- Nov 9, 2015
As expected, Huawei has launched the Mate 8, which is being called the company's "most advanced flagship smartphone." In line with what was teased before, the smartphone is powered by the Chinese firm's latest Kirin 950 SoC with octa-core CPU, and sports a 6-inch FHD display For those who aren't already aware, the Kirin 950 chipset comes with four high-power Cortex-A72 cores, clocked at up to 2.3 GHz and an additional four power-saving Cortex-A53 ones, working at 1.8 GHz. There's also an i5 coprocessor that "supports speech recognition, low-power consumption MP3, all the functions of a sensor hub, fused location provider (FLP) navigation, and reduces location-based power consumption," the company said in a press release. The SoC is manufactured using TSMC's 16 nm FinFET process. Made from aerospace-grade aluminum and 2.5D curved diamond cut glass, the Mate 8 also features a fingerprint sensor at the back, and will be available in Champagne Gold, Moonlight Silver, Space Gray, and Mocha Brown color options. On the software side, the handset comes with the company's next-generation EMUI 4.0 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and offers features including voice controls, a power-saving firewall, a defragmenter, and eRecovery. Other details will be made available when the Mate 8 will be officially unveiled at CES 2016, after which it will be available for purchase in China sometime in Q1. There's currently no information on the pricing, as well as if and when it will be available in other markets...