There is a new challenger in the realm of smartphones and it arrived recently in the form of Mate 8 from Huawei. This phablet with a metal unibody is also due to arrive in the United States shortly, where it will have to take on the Galaxy S6 Edge , which has a beautiful curved screen.
In terms of design, the Mate 8 comes with a sturdy build thanks to its metal unibody. Also, the edges on the device are rounded, which gives it a good feel while on hand. The fingerprint scanner is positioned at the back. As for colors, there are four on offer: gold, silver, gray and brown. Coming to the S6 Edge , its outstanding feature is its curved screen that extends over its left and right hand side. One of these curved edges can be customized by the user to display notifications, a night clock, five important contacts and five important apps. The device, however, only has a limited amount of metal on its frame. Its fingerprint scanner is on its home button and its back panel has highly polished Gorilla Glass 4. When it comes to colors, there are five to choose from: black, gold, silver, white and pink.
When it comes to size, the Huawei Mate 8 is the bigger device, containing an LCD screen measuring 6.0 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and density of 368 pixels per inch. As for the S6 Edge , it has better quality with a super AMOLED screen measuring 5.7 inches with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and density of 518 pixels per inch.
The HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset on the Mate 8 is coupled with an octa-core CPU and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. It is reportedly faster than the Exynos 7420 chipset on the S6 Edge , which is also coupled with an octa-core CPU and a Mali-T760MP8 GPU. According to AndroidPit, Huawei has announced that the Kirin 950 chipset draws less power than the Exynos 7420.
There is a microSD card slot on the Mate 8, which supports up to 128 GB, whereas the Galaxy S6 Edge contains no slot. As for RAM, the device from Samsung has 4 GB onboard and the Mate 8 either has 3 GB or 4 GB.
The Huawei Mate 8 is the cheaper device, priced at $580 unlocked, while the Galaxy S6 Edge costs $299 with a two-year contract.