Business meets style
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