Huawei unveils Mate 8 phablet featuring new Kirin 950 CPU

After a lot of teasing, Huawei has finally taken the veil off its new Mate 8 phablet which comes equipped with the company’s very own Kirin 950 processor. This large slab ships with a 6-inch monitor and even grabs a fingerprint scanner for keeping with the times.

But the main attraction of the Huawei Mate 8 is definitely its Kirin 950 processor which grabs four high-power 2.3GHz Cortex-A72 cores and four power-saving 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 cores. This setup even features an i5 coprocessor to control the power consumption of features like speech recognition, the sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation and more.

Huawei has blessed this new phone with an aerospace-grade aluminum body that’s accompanied by 2.5D curved diamond cut glass. The 6-inch display on its front garners 1080p full HD resolution which is a disappointment for QHD fans.

Mate 8

On the rear surface of the Mate 8, you’ll find 16MP Sony IMX298 camera, sitting beneath which is a fingerprint scanner with a circular profile like that of the Nexus 6P. For selfies and video calling, this device will rely upon its 8MP front snapper.

A short glance at the key specs of the new Huawei Mate 8:

– Display: 6-inch, 1080p full HD
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.0
– Processor: Octa core Kirin 950
– GPU: Mali T880MP4
– Memory: 3GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage
– Cameras: 16MP rear, 8MP front
– Battery: 4000mAh

Huawei has kept things fresh in the software department as well, as it has gone for an Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based version of its EMUI 4.0 interface. As for the battery, this smartphone draws its power from a big 4000mAh unit.

Huawei Mate 8 front

The Mate 8 will be sold in China in the form of a 3GB RAM-32GB storage model at around $480, and as a 4GB RAM-64GB storage variant at about $590. There will even be a model bearing 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage selling at approximately $700.

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Via a press release, Huawei has said that the Mate 8 is already available in China. But the same presser also states that it will be officially showcased at next year’s CES and will be released into the market sometime in Q1. This has created quite some confusion about its release.