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New Huawei Mate 8 hands-on

Huawei unveiled its new Mate 8 at CES 2016  in Las Vegas, and we’ve managed to get our hands on it.

The Mate 8 is the latest phablet to be offered by the Chinese company, improving on last year’s Ascend  Mate 7 with a great fingerprint sensor, large display, and impressive battery life.

In terms of design, it retains many elements of the previous Mate devices, including the slim, full metal body construction.

It’s a big device, but the bezels are so thin that the device isn’t much larger than the 6-inch screen.

The big, bright display offers a simple 1920 x 1080 resolution, presumably to boost battery life, and this extends to the edges of the phone – but it looks great and offers gorgeous colour saturation.

My favourite feature on the phone is the lightening-fast fingerprint sensor located on the back, which unlocks the phone the moment you touch it.

The Mate 8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Huawei’s EMUI 4.0, and features Huawei’s new Kirin 950 chipset which has four A72 2.3GHz processor cores, and four A53 1.8GHz cores.

It boasts a 16 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization, 4K video recording capabilities, and a dual tone LED flash, along with an 8 MP front-facing  camera.

The device is powered by a hefty 4,000 mAh battery, with fast charging capabilities that Huawei promises will give you a full day of use after just 30 minutes of charging.

Huawei Mate 8 photo
Huawei Mate 8 photo of VegeNation restaurant in Downtown Las Vegas
Huawei Mate 8 night photo
Huawei Mate 8 night photo of Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas

Launch date, price

Huawei said the initial launch of the Mate 8 would extend to over 30 countries, with the phone set to arrive in South Africa in March.

Expect to pay between R10,000 – R11,000 for the Mate 8, according to local Huawei representatives.

The specifications of the Huawei Mate 8 are detailed in the table below.

Specifications Huawei Mate 8
Dimensions 157.1 x 80.6 x 7.9 mm
Weight 185 g
Operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Huawei’s EMUI 4.0
Display 6-inch IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen 1080p (1080 x 1920)
Rear camera 16MP
Front camera 8MP
Storage, internal 32GB / 64GB
Processor Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A72 + quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex A53
Battery Li-Po 4000 mAh

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