Huawei bringing the Mate 8, Honor 5X and “new smartwatch” to the USA

by: Edgar CervantesDecember 17, 2015


Huawei’s struggle to enter the USA market has been constant. It was only some years ago that most people had no idea how to even pronounce the brand name, but you can bet much more of you will be familiarized with Huawei soon.

The Chinese manufacturer has had a hard time entering the USA due to security concerns. Most of us associated the brand with cheap low-end phones you get from prepaid carriers, right? But they actually make some great phones for the Chinese market, something many of us could benefit from at some point.

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Things are changing and now Google’s flagship device, the Nexus 6P, is made by Huawei. And the company is certainly not stopping there. They plan to further push their devices into the USA. According to The Wall Street Journal, CES 2016 will be used as a runaway for their triumphant takeoff.

“People familiar with the matter” are stating the manufacturer is getting ready to introduce one of its high-end devices, something that is definitely a special occurrence. Huawei is not known for releasing high-end phones in America (other than the recent Nexus 6P), so this should be a strong push for the Chinese phone maker.

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This flagship device would be the Huawei Mate 8, which we have actually played around with. These sources also state the company will be showcasing the Honor 5X and a “new smartwatch”. All of these will be heading to the USA next year.

As for the prices, we really have no idea about them the Huawei Mate 8 is definitely not cheap. Even in China they are worth the equivalent of up to $700. Keep in mind this is a powerful handset, packed with a 6-inch 1080p display, four Cortex-A72 and four Cortex A53 CPU cores, as well as up to 4 GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of internal storage, a 16 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front shooter and a 4000 mAh battery.

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The Honor 5X is a bit lower end, but is also worth the equivalent of $300 in China. It will probably be a good mid-end option. We are clueless about the new smartwatch though. We suppose we will have to wait for those details.

We need to stop underestimating Huawei in the USA. We know a lot of people don’t think much of it, but this just so happens to be the 3rd biggest smartphone vendor around, beaten only by Apple and Samsung. Do we have your attention yet? Let’s stay tuned for more to come during CES, when Huawei is said to be showing off these products.

  • I might be interested in the Huawei Mate 8. But, I’ve been looking for a smartphone that has either USB-C and/or Qualcomm Quick Chage 3.0 technology.

    • Joshua Courtney

      Well with a 4000mAh battery you really don’t need Quick Charge 3.0

      • illiarspls

        Doesn’t that highlight how more important QC3.0 is? It would take forever to charge such a giant battery..

        • Joshua Courtney

          Huawei reports that a 30 minute charge will take your battery from 0-37% so that’s actually pretty good

      • Yeah, I was just thinking that a couple of minutes ago. I wish it had USB-C though, for faster data transfers with the 128GB nove model. Then again, I puchased a wireless flash drive from Mosaic that has USB-C and USB 3.0, so I could transfer data from there. Hmm…decisions.

    • Mate 8 does feature fast charging technology.

  • Daniel Yu

    As an owner of a Mate 2 (same sized battery), because you don’t have to charge the phone all the time, the point of QC is kind of moot, but…. if Huawei would include it, would be a very very welcome addition.

    I’ll usually get 9-10hours of SOT with the Mate 2 and rarely have to charge it midday, but if i do, a half hour or so with a 2A charger is enough to give it an extra 25-30% boost in battery. I’ve gotten so spoiled with the huge battery that I find it bothersome that I have to bother charging my Motorola Nexus 6 midday to make it through the day (average 5hours of SOT).

    The bigger issue is going to be OS updates. As of this date Huawei is still shipping the Mate 2 on Jelly Bean (Huawei USA promised KitKat upgrades, which was a selling point at the time… never happened), there’s a Lillipop update, but that’s something the end user has to flash on to their phone on their own. Hopefully since they were tapped to build the Nexus 6P, this will signal the end of abandoning their USA projects and efforts for updating to newer version of Android.

    • Thanks, that’s great to know (Especially about the battery). How’s the battery on your Mate 2? I also believe that updates will get better since they were tapped for the 6p, which has received extremely high praise, and now that they plan on exploring the US market, I think they will get on track with updates since it’s so competitive over here with Androids. Also, Huawei is supposedly being tapped for the next Nexus of this year. @disqus_TAFyQtRpMo:disqus

      • Daniel Yu

        There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish my Nexus 6 had a 4000-5000mAh battery. So… Yes the battery is fantastic. Wish more OEMs would have huge batteries like Huawei.

        Hopefully with the Nexus contract they’ll be prompt with their updates. Though if the Mate 2; their first real foray into the US market is any indication, don’t hold your breath.

  • Brandon James Starcevic

    The more brands in North America the better. I just wish when they got here, they would be the same price as when I buy them over there.

  • ac

    There are a couple factors that’ll play into how I buy a Mate 8 (not necessarily “if”). 1) Will the pricing model be the same as all the offerings currently in China (e.g. 32gb, 64gb, & 128gb w/ dual SIM and one slot doubling as microSD slot)? 2) Will they offer the 64gb or 128gb versions or limit it to just the 32gb? From what I saw, on the specs of the version being sold in China, all of the GSM LTE bands seem to be present, to work on either ATT or T-Mobile. That said, I’ve also read other reports mentioned about there being issues with Band 12 being blocked from “unlocked” GSM phones, for use on T-Mobile (in particular, the Blackberry Priv). I just hope that the 128gb version, if offered in the US, will translate in price at $690 US dollars. Of course, I’d likely end up purchasing an import version, if Huawei US only ends up offering the 32gb version (much like Samsung has done with offerings in Korea vs. their offerings in the US), then I’ll be importing a 128gb version from overseas, as soon as it’s confirmed to work on T-mobile without limitations.

  • ac

    Well, the Mate 8 passed through the FCC already. On the confidentiality statement, it has a 3/30/16 cutoff date, for when the images and certain docs (like manual) can be made public. I hope that the phone is released well before that confidentiality timeframe is taken off. By April, there might be other offerings that will be more appealing to me.