CES 2016: Huawei launches new Mate 8 smartphone

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The new flagship device from the manufacturer will be available in the UK from mid-January

Huawei launched the Mate 8 smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 5.

The Chinese manufacturer claims the Mate 8 is the first smartphone with a Kirin 950 chipset. It comes with four 2.3GHz and 4 1.GHz processor. Constructed from aluminium, the phone comes with a curved 6-inch HD screen. It is available in gold, silver, grey or brown colours.

Camera-wise, the device comes with a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera.

There’s also what Huawei calls ‘Super Hands-Free 3.0’ technology. This technology allows users to have phone conversations from up to 3 metres away.

A 4,000mAh battery has been added, which Huawei claims offers two days of normal usage. Huawei says it can be fully charged in just 30 minutes.

The phone also runs on Huawei’s EMUI 4.0 operating system, the manufacturer’s own version of Android Marshmallow 6.0. A split-screen mode allows users to use two apps at once on the same screen. Two versions are available; one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory or another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The device can also be unlocked using a fingerprint sensor. For added security, the MicroSD card slot also comes with a content lock, preventing anyone from accessing content on the memory card without a password.

The Mate 8 will be available in the UK from mid-January, with prices starting from €600

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