Huawei Mate 8 officially slated for December 9 Chinese launch at $470 and up
Could Huawei’s latest flagship phablet outsell its super-popular predecessor, despite a slew of striking similarities shared with the slightly smaller Mate S? The fast-rising Chinese manufacturer reportedly believes so, aiming to build around one million Mate 8 units a month, while the Mate 7 “barely” went out in 7 million quantities in its first year on store shelves.
Huawei’s homeland remains the driving force behind the high-end Mate family, and the new 6-incher will apparently go on sale in the world’s largest smartphone market on Wednesday, December 9. The pricing structure is finally official, and mostly follows recent speculation, though a few key questions are still unanswered.
Will Europe and/or the US get an optional ultra-premium configuration with Quad HD screen resolution in tow and/or Force Touch functionality on the heels of a second announcement at CES in January? Also, what’s the “exclusive champagne edition’s” deal? Is it just a standard 4GB RAM/128GB ROM Mate 8 coated in gold? Because if so, it’s ridiculously extravagant, at CNY 6,888, or roughly $1,075.
Meanwhile, the “entry-level” Huawei Mate 8 variant, accommodating 3 gigs of memory and a maximum 32GB storage, should cost the equivalent of $470 in China, i.e. CNY 2,999. Then you have a 4GB/64GB model priced at $580 (3,699 Yuan), and a 4GB/128GB version going for close to 700 bucks, or CNY 4399. Surely, the champagne edition features extra enhancements, possibly a highly desirable pressure-sensitive 2K display included.