Huawei has finally launched the Mate 8, which it says is its ‘most advanced flagship’ smartphone yet. The smartphone is going on sale in China today, while a global variant will be unveiled at CES next month. The Mate 8 price starts from CNY 2,999 (Rs 31,100 approximately) and goes up to CNY 6,888 (Rs 71,700 approximately). As for competition, it will be up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and the Google Nexus 6P, which ironically has been made by Huawei. We pit the three smartphones in specifications and features comparison to see how they fare. Also Read - Google may have discontinued security updates for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
Price: The Mate 8 comes in four variants. The base variant (32GB, 3GB of RAM) is priced at the aforementioned CNY 2,999. The 64GB (4GB of RAM) is priced at CNY 3,699 (Rs 38,500 approximately), while the 128GB (4GB of RAM) variant is priced at CNY 4,399 (Rs 45,800 approximately). There is also a Champagne Edition that is priced at CNY 6,888. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5 will no longer receive monthly security updates
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is priced at Rs 47,890 (32GB variant), and Rs 54,800 for the 64GB variant. The Nexus 6P, on the other hand, is priced at Rs 39,999 for the 32GB variant, and Rs 42,999 for the 64GB variant. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge get August Android Security Patch
Features: Design is one of the talking points on the Mate 8, especially its ‘aerospace-grade’ aluminum body. The Nexus 6P similarly boasts a metallic unibody design. The Galaxy Note 5’s overall design is reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge with its glass-covered back panel along with a metal frame.
All three smartphones feature a fingerprint scanner. The Mate 8 and the Nexus 6P feature similar-looking circular fingerprint sensor placed at the back below the primary camera. The Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, comes with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the physical home button up front. Samsung’s phablet also comes with an advanced S Pen bundled, something that is missing on the other two smartphones.
Specifications: Big display is the recurring theme on the smartphones in this comparison. The Mate 8 has the biggest screen of the lot at 6-inches, while the other two flaunt 5.7-inch screens. But where the display on Huawei’s smartphone has a full HD (1920×1080 pixels) resolution, the displays on the Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6P have a WQHD (2560×1440 pixels) resolution.
Under the hood all the three smartphones come with an octa-core processor. The Mate 8 features Huawei’s own Kirin 950 chipset, the Galaxy Note 5 comes with Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 chipset, while the Nexus 6P comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset.
All three smartphones come with more than one variant differentiated by the internal storage. That said, only the Mate 8 offers the option to further expand the internal storage using a microSD card.
In the photography front, the Mate 8 comes with a combination of 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel snappers. The Galaxy Note 5 comes with a combination of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel snappers, and the Nexus 6P with 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel snappers. We will however reserve our judgment on which is the best until we have reviewed the smartphones.
The Mate 8 has the biggest battery of the lot at 4,000mAh. Huawei claims that it is good enough for up to 18 hours of talk time and 22 days on standby mode. The Nexus 6P follows close behind with a 3,450mAh battery, and the Galaxy Note 5 with a 3,300mAh battery.
All smartphones come with the usual bevy of connectivity options like single-SIM card slot, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. On the software front, the Mate 8 and the Nexus 6P run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, while the Galaxy Note 5 runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The Huawei Mate 8 has a lot going for it and will do well against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Google Nexus 6P. However, a lot will depend upon the price at which Huawei launches the smartphone and for that we will need to wait till after CES 2016 in January.
A detailed comparison table follows.
Huawei Mate 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Google Nexus 6P
|Display||6-inch 1080p||5.7-inch WQHD||5.7-inch WQHD|
|Processor||Huawei’s Kirin 950 octa-core||Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core||2GHz Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core|
|Connectivity||Single-SIM, 4G LTE||Single-SIM, 4G LTE||Single-SIM, 4G LTE|
|Android OS||6.0 Marshmallow||5.1.1 Lollipop||6.0 Marshmallow|
You Might be Interested