Hot on the heels of its Nexus 6P triumph, Huawei is ready to tackle 2016 head on with a handful of new devices—and affordable ones at that. With news that the gold Nexus 6P is coming to the U.S., the company also said it’s bringing a couple of new devices stateside. You can catch the new announcements below.
While we’re on the subject, Huawei said the gold version everyone can’t stop talking about is making its way to North America. Finally!
The company said the new color will be available beginning today (Jan. 5) at Best Buy and through the Google Store. That very low price of $499 remains the same; it’s just in a fancier color to give off the appearance you have a taste for the finer things in life.
As a reminder, the Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 12.3-megapixel camera, 3450mAh battery, fingerprint sensor and USB-C. The gold version will only come in 32GB and 64GB of storage, which means if you’re looking for the 128GB version, you have no choice but to go with the other colors.
Say you can’t quite swing the $499 for the Nexus 6P. Well, Huawei has created a new mid-range handset worth taking a look at. The specs are decidedly middle of the road, but the phone itself offers what looks to be a pretty nice balance of design and price that might attract buyers away from the Nexus 5X.
The new Huawei GX8 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1, Snapdragon 615 processor, 16GB of expandable storage, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera, 3000mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor on the back. Not bad—and all of that is encased inside an aluminum body; imagine a smaller, less-equipped Nexus 6P. That seems to be what the GX8 is all about.
At $349, the price is certainly competitive, though you’ll have to be comfortable with the fact that, even in the year 2016, a device is shipping with Android 5.1 out of the box. This phone was actually announced back in September of 2015 for the global market, but it will be making its way to the U.S. during Q1 of this year. When it does, it’ll be available in gold, silver and gray, and can be picked up through Huawei’s site and Amazon.
MediaPad M2 10
You may have seen this break cover in the darker corners of the net already. But in case you hadn’t, the MediaPad M2 10 is Huawei’s brand new big boy tablet. The tablet market on the Android side was fairly quiet in 2016, but Huawei is hoping to kickstart this year with a device that comes in a few different flavors.
No matter which iteration you go with, you’re going to get a 10-inch Full HD screen, 2GHz Kirin 930 chip, 13-megapixel rear camera, 6660mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor. If you go for the silver version, you’ll get 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM; the gold version, meanwhile, comes with 64GB of expandable storage, 3GB of RAM and a stylus.
Both are offered in Wi-Fi-only configurations, and sport Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1 (boo). No price has been announced, though Huawei said that info will be shared as we get closer to the MediaPad M2 10’s Q1 release here in the U.S.
The Huawei Watch is already considered the cream of the crop in terms of design. But if you weren’t quite happy with the more masculine design, the company has introduced what it claims is a more feminine take.
I’m not really understanding why a “female focused” watch needs to come with jewels, but that’s exactly what the company is offering with the new “Jewel” model, which comes with Swarovski crystals. The other version, Elegant, is the more understated of the two, and sports a rose gold color with a distinctive coppering pattern.
No pricing has been announced, but we should find out the details closer to Q1 availability.
Huawei Mate 8
Finally, Huawei announced the Mate 8, a device that won’t be available in the U.S. It’ll come with a 6-inch screen, Kirin 950 chip, and a 4000mAh battery. There will be two versions: 32GB of internal storage/3GB of RAM; 64GB of internal storage/4GB of RAM, and both will feature microSD expansion to 128GB. The device is available beginning today, with prices varying by region.