Huawei brings new phones, smartwatches and a tablet to CES
It's been a busy day at CES 2016 and Huawei held a press event to showcase some of its new products for the year. As well as a new phone, a new tablet and a new pair of smartwatches, there was a global launch for the Mate 8 flagship and a new color for its Nexus 6P smartphone.
You may not be familiar with the Huawei Mate 8 if you live outside of China, but it has specs to make the likes of Samsung and Apple look over their shoulders: it comes with a 6-inch 1080p display (running at 368 PPI), a HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor made by Huawei itself and Android Marshmallow. You also get a 16 MP camera, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of internal storage.
There's a fingerprint sensor and improvements to the 4,000 mAh battery that Huawei says are going to give you up to three days of use on a single charge. That sounds a little implausible, but until we get some extended hands-on time we'll have to take Huawei's word for it. The Mate 8 will go on sale across Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Mexico for a price in the region of €600-700 (US$645-750).
Notably absent from that list of launch countries is the United States, but Huawei is making its 5.5-inch mid-range G8 phone available in the US under the name GX8 and at a starting price of $350. What's more, there's a new gold color for its Nexus 6P handset too – perhaps enough to tempt you into a purchase if you've been holding out on Google's latest flagship and are a fan of bling-tastically colored phones.
Huawei also had time to show off a 10.1-inch Android tablet called the MediaPad M2. With a full-metal aluminum chassis, a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel display resolution, a slim 7.35-mm (0.29-inch) body and high-power speakers, it seems to have the iPad Pro in its sights (there's even a stylus in the form of the M-Pen). The tablet hits the US in the first quarter of this year for $349 and up.
If you can process the details of even more Huawei kit, the company had two new variations of its Huawei Watch wearable to demo as well. Called the Elegant and the Jewel, they're aimed firmly at a more feminine market, although the innards look to be largely the same as the original model that went on sale at the end of last year. Huawei says the new models are going to be available Stateside before the end of March.