Huawei Mate 8 launch

First launched in China last year, then making an appearance at CES 2016, the Huawei Mate 8 is now officially in Malaysia. The Mate 8 features Huawei’s signature premium design and build, with performance to match.

Designed to impress

If you loved the Mate 7 and the Mate S, then you’ll love the Mate 8. Both offer a similar design language and exudes a premium feel. You’ll get the familiar all-metal unibody with chamfered edges and 2.5D glass. It’s a phablet but feels less bulky thanks to its thin 7.99mm side profile and relatively lightweight 185g.

Huawei Mate 8 Preview

Finishing and material build, as you would expect, is top notch. It feels expensive.

What you’ll notice is that the camera bump has been given a ‘nip-and-tuck,’ so now much smaller than on the Mate S. It has also taken a round shape instead of rectangular.

On the display side of things, it packs a 6-inch Full HD IPS-Neo screen, protected by Gorilla Glass 4. Nothing fancy about 368PPI, but it’s still a great screen – sharp, bright and works well in sunlight.

Power to boot

Powering Huawei’s best phablet is the kick-ass octa-core Kirin 950 SoC, clocked at 2.3GHz. This is paired with a high-end Mali T880MP4 GPU that also supplies the Cat.6 4G LTE radio. Built on the 16nm manufacturing process, the Kirin 950’s big.LITTLE platform delivers 40% better performance yet uses 60% less more compared to the Kirin 930.

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In early benchmarks, the chip scored over 80,000 in AnTuTu. A pretty impressive score.

Onboard, there’s 3GB (Standard) or 4GB (Premium spec) RAM with either 32GB or 64GB of storage.

Huawei Mate 8 Preview

Shoot to kill

The Mate 8 uses the Sony IMX298 sensor for its main shooter – 16MP f/2.0 with OIS and PDAF (phase detection autofocus). This is the same module used on the Nexus 6P, as you know, also made by Huawei.

The front features a 8MP f/2.4 unit that should deliver some outstanding selfies.

EMUI 4.0 has some outstanding camera software features, and the Mate 8 benefits from the plethora of modes and filters. Light Painting (first seen on the Huawei P8), Timelapse, Panorama and more are key highlights with the camera app.

Huawei Mate 8 Preview

Keep it running is the large 4,000mAh battery, and coupled with Android 6.0 Marshmallow should deliver all-day battery life.

In the connectivity side of things, there’s Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, NFC and GPS.

It’s a 4G LTE, dual-SIM, dual-standby device taking nano-SIM, with support of microSD.

Huawei Mate 8 Preview

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate 8 comes in two variants:

  • Mate 8 Standard (3GB RAM, 32GB storage) – MYR2,099
  • Mate 8 Premium (4GB RAM, 64GB storage) – MYR2,399

Colour options include Moonlight Silver and Space Gray (Standard); Champagne Gold and Mocha Brown (Premium).

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The device goes on sale today from Vmall.my and Lazada. Orders will be shipped on 10 March and 11 March for Vmall and Lazada, respectively. The Mate 8 will also hit all authorized Huawei retailers on 11 March 2016.

For the first 100 purchasers of the Mate 8 (Standard/Premium) online or offline, Huawei is offering free engraving service. Details here.

Huawei Mate 8 launch

Committed to great customer service, Huawei is offering a three-hour turnaround time for walk-in repairs, as well as door-to-door pickup and delivery service for Mate 8 customers.

Gallery of launch

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