Hands-on: Huawei Mate 8 and its massive 4,000mAh battery [VIDEO]


Huawei unveiled the Huawei Mate 8 at its press conference in Las Vegas today. Despite the phone being available in China since December, it will now see a global launch, as long as you consider “global” as anywhere outside the United States.

The phone features a 6-inch display and runs on Huawei’s own Kirin 950 octa-core processor. According to Huawei, this new processor should boost performance 100 percent over the previous version, with GPU performance seeing a 125 percent boost.

The camera features a 16MP rear-camera, with a Sony IMX298 sensor. The front-facing camera is an 8MP front-facing camera with what Huawei calls a “beauty algorithm”, which is supposed to make taking gorgeous selfies effortless.

Huawei also made sure to mention the phone’s 4,000mAh battery should be able to last two days on a charge with only a 30-minute charge session providing a full day’s worth of battery power.

Here’s the quick and dirty on the specs for the phone, which comes in four colors, including champagne gold, moonlight silver, space grey, and mocha brown.

  • Display: 6″ 1920x1080p LCD screen (368ppi)
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 950
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB
  • Memory: 3G RAM for 32GB model / 4GB RAM for 64GB/128GB
  • Camera: 16MP rear camera / 8MP front-facing camera
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2

We found it odd that Huawei would take the opportunity to announce a flagship device like this at US trade show, versus something more internationally centered like Mobile World Congress. No word on when, or even if, we’ll see the Huawei Mate 8 launching here in the US, but we suppose that could be reserved exclusively for Huawei’s budget “honor” line.

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