The Huawei Mate 8 is a 6-inch smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though you wouldn't know it at first glance. That's because it uses Huawei's skin, called EMUI or Emotion UI, which does its utmost to make you feel like you're using an iPhone but drastically fails at taste.

Huawei's Mate 8

In terms of hardware, the Mate 8 is competent and premium without really standing out. Its metal frame is sharp-edged and solid, and its most conspicuous feature is the round fingerprint sensor on the rear — this looks a lot like the Huawei Mate 9 or Huawei P9, and works extremely quickly. Inside, the phone runs Huawei's own Kirin 950 processor, has 3 or 4GB of RAM, and comes with a 4,000 mAh battery said to be good for two days' continuous usage — and Huawei also claims that half an hour's charge will give you one full day of power.

The Mate 8 isn't likely to appeal to many whose interest in Huawei was piqued by the Nexus 6P, and if you live in the US you won't even be able to buy one; the phone's Western release is limited to Europe so far. But although its software is a bad throwback to the days when Android OEMs disguised Google's OS as best they could, the Mate 8's hardware stands as another example of how Huawei Mobile is going from strength to strength as a serious phone maker. For now, though, you'll be a lot better off just picking up a Nexus 6P.