CES 2016: Huawei unveils Mate 8, M2 tab, watch for women and a stunning gold Nexus 6P
A few hours ago at CES, Huawei announced its year’s flagships. The conference started with some information about how the company has become the third largest smartphone maker in the world in just four years taking about 9.7 percent of global smartphone market share. The company bagged 20 billion dollars last year which is 8 billion more than the year before. Enough of how well Huawei is taking over the world, let’s jump to the announcements.
First, Huawei Mate 8. Kevin Ho, President of Huawei Handset, unveiled the next member of the “Mategory” family of smartphones. The Huawei Mate series (Mategory) has longer battery life and bigger screens than everyone else. The Mate 8 carries a 6-inch nearly end-to-end display with a little bezel, powered by its home-made 16 nm octa-core Kirin 950 processor with four cores running at 2.3 GHz and the other four at 1.8 GHz. The jaw-dropping feature was its humongous battery life. Huawei claims that Mate 8 can live for two days without any interruptions on a single charge. That is, 17 hours of HD video, 20 hours of 4G browsing, 28 hours of 3G calling and 98 hours of nonstop music playback. With this a 30 minute charge will give you a full day usage of the phone. It seems a big deal but Huawei still has to face the real world usage statistics.
The phone has 100% faster unlocking speed when using the fingerprint security. The phone is business ready with subtle features of security like a secure keyboard, SD card lock, full disk encryption and features like enhanced conferencing experience delivered through a wider microphone range and selectively directional sound recording. The Mate 8 will automatically realign the charts, photos and business documents when photographed with it. With a new proprietary image-processing engine and a 16 MP Sony sensor, Huawei claims that Mate 8’s camera experience will be far better than others including the iPhones.
The Huawei Mate 8 will be available at around INR 44000 with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and for around 50000 INR for 4GB RAM and 64 GB of storage. The new mocha brown variant will also be adding to gold, space gray and moonlight silver.
The M2 was announced with a few upgrades including an enhanced sound quality delivered by four speakers around the tablet by Harmon Kardon. M2 wears an “intelligent” 10.1 inch display having a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button. And there is a pen too with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Starts at $349 for the 2GB + 16GB Wi-Fi-only variant. Maxes out at $469 with 3GB of RAM and LTE.
Ho continued with the conference announcing two Huawei Watch variants for women called the Watch Jewel and Watch Elegant. The company partnered with Swarowski for a special version of the watch. Though the size of the watch is not feminine, Huawei tried well here to entice the women. “A marriage of precision and preciousness,” tells us the Swarovski exec who got a couple of moments on stage of his own.
Along with some custom watch faces, the new Huawei Watch Jewel and Elegant will have integrated on-watch calling. This is the first time an Android Wear is getting on-watch calling feature. Watch Elegant comes at around 35,000 INR and Watch Jewel for around 40,000 INR.
With the main announcements wrapping up the “one more thing” was the gold Nexus 6P. Ho announced that is the first time for a Nexus to get dressed in gold.