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The Huawei Mate 8 Has It All

Lauren Messer
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When Huawei rolled out its Mate 7 over a year ago, it premiered a 6-inch screen and expected to sell about 1 million phablets. The Chinese tech giant sold over 5 million units, making the release of the next-generation much anticipated. Fans will have to wait until January of 2016 for the actual launch, but we already have some details about the awesome specs that this model, also being called the Huawei Ascend Mate 8, will feature.  

The second biggest selling point is the addition of a 4,000mAh battery unit which allows for a 37 percent charge in just 30 minutes

The Huawei Mate 8 will still feature the 6-inch full HD display but comes with some pretty sweet updates - one of the biggest being the new octa-core 2.3GHz Kirin 950 processor. This baby should be a huge upgrade from the Mate 7's Kirin 930 processor with its i5 co-processor that manages voice recognition and low-power MP3 consumption. The second biggest selling point is the addition of a 4,000mAh battery unit which allows for a 37 percent charge in just 30 minutes. That kind of speed will be very appealing to users who are always on the go and need a battery that boosts in no time. The Mate 8 will run on Huawei's EMUI 4.0.

Specs for the camera are still up for question with some sources reporting a 16 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel selfie shooter while others say that there could possibly be a 20.7 megapixel camera on the back. The phablet comes with storage configuration options of 3GB of RAM with 32GB interal storage, or 4GB of RAM with 64GB or 128 BG internal storage. What we do know is that the device will come in a variety of colors including Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown. The model also features a fingerprint reader on the back that is reported to recognize Level 3 Detail, making a safer and more accurate device.

But how does the smartphone compare with the competition? See how the Huawei Mate 8 stacks up against the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the LG V10. You'll see that the Huawei is slightly heavier than the Galaxy S6 but lighter than the LG V10, weighing it at 185g. However, it comes out on top in a couple of important categories, like having a significantly bigger screen size and a battery almost twice the size of the Galaxy S6. Looking at the comparison with the Apple iPhone 6s, the Huawei Mate 8 gets an all around better score with more megapixels, RAM, and higher resolution. 

Price speculations for the new model seem range from $489 to $600 but the device will only be available in China at least for the first quarter of the new year.  

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