Render images appear online for Huawei Mate 8
Huawei has sent out invitations for its September 2 keynote at Berlin for IFA 2015. According to reports from China, the telecommunications company will announce the new Mate 8 smartphone as the successor to the Ascend Mate 7. Renders of the Mate 8 are currently circulating through Chinese media and social networks.
The images show LED flash for the rear and front cameras alongside a fingerprint sensor as well. The current Ascend Mate 7 has its Flash to the left of the rear camera instead. Additional speculation include a Q3 or Q4 2015 release date, 64-bit octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 950 SoC (4x A72 + 4x A53) and ARM Mali-T880 GPU, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal memory. The rear and front cameras are expected to be 21 MP and 8 MP, respectively. There is a chance that Huawei will launch a less expensive Mate 8 model with just 3 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC.
As Reuters reported earlier this month, smartphone sales for Huawei have jumped 59 percent for H1 2015 compared to a year before. Sales in China are particularly strong at a 124 percent increase during the same period. Overall, Huawei has sold 48.2 million smartphones this year with an annual target of 100 million. According to analysts from IDC, this is a realistic and attainable goal for the manufacturer.
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