Metal unibody, spacious 6.0-inch display, a super fast fingerprint reader and nice 13MP camera, the Huawei Mate7 is definitely a tough device to top. However, the Chinese OEM is definitely trying its best and the Mate 8 does look mightily impressive.
We have already seen a few leaks of the upcoming phablet, some of which even complete with photos. But, information about the already announced Mate S seemed to often get mixed into the leaks. A new source, however, now promises the full scoop on the device and its specs sheet.
As previously thought, the Mate 8 will have a spacious 6.0 inch 1440p display and the OEM’s new custom Kirin 950 chipset. It promises to deliver unprecedented power thanks to a 16nm FinFET production process and a big.LITTLE architecture. The four Cortex-A72 cores are clocked at 2.4 GHz, while the extra four Cortex-A53 ones run at 2.0 GHz and should easily top the Samsung Exynos 7420 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810.
The bundled GPU is also pretty impressive – the ARM Mali-T880 and it should also be joined by an i7 coprocessor and a Tensilica Hi-Fi 4 independent audio chip. A promising collection of silicon indeed. The rest of the specs sheet includes 3GB or 4GB of RAM, bundled with 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, respectively.
A preliminary price tag is also know and it sound very attractive for such a high-end unit: CNY 3,299 ($520) for the 3GB one and CNY 3,899 ($610) for the more powerful one. As for availability the Huawei Mate 8 is still said to arrive before the end of the year, perhaps in late November or early December.