Huawei has launched its Mate 8 flagship smartphone in global markets during its press conference at CES 2016. The Mate 8, which was announced last month in China, will be launching in global markets in the coming weeks but won’t be launching in the USA, at least not at launch.
The Mate 8 follows on from last year’s Mate 7 and is the first smartphone to be powered by the all-new Kirin 950 processor, which Huawei claim offers 100% more CPU power, 125% better GPU performance and 70% more power efficiency than its predecessor, the Kirin 925.
The Mate 8 runs on EMUI 4.0, which is based on the Android Marshmallow update and features a 6-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display with either 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The latter version supports Dual SIM LTE while the 3GB RAM variant only supports a single SIM card.
On the back, the Mate 8 comes with a new Sony IMX298 BSI CMOS sensor, which offers 16MP resolution, f/2.0 aperture, Optical Image Stabilisation, dual-tone flash, Phase Detection/Continuous Autofocus, Digital Zoom and Full HD video recording. The front features an 8MP f/2.4 camera which also supports Full HD video and the rear camera also supports 720p 120fps Slo-Mo recording.
The entire package is powered by a 4000 mAh battery which Huawei claim can last 2.65 days for the average user and 1.65 days for heavy users. The handset also supports Rapid Charging and according to Huawei, you can get an entire day’s worth of battery after just 30 minutes of charging the phone.
The Mate 8 is set to launch in the coming weeks in countries across Europe, South America and Asia but won’t be coming to the US or the UK at launch. The handset will launch at a cost of €599 before any applicable subsidies for the 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM variant while the 4GB RAM version (which has 64GB storage) will cost you €699 before taxes and subsidies.
With immersive technology becoming so cheap and easy that you can literally do it with Cardboard these days, it’s no surprise that accessory designers of all kinds are looking to get in on the VR action. Since virtual reality is almost certainly going to be the gaming platform of the future, and since mobile gaming has been aggressively on the rise as of late, it kind of makes sense that anyone looking to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment would be looking for ways to fuse these elements. Speck Pocket is an interesting endeavor in this regard: a protective cell phone case that doubles as a VR headset.
The product was unveiled at CES, evoking a spectrum of reactions ranging from “hey, that’s pretty cool,” to “damn, I should have thought of that.” It’s an accessory that not only protects your phone from injury in the event you are an idiot and drop it, but also it allows you to shake free the coils that limit your earthly perceptions and experience in full 3D visions beyond your imagination. Not bad for a piece of plastic and glass.
We don’t have many details yet on this on-the-go virtual reality headset/smartphone case combo. Price, compatibility, and regional availability are still big question marks. However, we’re expecting to get more details as CES progresses. Stick around and we’ll keep you posted as events warrant.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts about a case that is both protective and immersive? It seems that without the light-blocking side-flaps that headsets like Google Cardboard provide, any VR experience with a device like this will be limited, to say the least. Let us know your observations in the comments below!
Even though CES 2016 isn’t technically underway quite yet, there have already been quite a few interesting announcements from various tech companies thus far. If you’re interested in anything that’s been announced and are wondering where you can purchase these new products, we’ve got just the thing for you. Amazon has a handy landing page that’s being used just to showcase gadgets that have been announced at CES this year.