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How the Huawei Mate 8 compares to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Huawei Mate 8 smartphone is a productivity-driven device with significantly enhanced power, efficiency and battery life.

It continues Huawei’s track record of delivering high-end devices that reflect global consumer demand and inspire loyalty in their users.

Featuring the most powerful chipset, a high-capacity battery and stylish design, the Huawei Mate 8 has been fine-tuned to provide an elegant, efficient experience.

But how does the Huawei Mate 8 compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, another large-screened phone? We take a look.


Huawei Mate 8 performance

The Galaxy Note 5 is powered by the Samsung-built Exynos 7420 chipset, which is one of the best available but is a bit slow when switching between apps.

The Mate 8 is the first smartphone to run the Kirin 950 chipset, with CPU boosting power up 100%, GPU performance up 125%, and power efficiency up 70% compared to the Kirin 925.

The device’s architecture balances energy efficiency with high-end performance through 4 x A72 2.3 GHz processors and 4 x A53 1.8 GHz processors.


Huawei Mate 8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 cameras

Samsung is renowned for making great smartphone cameras, and the one in the Note 5 boasts Samsung’s most advanced camera system, with a 16 MP rear camera with a 5 MP front camera.

This includes Quick Launch (double click the home button to launch the camera in less than one second), Auto Real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Smart Optical Image Stabilization(OIS) and brand-new filters.

Meanwhile, Huawei has invested $98 million over three years to develop the first proprietary image sensor processor for faster focusing, higher clarity, and more accurate colour shading.

The Mate 8 adopts the revolutionary, all-new Sony 16MP IMX298, increasing the sensor size by 23%, as well as an 8 MP front camera with a new beauty algorithm.


Huawei Mate 8 display

The Huawei Mate 8 display is a Full HD 6-inch IPS-NEO LCD, and boasts a leading 83 percent screen-to-body ratio.

This means the phone is able to stay sleek and compact without sacrificing a large display, which boasts 2.5D curved diamond cut glass.

The Note 5 features a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED QHD screen, which is flat and great to write on, while the curved shape makes it easier to use the phone with one hand.


Huawei Mate 8 battery

One of Huawei’s strengths lies in battery capabilities, and the Mate 8 delivers industry-leading power efficiency offering over two days of normal usage with a 4000mAh high-density battery.

With rapid charging technology, the phone is able to charge a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes.

Regular users can go without charging their phone for 2.36 days, and heavy users can go without charging for 1.65 days.

The Mate 8 also features advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent handling experience and lower power consumption.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 features a 3,000mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless.


The full specifications of both phones are detailed in the table below.

Specifications Huawei Mate 8 Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Dimensions 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm
Weight 185g 171g
Software EMUI 4.0 TouchWiz 6.0
Display 6-inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen 1080p (1,080 x 1,920) 5.7″ Quad HD Super AMOLED (2,560 x 1,440)
Rear camera 16MP 16MP
Front camera 8MP 5MP
Storageinternal 32GB 32/64GB
Processor Quad-core 2.3GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex A53 Octa core (2.1GHz Quad + 1.5GHz Quad), 64 bit, 14nm process
Battery Li-Po 4,000mAh 3,000mAh

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