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[CES 2016] Huawei Mate 8 made official – the first 2016 flagship is here, just not in the US

Huawei Mate 8 is official! The newest 2016 flagship is here and it was launched earlier at CES. It will probably not be available in the US, but that didn’t stop the OEM from showing it at the event in Los Angeles. It will launch in some countries starting today, and prices vary by regions. The device has a starting price of €599 (the 32GB model) but it can cost up to €699 (the 64GB model).

 

 

Huawei Mate 8

 

Official specs for Huawei Mate 8:

 

  • Display: 6.0 inch LCD, 1920 x 1080, 368 PPI
  • Operating System: Android 6.0 + EMUI 4.0
  • Processor: 2.3GHz Kirin 950; Octa-core, 16nm
  • Memory: 32GB ROM/3GB RAM  or  64GB ROM/4GB RAM; microSD expandable up to 128GB
  • Camera: 16MP OIS, F2.0, BSI CMOS, dual-tone flash, Front: 8MP, F2.4
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Dimensions: 157.1 mm × 80.6 mm × 7.9 mm; 185g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 ; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n/ac, 2.4G+5GHz ; USB 2.0
  • Sensors: Gravity, Light, Proximity, Fingerprint, Hall, Gyroscope, Barometer, Compass

 

The new device has Huawei’s newest octa-core Kirin 950 SoC accompanied by 3 or 4 GB of RAM, depending on the model you choose. Both the 32GB and 64GB storage models have a huge 4000 mAh battery which should last you for two full days of usage in one charge.

 

Huawei mate 8

 

 

Huawei Mate 8 also has a fingerprint sensor which is sold as an improvement over the previous phones. The unlock speed is 100% faster and you also get features like app or document lock and quick camera access shortcuts.

 

Huawei’s flagship will run on Android 6.0 and it will have a Huawei EMUI skin on top. The strange skin goes farther away from Android OS with its lack of app drawer and weird iOS styling. There is no plan on releasing the device to the US market at the moment, so possible customers here don’t have anything to worry about, unless they do buy one via eBay or the such.

 

Source: BusinessWire via AndroidPolice

 

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Huawei Mate 8 official announcement – a new octa-core 6-inch premium flagship

Huawei Mate 8 was finally announced today! Maybe us Americans and Europeans don’t trust Huawei yet, but they are big in Asia and, as a result, they keep launching flagships one after the other. It is a Chinese national manufacturer with 15.7 percent of the market share in Q2 2015, very close to the Xiaomi king which owns 15.9 percent of the smartphone share market. It has also become the third largest vendor in the world, while branching in Europe and the Americas altogether.

 

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Huawei Mate 8 is the flagship Huawei thinks we deserve and it is also the successor of Mate 7, which put the basis of Nexus 6P for Google. Although it was not launched with the Ascend moniker, it may choose to rebrand itself like this in the western market, just to help the public keep track of things.

 

The design of the Mate 8 is pretty similar to its predecessor, with an aluminum body, fingerprint sensor and large-ish screen. By today’s standards, the 6-inch 1080p LCD display has become the standard when it comes to size. The display is framed by small bezels, which make the screen-to-bezel ratio somewhere along the lines of 86 percent.

 

Inside, we are talking about a Kirin 950 octa core plus 3 to 4 GB of RAM, at least 32 GB of storage and a microSD slot. The back camera is a hefty 16MP sensor while the frontal snapper packs an 8MP sensor.

 

Huawei Mate 8 spec list:

 

  • 6-inch 1080p JDI IPS-Neo LCD display
  • 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging of up to 2A at 9V or 18W, promising to charge up to 37% capacity in 30 minutes
  • Kirin 950 with 4x Cortex A53 @ 1.8GHz, 4x Cortex A72 @ 2.3GHz, and Mali-T880MP4 @ 900MHz
  • 3-4GB LPDDR4
  • 157.1 (h) × 80.6 (w) × 7.9 (d) mm with 185g weight
  • bottom-placed speaker
  • rear camera with OIS and a 16MP (4608 × 3456), Sony IMX298 1/2.8″ sensor with 1.12µm pixels and F/2.0 aperture
  • front camera with a 8MP (3264×2448), Sony IMX179 1/3.2″ sensor with 1.4µm pixels and F/2.4 aperture
  • 32GB/ 64GB/ 128GB storage with microSD support

 

 

 

 

 

Huawei Mate 8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow at launch but it will be covered by Huawei’s EMUI 4.0 skin. You will get additional voice controls, a defragmenter, eRecovery and a power-saving firewall, among others.

 

Mate 8 will be sold in China starting Q1 2016 after its official unveil at CES in January. It will be available in four shades: Mocha Brown, Space Gray, Moonlight Silver and Champagne Gold. Prices will start at $469 (2999 Yuen) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB model and can go as up as $689 (4399 Yuen) for the 4GB RAM/ 128GB of storage model. No word on when it will become available in the rest of the world yet!

 

Source: GetHuawei.com, AndroidPolice

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Huawei Mate 8 to launch at the end of November

The Huawei Mate 8 launch is imminent and its official launch date is on November 26th. It appears the recent invitations seen on the Internet were real but the November 5 event does not include a time and date for the launch of the newest Huawei device powered by a Kirin SoC.

 

Huawei Mate 8

 

 

The newest smartphone from Huawei will sport a Kirin 950 SoC, the newest piece of technology that could revolutionize the niche market. It appears that the primary event held on Thursday will not include the launch of Huawei Mate 8.

Instead, the device will launch at a later date, possibly to appease customers who want a techy Christmas gift for their loved ones. The number 8 on the invitation for the Mate 8 is similar to that of the November 5th event, which is a clear indication of the fact that Mate 8 will have the Kirin 950 SoC after all.

 

In the meantime, some spec details related to Huawei Mate 8 also surfaced the Internet. Although we are not completely sure these are legit, here they are:

  • 6-inch 1920x1080p display
  • octa-core [email protected] GHz (Kirin 950)
  • ARM-Mali-T880 GPU
  • 3.7GB RAM
  • 53GB storage
  • 15MP rear camera
  • 7MP front camera
  • Android 6.0 OS.

 

 

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Some leaks show the metal frame of the smartphone and the SIM card tray that will support dual SIM cards and a microSD card, but they are by no means official. We may get a tease at the device on Thursday. Will you be waiting for this device to launch? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Source: Phonearena