Huawei’s 2015 flagship – Mate S, was a huge success and was highly welcomed in the global market like the Huawei-Google Nexus 6P.
Apparently, we haven’t seen the last of Huawei for this year yet as the Chinese giant recently teased an upcoming 6-inch smartphone with the Mate 8 moniker.
The Mate 8 is a direct successor to Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 which was released last year at the September IFA event, and it is expected to be powered by Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 950 chipset which will be launched by November 5th.
Here’s everything we know so far on the specs of the device:
- 6.0 inch 2560 x 1440p QHD display (490ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Emotion UI 4.0 based off Android Lollipop 5.1 OS
- HiSilicon Kirin 950 Octa-core SoC (four 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 and four 2.4GHz Cortex-A72)
- ARM Mali-T880 GPU
- 20.7MP Back camera (5376 x 3752p) with Dual-LED flash, autofocus, Geo-tagging
- 8MP (1920 x 1080p) Selfie camera with front-LED flash (possibly)
- 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM
- 32GB or 64GB internal storage with Micro-SD support of up to 128GB
- 4100mAh non-removable Li-Polymer battery
- Dual Nano-SIM slot
- USB Version 2.0
- 2G GSM, 3G HSPA, Cat.10 4G LTE network bands
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
- Bluetooth Ver.4.1
- FM radio, A-GPS, NFC, GLONASS (similar to GPS)
- Fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyrometer, compass
The Mate 8 is currently being assembled in Foxconn’s factory and leaked images show a Dual-SIM tray and a Micro-SD tray. The Micro-SD slot is actually the second-SIM slot which can be used alternatively to increase the phone’s memory via a Micro-SD card.
Furthermore, the Mate 8 is expected to come with the Force Touch feature as seen on Mate S which will allow users to perform added functions by applying extra pressure when clicking on an app.
Huawei’s CEO, Yu Chengdong already confirmed that the phone will be powered by the Kirin 950 processor, so this is not just a rumor. Also, the ARM Mali-T880 GPU should come with an i7 co-processor and a Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 independent audio chip.
The device is also rumored to be made of aluminum just like the Mate 7 before it and the speaker, which was housed at the back in the Mate 7, is now being placed in front in the Mate 8.
The device will have two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage, while the higher variant will be equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The 3GB RAM/32GB Storage configuration will go for $520, while the 4GB RAM/64GB model will be sold for $610.
As for availability, the Mate 8 was earlier expected to be launched alongside the Kirin 950 chipset, but the new teaser image below shows that the Huawei Mate 8 will be unveiled by November 26th, three weeks after the Kirin 950 chipset’s official launch and the unveiling will presumably take place in China.
There is no confirmation of the release date yet, but we will update this article as soon as we find out more. For now, comment below to share your thoughts with us on the Huawei Mate 8, its specs and pricing.