Huawei Unveils New Smartphone Called Mate 8

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Huawei Mate 8 smartphone

China’s tech giant Huawei has launched  a new smartphone, called Mate 8, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas in the hope that it can help the company overtake Apple as the world’s second largest smartphone maker within two years.

Equipped with a 4000mAh high-density battery, the 6-inch Mate 8 smartphone delivers industry-leading power efficiency offering over two days of normal usage, Huawei said.

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“Is this enough?” asked Kevin Ho, president of Huawei consumer group’s handset business, at a press conference at CES 2016 on Tuesday. “No, not enough!”

The device also has impressive rapid charging technology. “This simply means only 30 minutes of charging, you can have one day of use,” he said. “Excellent! Fabulous!”

In fact, regular users can go without charging their phone for 2.36 days, and heavy users can go without charging for 1.65 days, the company said.

The Mate 8 also features advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent handling experience and lower power consumption.

The Android-based system also has many other interesting and useful features, including a long-page screen capture system and the Knuckle Sense Technology, which allows users to take screenshots or capture snippets of a film by double-clicking the screen with a knuckle, as well as omnidirectional recording and directional playback.

The Mate 8 supports global connectivity and more bands than any other dual-SIM phone, including four 2G bands, nine 3G bands and 18 4G bands in 217 countries and regions, which “makes it the perfect device for the global business traveler,” Ho said.

The smartphone will be initially available in 30 countries, including Spain, Germany, France, United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Australia.

The device won’t be cheap: the version with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space costs 599 euros (about 647 U.S. dollars), while the version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space is priced at 699 euros. It is available in four elegant colors: champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown.

At the CES press conference, Huawei also launched a new tablet called M2, and two new versions of smartwatch for ladies, known as Jewel and Elegant, respectively.

Huawei also revealed Tuesday that its revenue exceeded 20 billion U.S. dollars in 2015, nearly a 70 percent increase from 2014.