Huawei Mate 8 Release Date & Price: 5 Things to Know

The Huawei Mate 8 release is confirmed and its heading for several international with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and some high powered specs in tow.

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Today at CES 2016, Huawei confirmed its brand new flagship smartphone dubbed Mate 8. The arrival comes just a few short weeks after Huawei and Google released the Nexus 6P in the United States and international markets.

Like the Nexus 6P, the Huawei Mate 8 is an impressive device. Unlike the Nexus 6P, the Mate 8 won’t be coming to the United States. At least not yet.

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On stage, Huawai walked the crowd through the Mate 8 specs.

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Mate 8 Specs

On paper, the device is an impressive piece of machinery and Android enthusiasts and smartphone shoppers in international markets will want to keep this device on their radar.

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The Mate 8 features a 6-inch inch LCD, 1920 x 1080 with 368 pixels-per-inch putting it on par with other flagship Android devices currently on the market.

Storage, Processor & Camera

It also features 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expanded storage space up to 128GB, a large 4,000 mAh battery, a 2.3GHz Kirin 950 octa-core processor, a 16MP rear camera (with OIS, F2.0, BSI CMOS, and dual-tone flash), a front-facing 8MP camera, Bluetooth 4.2, and USB 2.0.

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Software & Design

It also features Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and EMUI 4.0. EMUI is Huawei’s custom user interface. It also includes a fingerprint sensor that features improved speed and fast charging technology.

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The Mate 8 design is 157.1 mm × 80.6 mm × 7.9 mm and it weighs 185 grams. It will come in champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown.

Mate 8 Release Date

As of right now, the company has no plans to release the Mate 8 in the United States. It will, however, release the phone in 30+ countries around the world.

The Mate 8 release will come initially to Spain, Germany, France, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Australia.

Mate 8 Price

As for the price, it’s going to be on the expensive side. The company is suggesting a 599 euro price point for the 3GB +32GB model and a 699 euro price point for 4GB + 64GB model.

7 Exciting Smartphones for 2016

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iPhone 7

Every year, Apple releases a new iPhone. 2016 probably won't be any different as iPhone 7 rumors are already starting to paint an early picture for prospective iPhone buyers. 

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The iPhone 7 release date isn't expected to land until the fall but early rumors have begun outlining some potential iPhone 7 specs. And with the next phone not expected to be an "S" release, some big changes could be in store for Apple's iconic device. 

Early iPhone 7 rumors suggest that we might see a change to the 3.5mm headphone jack that's been a mainstay on the iPhone.

Instead, the company might introduce an all-in-one Lightning connector. The iPhone 7 will evidently support Lightning headphones and Bluetooth headphones. The phone could arrive with Lightning EarPods. In turn, this could lead to a thinner iPhone 7. The iPhone 6s is 7.1mm thin and the iPhone 7 could be 1mm thinner than that. 

iPhone 7 rumors also include talk of a waterproof design and some analysts believe that Apple will ditch the physical home button. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 5 both delivered new designs so there's a chance that Apple will make some big changes next year. 

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Rumors also point to camera upgrades, a new processor, new storage options, and Apple's upcoming iOS 10 operating system.

Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s laid a great foundation for the future and it will be exciting to see where Apple takes the iPhone and its technology next year. 

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