Late last month, Huawei officially unveiled its most powerful device to date – the Huawei Mate 8. It was previously believed that the device would be available in the first quarter of 2016, but it seems the device will be released earlier than expected.
The news comes to us courtesy of Chinese-speaking MyDrivers. According to the report, Huawei’s smartphone chief, He Gang, confirmed that the Huawei Mate 8 would be launched on the 9th of December, in China at least. The exec added that a 1 million units of the device will be produced every month. The question is, will the Mate 8 be a success? Huawei sold 1 million units of the Ascend Mate 7 in one year. It seems Huawei feels that the Mate 8 will do better.
To recap, the Huawei Mate 8 sports a 6-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This works out to a pixel density of 367 ppi. Its camera combo consists of a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 rear-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture and 3-axis OIS and an 8-megapixel Sony IMX179 front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture. Storage options include 32 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB versions. It also features a microSD card slot. Under the hood is Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC, which is an octa-core processor with four Cortex A72s cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, four Cortex A53s clocked at 1.8 GHz, and an ARM Mali-T880 GPU to handle graphics made under the company’s 16 nm process. The Mate 8 will be available in a version with 3 GB of RAM and another version with 4 GB of RAM. There are two versions of the Huawei Mate 8. Keeping the lights on is a 4,000 mAh battery that supports QuickCharging. The Huawei Mate 8 also features an improved fingerprint scanner found on the back of the device. The Huawei Mate 8 runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.0 slapped on top.
The Huawei Mate 8 is now available in China, and will set buyers back the equivalent of £312.
At the time of writing, the Huawei Mate 8 is yet to land on our shores.
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