After a lot of rumoring and leaking, the Huawei Mate 8 has finally been launched officially in China and is being touted as the most advanced flagship smartphone ever made by Huawei. As expected, the Mate 8 gets a 6-inch screen, latest Kirin 950 chipset with an octa-core processor, and Mali T880MP4 graphics processor. If you have been following the news lately, you will easily notice that the phone looks exactly as in the renders that leaked a day ago.
In case you are not aware, the Kirin 950 SoC includes four power-saver Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and four high-performance Cortex-A72 cores clocked up to 2.3 GHz. An i5 coprocessor in the Mate 8 brings support for low-power consumption MP3, speech recognition, every function of a sensor hub, FLP navigation, decreases location-based power consumption. Kirin 950 has been manufactured with the 16 nm FinFET process.
Talking about the rest of the hardware, the Huawei Mate 8 sports 2.5D curved and diamond cut glass. The phablet is made out of aerospace-grade aluminum and gets a fingerprint sensor mounted at the rear. For photography, the Mate 8 boasts of the latest Sony IMX298 16MP camera on the rear and an 8MP selfie snapper at the front. The phone comes pre-installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.0 on top of it, offering eRecovery, voice controls, a defragmenter, a power-saving firewall, etc. To keep the lights on, the phone packs a 4,000mAh battery.
The Huawei Mate 8 will be available in different variants according to the RAM/internal storage configuration. You can choose from 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB, and 4GB/128GB versions, that are priced at about $480, $590, and $700 respectively. The phone comes in different premium colors like Space Gray, Mocha Brown, Moonlight Silver, and Champagne Gold. The phone will currently sell in China, and details about its international availability will be revealed in January 2016 at the CES.