The Mate 8 is a formidable device. Not only is it Huawei’s latest and greatest phablet, it’s also one of the most powerful ones in the market. Powered by Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 950 processor mated to 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage, the Mate 8 has got more than enough horsepower to run with the big boys.
What’s more, it’s got a much bigger display than a lot of this year’s flagships which puts it at #1 on the list for many who like to consume a lot of video content, browse web pages and play mobile games. But, it is up against some pretty amazing smartphones too.
That said, the Mate 8 does have some tricks up its sleeve that you probably won’t be able to find on many of this year’s flagship smartphones, not even on the mighty Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
1. OTG charging and a massive battery
The Mate 8 has a massive 4,000 mAh battery. It gives the device a day and a half of time-on-battery with about six to seven hours of screen on time. That’s a pretty amazing battery performance especially from a smartphone that large.
What’s more, you can also help a friend out who is running low on battery by giving them a quick charge via an OTG cable and still have enough battery power to last an entire day.
2. Knuckle sense
First up is Knuckle Sense. Knuckle Sense is a feature on the Mate 8 that allows you to use Knuckle Gestures to get some additional functionality out of your device. There are many different gestures for getting the phone to do different things.
The first is a simple double tap with one knuckle on your screen. That takes a screenshot which you can then choose to share edit or discard. You can also choose to screenshot a specific section of the screen by drawing on it with your knuckle.
This is pretty handy because you won’t have to remember any archaic button combos or perform complicated swiping to get your screenshot.
A double tap with two knuckles activates a screen record function which records whatever is on your screen. It also picks up audio from the microphone so you can narrate while recording your screen at the same time.
Besides that, you can also draw a line horizontally across your screen with one knuckle to activate multi-window mode. Finally, you can draw alphabets on the display to open certain specific applications that can be preset in the settings menu.
3. Fingerprint functionality
Most fingerprint sensors are there for the additional layer of biometric security, but not the Mate 8’s. In addition to the improved biometric security, you can also use it to navigate around your phone, answer a call, stop an alarm or even take a photo.
To activate it, simply dive into the settings menu and look for Fingerprint ID. Inside, you can pick and choose what Fingerprint ID gestures you want activated as well as what kind of slide gestures you want to use.