Hands On Huawei can today boast the fastest smartphone in the world - besting even the iPhone 6s in key benchmarks. We got a decent idea of what the new Mate 8 feels like having had a preview at Huawei's Shenzhen HQ at the tail end of last year.

Huawei Mate 8

Anandtech has performed the first and only comprehensive benchmarks on the new 6-inch phablet, which suggest that Huawei's new Kirin 950 chipset, which makes its debut in the Huawei Mate 8, roasts the Snapdragon 810 and 808-powered competition - and in some cases, bests the Apple iPhone 6s too.

Huawei's going for value with the Mate 8, leaving the Huawei Mate S as something of a luxury item. Once again, the bezels are very thin, and the metal case has the same curved design as the S, making it comfortable to hold. Huawei's fingerprint sensor, as with the Nexus 6P it built for Google, is circular rather than er, "squircular". The camera sensor is a 16MP unit sourced from Sony.

Huawei's new octocore mobile chipset, the Kirin 950, makes its debut in the Mate 8. Nobody has ever used the words "Huawei", "smartphone" and "speed demon" in the same review before, but that's going to change. The only benchmarks published so far, in a comprehensive review by Anandtech, suggest the Mate 8 comfortably beats the Snapdragon-powered competition in key departments.

In the browser benchmarks, it came top of the results for Kraken, Octane and Basermark web tests, where only Apple iPhone's 6s devices performed better. For memory and floating point tests, Anandtech found it beat all comers, including the iPhone. The site describes the Mate 8 as "absolutely astounding", and "by far the fastest Android" the reviewer had used.

There have been reports Huawei P9 will use Kirin 950 processor, believe that P9 will bring us a different experience. Huawei is developing Kirin 960 processor, Huawei Mate 9 will be equipped with this processor, the performance will be much better than Mate 8.