Huawei has quickly made a name for itself as one of the best hardware companies in the smartphone game. It broke out last year with the Nexus 6P, a phone that offered phenomenal build quality and, of course, top-notch software thanks to Google’s stock Android.
Earlier this year we reviewed Huawei’s budget option, the Honor 5X, a phone that similarly offered great build quality but was ultimately let down by the company’s poor software. Enter the Mate 8, Huawei’s biggest and baddest smartphone. Can this device, with all its hardware panache, escape the fate of its cheaper brother and succeed in spite of its software?
We’re ready to dig in and put the Mate 8 through its paces, but first it’s time for our hands-on impressions.