The company’s name might be difficult to pronounce (without the right amount of tutelage), but that isn’t stopping Chinese brand, Huawei, from making big waves in the international smartphone market. With a variety of products coming out each year that rival the biggest brands in the market, and nicely satisfy our pockets, Huawei is well on its way to becoming one of the leading brands in mobile technology. And the release of the Huawei Mate 8, the follow-up to the successful Mate 7, isn’t going to hurt its case at all.
So, if you’re thinking about joining countless other South Africans and giving the company a try, here is what you need to know about the new Mate 8.
Huawei Mate 8 Specifications
A little over a decade ago cellphones were getting smaller and smaller. If you couldn’t use your keypad without the help of a hairpin, you were considered coolest of the cool. But then something changed and phones started getting big again. This is probably because the touchscreen era meant that we wanted bigger screens in order to better view our media. On this front, the Mate 8 delivers.
It has a 2.3 GHz, 8-core processor, so it runs really quickly, but the biggest feature is the monstrous 6 inch screen. However, though bigger, this phone is not difficult to hold, thanks to Huawei’s ergonomic design features. The curved front panels mean that finger swipes won’t get caught on the edge of the screen, and the feel of the phone’s additional aluminium is quite pleasing.
The tech features include a 16 megapixel, image stabilised camera, with an 8 megapixel camera on the front side. The phone has the same fingerprint sensor as its predecessor, although this has been refined into a circular sensor.
Huawei Mate 8 Availability and Price
As things stand the Mate 8 has limited availability. The company’s global release of its new smartphone was limited to 30 countries. But, fortunately for us, South Africa was included on that list. This still might mean that getting hold of one of these phones might be difficult as they’re expected to be extremely popular.
The local carriers are yet to release pricing on the mate 8, so the known price is still as given by Huawei. Expect to pay the equivalent of 600 Euros when the phone becomes widely available.
Its price may be higher than some expect to pay for a Chinese product, but the company seems bound to change the global perception of Chinese production. Sleek, advanced, solid, and able to compete at the top of the market, Huawei’s Mate 8 proves that Chinese creation no longer means cheap and nasty.
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