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By Robin-Leigh Chetty 31 May 2016

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If Chinese manufacturer Huawei was not being taken seriously by its competitors, the new Mate 8 phablet serves as undeniable proof that it should be. But should you buy it now?
PROS
Generous and bright display; Superb battery life; Well constructed body
CONS
Thinness makes it difficult to handle; Would benefit from a stylus
VERDICT
The Huawei Mate 8 does a lot of things well. It's display is large and crisp, processor fast and responsive, camera surprisingly solid, and battery life more than ample. Is it the best phablet of 2016 so far? Yes. But is it better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 5? Not quite.
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