Huawei Mate 8 NXT-L29 32GB Dual SIM Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone - International Version, No Warranty (Grey)
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- Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), 6.0 inches IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, HiSilicon Kirin 950,32 GB, 3 GB RAM, microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot), 16 MP Camera, Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.
- Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint.
- Please check if your GSM cellular carrier supports the bands for this model before purchasing, LTE may not be available in all regions: 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2, 3G bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100, 4G bands 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).
- This device may not include a US warranty as some manufacturers do not honor warranties for international items. Please contact the seller for specific warranty information.
- The box contains: Your new device, USB cable, Charger (may be foreign), Documentation.
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|Camera Description||16 MP||20.0||12 MP||5 MP||12.0||20 MP|
|Screen Size||6 in||5.9 in||5.2 in||6.1 in||5.5 in||5.5 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.17 x 6.19 x 0.31 in||0.31 x 6.18 x 3.11 in||0.3 x 5.7 x 2.8 in||3.33 x 6.34 x 0.37 in||3 x 5.94 x 0.32 in||2.95 x 5.97 x 0.31 in|
|Item Weight||6.53 ounces||6.7 ounces||4.8 ounces||0.5 lb||5.6 ounces||6.17 ounces|
|Operating System||Android 6.0||Android 7.0 + EMUI 5.0||Android + EMUI||Android||Android 7.0 Marshmallow + EMUI 4.1||Android 6.0.1|
Unlocked cell phones are compatible with GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, but are not compatible with CDMA carriers such as Verizon and Sprint. Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), 6.0 inches IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, HiSilicon Kirin 950,32 GB, 3 GB RAM, microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot), 16 MP Camera, Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.
Top customer reviews
Although this is a 1080p screen not a 2k resolution, I cannot really tell the difference between the vibrant screen and the the top of line screen. For example, when comparing it to the S7 edge screen, which is the best at the moment, there is only a minor difference which can only be seen if put side to side. The Mate 8 is really nice compared to those
Which brings me to my next point, which is the battery life. Because this screen is only 1080p it doesn't drain the battery as much, and as a result the battery life on this thing is amazing. I never had an Android device give me this much battery life. I am averaging about 6 hours screen on time. I'm a heavy user as well. Compare this to where I usually average around 3.5 hours of screen on time with the S7 edge and the note 5, which have pretty decent battery life as well. If one is not a heavy user then you may be able to get few days without charging. For this reason alone I would recommend the phone for people who are always away from an outlet and need long battery life.
Another really good thing about the Mate 8 is the silky smooth and quick responsiveness of the OS. I have used the Nexus 6p and the S7 edge and this phone is better in terms of lack of lag and responsiveness. I am surprised how quick this phone is and I'm really liking it.
The build quality is superb. In the hand the Mate 8 feels premium. No complaints about it in that department.
Some reviews say the camera on the Mate 8 is not good. I have compared it to the best camera on a phone in the S7 edge and I have to say it's not as good as the S7 edge camera. But that's not to say it's not a good camera. I'd say it's on par with the iPhone 6s camera. Yes it's still that good. I don't have many complaints about the camera except that it is pretty dull in low light, but then again what camera isn't? The Note 5 is horrible in low light. The Mate 8 is slightly better than the note 5. So, if you need to take decent pics, this camera will not disappoint. One thing to note is that the camera doesn't take 4k video. When I heard that I was like, so what? Who in their right mind in this day and age takes 4k videos, unless you're making a movie. A few videos recorded in 4k will use up your memory in no time. Additionally, there are not many people who use 4k TVs or computers. Furthermore, to say you'll miss out on 4k is like saying you're missing out on camel riding. Not many opportunities to use it and not very useful at this point.
Things I don't like:
The user interface is horrible. It's a skin on Android called EMUI and it absolutely stinks. What I did was install Nova launcher which covers most of the way the OS looks. There are still things I dislike a lot like how the notifications look on the notification bar. There seems to be some useful things but I have yet to say that it has made me like it. I had a problem with notifications because EMUI uses this battery saving method which puts to sleep most apps and leaves only a few running at a time. This method makes the phone miss notifications from those apps put to sleep. That was really annoying. What's the use of having a phone if you don't get notified? I found out that you can turn certain apps on and off in the settings now everything is fine, but out of the box this should not happen.
The price is pretty expensive for what it's offering. 1080p decent camera and no features that really make it stand out. The Nexus 6p would be a better deal than this; but here's the caveat. There's no phone on the market right now that's offering a 6 inch beautiful screen with dual sim and outstanding battery life along with a pretty decent camera. That's what did it for me. The things that I require are a dual sim (I work internationally), great battery life (6 hours screen on time), a decent camera, and a large screen. Also this phone is not water proof like the s7 edge. But, I haven't really benefited from water proofing as I don't really deal with having my phone near water so that wasn't really a selling point for me. Further, this package was what I wanted. However, many people don't need these features and thus shouldn't buy it over cheaper phones offering more such as the Nexus 6p. Overall, I paid a bit extra for what I wanted and I don't regret it.
It's very well built, and works perfectly.
Follow up after 6 months. Android 7 update installed still not one issue with the phone.
Battery life for medium to heavy days is still 2 days with perhaps 10-15% left. Loud speaker,
clear screen, fast.
It's considerably better than the mate 7. Much more responsive, zero lag, and better build quality. The redesigned edges make it fit very comfortably in your hand, and the new print sensor is not only the fastest and most accurate on the market, but is very well placed and convenient (much like the nexus 6p).
The speaker is very nice. Not as loud as some, but the size, mixed with the metal body if the phone, has the speaker deliver some nice bass and crisp treble.
The new version of software gives more features than the previous mate 7 and S models, and is fairly smoothed out. It's worth mentioning that the stock launcher is extremely close to Apple's ios, so if you don't like iPhone, you'll end up downloading a 3rd party launcher.
Camera is about average for flagship devices. Not bad, but nothing to write home about. (It's about even in quality with the iPhone 6/6s).
Again, I would highly recommend this for anyone who needs extreme battery life and the best performance, as the battery is huge and it is currently the most powerful phone on the market, at least until Samsung releases its upcoming exynos processor.