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High end Huawei D8 could be coming next year with Kirin 960 SoC, 4GB RAM and sapphire glass

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High end Huawei D8 could be coming next year with Kirin 960 SoC, 4GB RAM and sapphire glass
Huawei smartphone chief He Gang reportedly said that he wants the company to expand its high-end offerings next year. One device that might help in that cause is the rumored Huawei D8. We first told you about the Android powered D8 in November 2014 when we were tipped to Huawei's 2015 road map. One device listed that did get released was the Huawei Mate 8. The D8, which was included on the map, will now apparently be pushed into 2016.

According to a report published today out of China, the Huawei D8 will offer a 5.5-inch screen, protected by sapphire glass. The display will feature a 1440 x 2560 resolution and be powered by the unannounced Kirin 960 chipset. The handset will come with 4GB of RAM inside. Those specs are close to what the road map called for back in 2014. The only difference is that last year's report had the D8 rockin' the then unannounced Kirin 950 SoC.

Today's report adds that Huawei is looking to surpass the top shelf handsets produced by Samsung. If produced, the Huawei D8 will be priced in the area of 5000 Yuan ($775 USD).

Thanks for the tip!

source: Mobile-Dad (translated)

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posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:17 6

1. Dude2014 (Posts: 433; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


$775 for HUAWEI phone? I'd rather go for iPhone even though I think iOS is inferior to Android.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:33 1

3. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


The HUAWEI phone could possibly run Windows 10 mobile though...

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:54

6. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Hey, Alan F. Merry Christmas!!!

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 16:46

31. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Who is Alan F.?

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 15:52

17. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


why everybody comparing everything with crap boring iphone ? ''i wud rather buy iiiphoone'' jesus christ grow up.. say rather u wud buy s6 edge or note 5

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 18:50

19. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Have you used a Huawei phone? If Sammy can do it, why can't Huawei (both are overpriced btw).

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:30 3

2. danny_a2005 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)


I think Huawei builds premium phones lately and I would pay 800 for a sapphire crystal phone anytime

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:34 1

4. Plutonium239 (Posts: 1012; Member since: 17 Mar 2015)


Sapphire is more brittle isn't it? It may be extremely hard to scratch, but wouldn't it crack more easily upon a drop?

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 21:42

23. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 305; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Not necessarily. Just because something is hard doesn't mean it's necessarily more brittle. Sapphire is much harder than quartz, but it's also tougher. Diamond is much, much harder than Sapphire, but isn't tougher on several orientation planes....the diamond will split or "cleave" easily.

Sapphire would be a very solid choice. But it is true, it won't bend much at all before breaking. But it will take some force to break it!

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 01:32

24. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Yep maybe but the situation I see with Gorilla Glass leads to desicion to try sapphire even if it is more fragile.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 11:50

5. GreenMan (Posts: 754; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Ah! A 5.5" Display and an over $700 price tag. Thanks, but no thanks...

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 12:00 4

7. zeeBomb (Posts: 1730; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


If they make the GPU to like MP4...bruh

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 13:31

9. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Worse: stuck on T880 MP8 while everyone else competes at Mali 900 series level and tries to compensate with moar corez

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 15:11 2

14. Bondurant (Posts: 415; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


where such high graphic power is used by 0.000000001 % of the mobile users.

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 01:36

26. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


then don't waste your money bying a 800$ flagship if you're not interested in performance.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 15:38 3

16. vincelongman (Posts: 3976; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Just saying, more cores does actually improve performance basically linearly
Due to GPUs being highly parallel in nature

e.g.
A8/A8X and A9/A9X
The A8X/A9X is the same PowerVR Series 6XT/7XT as the A8/A9
Just the A8X/A9X uses 8/12 cores vs the A8/A9 uses 4/6 cores
And the A8X/A9X benchmarks are roughly double the A8/A9

Although, heat would also increase if the clockrates are the same
Which is why the A8X/A9X arent used in the iPhone Plus

If they reduce the clockrate, they the could get same performance, but better efficiency, at the cost of even more die space
This is likely why Samsung are using the MP12

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 01:35

25. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


That's not a worse situation because then you'll get the nessesary performance for powering QuadHD even if the GPU isn't latest gen. I believe the T880MP8 will be much better than T9xxMP4 if the core config won't change (3vec4ALU + 1TMU + 1ROP + 1LSU).

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 04:18

27. vuyonc (Posts: 983; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


T880 MP8 on today's average FinFET node is certainly enough for QHD usage. The core config will most likely stay the same too on next gen though probably more cores can be shoved in and clockspeeds go up with better node processes and other uArch improvements. Huawei would lose by brute force.

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 08:11

29. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Clocks higher... Again? The GPU of Kirin 950 is already running 900 MHz.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 13:31

8. shield (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)


Huawei wants to destroy itself? as I was glad that Huawei is doing good and mostly cheap smartphones, but this nene he is samsung or apple what you can afford, probably forget how to hit HTC and Sony also tried to put a high price as Apple and Samsung, and then the company will soon end

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 13:41

10. JMartin22 (Posts: 1889; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


No way this phones asking price can compete in a similar tier with Samsung and Apple. They better lower their standards because this isn't going to help them differentiate themselves from the sea of Chinese throwaway phones.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 14:03

11. Tziggy14 (Posts: 437; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


Lol. Huawei, just because you've risen to number 3 in the market doesn't mean you're in the same tier of brand quality and loyalty as Samsung and Apple. Don't get ahead of yourselves with this insane pricing.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 14:47 3

12. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Huawei has been #3 since last year!
Where have you been?

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 14:54

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1115; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


and thats not a long time?

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 15:11

15. Bondurant (Posts: 415; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


Kirin 960 could be a higher clocked version of 950.

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 19:04

20. dimas (Posts: 1812; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Huawei should just made improvements to the P instead of giving us the D.

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 07:55

28. bur60 (Posts: 821; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


It doesnt cancel out the p series. I think it will be the follow up of the mate s. Mate s was very misplaced (not mate worthy)

posted on 25 Dec 2015, 20:22 1

22. Mrmark (Posts: 262; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)


I would love to see Huawei become a premium brand ike Apple.

posted on 26 Dec 2015, 14:49

30. p51d007 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


I've had a Huawei Ascend Mate2 for over 1 1/2 years. LOVE IT. Regardless of specs, there is NO WAY I would pay around 800 dollars for a fricking phone.
The mate2 was a great bargain, and still is. I got mine for 300 dollars and they go for less than that now. Fast, stable BIG screen and big battery.

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