Huawei which now tops at providing one of the best devices in the market has formally announced the direct update to last year’s Mate 7, Though let’s not forget about the recently launched Mate S which also has almost all the great feature from the Mate 7 but the former is a little less smaller with 5.5-inch display. The Huawei Mate 8 however, like the Mate 7 packs a large 6-inch display, a phablet that sets itself different from other devices in the market and aside from the mere size of the handset, the Mate 8 also packs one of the best features that any smartphone could have with the latest technologies at hand, the Huawei Mate 8 is truly the definite and the next flagship device from Huawei.
The new Mate 8 features the latest in-housed chipset the HiSilicon Kirin 950 with ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration of 4 cores of Cortex A72 running at 2.3 GHz and 4-cores of Cortex A53 at 1.8 GHz. The new chipset offers enhanced power saving features which is also supported by an i5 coprocessor that takes care of other low-power processes to even lower its power consumption.
Together with the new chipset, the Huawei Mate 8 will be available in two variants depending on the internal RAM that is has. For the average users, there’s the 3GB RAM with either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage and the more advanced and for the hardcore users, the Mate 8 will be available with 4 GB of system RAM and either a 64 GB or better yet a whopping 128 GB of internal storage with all of which can be expanded through microSD that supports up to 128 GB .
The Mate 8’s 6-inch screen features an edge-to-edge 1080p IPS display panel and laminated with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 with an 83% screen to body ratio. It also sport and improved color production with up to 95% of the NTSC color range.
Feature-wise, the new Mate 8 features an improved fingerprint sensor mounted on the back right below the handset’s main camera. Since we mentioned about the camera, The Mate 8’s main camera features a 16 Megapixel of Sony IMX298 sensor with BSI and phase detection auto focus and a dual-tone LED flash to support in low-light conditions. The front comes with an 8 Megapixel shooter that should do with all our Selfies and video calling needs.
The handset comes with dual SIM slots with the second slot to house the micro SD card when one is available. It supports the latest generation LTE wireless connectivity along with the standard support for 3G/HSPA+ and 2G/GSM. Other connectivity options which comes as standard on the Mate 8 are Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP, NFC, FM Radio, USB 2.0 on microUSB with OTG support and there’s GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beiduo support.
Huawei haven’t uncovered all other things about the new Mate 8 but the company will formally showcase the new handset at CES 2016 which should kick off by early next year.
When available, the handset will be available in Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, and Mocha Brown. Prices should start at $480 for the base model while the top-end model with 128 GB of storage and 4GB of RAM should cost around $700.