CES 2016: Huawei unveils Mate 8 smartphone priced 599 euros

Huawei Mate 8

Huawei Mate  8 smartphoneAt CES 2016, Huawei Consumer Business Group globally launched the Huawei Mate 8 smartphone fitted with productivity enhancement features.

The device will cost 599 euros for 3GB +32GB and 699 euros for 4GB + 64GB.

Mate 8 is the first smartphone to run the Kirin 950 chipset, with CPU boosting power up 100 percent, GPU performance up 125 percent, and power efficiency up 70 percent compared to the Kirin 925.

The device’s architecture balances energy efficiency with high-end performance through 4 x A72 2.3 GHz processors and 4 x A53 1.8 GHz processors, Huawei claims.

Equipped with a 4000mAh high-density battery, the Mate 8 promises battery life of over two days of normal usage. Thanks to the rapid charging technology, the phone is able to charge a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes.

Huawei says that regular users can go without charging their phone for 2.36 days, and heavy users can go without charging for 1.65 days. The Mate 8 also features advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent handling experience and lower power consumption, the company said.

With its significantly enhanced power, efficiency and battery life, the device is ideal for today’s on-the-go professional, the company said.

Running on Huawei’s EMUI 4.0, based on Android Marshmallow 6.0, the Huawei Mate 8 offers hundreds of user experience tweaks and improvements, including a built-in automatic defragmentation service that continues optimizing system performance. Additionally, the Mate 8 features a split-screen mode that enables enhanced multitasking between apps.

The Huawei Mate 8 introduces a new generation of fingerprint security with enhanced protection technology for better security. The Mate 8 maintains two sets of fingerprint interface standards to improve smartphone payment experiences—the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) and Android M standards.

The strong CPU also supports real-time encryption of full storage for better data protection. The Mate 8 provides a microSD card lock, preventing anyone from accessing content in the card without a password. If a phone is stolen, user data cannot be obtained.

The Mate 8 adopts the revolutionary, all-new Sony 16MP IMX298, increasing the sensor size by 23 percent for breathtaking images. The Mate 8 also features an 8 MP front camera with a new beauty algorithm for taking the perfect selfie.

The Huawei Mate 8 features “Super Hands-Free 3.0” technology that enables hands-free operations in a variety of environments. Users can enjoy clear conversations from up to 3 meters away. With a 120 degree range of audio pick up and directional noise reduction mode, conference calls are crisp and clear.

The Mate 8 smartphone features omnidirectional recording and directional playback. Three microphones automatically detect sound sources and record voices from all directions. Mate 8 also provides document readjustment camera mode, which automatically straightens images that are captured at an angle for better viewing.

The Mate 8 supports global connectivity and more bands than any other dual-SIM phone, including four 2G bands, nine 3G bands and 18 4G bands in 217 countries and regions with 1,334 operator settings. This makes it the perfect device for the global business traveler.

The Mate 8 features 6-inch high contrast display. With a leading 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, the phone is able to stay sleek and compact without sacrificing a large display. The 2.5D curved diamond cut glass and aerospace grade aluminum metal are joined seamlessly, giving the device a blend of beauty and practicality.

The Huawei Mate 8 smartphone will be initially available in 30 countries including: Spain, Germany, France, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Australia. It is available in four elegant colors: champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown.­­

Kevin Ho, president, Handset Business, Huawei Consumer BG, said, “The Mate 8 is the ultimate high-end smartphone. It strikes the perfect balance between high performance and long battery life, enabling people to stay connected and be more productive in every facet of their lives.”

Rajani Baburajan