Announced: The New Huawei Mate 8 is Coming Your Way!

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After the success of Huawei Mate 7 last year, the company is getting ready to release its younger (yet mightier) sibling – the Huawei Mate 8. The phone was officially announced on Thanksgiving, and it is expected to hit the stores in the beginning of 2016. Let’s check out what can you expect from this phone!

The Characteristics 

The Huawei Mate 8 can be put in the category of phablets, having a 6” screen with a pixel density of 368 PPI. The phone (or phablet if you will) has an impressive screen-to-body ration of 78%. Yet it must be said that the pixel density is somewhat lower than what we are used to these days.

The Mate 8 comes with an octa-core processor – the HiSilicon Kirin 950, and has variants with 3 or 4 GB of RAM.

When it comes to the camera quality, the back camera is a 16-megapixel dual LED camera. The front, or the selfie camera if you prefer is an 8-megapixel camera, which is more than decent.

What really caught my eye is the Li-Po 4000 mAh battery. It is powerful battery indeed, but please note that we are talking about a 6” phone. The bigger the phone, the more battery it needs.


The Specifications 

BODY Dimensions 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm (6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 in)
Weight 185 g (6.53 oz)
SIM Optional Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


DISPLAY Type IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.0 inches (~78.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~368 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
– Emotion UI 4.0


PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 950
CPU Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53
GPU Mali-T880 MP4


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM/ 64 or 128 GB, 4 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 16 MP, 4608 x 3456 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.8′ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps
Secondary 8 MP, 1080p


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes


COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, EDR, LE
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host


FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 37% in 30 min
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– DivX/XviD/MP4/H.265/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/Flac player
– Document editor
– Photo/video editor


BATTERY Li-Po 4000 mAh battery


The Verdict 

One thing is for sure, it is too early to give this phone a rating or to talk about overall performance. But as things are looking, we might be getting something really awesome in a short period of time. What we know for sure is that the Huawei Mate 8 will come in three variants with different prices: 3GB RAM/32GB storage at 2999 CNY, or approximately $470, 4GB RAM/64GB storage at 3699 CNY or $580, and 3GB RAM/128GB storage at 4399 CNY or $690.


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