Huawei Launches Mate 8 Smartphone and M2 Tablet in the Middle East


Huawei Consumer Business Group launched Mate 8 smartphone and M2 Tablet in the Middle East markets soon after revealing during the CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this month.

“2015 was a successful year for the Huawei Consumer Business Group here in the Middle East and we anticipate 2016 to be an even bigger one with immense growth in the region following the launch of these two flagship devices,” Sandeep Saihgal, vice president of Huawei Consumer Business Group told Khaleej Times at the launch event.

The Mate 8 is the ultimate high-end smartphone designed for the professional, striking the perfect balance between high performance and long battery life, Saihgal said, adding: “And when designing the M2, we equipped it with an impeccable sound system to take the user’s experience to the next level. Both of these devices reflect Huawei’s continued dedication to bringing the latest innovation and style to our consumers.”

Dubai became the second global city to witness the launch on Monday evening. Featuring the most powerful chipset, a high-capacity battery and stylish design – including a unique mocha brown color option – the Huawei Mate 8 is the ideal smartphone for today’s on-the-go professional. The Mate 8 is designed from the ground up for productivity and its hardware and software have been fine-tuned to provide an elegant, efficient experience.

Huawei Mate 8

The Mate 8 features a refined, elegant design that highlights its beautiful 6-inch high contrast display. With a leading 83 per cent screen-to-body ratio, the phone is able to stay sleek and compact without sacrificing a desired large display.

The Huawei Mate 8 introduces a new generation of fingerprint security with enhanced protection technology.

Running on Huawei’s EMUI 4.0, based on Android Marshmallow 6.0, the Huawei Mate 8 offers hundreds of user experience tweaks and improvements, including a built-in automatic defragmentation service that continues optimizing system performance.

Featuring groundbreaking hardware, the Mate 8 is the first smartphone to run the Kirin 950 chipset, with CPU boosting power up 100 percent, GPU performance up 125 percent, and power efficiency up 70 percent vs. the Kirin 925.

Equipped with a 4000mAh high-density battery, the Mate 8 delivers industry-leading power efficiency offering over two days of normal usage. And with rapid charging technology, the phone is able to charge a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes.

Mate 8 also features an advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation leading to an excellent holding experience and lower power consumption. Huawei invested $98 million over three years to develop the first proprietary image sensor processor for faster focusing, higher clarity, and more accurate colour shading.

The Mate 8 is available at these price points: AED 1899 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM model, and AED 2199 for 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM model.

Huawei MediaPad M2

The Huawei MediaPad  M2 Tablet users can enjoy the rich sonic experience of Harman/Kardon, as a result of a new partnership that integrates company’s leading audio technology into the 10-inch tablet. In the M2 Tablet, Harman/Kardon will provide its cutting-edge Clari-Fi audio restoration technology designed to recover the lost details of compressed digital music. The resulting audio is clearer, crisper, wider and more dynamic – resulting in improved realism and fidelity.

Specs-wise, the device is powered by a Kirin 930 SoC and sports a 10.1-inch (1200 x 1920 pixel resolution) IPS display. It comes in 2GB/3GB RAM options and 16GB/64GB internal memory options, and packs in a 6,660 mAh battery.

In terms of camera, the tablet features a 13MP rear unit and a 5MP front shooter. Measuring 239.8 x 172.8 x 7.4mm and weighing in at 500g, it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. The 2GB/16GB model comes in silver color, while the 3GB/64GB variant comes in gold – both are available in WiFi + LTE and WiFi-only versions.

The MediaPad M2 will be available at these price points: AED 1299 for 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM + Wi-Fi model, AED 1399 for 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM + LTE model, AED 1599 for 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM + Wi-Fi model (with M-Pen + Case + Protective Film), and AED 1799 for 3GB RAM + 64GB ROM + LTE model (M-Pen + Case + Protective Film).