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Huawei Mate 8: Is It Good for Business?

Huawei Mate 8, business smartphones The Mate 8 has epic battery life. / Credit: Jeremy Lips

No work phone lasts longer on a charge than this one. Huawei's Mate 8 smartphone beat out all competing devices on our battery life test, becoming the longest-lasting smartphone yet. It also boasts a sturdy metal design, a reliable fingerprint scanner, and a 6-inch screen that provides plenty of room for work tasks.

So just how long did the Mate 8 last on our battery test? It ran for an epic 12 hours and 47 minutes, longer than any other phone we've tested to date. Only Google's Nexus 6P comes remotely close, lasting for 12 hours and 25 minutes on the same test, which simulates continuous Web browsing over LTE. Rival phones pale in comparison; the iPhone 6s Plus endured for 10 hours, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 ran for 9 hours and 35 minutes.

Plus, the phone's fast-charging functionality allows you to get a 40 percent charge in a half hour. That will come in handy for workers who want to top the device off during a short layover at the airport. 

The mate 8's 6-inch, 1080p display is certainly large, which makes screen-intensive tasks like viewing large documents more comfortable. Competing phones offer screens with higher resolutions, though, so text and images aren't quite as crisp on the Mate 8 as they are on the Nexus 6P, the Galaxy Note 5 or the iPhone 6s Plus. 

Workers will appreciate the phone's rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which provides a nice security boost. The scanner quickly and reliably recognizes your fingerprint to unlock your phone, with no need to key in a cumbersome password.

Check back for a full review of the Huawei Mate 8 very soon, or check out our picks for the best business phones currently on the market.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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