The Mate 8 has been available in China for a few months now, at CES 2016 Huawei announced the Mate 8 will be available in 30 more countries (not including the US for now). Some of the major countries included in the worldwide launch are the UK, Australia and most of the major european countries.
There are no details about which versions of the Mate 8 will cross China’s border. Assuming the same variants available in China will be available worldwide then expect to see four different colours, champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray, and mocha brown. There are four memory/storage configurations available, 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage is the base model retailing at CNY2,999 (£314, US$455), 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage retailing at CNY3699 (£387, US$562). The final two variants have the same memory but double the storage of each of the first two variants, they’re over CNY4399 (£460, US$668).
There is also an exclusive champagne edition retailing and an eye watering CNY6,888 (£720, US$1046)
The Technical Bit.
The first thing that strikes you is that huge 6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, it really dominates this phone. The processor is an octa-core 2.3GHz Kirin 950, Huawei say this processor offers a 100% power increase over the 950 processor in the Mate 7. The Kirin 950 processor also has an i5 co-processor that handles the speech recognition.
There is a fingerprint sensor to the rear of the phone, as it was in the Mate 7, now circular rather than square. Also on the rear is a 16MP camera with dual LED flash and optical image stabilisation.
The operating system is EMUI 4.0 which is Huawei’s customised version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow.