Can’t get enough of big-ass display phone? Well, here’s the good news: the trend has yet to die down – at least, not in the eyes of Chinese communication equipment giant Huawei. It has announced a new Mate joining its line of ridiculously big handsets, called Huawei Mate 8. Officially unveiled in China yesterday, Mate 8 comes outfitted with a 1080p display, faithfully protected by a 2.5D glass and is powered by a spanking new 64-bit 16nm technology-based octacore Kirin 950 chip that packs four numbers of Cortex A72 cores clocking in at 2.3GHz and four Cortex A53 running at 1.8GHz, a I5 coprocessor and a Mali T880 MP4 GPU, supported by up to 4GB of RAM.
The device runs on Huawei EMUI 4.0 UI baked into the latest Android OS, 6.0 Marshmallow. Its luxurious aluminum body is offered in four appropriately classy colors, namely Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray and Mocha Gold. Other spec sheet details include 16MP main camera with dual tone LED flash and 1080/60 videoing, a 8MP front-facing camera, capable of 1080/30 video recording, up to 128GB onboard storage, microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB, dual-band wireless ac, Bluetooth 4.2, DTS audio, 24-bit audio playback, a “Level 3 Detail” fingerprint sensor, a 4,000 mAh lithium-polymer battery good for 22 days standby, plus the usual bunch of sensors that today’s smartphone is expected to have.
The specs differs slightly depending on the versions, which including telco-specific models and a non-telco version. Well, at least, that’s what we are seeing on their official specification sheet. Huawei China is already taking pre-orders with delivery expected to commence on December 9. Prices start at 3,199 Chinese Yuan, which is around US$500.