Huawei Mate 8 Is Now Official: Announced With 6-inch 1080p Display, Android 6.0, Fingerprint Sensor

As expected, Huawei has introduced the Mate 8 smartphone to the world as the company’s latest Mate flagship integrated with adavanced features.  First one from the Chinese manufacturer that, the Mate 8 is equipped with Kirin 950 SoC with octa-core CPU with IntelliSense i5 sensor hub and Mali T880MP4 GPU. Sports a 6-inch FHD IPS display with 2.7mm ultra narrow frame, 83% screen-to-body ratio and 2.5D glass. The HiSilicon SoC is manufactured using TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET process.

The Mate 8 also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which increases the area by 10% compared to square sensor and identifies speed that has also been optimized. With the chip-level encryption technology and SD card lock to protect the hardware info.

The daul-SIM (Hybrid) on Mate 8 allow customers use the secondary SIM slot as an expandable microSD card and it is fully supported by 4G LTE connectivity options include voLTE bands as well. Color options include Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, and Mocha Brown. On the software end, the Mate 8 offers features including voice controls, a power-saving firewall, a defragmenter, and eRecovery and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC by packing a 4000mAh battery.

The Huawei Mate 8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s Emotion UI 4.0 skin on top and out of the box. Interestingly, it flaunts with a 16-megapixel rear camera powered by Sony IMX298 sensor, dual-tone LED flash, phase detection suto-focus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and more importantly uses Huawei’s own ISP technology to produce best photographs. It also implemented with an 8-megapixel forward-facing cam to beautify selfies with f/2.4 aperture.

The body of the Mate 8 is purely made of aerospace-grade aluminum and unique 2.5D curved diomand cut glass carving. You will find a i5 coprocessor that “supports speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, all the functions of a sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation, and reduces loaction-based power improvements,” the company said in the press release. The

The Huawei Mate 8 is currently available in China. Buyers can head over to the official retail stores to avail it. The handset will be available in 3GB/32GB, 4GB/64GB, and 4GB/128GB variants, priced at around $480, $590, and $700, respectively.


In brief:

  • 6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display with 2.5D glass, 95% wide color gamut
  • Octa-Core (2.3GHz 4 x ARM Cortex A72 + 1.8GHz 4 x ARM Cortex A53) Huawei Kirin 950 processor with Mali T880 GPU
  • 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB / 128GB storage, expandable via microSD
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.0
  • Hybird Dual SIM (nano SIM + nano SIM / microSD)
  • 16MP rear camera with Sony IMX298 sensor, PDAF, OIS, f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 157.1× 80.6×7.9mm; Weight: 185g
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC
  • 4000mAh battery

The China Unicorn Huawei Mate 8 with 3GB RAM + 32GB on-board storage is priced at 2999 yuan (US$ 469). Standard 4G version costs 3199 Yuan (US$500). The 4G RAM variant plus 64GB of memory costs 3699 Yuan (US$ 579) and for 128GB Mate 8 you will need to pay around 4399 Yuan (US$688).

You can now pre-order Mate 8 through vmall in China, will go on sale starting from December 9th. The international availability details will be announced at CES in January next year.