage

Just like doge (that dog meme), we have no words but WOW.

After taking lots of selfies and #photography shots on your phone, it would be best to consider the phone’s internal storage. Thr Mate 8 is packed with a 32GB internal storage space which can be expanded up to 64GB through the use of a microSD card.

Other Specs


If you’re meticulous about all the deets, this phone runs on Android OS 6.0 (Marshmallow) with a 3GB RAM and a 4,000 mAh capacity. Battery life can last beyond 24 hours but do note that batteries are built in and can’t be removed!

With a great size comes a great space for two nano-sims. You can easily switch from one network to another through Mate 8.

Not-so-wow: No to Water


Water? Huawei says no way. The Mate 8 isn’t waterproof so don’t try taking this gadget with you under the sea for photos with the fishies. There’s a tech find for such activities (which we will be revealing some time in the future).

Yes to Fingerprint Scans


Like iPhone and Samsung phones, the Mate 8 has its own version of a fingerprint scanner. But as mentioned earlier, this phone’s not waterproof so expect difficulties in unlocking it in the rain… or after a bath.

No way or yes way? We say it’s a yes way for Huawei Mate 8. It’s gorgeous and big enough (especially for us who have poor eyesights). Price is reasonable and looks like it can survive years-length of time in a millennial’s hand.

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