At their CES event today, Huawei officially launched their Mate 8 in international markets. This is a part of their larger play to expand beyond its home market of Asia into North America, Europe, and beyond. In the past few months, the company has released the well-received Nexus 6P with Google and the Huawei Watch.
The Mate 8’s metal body is made from aluminum and has an anodized back that comes in multiple colors. Its 6-inch full HD display takes up a majority of the phone’s body with Huawei citing an 83% screen-to-body ratio. It runs on a Huawei-made octa-core Kirin 950 processor with four cores run at 2.3GHz and the others at 1.8GHz.
With the help of its processor and other optimizations, the 4000mAh battery is rated at “more than two days uninterrupted performance.” Specifically, they cite 17 hours of video, 20 hours of browsing, 28 hours of calling, and 98 hours of music playback. Due to rapid charging technology, 30 minutes of charge will provide one full day of usage.
The Mate 8 features a fingerprint sensor on the back and a microphone setup that can detect audio within three meters. Camera-wise, it uses a 16MP Sony camera that has a larger sensor than the iPhone 6s Plus. They cite a proprietary image-processing engine and a custom auto-focus system that takes better pictures.
The device runs Android 6.0 but with Huawei’s EMUI skin on top. For 599 euros, you’ll get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Moving to 4GB and 64GB of storage costs 699 euros.
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