Huawei’s latest phone, the Mate 8, hit the market today, and is fast becoming the toast of mobile device lovers. The company had already launched the Mate S earlier this year and the Mate 7 last year, and the Mate 8 has startling similarities and differences from these predecessors.
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While the Mate is totally different from the Mate S and 7 in several respects, its large 4000mAh battery and 6” screen size makes it similar to the others.
The new Kirin 950 SoC from HiSilicon drives the Mate 8. The SoC is largely a LITTLE design with 4x Cortex A53 running up to 1.8GHz serving as high-efficiency cores and 4x Cortex A72 high performance cores running at 2.3GHz.
Both Huawei and HiSilicon assures that the new Kirin 950 makes the Mate 8 very power efficient, and its SoC together with its large 4000mAh battery makes it last 30% longer than Mate 7.
The Mate 8 uses a GPU of Mali T880MP4 running at up to 900MHz, but new mobile devices scheduled for release next year seems to do better with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 or Samsung's Exynos 8890 – enabling it offer higher processing for its graphics. But then Huawei’s Mate 8 uses a 1080p resolution with 6” IPS LCD screen.
Huawei reveals the battery of the new phone charges at about 2A at 9V or 18V, and that it is capable of charging about 37% in 30 minutes.
The placement of the speaker to the bottom of the flagship phone makes it look like that of P8 or Mate S, but Mate 8 still has the same camera, flash, fingerprint-sensor position such as can be seen in the Mate 7, with round designs rather than square.
The camera of the phone has a new sensor module from Sony, and features a IMX298 of 1/2.8" 16MP unit with 1.12µm pixels and phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) pixels. The phone does not have 4K recording apart from the 1080p video capability.
The Mate 8 comes in two variants of 3GB RAM with 32GB of NAND storage or 4GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB of storage. You can use only the dual-nanoSIM or use the second SIM slot as a microSD space for a memory card. The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with new Huawei's EmotionUI 4.0 customization.
This phone will begin to be available in China in the first quarter of next and then later released to the West and Europe before the end of 2016. Chinese MSRPs for the 32GB, 64 and 128GB models come in at respectively RMB¥2999 ($479), ¥3699 ($591) and ¥4399 ($703).