Huawei has just taken the wraps off its brand new flagship: the Huawei Mate 8, a 6-inch phone packing the latest of Huawei silicon in the form of the Kirin 950 system chip, a new Sony camera sensor with optical image stabilization, and finally, a large, 4000mAh battery.
Since the Huawei Mate 8 is a device that is officially being unveiled in China (its international unveiling is expected to happen in around two months at CES 2016 in Las Vegas), we don't yet have the official international prices and/or release date.
However, Huawei has released the Mate 8 price and release date for China, which is a good starting point in understanding how is the new Mate 8 positioned on the market.
First, the release date: the Mate 8 is coming to the Chinese market in the first quarter of 2016, putting it in the same time frame when we expect to see high-profile devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7
(the Mate 8 will likely arrive earlier).
Then, we have the Huawei Mate 8 prices in China. Keep in mind that international prices will likely be slightly higher, but clearly this is a device just slightly cheaper than the most premium phones, so we should consider it as a high-end affair. Here are the prices:
- 3GB RAM, 32GB storage version: $470 (2,999 yuan / 3,199 yuan, depending on connectivity)
- 4GB RAM, 64GB storage version: $580 (3,699 yuan)
- 4GB RAM, 128GB storage version: $690 (4,399 yuan)
Interestingly, Huawei will also offer a discounted bundle of the Huawei Mate 8 with a special luxury 'Monarch' edition of the Huawei Watch. Together, the two will cost $1,080 (6,888 yuan).
What do you think, is this the right value for the money for such a phone? Let us know in the comments below.