Huawei has today announced the successor to last year's Mate 7, the Mate 8. Like its predecessor the Mate 8 is a large high-end device with a 6-inch screen and 1080p resolution. It comes with a metal body that is available in four colors and offers rounded edges for a better grip. Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Huawei’s EmotionUI 4.0 software are powered by a Kirin 950 octa-core processor and according to Huawei the 4,000mAh battery delivers 30 percent longer battery life than the Mate 7, thanks to a more energy-efficient processor design.

In the camera department the Mate 8 features a Sony IMX298 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor with on-sensor phase detection and an F2.0 aperture. Like on the P8 and Mate S image processing is undertaken by a dedicated image signal processor (ISP) rather than the main chipset. Optical image stabilization and a 720p 4x slow-motion video mode are on board as well, but sadly no 4K video resolution. The front camera offers an 8MP resolution and a microSD slot allows for easy memory expansion. 

The Huawei Mate will first be available in China and come to other regions in January. Three versions have been announced today. The Mate 8 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage will retail for approximately $469 in China. A 4GB/64GB version will set you back $579 and the top-end model with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage is $688.

Key specifications:

  • Sony IMX298 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor
  • F2.0 aperture
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Phase Detection F
  • 1080p video and 720p 4x slow-motion
  • Dedicated ISP
  • 8MP front camera
  • 6-inch 1080p display
  • Kirin 950 octa-core processor
  • 3 or 4GB RAM
  • 32, 64 or 128 GB storage
  • microSD slot
  • 4,000mAh battery