We’ve seen the leaked press renders; we’ve seen the leaked promotional posters, and we’ve heard about the Huawei Mate 8‘s specs. Now the phablet has made its official debut.
Say hello to the Huawei Mate 8
The Huawei Mate 8 rocks 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 edges are thinner and are 2.5 D, which means it is slightly curved towards the edges, making the device more comfortable to hold, which is essential for a device this big. 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. 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. There are two versions of the Huawei Mate 8. One features 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, while the other features 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Keeping the lights on is a 4,000 mAh battery that Huawei claims to offer 2.36 days of battery life (normal use), and as much as 17 hours of HD video playback. It also supports QuickCharging, which offers battery life that lasts an entire day with only a 30-minute charge. The Huawei Mate 8 also features an improved fingerprint scanner found on the back of the device. According to Huawei, the scanner’s erroneous recognition rate is between 2% and 1%, and the sensor is a 360-degree all-round reader that takes just 0.5 seconds to complete a one-touch unlock. Aside from reading your fingerprint fast to quickly unlock the device, it can also be used to pay for stuff. Sadly, this feature will only be initially available in China. Other uses of the fingerprint scanner is unlocking secure documents, locking applications, stopping the alarm, accessing private photos, and answering calls. This can all be done via a long press on the scanner. The Huawei Mate 8 runs Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box with Huawei’s Emotion UI 4.0 slapped on top.
Huawei will be launching the Mate 8 in China in the first quarter of next year. The Chinese phone maker will be revealing more details about the device at CES 2016, which kicks off in early January.
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