Huawei released its latest flagship, the Huawei Mate 8 in China in December, and now the company launched the smartphone globally at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. To be more exact, the smartphone won’t become globally available, but the smartphone manufacturer will release the device in over 30 countries, but it seems that the smartphone won’t arrive in the USA just yet. The countries where the Huawei Mate 8 will become available include Spain, Germany, Australia, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Peru, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Egypt, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Burma, Kuwait, Hong Kong, and France.
The Huawei Mate 8 is a ginormous, 6-inch smartphone, measuring 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm (6.19 x 3.17 x 0.31 in), and weighing 185 g (6.53 oz). It definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it could make those people happy who like huge smartphones. The metal body and the glass display of the smartphone come together in creating a very good-looking device. The 6-inch display has a 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and 368 ppi pixel density and it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The resulting images won’t be as sharp as the ones delivered by other high-end smartphones, so if you would like to have a bright and sharp display, the Mate 8 might not be the perfect smartphone for you.
The device is powered by a HiSilicon 950 chipset, with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. It includes 3GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage or 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, and both versions support an additional 128GB of external storage, thanks to the second SIM card slot of the device which also works as a microSD card slot. The 4000mAh battery of the smartphone is quite impressive and it will be able to ensure up to 15.6 hours of video playback. Compared to other flagship smartphones, this feature really is a great one. The fingerprint sensor of the device features enhanced protection technology, so all the data users store on their smartphone will be safe.
The Huawei Mate 8 is equipped with a 16MP back snapper and a 5MP front-facing camera. Both are capable of capturing good quality photos and video in almost any light setting. These are not the best cameras anyone has ever seen in a smartphone, but they will do for the majority of users who aren’t necessarily professional photographers. The cameras will record 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps, or 720p@120fps videos, and the device features dual-LED Flash, so the colors will look more natural.
One thing that Android users will love about this particular smartphone is that it comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box. While everyone is eagerly waiting for the software update to finally reach their smartphones, Huawei Mate 8 owners will be able to enjoy the latest version of the operating system as soon as they get their smartphone out of its box. Users will get features like Doze and Now on Tap, but those who think about purchasing the Huawei mate 8 should be aware of the fact that Huawei’s version of Android is quite different from the one they might have seen on the Nexus 6P for example.
The Mate 8 is available in four colors, champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown, and its price starts at 599 euros for the for 3GB+32GB version and 699 euros for the 4GB+64GB version. In China, the manufacturer already sold over a million units since the smartphone was launched, so we might see impressive sales for the Huawei Mate 8 elsewhere also.