Huawei officially unveiled the Huawei Mate 8 in late November. The device is the successor to the Ascend Mate 7, which was the surprise star of IFA 2014. Does the Mate 8 have what it takes to make the same impact? Here’s everything we’ve been given so far on the Huawei Mate 8 price, release date, specs and features.

This one is real Mate 8

Huawei Mate 8 specifications

According to an official specs sheet that Huawei released on November 25, the Mate 8 features the Kirin 950 processor, promising 100 percent performance boost over the Mate 7’s Kirin 920. It will also be the first phone to use the Mali T880 GPU.

In the Huawei release, the company emphasized the comparative benefits of the Mate 8’s setup, saying that it would perform 22 percent better and consume 12 percent less power than the Exynos 7420, and perform 25 percent better and consume 44 percent less power than the Snapdragon 810. How the Kirin 950 will compare to the next generation of those the two chips, the Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820, remains to be seen.

Despite rumors of there being three variants of the device, each with a different sized screen, it seems that Huawei only has plans for two versions of the Mate 8,

one with 3 GB RAM and another with 4 GB RAM, but both with the same size screen. Both will run Huawei EMUI 4.0, based on Android Marshmallow.

An earlier report listed the Huawei Mate 8 price as 3,299 CNY (about US$519) for the 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB internal storage version, and the 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB internal storage version is rumored to cost 3,899 CNY (about US$613).

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