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Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 last year was an impressive handset and this year, the Chinese company introduced the Mate S at IFA, before partnering with Google on the Nexus 6P. Now, Huawei looks set to introduce another flagship this year in the form of the Mate 8 and if these leaked specs are correct, it could be an absolute beast.

Earlier this year, Huawei told us they had no plans to delve into QHD displays but the Nexus 6P is the first Huawei-made handset to go above Full HD resolution and the Mate 8 looks set to continue this trend with a 6-inch QHD panel. It’s unknown whether this is an AMOLED panel like the excellent screen used on the Nexus 6P but hopefully it is.

The handset should also see the launch of Huawei’s long awaited Kirin 950 custom SoC, which brings a 16nm FinFET manufacturing process and big.LITTLE architecture. The SoC will be pair with four Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.4GHz coupled with four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and could potentially top the performance on this year’s Exynos 7420 and Snapdragon 810 chipsets.

Other leaked specs include an ARM Mali-T880 GPU, an i7 coprocessor, a Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 independent audio chip and either 3GB or 4GB RAM depending on whether you go for 32GB or 64GB internal storage. It’s also likely to have a blazingly fast fingerprint sensor, like the ones found in the Mate S and the Nexus 6P. While the battery size is unknown, we’d expect around 4000 mAh capacity, like the 4,100 mAh found in the similarly sized Mate 7. The handset could also be the first Cat 10 LTE enabled smartphone, which means potential download speeds of 450Mbps and upload speeds of 100-150 Mbps on the go.

What will this beastly specs list cost you? Less than you might think – a preliminary price for the 32GB model is CNY 3,299 (approx $518) and CNY 3,899 (approx $612) for the higher spec version. The handset could arrive before the end of the year so a launch late next month or in early December could be on the cards.

What do you think of the rumoured Huawei Mate 8 specs list? Do the beastly specs appeal to you? Let us know guys!

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.