Huawei is quickly becoming China’s Samsung, at least as far as specs, size, and scope goes. Then again, for a company that spent $10 billion over the past decade on R&D, perhaps this success is not without warrant, if not an outright mandate. Assuming this leaked line-up for the following year is true, it looks like there is some serious competition about to come into the marketplace.
Just yesterday we reported on a lead that the Ascend P8 would have “a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a ppi of 424 [and] the display will apparently feature a “2.5D tapered edge.” Now we have another “leak” supporting this info, and giving us a peek at Huawei’s entire smartphone lineup for next year.
In the above screen capture, the future Mate 8 can clearly be seen with a display resolution listed at 2K, and a predictable release date of September 2015. The $650 device also looks to be sporting the Kirin 930 SOC, which is supposed to enter testing around now with production next year.
However, the first device to be powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 930 processor may be the aforementioned Ascend P8, listed here at around $490.
Perhaps even more interesting than the Mate 8, is the other 2K screen listed on the leak. Referred to as the “D8” the device is apparently going to ship in May, and have not only a 2K screen, but 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. At 5.5 inches, it will have a PPI ratio on-par with the LG G3, unless by some odd chance Huawei tries to shape things differently. But what’s that about the CPU? It’s listed as 950, which would pit it as even newer than the Kirin 930! The price is apparently going to be set at 4999CNY ($815).
The other 5 handsets on Huawei’s purported product plan for 2015 indicate more tame hardware, though it looks like the P8 with its 1080p screen will be launched at CES in January.
What this means: Huawei has seriously stepped up its game. While QHD screens aren’t anything shocking these days given the growing stable of devices carting them around, 4GB of RAM and next generation CPU are definitely going to keep Samsung on its toes next year. While it’s probably safe to say the Galaxy brand won’t be dethroned in 2015, if Huawei and other Chinese OEMs can produce hardware of this nature, it’s quite possible that at this time next year we will be seeing some major changes to the Android market share breakdown.