News by Josh Dasey on Thursday November 26, 2015.
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Huawei launched its new Mate 8 smartphone today, the Chinese company taking the wraps off the high end handset at a special press event. This is a pretty big old thing, with a massive 6-inch screen, and arrives as an update to the Mate 7. So, what?s the deal here?Well, the Mate 8 comes with that huge 6-inch panel which has been pegged to 1080p resolution and a pixel density of 367ppi. We are surprised Huawei didn't opt to go Quad HD here as the company has certainly used that higher resolution before. Not to say that Full HD is not enough, it should be plenty to deliver a crisp viewing experience. The big news with the Mate 8 is that it includes Huawei?s new Kirin 950 processor, a chipset that has been blitzing benchmarks and revealing itself to be the fastest silicon currently available in a smartphone. The HiSilicon Kirin 950 comes with 4x Cortex A72s clocked at 2.3GHz and 4x Cortex A53s clocked at 1.8GHz and is paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. Yes, that means that there are two variants of the Mate 8 and the other difference between the two devices is storage, with the 3GB RAM version getting 32GB of storage and the 4GB RAM variant getting 64GB of native space. In terms of cameras, there is a 16MP Sony IMX298 rear cam with f/2.0 aperture and 3-axis OIS serving as the primary lens, while an 8MP Sony IMX179 front cam with f/2.4 aperture serves selfie duties on the front. Keeping the lights on is a sizeable 4000mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running the show with Huawei's own Emotion UI 4.0 over the top. There is a fingerprint scanner nestled behind the camera module on the rear plate. A very solid package then, Huawei will be launching the Mate 8 will be coming to the company's China homeland during the first quarter of 2016. It has not been priced yet and no other launch regions have been named, but Huawei says it will be showcasing the Mate 8 at the CES expo in Las Vegas in January.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.