Nubia Z11 Max vs Huawei Mate 8 Review


Large screen smartphone has better experience in watch tvs or playing games. So more and more people wants to  purchase larger screen such as iPhone Plus series, Samsung Galaxy Note series, and Huawei Mate 8 series and so on. Recently, in large screen smartphones, Nubia Z11 MAX has enjoyed high popularity, which can compare with Huawei Mate 8. So we will introduce them to let you know which one is better.




Two smartphones has similar configuration. But this time we test Huawei Mate 8 RAM 4GB ROM 64GB. The main difference is their processor, Nubia Z11 Max uses Snapdragon 652 processor, but Huawei mate 8 uses Hirin 950 processor. In fact, both uses 4*A72+ 4*A53 architecture. But Kirin 950 uses 16nmFF+ process, and its main frequency can be up to 2.3GHz, but Snapdragon 652 up to 1.8Ghz. So Kirin 950 CPU will be better than Snapdragon 652 in theory. But Snapdragon 652 adopts Adreno 510 GPU, which is better than Mali-T880MP4 of Kirin 950.  In all, the comprehensive performance of Kirin 950 is better than that of Snapdragon 652, but with more power consumption, and Snapdragon 652 GPU is better than Kirin 950’s which means better game experience.


By Geekbench 3, we also confirm these hypothesis, whether single-core or multi-core performance, huawei Mate 8 is a little stronger than Nubia Z11 Max.


In game test, when we play NBA 2K15, GameBench test result shows Nubia Z11 MAX is more smooth, the average frames is 37FPS in 15 minutes, but Huawei Mate 8 has 33FPS.


Both smartphones have large 4000mAh capacity battery, Nubia Z11 Max puts up forward to NeoPower idea which uses power saving optimization, and components (Super AMOLED) with low power consumption and high density battery to improve the battery life of Nubia Z11 Max. In addition,using quick charge to improve the battery life experience.


In fact, Nubia Z11 Max and Huawei Mate 8 have both made optimization in its smartphones. These two smartphones have same screen size and battery.  So it’s hard to tell which one has longer battery life. Because Huawei Mate 8 has lower power consumption with kirin 950 processor, but Nubia Z11 Max has Super AMOLED screen with lower power consumption.


By Antutu test, we found Nubia Z11 Max has longer battery life than Huawei Mate 8. We test them in 5 hours like watching videos for one hour, searching the Internet, playing games, calling and taking photos for 0.5h each. Finally, Nubia Z11 MAX has 11% more rest power than Huawei Mate 8.


They all use 6inch large screen and metal body, but they have its own features. For example, Huawei Mate 8 has DC texture decoration, but Nubia Z11 Max back camera keep the classic red circle design.


By comparison, we found Nubia Z11 Max has longer body than Huawei Mate 8, but similar width.


In bezel, Huawei Mate 8 uses bezel less ID design, it has nice quality in screen-off design, but the black bezel looks more bigger in screen-on state. However, Nubia Z11 MAX has small black bezel with nice vision impact in screen-on or screen-off state.


They both use three-step design, the camera, fingerprint id and brand LOGO all are placed in the similar place. It’s worthwhile to praise that they have nice metal design and comfortable touching feeling.


Although they design similarly in their back, they still have obvious difference in their design, Nubia Z11 MAX looks more sleek with curved frame and round edge design. Huawei Mate 8 use curved back cover design. The bottom of two smartphones also have similar design, speaker and MIC are on each side. Nubia Z11 MAX uses USB Type C port.


In addition, two smartphones have volume button and power button on the right side, card slot on the top left. They both uses Nano SIM or TF card combination design and support dual sim, dual standby.


Nubia Z11 MAX and Huawei Mate 8 both uses 4,000mAh battery, but Nubia Z11 Max is thinner than Huawei Mate 8.


In holding feel, Nubia Z11 MAX has better holding feeling with thinner and more sleek design. But they both have its own features in design.



In OS, Nubia Z11 Max  runs customized Nubia UI, based on Android5.1.1, but Huawei Mate 8 runs EMUI 4.0 based on Android6.0. They have its own nice OS features. Huawei Mate 8 EMUI 4.0 provides many practical features such as smart setting, all-round voice recording and so on. By contrast, Nubia Z11 MAX UI has also some cool features such as split screen multitasking, application erection and FiT edge touch and so on.


In hardware, Nubia Z11 MAX uses Sony IMX298 sensor 16MP rear camera, F2.0 big aperture with faster speed for focus, equipped with scratch-resistant sapphire glass protection.Nubia Z11 Max also adopted the self-developed OIS and 3d noise reduction technology.. Huawei Mate 8 also use Sony IMX298 sensor 16MP rear camera, F2.0 big aperture, 6P lens and OIS.


In experience, Nubia Z11 Max comes with the latest NeoVision 5.9 camera, bringing easier operation, and sliding right to left or left to right to access to photo mode.


In addition, NeoVision 5.9 also increases some practical and funny picture functions such as clone camera, filter shooting video, wechat video beautification. Here are some samples.


Huawe Mate 8 has simple shooting experience. In addition, it also support quick or slow shutter function like Nubia Z11 MAX such as super mode.


In color aspect, Nubia Z11 MAX image is more accurate and brighter easy to catch our attention.


In analyst, they have no big difference. But the flower contrast of Huawei Mate 8 picture sample is high, so the leaves grain texture has been lost.


nubia Z11 Max


Huawei Mate 8

In daylight, they have similar white balance. But Nubia Z11 MAX has better color saturation, such as more green leaves. In addition, Huawei mate 8 pictures contrast degree is a little higher.


In analyst, they have no big difference. But Huawei Mate 8 has higher contrast degree, so its sample looks a little more clear.


nubia Z11 Max


Huawei Mate 8

In night mode, they have similar picture brightness. But Nubia Z11 MAX has worse pixel control than Huawei Mate 8, but its anti-glare is better. In general, they have similar quality in taking pictures.


First we need to think highly of Nubia Z11 MAX with the higher competitiveness in its performance and price than Huawei Mate 8. After comparison, Nubia Z11 MAX has better experience than Huawei Mate 8 in design, performance, OS, camera , even battery life. So it’s better for you to choose Nubia Z11 MAX to enjoy similar experience to Huawei Mate 8 at lower price.



  1. Nice comparaison.i realy like it.even tho z11 max cost less than 240$ but huawei mate 8 is more expensive clise to 370$ .i wich you did a pc mark battery work

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