The era of tablets is almost gone as Phablets have taken over the consumer markets. Each day, more and more phablets are pumped out into the market and there is always something better you can go for. In order to gain dominance in this market, Huawei has just released the successor to Huawei Mate 7 by introducing their new Kirin 950 SOC based Mate 8.
The Mate 8 will support a 6 inch LCD display with a surprisingly low 1080p resolution, as compared to what is already available on the market. However, this does mean that the device will be able to run circles around some devices in terms of battery life thanks to its 4000 mAh battery, which incidentally also supports quick charge. Apart from that, the device will also rock the 950 Kirin SOC, which is an Octa-core processor with four cores operating at 1.8 GHz and four on 2.3 GHz on 4 GB of RAM. In terms of camera, the phone will support a 1080p 16MP rear and 8MP front camera, both of which will lack the ability to record 4K footage.
In terms of design, the Mate 8 will feature a metallic body with a small curve on the back to increase its comfort. It will also feature small bezels to make the device’s overall screen look bigger as well. Apart from that the phone will showcase the somewhat standard bottom speakers and a fingerprint scanner on its back side.
The Mate 8 will be made available to public in the first quarter of 2016 in China whereas the global availability of the device will be announced in CES 2016. It will come in variants of 32, 64 and 128 GB with the ability to increase the storage by sacrificing the dual SIM capability for a micro SD card. While we can’t really make a comment on how much the device will cost internationally, we can take a well educated guess by taking its Chinese price into account. This guess tells us that the top tier (128 GB) variant will go for about $690 or more whereas the other models will go somewhere around the $450 and $580 mark.