Busi­ness meets style

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - By DI­NESH KU­MAr MAGANAtHAN bytz@ thes­tar. com. my

THE new Mate 8 flag­ship smart­phone by Chi­nese elec­tron­ics gi­ant Huawei is touted to be “the new style of busi­ness”.

“We be­lieve the Mate 8 will fit into the life­style of many in­di­vid­u­als here,” says Zhu Yong Gang, Huawei Tech­nolo­gies Malaysia’s coun­try di­rec­tor for its con­sumer busi­ness group.

“It is in­spired to as­sist a new gen­er­a­tion of busi­ness in­di­vid­u­als and en­trepreneurs sync work with leisure.”

The slim and sleek smart­phone has an alu­minium uni­body and a re­designed fin­ger­print sen­sor that’s faster and more re­li­able.

The Mate 8 is rated to last over two days on a full charge and nor­mal us­age – this is made pos­si­ble by the en­ergy- ef­fi­cient Kirin 950 pro­ces­sor and large 4,000mAh bat­tery.

The phone also fea­tures fast charg­ing. Huawei says just charg­ing the phone for 30 min­utes will al­low you to use the phone for the en­tire day.

The Mate 8 has a large 6in full HD ( 1,920 x 1,080 pix­els) dis­play and a 16- megapixel cam­era with OIS ( op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion) to pre­vent blurry pho­tos by un­steady hands.

It also has a fea­ture called Su­per Hands­Free 3.0 which al­lows you to have a clear and crisp hands- free con­ver­sa­tion even if you are 3m away from your phone.

And its Knuckle Sense 2.0 fea­ture al­lows you to take screen­shots or even start and stop a record­ing by just us­ing your knuck­les.

Weigh­ing about 185g, the Huawei Mate 8 comes in two vari­ants: the Stan­dard ver­sion in Moon­light Sil­ver and Space Grey ( RM2,099 each) and Pre­mium ver­sion in Cham­pagne Gold and Mocha Brown ( RM2,399 each).

It runs on An­droid 6.0 ( Marsh­mal­low) with the com­pany’s EMUI 4.0 user in­ter­face.

At the event, Huawei also launched the Nexus 6P Gold edi­tion ( RM2,698) for peo­ple who want a more lux­u­ri­ous- look­ing de­vice, and the Me­di­aPad M2 10.0.

The M2 runs on An­droid 5.1 and has a 10.1in ( 1,920 x 1,200 pix­els) dis­play. It also comes with the M- Pen sty­lus which is ca­pa­ble of sens­ing 2,048 lev­els of pres­sure to bet­ter sim­u­late a real pen.

Huawei teamed up with au­dio spe­cial­ists from Har­man Kar­don to tune the four speak­ers and four am­pli­fiers the tablet fea­tures. It comes with Clari- Fi mu­sic restora­tion tech­nol­ogy for en­hanc­ing mu­sic, games and movies.

The pre­mium tablet, which comes in sil­ver and gold, is priced from RM1,299.

The com­pany also launched the women’s edi­tion of its pop­u­lar Huawei Watch.

Called Jewel and El­e­gant, the new pair of An­droid Wear smart­watches fea­ture rose gold- plated cases and leather wrist­bands.

Luke Au, Huawei con­sumer busi­ness group’s prod­uct mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor ( hand­set) for South Pa­cific re­gion, says Huawei wants to be the com­pany of choice for con­sumers look­ing for stylish yet func­tional devices.

Huawei is the first com­pany to team up with Swarovski to craft its smart­watch – the Jewel fea­tures 68 Swarovski Zir­co­nias for a daz­zling look.

The Jewel re­tails for RM2,299 while the El­e­gant for RM1,999.

Au says huawei is now the world’s third largest smart­phone maker.

The El­e­gant smart­watch is tailored for women and the Mate 8 fea­tures a large 6in screen. — Pho­tos: SAM ThAM/ The Star

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