Sorry, our US-residing Android power user friends, but it doesn’t look like the Huawei Mate 8 is ready to pursue its American dream just yet, despite showing up at CES 2016 in Las Vegas to reveal global expansion plans.
So far, those only cover parts of Europe, the UAE, Mexico and Australia, which must have been deemed high-end phablet-friendly markets by the powers that be over at the world’s third largest smartphone manufacturer.
Meanwhile, Huawei keeps increasing its domestic fanbase, with the Mate 8 already estimated to have sold in one million copies. Unveiled back in late November, the Kirin 950-driven 6-incher went up for sale on December 9, so it needed less than 30 days to achieve its first major box-office milestone.
Add into the equation patchy availability at many Chinese retailers starting shortly after the Android giant’s release, and you get the picture of a very impressive flagship, capable of quickly garnering a solid mainstream audience in spite of a nichey footprint and fairly extravagant pricing.
It remains to be seen if Huawei can ramp up production and appease demand both inside and outside its homeland, with hopes of an eventual US spread still alive. Ideally, before the spring onslaught of new high-end launches kicks off, including the always dangerous latest addition to the Samsung Galaxy S roster, HTC “Perfume”, and LG G5.