Huawei has announced the Mate 8 phablet back in November in China, and even though the company did not say if it will be available outside of the country, nor when that might happen, it was to be expected Huawei will sell their flagship on various markets across the globe. A couple of weeks back we’ve started seeing reports that Huawei plans to introduce the Mate 8 phablet during CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this month, and it seems like that info was spot on.
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This China-based company is actually the third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world now, and the Nexus 6P, Mate 8 and Huawei Watch were quite probably their most notable announcements last year. Well, Huawei has brought the Mate 8 phablet to CES, and has just announced the device in Las Vegas. “With the Mate 8, we have delivered a device that meets the needs of a new style of business. With this fast, impeccably designed smartphone, users can work more efficiently and free up valuable time to spend with friends, family and on personal pursuits. The Mate 8 is the ultimate high-end smartphone. It strikes the perfect balance between high performance and long battery life, enabling people to stay connected and be more productive in every facet of their lives,” said Kevin Ho, President of Handset Product Line at Huawei Consumer BG.
As far as the device itself goes, this is the latest and greatest Huawei has to offer. The Mate 8 is made out of metal, and it looks quite sleek through and through. The phablet sports a 6-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display along with 3 / 4GB of RAM and 32 / 64GB of internal storage. The device is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor, Huawei’s very own chip which was announced quite recently, and which is amongst the most powerful mobile processors currently available, if not the most powerful one out in the market at the moment. The 16-megapixel OIS camera is available on the back of this smartphone, and an 8-megapixel snapper can be found up front. The 4,000mAh battery is also a part of this package, and it is not removable. The fingerprint scanner is located below the rear-facing camera, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phone with Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) 4.0 on top of it.
The Huawei Mate 8 is a dual-SIM handset, and it includes 4 2G bands, 9 3G bands and 18 4G bands in 217 countries and regions with 1,334 operator settings. The Mate 8 comes in Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Mocha Gold color options, but the company still didn’t share any pricing or availability info. We’ll report back as soon as Huawei decided to share more info, stay tuned.
UPDATE: The Mate 8 will be available in quite a few countries all over the world initially, and the two variants of the device will be priced at â‚¬599 and â‚¬699, respectively. If you’d like to get more info, visit our pricing and availability article.