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Huawei Mate 8 launching sooner than expected, rumor says

by Jacob Kleinman | December 7, 2015December 7, 2015 12:00 pm PST

When Huawei unveiled the Mate 8 last month, it said the device wouldn’t actually launch until early next year, but that may no longer be the case. A new report reveals that the flagship phone will arrive this week in China.

MyDrivers claims that the Mate 8 could launch on Wednesday, December 9. The report cites Huawei’s mobile phone chief He Gang, who apparently added that the release is set for 10:08 a.m. that morning. He also revealed pricing for the new phone’s multiple variants.

You can grab the Mate 8 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for 2999 yuan (roughly $468). There’s also a more expensive 4GB version of the phone, which comes with either 64GB or 128GB of storage for 3699 yuan ($577) or 4399 yuan ($686), respectively.

The Mate 8 features a sleek metal design with slim bezels and a fingerprint reader in back. It also packs a 6-inch 1080p display, Huawei’s own Kirin 950 processor, a 16-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 4000mAh battery and expandable storage.

Huawei hasn’t announced any plans to launch the Mate 8 beyond China, but the company is set to bring the phone to CES next month, so it may not be long before it’s available in the U.S. as well.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...