Huawei today unveiled its new Mate 8 flagship, a 6-inch phablet what comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow pre-installed. The device also boasts Huawei’s latest Kirin 950 processor, and a giant battery that lasts up to 30 percent longer than last year’s Mate 7.
The Mate 8 looks a lot like its predecessor, with an aluminum form factor that has a fingerprint scanner embedded in its back, and narrow bezels surrounding its display. This makes its 6-inch 1080p display somewhat easier to handle.
Under the hood, the Mate 8 is rocking Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, which consists of four cores clocked at 2.3GHz, four cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and Mali T880MP4 graphics clocked at 900MHz. Users can choose between 3GB or 4GB of RAM options, with 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage. All come with a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Mate 8 also offers microSD card support, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a 4,000mAh battery with fast-charging. Huawei says the Mate 8 lasts up to 30 percent longer than its predecessor, and can charge up to 37 percent battery capacity in just 30 minutes.
Although the Mate 8 is official now, it’s going to be a while before it goes on sale; Huawei will be taking the device to CES 2016 in January — and then the device will make its debut in China after that, with prices starting at ¥2999 (approx. $469).
There’s no word on a launch for international markets just yet.