The Good: Huawei's Mate 8's battery life goes on and on, it snaps good photos and has a fast, accurate fingerprint sensor and a loud speakerphone. The Bad: This ginormous 6-inch phone is just too unwieldy for smaller hands. It has a dim screen and a low resolution compared with other phones. The Bottom Line: The huge, metal Huawei Mate 8 has plenty of appeal and only minor drawbacks, but it's too expensive to sway fans of large-screen phones from the Nexus 6P or Samsung Galaxy Note 5. \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \tHuawei's all-metal, 6-inch Mate 8 has a lot going for it, especially its long-lasting battery and high camera quality. After all, those are two things almost anyone would look for in a phone. But unfortunately the handset's price tag is too steep to close the deal -- \u20ac600 for the 32GB version and \u20ac700 for the 64GB model. Those numbers translate to roughly $650 and $760; \u00a3450 and \u00a3525.The pricing is actually a bit better in Australia. Only the 32GB model is coming out, but that will cost you AU$899, slightly under the straight exchange rate on the European pricing. It's coming to the usual retailers on May 24. \t \t\t \t\t \t\tThe Mate 8 isn't expected to come to the US. \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \tThe prices alone aren't the problem; they're in line with premium rivals. The problem is that the Mate 8 just isn't a premium phone, certainly not premium enough to best the \tGoogle Nexus 6P or Samsung Galaxy Note 5, two of the phones I would look at if you're thinking of going large (scroll to the end for a full specs comparison). Part of my recommendation to skip the Mate 8 stems from the other, admittedly minor drawbacks, including a screen resolution that's lower than I'd like on a phone of this size. \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \tA much lower price would help blunt those flaws and give fans of big phones a good alternative in an all-metal build. However, if you can get the Nexus 6P or Galaxy Note 5, or even the \tLG V10, do that instead. You'll get more for your hard-earned cash. \tPros: \t Long-lasting battery\t Recent version of Google's software, Android 6.0\t All-metal build\t Same accurate fingerprint reader that's on the back of the Huawei-made Google Nexus 6P\t Loud speaker audio \tCons: \t Large size is polarizing and won't fit comfortably in all hands\t Dim screen\t Screen resolution is too lowBattery life and screen size set the Mate 8 apart, but... \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \tIf you're hot on big phones, the Mate 8's 6-inch screen gives you the room you need to run wild. When I hold the Mate 8 in my hand, the screen seems bright and wonderful...until I stream video, view high-res photos or hold it next to any other phone. It's then that I notice its 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution looks dimmer and a little hazier than other phones of its class at any brightness level, especially the impossibly vibrant Nexus 6P. \t \t \t \t \t \t \t \tCompared to ultrasharp displays like on the Nexus 6P's 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution, higher-res graphics look less detailed; that's because there are fewer pixels on the Mate 8, much lower than you typically see on a large-screen phone (see chart below). Most of the time, the Mate 8's resolution won't impede your viewing pleasure, but Huawei really should have climbed to the next rung in resolution to match the well-priced Nexus 6P (2,560x1,440 pixels). \t \tBetter news is that battery here is a monster -- the Mate 8 lasted an average of 15.6 hours in our video drain tests. In everyday life, too, I always seemed to have enough battery reserves after continuously using it throughout the day. Some of that is due to the dimmer screen, though if your battery ever does get perilously close to flatlining, you can always turn on the phone's power-saving settings.Bonus points: Camera and Android 6.0 \t \tPhotos were another bright spot. The 16-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera shot off rounds of very nice photos in most lighting settings, indoor and out. I'm not saying these were flawless -- camera photos do have their limits and I did get some weirdly yellow indoor shots in seriously terrible lighting -- but the camera components have gotten so good lately that most higher-end models will take photos you like. \t \tSelfie shots were also pretty good when tested in the hand and yes, even on a selfie stick during a rowdy New Year's party, but Huawei does shove Beauty Mode down your throat -- unbelievably, you have your choice of two. Those with a more natural vibe can switch to the usual camera mode to slides settings down from Beauty 10 to zero.