Huawei Mate 8 review

The latest phablet from Huawei might well be its best yet

Huawei Mate 8
Huawei Mate 8

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Not feeling the Huawei Mate 8? Here are the other top end phablets to consider.

Nexus 6P

Google Nexus ^p

The Nexus 6P is the closest thing you're going to get to the Huawei Mate 8 without buying the phone itself. The latest phone in Google's Nexus project is made by Huawei and a lot of the design and spec elements are shared across the two devices.

The specs on the Nexus 6P are about the same, with a few little extras added onto the Huawei Mate 8. There's a slightly smaller screen on the Nexus 6P and a slightly less powerful camera, but it still offers a similar result.

Buying the Nexus 6P will come with the benefit of always having the most up-to-date software. Android Marshmallow is already on the Mate 8, but the Nexus 6P will be one of the first few phones to get the Android 7 software when it's released in 2016.

Plus the Nexus 6P has that software in a stock capacity so you won't have to put up with the look of Emotion UI if you don't like it.

iPhone 6S Plus

iPhone 6S Plus

Fancy something with an iOS flavour? If you're looking for a phablet this is the better of your two choices. The iPhone 6S Plus comes with a variety of updates such as the latest iOS 9 software, improved camera technology and Live Photos.

The best feature of the latest phablet from Apple is the introduction of 3D Touch. It means the screen reacts to different degrees of pressure, meaning a long hard press will open up a different menu to the one you acces by tapping it.

It's being used in a variety of games as well as being adapted to a variety of apps and it will only get more integrated with time. If you're looking for a phablet that will impress you and you're not sure if Android is the way to go, the iPhone 6S Plus is the best choice for you.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Sony's latest flagship choice has one thing above the rest: the fact it's the first ever phone to come with a 4K display. That means it can pack a huge 808ppi in the 5.5-inches of its display. It's an impressive number and when you're watching back 4K video it feels like a worthy addition to your smartphone.

But the problem is that eats into your battery and there's so little 4K content out there for your phone to make it worthwhile.

The rest of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's specs do add up though and make it a fantastic choice. If you're looking for a phablet with a supremely different design to the Huawei Mate 8, this may be the best choice for you.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+

Samsung's latest phablet comes with a curved display. They don't really add much in way of functionality, but do make it look absolutely gorgeous. It has a 5.7-inch display, so it's a little smaller than the Huawei Mate 8, but it comes with a 2K display instead of the 1080p option on Huawei's phone.

You'll be getting rid of the awful Huawei Emotion UI as well, and Samsung's TouchWiz look has improved a lot in recent years – especially with the elimination of a lot of bloatware from the platform.

James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.