Huawei Ascend Mate 8 Flagship Comes with In-house SoC  

November 30, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Huawei’s efforts to reach out to the west is now yielding results. First, they had their name spread around by bringing out the Nexus 6P device, made under Google’s phablet norms.

Now, they are building from the same base, and are set to unveil their new flagship phablet device called Huawei Ascend Mate 8.

The flagship device is the successor to Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7, and the Chinese manufacturer has managed to raise the bar by all means.


The display has been kept the same; it’s the 6-inch Full HD display that takes up the front space. But Huawei has got the bezel thickness cut-down, making the display appear a bit larger.

The core highlight with the Mate 8 is the in-house Kirin 950 chipset that was unveiled earlier this month. Huawei’s self-made chipset was earlier revealed to be one of the fastest out there in the market, with thumping benchmarks that surpass those of Samsung’s Exynos 7420.

Based on the 16nm FinFet architecture, the 64-bit SoC houses four Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. Alongside, the chipset is paired with a RAM of 4GB, and a Mali-T880 MP4 GPU.

The aforesaid RAM applies to both the 64GB and 128GB variants of Mate 8. Huawei will also bring forward a downgraded version that will sport a RAM of 3GB with in-built storage of 32GB.

On the camera front, Mate 8 features a rear 16MP camera that can record Full HD videos at 30fps, and 720p videos at 120fps. It also comes with features like optical image stabilization and HDR. The front side sports an 8MP camera, which also comes with Full HD video capturing abilities.

Mate 8 comes with a massive 4000mAh battery, which is also expected to yield better life due to the QHD omission on the 6-inch screen. Inside, the device will run Android 6 Marshmallow OS, which will be garnished by Huawei’s Emotion 4 UI.


Although with the existence of global-reach desire from Huawei, Ascend Mate 8 will be initially launched only in the Chinese markets.

The device is expected to arrive during the first months of 2016 for a pricing in between 2999 Chinese Yuan ($470) and 4399 Chinese Yuan ($690) depending on the storage/RAM variants.

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