January 5, 2016
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Huawei has today launched its Mate 8 flagship smartphone in global markets during its press conference at CES 2016. The Mate 8, which was announced last month in China, will be launching in global markets in the coming weeks but won’t be launching in the USA, at least not at launch.

The Mate 8 follows on from last year’s Mate 7 and is the first smartphone to be powered by the all-new Kirin 950 processor, which Huawei claim offers 100% more CPU power, 125% better GPU performance and 70% more power efficiency than its predecessor, the Kirin 925.

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The Mate 8 runs on EMUI 4.0, which is based on the Android Marshmallow update and features a 6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display with either 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The latter version supports Dual SIM LTE while the 3GB RAM variant only supports a single SIM card.

On the back, the Mate 8 comes with a new Sony IMX298 BSI CMOS sensor, which offers 16MP resolution, f/2.0 aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation, dual-tone flash, Phase Detection/Continuous Autofocus, Digital Zoom and Full HD video recording. The front features an 8MP f/2.4 camera which also supports Full HD video and the rear camera also supports 720p 120fps Slo-Mo recording.

The entire package is powered by a 4000 mAh battery which Huawei claim can last 2.65 days for the average user and 1.65 days for heavy users. The handset also supports Rapid Charging and according to Huawei, you can get an entire day’s worth of battery after just 30 minutes of charging the phone.

The Mate 8 is set to launch in the coming weeks in countries across Europe, South America and Asia but won’t be coming to the US or the UK at launch. The handset will launch at a cost of €599 before any applicable subsidies for the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM variant while the 4GB RAM version (which has 64GB storage) will cost you €699 before taxes and subsidies.

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What do you think of the Mate 8 and do you want one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and be sure to check out our Mate 8 hands on!

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Nirave Gondhia
Nirave is one of the Managing Editors and a fan of travel. He's worked in technology for over ten years (including stints at two carriers in the UK) and reported on it for nearly nine years. In my spare time, A big football (soccer to those over the pond) fan and avid supporter of Man United for over 20 years, he reads a lot, loves a cocktails and blogs about travel.
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