Monday , October 23 2017

Huawei Mate 8 to be announced later this month with a new Kirin 950 processor

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Huawei’s super-sized Mate series phones, which we last saw late last year with the Mate 7 is getting a sequel and it’s set to launch later this month.

The Mate 8 as it will apparently be called is being teased on social media in China, with an invite to an event on November 26th being shared around that features an over-sized and very prominent ‘8’.

Mate 8 - Huawei

If that tease isn’t enough, the phone has apparently dropped past benchmarking site GFXBench and been spotted with its new Kirin 950 processor and some more high-end specs to go along with it.

The phone will, according to the GFXBench site come with a Kirin 950 processor will be clocked at 2.2GHz with Cortex A72 processors and an ARM Mali-T880 GPU powering a 6″ 1920×1080 resolution display that comes with 5-finger gesture support. Also under the hood will be an impressive 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that will be backed up by a microSD card.

Rounding out the specs will be a 15MP rear camera with 4K video support and a 7MP front facing camera. Lastly, it looks like the companies partnership with Google to create the Nexus 6P has born fruit with the Mate 8 expected to run Android Marshmallow out of the box, though very likely with Huawei’s EMUI software customisations built-in.

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One last, yet feature we expect is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which you can see located just below the camera in the image below. Last years Huawei Mate 7 was the start of good things for fingerprint sensors on Android phones and with Huawei’s Mate S this year it looks like Huawei is keen to continue support for fingerprint sensors.

Mate 8 Rear

We’ll know more about the Mate 8 after the November 26th launch, so stay tuned if you like big phones.

 
Source: GFXBench, Weibo (1), and Weibo (2).
Via: Android Community.

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TheCatMan
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Dan, would you personally recommend the Mate 8 or the upcoming HTC One A9. The feature that attracts me most to the HTC is the iPhone look including a fingerprint sensor that is located in the front. But the Mate 8 has a bigger screen which is better for people getting old like me. Thoughts?

hasapi
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Have to agree, its this or the Z5 Premium in Chrome?, or just go back to a iPhone 6s 4.7″ its comfy in jeans and use an 8″ tab for my old eyes?. Just got a Sony M5 for the wife that broke her iPhone 5 – at $599 i think it might be cheaper than the htc A9.

mrjayviper
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mrjayviper

“attracts me most to the HTC is the iPhone look ” had to grin at this. can’t resist

TheCatMan
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I had a chuckle as I wrote it. I didn’t do a good job in explaining it so let me try again. I have a work provided iPhone 6. Whilst I do not like iPhones or Apple products, I do actually like the iPhone 6 shape, easiness to hold, fingerprint unlocking, apps that are linked to the fingerprint for logging in and, in general, do things with one hand. Now if I can have my benefits of an iPhone but with Android including fingerprint, then that will be my ideal handset. And the HTC One A9 sounds like it will… Read more »
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