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Huawei Launches Flagship Mate 8 At CES 2016

By Jan David Perianes , Jan 05, 2016 07:51 PM EST
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In hopes to win the smartphone race, manufacturers unleash their flagships that are complete with new, groundbreaking features and powerful hardware specifications that can give their devices the edge against their competition. Today, Huawei has set the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 as its stage to unveil its latest flagship, the Mate 8 phablet.

The Huawei Mate 8 features an impressive hardware sheet, as well as the company's skin on top of Android. It also comes with a whopping 6-inch full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection.

As far as hardware specifications are concerned, the Mate 8 will be the very first smartphone to run the company's homegrown Kirin 950 octa-core chipset, which is reportedly going to double the smartphone's CPU power by 100 percent and raise the GPU's performance by 125 percent as compared to the previous phone models in the lineup. It will also arrive in 3GB and 4GB variants, and storage options will go up to 64GB.

For its photography prowess, the Mate 8 features a 16-megapixel primary snapper that comes with an all-new Sony IMX298 sensor. At the front, there's an 8-megapixel front camera that features "beauty algorithm" to market itself to selfie aficionados.

The Huawei Mate 8 also features a 4,000mAh battery rating to further boost the device's up time. The company claims that it can go over two days, and it's also 70 percent more power efficient. It comes with quick-charging capabilities, and Huawei says it can last a full day of use with only 30 minutes of charging time.

Not only that, but Huawei has also equipped the Mate 8 with a new and improved fingerprint scanner. It has a new sensor that can improve its identification prowess by 10 percent, and the speed of unlocking the device with fingerprint would be 100 times faster.

The Huawei Mate 8 will arrive on the market with a US$643 price for the 3GB variant with 32GB of ROM, while the offering that includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage will cost about US$750. It will be available first in 30 countries in Europe, UAE, Mexico and Australia and will also arrive in several different color options: champagne gold, mocha brown, moonlight silver and space gray.

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