The new Chinese-build flagship smartphone which was teased by Huawei earlier this year has finally shown its capabilities as the Huawei Mate 8 was officially unveiled by the company this Thursday during a Chinese event held at the Expo Center in Shanghai.
The tablet-like phone, or phablet, is the new Huawei frontline product, set to overthrow its last year precursor, the Huawei Mate 7. An exact launch date for the new device has yet to be set, but this will most likely be unveiled in two months, at the 2016 CES which will be held this January, along with its price. The phablet will also be only available in China, with a western release not yet announced or even hinted at.
The Huawei Mate 8 will be available at launch in two variants, discerning between themselves through their RAM and storage capacity. One version will have 3GB with 32GB of internal hard-drive storage while the other one will work with 4GB of ram with its storage doubled when compared to its other variant, reaching 64GB.
Both of these variants come with dual-SIM support, with the added SIM slot also functioning as a microSD card reader. The phablet screen is an IPS LCD of 6 inches and supports full HD resolutions with 372.2 pixels per inch. The Kirin HiSilicon 950 was chosen as the processor of this machine, housing eight cores, four of which being Cortex-A53 at 1.8 GHz while the other four Cortex-A72 cores working at 3.2 GHz, along with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. Its operating system will be the Android 6.0 named Marshmallow.
This phablet sports a Sony IMX298 sensor 18-megapixel camera on its back, supporting a phase detecting auto-focus feature. It also has a front-mounted camera with 8 megapixels.
All of this hardware is powered by a 4000 mAh battery and can basically connect to almost anything, having Micro-USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G, GPS, and DLNA, making this phablet a pretty nice piece of advanced machinery. The added fingerprint circular scanner positioned under its 18 mp camera also adds to the advanced security that the Huawei Mate 8 provides.
At the moment, the aerospace-grade aluminum crafted phablet comes in only four colors, Space Gray, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Moonlight Silver, but until its official launch, it might benefit from more colors. Or you can simply buy a case for it and customize it in any shape or from you might want.
After the Huawei Mate 8 was officially unveiled by the company this Thursday, all that is left to do is wait for January so that more details regarding its launch and worldwide availability to be announced.