Huawei Mate 8 Review: Checkmate: Telephony, Loudspeaker, Pre-installed Apps

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The Mate 8 handles voice calls with ease and sound quality doesn't disappoint on either discontinue of the line. A nice touch is the ability to disclose the device only to pick up sounds from a 120-degree arc around the primary mic when on speakerphone, useful in loud environments.

Smart dialling • recent calls • in-call interface • directional speaker • omni-directional speaker

Being a dual-SIM device, the Mate 8 provides options for handling the two cards. You can select which one enjoys high-speed cellular package while the other would remain on 2G only, and you can disclose which one the smartphone will utilize for mobile data. Dual-SIM calling isn't exactly what it sounds like, in fact, it tries to learn from previous utilize and recommends which SIM card to handle the next call.

Dual-SIM settings


The Mate 8 was only fine for a Below average rating in our standardized loudspeaker test. The Mate S we had for review a couple of months ago scored similarly, but the Mate7 was two notches up at Good. The Galaxy Note5 and the LG V10 are only slightly louder, but the Lumia 950 XL excels in this respect.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

BlackBerry Priv 62.1 61.7 66.5 Below Average

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 65.8 65.1 64.6 Below Average

Huawei Mate S 66.0 65.8 66.6 Below Average

Huawei Mate 8 67.8 65.8 66.6 Below Average

LG V10 66.1 64.7 70.7 Average

Samsung Galaxy Note5 65.3 64.6 73.5 Average

Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 66.7 65.7 75.7 Good

Samsung Galaxy S6 68.1 66.3 73.7 Good

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 69.7 66.5 73.5 Good

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra 69.8 66.6 82.7 Very Good

Huawei Nexus 6P 74.7 77.8 72.1 Very Good

Oppo R7 Plus 73.7 72.8 79.9 Very Good

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 74.7 73.5 81.6 Excellent

OnePlus 2 75.7 73.5 80.7 Excellent

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL 74.9 75.7 84.3 Excellent

You acquire a choice of two keyboards on the Mate 8 - one is courtesy of Swype while the other is the stock Android one. It's as nice as it is unexpected, given Huawei's full skinning practices. The Swype version has secondary symbols upon a long press, a feature valued by some while others couldn't care less. You can't have it all, though, as it lacks a separate number row, present in the AOSP solution.

Text input

The Mate 8 ships with WPS office, which can be used for some basic document editing on the go. It can handle text documents, spreadsheets and presentations as well as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. It can also export to PDF.

WPS office

Phone Manager is Huawei's do-it-all app for keeping control over your phone. It lets you control all sorts of features from call/message privacy and Do Not Disturb settings, to phone optimization and app permissions, to network and battery usage.

The app features a one-touch optimization feature that frees up memory space and gives you settings recommendations for maximum battery performance. It's a hell of a slick feature that few manufacturers offer.

Phone manager

Battery Manager is part of Phone Manager and includes a selection of three power plans with varying degrees of feature limitations. From here you can also control which apps can remain active after you sdiscontinue the phone to sleep.

Battery manager

Huawei has bundled the Mate 8 with its Health app, which tracks steps and calculates calories burnt, but can also supposedly count the number of floors you've climbed. A file manager is also present, and it supports batch actions.

Health app homeclassy screen • week view • file manager



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