Wednesday, 18 May 2016 16:35

Huawei says 'Mate, you got to last longer’

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And its new Mate 8 does – its 4000mAh battery is rated as providing 2.26 days’ normal use and 1.57 days of non-stop power use.

Huawei Technologies Australia  today announced the Australian launch of the Mate 8. It has a range of advanced features, including outstanding performance.

Huawei Australia’s head of consumer marketing, Marc Di Giacomo, said the Mate 8 combines unsurpassed aesthetic design, performance, and functionality. “With superior advancements in technology and a focus on seamless design, the Mate 8 is one of the most powerful smartphones ever made. The Mate 8 reinforces Huawei’s ongoing commitment to deliver the best in advanced technology, seamlessly integrating into modern day life and enabling customers to stay connected on the go.”

Let’s look at the specifications first. In brief, it is an Android 6.0x, 6”, HD, Phablet with a 16MP camera, 3GB RAM, 32/64GB storage

 Huawei Mate 8: Factsheet HUAWEI NXT-L09

Display

6", 1920 x 1080, 368ppi, IPS-NEO LCD, 78% screen to body ratio, contrast 1500:1, Gorilla Glass 4

CPU

HUAWEI Kirin 950 (64-bit,16nm FinFET+), Octa-core (4 x 2.3 GHz A72+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i5 co-processor; Mali T880 MP$ GPU

Memory

3GB RAM + 32GB ROM (overseas availability of 4GB/64GB) and microSD slot (up to 128GB)

Operating System

Android™ Marshmallow 6.0

Camera Rear

16 MP, f/2.0, 27mm, OIS, phase detection auto-focus,

Sony IMX298 sensor, HRD

dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1080p/60fps record

Camera Front

8 MP, f/2.4, 26mm, 1080p

Network (2G/3G included)

Supports five 2G bands, ten 3G bands, and eighteen 4G bands - Cat 6

4G TDD LTEBand38/39/40

4G FDD LTEBand1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28

GPS

GPS/A-GPS/Glonass/BDS

Connectivity

Wi-Fi 2.4G/5G, a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct support BT4.2, support BLE, Micro-USB (High Speed USB OTG)

Sensors

Fingerprint Sensor, G-Sensor (accelerometer), Gyroscope sensor, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity sensor, Hall sensor, Barometer

Battery/Charge

Non-removable 4000 mAh, fast charge 9V/2A 0-100% in 2.5 hour. Micro-USB slot

NFC / FM Radio

Yes

OS

Android 6.x with Huawei EMUI 4.0 overlay

Size

157.1mm x 80.6mm x 7.9mm x 185g

Colours

Moonlight Silver; Space Gray

So how does it stack up

At $899 it is in the flagship category but having said that you can get more phone for the money. It meets or exceeds all flagship requirements.

Overseas reviews are just flowing in (iTWire has not tested the handset yet).

On the positive side are:

·         The extremely high screen to body ratio of 78% reflects great design – to achieve this is a marvel considering the 5.5” Apple iPhone 6S is 67.7%).

·         High build quality – aluminium unibody with sand blasted satin finish

·         Good screen quality

·         In GeekBench 3 — horsepower — it outclassed every other phone.

·         Sony camera should be good but suffers from early firmware

·         The 4GB/64GB option is warmly welcomed (not sure if it is coming here)

·         Vast number of LTE bands and Cat 6 speed

On the negative side

·         UHD screen is more the norm in flagships

·         Graphics performance about half of iPhone 6S Plus but fine for this device

·         Non-removable battery – if Apple can do it why not Huawei?

·         No 4K video record (not a deal breaker)

The space grey Mate 8, complete with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM, will be available from May 24 at Huawei Experience Zones and select JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and Allphones stores across Australia. Until July 5, Vodafone customers will enjoy two months’ free access fees on selected Vodafone 24-month plans starting from $15 per month on Vodafone’s $40 Red plan.

Customers can pre-order the Mate 8 from June18 from all 10 Huawei Experience Zones within select Westfields. Customers who pre-order will can also receive a free Huawei Band valued at $129 or a Huawei Talkband B2, valued at between $149 to $169, depending on the colour.

We say: It has the potential to be the best 6” flagship class phone - even better value by the Huawei Band or TalkBand B2 offer.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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