Here's how Huawei Mate 8 compares with Sony Xperia Z5 Premium and Huawei Mate S

Huawei launched its new Mate 8 phablet at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday, adding yet another premium device to its collection that boasts the Nexus 6P and the Mate S that were launched last year.

Here's how the new Mate 8 compares with its older brother Huawei Mate S and Sony's much-touted Xperia Z5 Premium phablets.


Huawei Mate 8 comes with a 6-inch Full HD display which packs a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a pixel density of 368ppi. This makes it larger than the Mate S and the Xperia Z5 Premium which hold 5.5-inch displays but in terms of resolution, the 3840 x 2160p 4K Triluminos Display in the Z5 Premium is much superior than the ones in Huawei's phablets.

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Dimensions and weight

Despite being half an inch taller than the Xperia Z5 Premium, the Huawei Mate 8 at 185g is only 5g heavier. However, it will be a bit heavier to hold than the Mate S which weighs just 156g. In terms of width, it is very slightly thicker than Z5 but thanks to its taller appearance, will seem slimmer than the latter. Overall, the Mate 8 measures 157mm in height, 80mm in width and 7.9mm in depth.


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Huawei Mate 8 sports Kirin 950, a major upgrade over the Kirin 935 that powered Huawei Mate S. As per Huawei, Kirin 950 brings in 100 per cent more CPU power, 125 per cent better GPU performance and 70 per cent greater power efficiency than the earlier processor. However, when compared to the Snapdragon 810 chip which powers the Xperia Z5 Premium, Kirin 950 is slightly more capable given that it is in the league of the next generation of processors like Samsung's Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor.

Storage and RAM

Huawei Mate 8 comes in two variants with different storage and RAM combinations. The cheaper variant packs a storage of 32GB and a RAM of 3GB while the premium one comes with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. In terms of storage, the phone is not as good as the Mate S which offers a maximum of 128GB worth internal storage but much better than the Xperia Z5 Premium which packs only 32GB of storage.

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Huawei Mate 8 also comes with a microSD slot to accommodate additional storage if you need more space.


Huawei Mate 8 packs an exceptional 4,000 mAh battery and offers two days of normal usage. Thanks to rapid charging technology, the phone is able to charge a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes. This way, the phone is vastly superior to the Mate S and to the Xperia Z5 Premium which hold 2,700 mAh and 3,430 mAh batteries respectively.


Huawei Mate 8 sports a 16MP rear camera which houses a new Sony 16MP IMX298 technology, thus increasing the sensor size by 23 per cent. This way, the camera offers superior performance compared to the one in the Mate S which has a resolution of 13MP. However, the front cameras in both Huawei phones are the same with resolutions of 8MP.

Given that Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium features a 23MP rear camera and a 5 MP Sony Exmor R front camera, there is no real competition between these phones in terms of image resolution and quality.

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