The latest addition to Huawei’s smartphone range, the Mate 8, was unveiled at Studio Blu in Fourways, Johannesburg this week.
At the launch event Charlene Munilall, General Manager for Huawei Consumer Business Group SA stated that: “The Mate 8 represents the pinnacle of style, innovation and ground-breaking technology that introduces a new style of business. The Mate 8 has set a new standard in style that transcends its beautifully-crafted exterior to deliver a mobile companion that meets the needs of today’s always-connected and sharing user.”
When taking a closer look at the device we found that the Huawei Mate 8 features a metallic uni-body, a 6-inch Full HD screen, and a revamped Emotion User Interface – which is now version 4.0. When it comes to specs, we found that device is powered by the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. To add to the features the device sports a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, which is expected to deliver powerful performance and low power consumption.
When discussing the device Munilall added that: “The Mate 8 processing power is not at the expense of its battery life and usability. With an impressive 4000mAh high-capacity battery that offers more than one-and-a-half days of heavy use, nearly two-and-a-half days of regular use and an astounding 22 days’ standby time. Should the need arise, you can watch 17 hours of continuous HD video, or navigate the web non-stop for 20 hours.”
This, according to Munilall, is possible because of Huawei’s proprietary SmartPower technology that optimises the allocation of the Mate 8’s resources. One of the key components of this is the ‘Heart Beat’ smart power-saving feature that continuously scans apps to determine the optimum ratio between power usage and performance that cuts the power consumption by background apps by half.
Drawing on the performance and size of the Sony 16MP sensor, Huawei has upped the smartphone camera stakes by adding its proprietary image sensor processor for faster focusing, higher clarity, and according to the company, more accurate colours. This new Image Sensor Processor, according to Huawei, delivers vivid images, which are improved further by the built-in Optical Image Stabilisation that uses intelligent light level monitoring and anti-shake technology to create unbelievably sharp, bright, and detailed images in low-light conditions.
These features are harnessed to introduce the Continuous Capture function that allows consumers to shoot 100 burst shots at 12 frames per second to capture images of fast-moving objects. Or, if you prefer to go in the opposite direction to express your creativity, the Mate 8 now features a Slow Motion mode for shooting high-definition videos that are rendered at one-quarter speed.
The rear-camera functions are matched by the 8MP, wide-angle front-facing camera that introduce new dimensions in high-quality selfies.
“The Mate 8 would not be complete without a feature that has become synonymous with this popular series from Huawei – the fingerprint sensor. Located on the back of they smartphone body, this security feature that unlocks the phone has been re-designed for enhanced performance to more accurately match the shape of a finger, while decreasing the depth of the sensor to improve recognition accuracy and speed,” says Munilall.
Security on the Mate 8 is enhanced, according to the company, even further with the in-built, real-time encryption/decryption that provides protection of all information, while the microSD card lock feature prevents unauthorised access to information stored on this storage device.
Speed of use has also been enhanced with the update Knuckle Sense feature that was introduced by Huawei last year in the P8 smartphone. This gesture feature allows users to take partial or full screenshots with the tap of a knuckle and share with friends, record video or control a multitude of apps in a unique and intuitive way.
The Huawei Mate 8 is available in four colours: champagne gold, moonlight silver, sky grey, and mocha brown. Two versions – 32GB and 64GB – are provided, each with a dual-SIM slot and are compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G data connection standards.
“We are proud that we are able to offer our discerning consumers a device that we believe delivers on innovation, style and functionally. The Mate 8 is truly the device that meets the needs of a new style of business,” concluded Munilall.
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