Another day another exciting flagship phone launch. Huawei took center stage this morning to officially reveal and announced their 6-inch Huawei Mate 8 keep reading for full specs.
For fans of big Huawei phones in China there will be 4 different versions of the Huawei Mate 8 available and in a range of 4 colours. So enough choice to get the memory combination and colour choice to match your needs.
Huawei Mate 8 Launch
The Mate 8 steps up as the next flagship phablet in the Huawei range with a 6-inch display, which remains at FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution despite rumours saying that Huawei would finally bite the bullet and go for a 2K panel. This is a wise decision in our opinion, as a 1080p panel is still more than suitable for a 6-inch panel, and won’t tax the system or battery.
A black bezel runs around the display measuring 2.7mm thick and as is the fashion for 2015 the display ends in a 2.5D curve at the edges.
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Speaking of the system Android 6 comes on this beast of a phablet running Huawei’s own Emotion UI ROM over the top. This Android set up gets pushed along be the self-developed Kirin 950 16nm chipset running at 2.3Ghz (4 x A72 cores at 2.3Ghz and 4 x A53 cores at 1.8Ghz) and up to 4GB RAM (cheaper models have 3GB RAM).
The metal bodied phablet runs a fingerprint scanner on the rear and rear Sony IMX298 16 mega-pixel sensor, while the front camera is an 8 mega-pixel shooter.
Other features include dual SIM support, a 4000mAh battery for around 2.5 days of use, and the same Knunkle gesture support we saw in the Huawei Mate S.
As for pricing, well if you are in China you can pick up the base model of the Huawei Mate 8 for just 2999 Yuan with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory. For 3199 Yuan you get the same memory but with all LTE support (for Chinese networks and likely better support abroad). 4GB RAM 64GB memory will set you back 3699 Yuan while the top end model with 4GB RAM and 128GB memory is 4399 Yuan. Huawei also are offering a Mate 8 and Huawei Watch combo deal for 6888 Yuan.
What do you make of the latest Huawei flagship phablet?
Huawei’s on a roll this year.
its beautiful, i just ordered a letv 1s but when it gets here im going to have to sell it for this baby. now i just need to sell my car to afford this phone haha
That looks like a fantastic handset!
Gonna get it!
Hey Andi, Taobao is selling the base model with LTE for 2999 kuai.
I wan to see benchmarks and camera samples, I`m pretty sure everything else is bloody top notch.
Huawei has gotten too expensive and they don’t deliver updates that much. Also no custom roms due to own SoC.
You are assuming so.. Huawei has moved its budget line phones to Honor series. The Mate 8 is priced similar to Mate 7 except that now comes with 64gb and 128gb versions with higher pricing while mate 7 didn’t have 64gb and 128gb.
The Honor series is prices comparable to Xiaomi or Meizu phones, the Huawei phones are priced the same as brands like Vivo, Gionee and Oppo.
Huawei’s budget brand is Honor. They only use the Huawei name for their premium devices to help keep some sort of distinction between the two brands.
Definitely going to get this. Apparently these have the new graphite battery which charges to 48% in 5 minutes? Love huawei phones.
No those were just experimental.. Not implemented yet.
graphite batteries are superconductors , in anothe form and still remember that simple superconductors discharge super fast , graphite ones are experimental tech
How could you do this to me Huawei? My wallet is already empty, yet you continue to tempt me with this wonderfully sexy and powerful device! Ughhhhhhhh………
Hope they provide continual OTA updates ?
I was really interested in this phone from renders/leaks etc but now it’s here I feel a little underwhelmed. Was expecting a 2k display (on a 6″ phone it does make a difference) also thought it was gonna have a force touch display although it doesn’t bother me as I think at this point in time its a little gimmicky. I have to say I’m very surprise by the lack of USB C on a late 2015 flagship and those very thick Elephone-esque black borders ruin the look of an otherwise beautiful handset.
“very thick borders” :’D
I assume either we’re looking at different pictures, or you REALLY need to chill. I never understood the bezel-fetishists, but this is the first time, when I literally have no idea what the f% you’re talking about. (pardon my language)
(ps.: we also disagree in the FHD – 2K matter, but hey, that I can see as a personal preference, and I’m not going to be an asshat about it. )
True lack of force touch was surprising, but Mate S force touch version hasn’t been out in the market yet and hence i would say they might release that with Kirin 950 chipset.
USB-C isn’t really all too convenient right now. It’s tough to get good cables, and they don’t seem to do anything better than normal micro USB cables.
Great choice to have a 1080p screen. 2k and 4k are purely battery wasting additions that present nothing extra in the display department that a person’s eyes can tell. Only important if you like viewing your phone with a magnifying glass.
A 2K display is completely useless in my opinion on devices of this size. It’s a resource hog and it only looks marginally better than 1080p. On a 50″ TV its another story, but on a 6″ phone 1080p is more than adequate.
I saw the 1080p resolution on this one like a great thing, we have a excellent setup here, and the GPU will have extra performance dealing with 1080p rather than 2k.
Huawei usually uses very good 1080p displays too.
GPU will be just good enough for 3D FHD content.
Yeah, very good. That’s something that I don’t like about 2K or 4K resolutions, when we get a good advance in graphics performance (GPU) , we don’t feel that advance because the performance is pushed down by crazy resolutions marketing that spreads.
Well Samsung & QC are getting close to making 2K a runner with their last SoC’s but HiSilicon Kirin 950 with its T880 MP4 @ (unbelievable) 900 MHz is good enough for FHD.
A biggest let down on Kirin 950 is a older DSP so it won’t be competitive in multimedia tasks.
4 versions, not one below 6″…
damn that’s too bad, it seems like a great phone.
i’ll keep waiting for SD820 5.5″ phone releases early 2016
The Mate is Huawei’s phablet line. The P series is their smaller phones.