Within the year an array of quality smartphones from the Huawei have graced us, from the Honor 7 and the Nexus 6P, to the P8 and the Mate S. Huawei is set to make another groundbreaking launch with the Huawei Mate 8, which is a successor of the Ascend Mate 7 which came was a surprise debut at the IFA 2014.

Huawei Mate 8 design

The Huawei Mate 8 is covered with an aluminium body with a 2.5D curved glass to add a more natural feel to side swipes. It has an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, with slimmer dimensions than Mate 7. A huge oblique camera unit dominates the rear part of the Mate 8 with a fingerprint sensor right below it.

Mate 8 specifications

Huawei disclosed some of their Mate 8’s specifications via an official specs sheet released on November 25. The Mate 8 is set to feature an octa-core Kirin 950 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. This means performance will be enhanced up to 100 percent compared to the Kirin 920 in the Mate 7. Mate 8 will also be the first phone by the Chinese Manufacturer to use the Mali T880 GPU.

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During the release, the company stressed that the Mate 8 features outstanding improvements compared to its Mate 7 predecessor. It was stated that performance would be better by 22 percent with 12 percent lower power consumption than the Exynos 7420 and as for the Snapdragon 810, it would perform 25 percent better with 44 percent less power consumed. It is still unknown how the Kirin 950 will match up to the two Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 chips.

Though there have been rumors about Huawei releasing three variants, it seems that the company plans to launch only two, one with 4 GB RAM while the other having a 3 GB RAM with the screen size being the only similarity. Both the device will be complemented with Huawei EMUI 4.0 built on Android Marshmallow.

Mate 7 embodied one of the best batteries on a smartphone, according to Huawei the Mate 8 battery will be an upgrade with up to 30 percent more battery power.

As for the camera, the Mate 8 will have a 16 MP rear camera with a Sony sensor which should be a step up from the Mate 7’s 13 MP camera.

Though the Mate 8 will come in a similar full HD 6-inch display, it promises to have a better screen-to-body ratio and a wider color range compared to the Mate 7.

It also comes with an innovative fingerprint sensor same as the Mate S but misses out on the trending USB Type-C, keeping the USB 2.0 instead.

Huawei Mate 8 release date and price

Currently the Huawei Mate 8 is already available for purchase in China. As for the rest of globe, the release date of the device will be divulged in January at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016.

Previous reports have claimed that the price for Huawei Mate 8’s 3 GB RAM with an internal storage of 32 GB version will be US$519 whereas the 4 GB RAM with 64 GB built-in storage version is said to cost US$613.

With the slight differences, the Huawei Mate 8 is identical to the Mate S and Mate 7.

What do you think of the Huawei Mate 8 so far? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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