Huawei outs the Kirin 950 powered Mate 8

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Coming right on the heels of the release of their latest powerhouse chipset, the Kirin 950, Huawei has unveiled a refresh of its top of the line unit, the Mate 7.

Announcing the six-inch Huawei Mate 8 at an event in Shanghai today, Huawei promises top-of-the-line specs for its latest release. The new Mate 8 will feature a thinner, all-aluminum enclosure, 2.7mm “2.5D” bezels, a fingerprint scanner on the back, an updated Android Marshmallow-powered EMUI OS and a Sony IMX298 16 megapixel camera on the back.

The Mate 8 SoC is designed around an octacore setup with four high-performance Cortex A72s running at up to 2.3GHz, and four battery-saving Cortex A53s clocked at 1.8GHz.


The Kirin 950 will very soon lead the pack, having demonstrably beaten Samsung’s 7420 beast-sized chip over on the benchmarking Antutu platform’s chipset rankings.

Furnishing the phone with a lesser-capacity 4000mAh battery, down from last year’s 4100mAh, Huawei has opted for a more power-efficient 1080p display instead of a 2k screen, which should allow for similar usage, especially when coupled with the efficiency gains from the new Kirin 950.

The Mate 8 will be offered in four different color varieties, with options to include up to 4GB of ram. The base 3GB/32GB model will sell for RMB 2999 with the highest spec configuration topping out at 4399 RMB for a 4GB/128GB model.


With contributions from Stella Yu.

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