Huawei has had a fair few smartphones launch over the course of this year, with the likes of the Google Nexus 6P being the biggest name to come from its production line. However, another flagship phone to come direct from the company is on the cards as well, the Huawei Mate 8.
Rumoured to be launching in a matter of days, the Mate 8 has now seen some pretty impressive renders leak online, giving weight to the talk about a potential pre-Christmas unveiling.
Huawei hasn’t been shy to showcase metallic smartphone construction at all this year, and the Mate 8 is no different, bringing a decidedly smooth, metallic build to the fray once again.
The Mate 8 even uses a metal based colour palette as well, with gold, grey and copper variants on offer according to the leaked pictures.
On top of this, Huawei looks like it’s slimmed down the handset, as well as cut the bezels to make for what appears to be a near edge to edge screen.
The back of the phone is kept notably plain, with just the camera lens being showcased just above a built-in fingerprint scanner, which will handle all of the standard biometric tasks you might expect.
The front of the phone is dominated by the screen, and there’s no physical button making its way onto the handset’s fascia, making for a very minimalistic look in general over the entirety of the device.
If you were impressed by the Huawei design being implemented on the Mate 8, then the specs sheet should be just as intriguing, with plenty of quality making the cut.
A sizeable 6” display is one of the bigger screens on the market, but this isn’t its only strength, with a rumoured full HD resolution and a 2.5D construction also providing the Mate 8 with one of the best screens we’ve seen from the manufacturer.
Behind this we get a rumoured Kirin 950 chipset and an octa-core chipset, providing more than enough power and speed to keep any smartphone user happy. Meanwhile, up to 4GB RAM will handle the multitasking aspects you might come across, reducing the chances of lag or freezing when using the handset.
A 20 megapixel rear lens will work alongside an 8 megapixel selfie snapper, if photography is more your cup of tea. The memory front is handled by 32GB or 64GB of storage, although we expect these to be expandable via MicroSD card if you need more room.
Finally, with such a big screen, Huawei is expected to cram in a 4,100mAh battery on the Android Marshmallow device – providing much more than the standard days’ worth of charge you normally get with these kinds of phone.
Huawei is expected to announce the Mate 8 very soon, possibly before the end of November, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it hitting stores by the middle of December, giving it plenty of chance to make its way under your Christmas tree.
However, we haven’t received any word on pricing details regarding the handset just yet, so we’re unsure of just how much it’ll be costing you should you choose to invest…
Written by Luke Hatfield