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While their sub-brand Honor has been more in the limelight these days, Huawei has no plans to let its own line-up of smartphones take backstage. The Chinese smartphone maker showed its latest flagship smartphone, Huawei Mate 8, at the ongoing CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

The phone’s full metal unibody design gives it a premium look and for the screen size it isn’t a very heavy device on paper either. It weighs 185g, which is what a lot of 5.5-inch smartphones weigh. It measures 7.9mm sideways and that is slightly more than the iPhone 6s Plus’ 7.3mm thickness.

The new device comes with a mammoth 6-inch display, with a screen resolution of 1920x1080p. The resolution itself is surprisingly low for a 6-inch Amoled dsiplay. Most of the smartphone makers have moved to 2K resolution displays in their flagships and that includes Huawei’s own Nexus 6P, which offers a 2560x1440p resolution at a lesser price ( 39,980).

Huawei Mate 8 has been equipped with a circular finger-print scanner, as seen in other Huawei smartphones. Huawei claims its 10% more accurate and effective than the ones used in its previous phones. The smartphone will run the latest Android 6.0 (Lollipop) operating system with its own custom user interface over it. To allow users make the most of the screen size, Huawei has added a split screen mode that would users to do two things side by side.

The smartphone will run on Huawei’s latest Kirin 950 octa-core chipset, which they claim is their most powerful smartphone chipset yet. The chipset supports 4G and will be the first smartphone form Huawei to offer Bluetooth 4.2. The 16-meagapixel can shoot full HD videos and so can the 8-megapixel front camera.

The phone will be available in four different colours—moonlight silver, space gray, champagne gold and mocha brown.

Huawei says the Mate 8 will be launched in 30 countries initially including France, Spain, Germany, Australia at €599(approx 43,335 ) for the 3GB RAM+32GB version and €699 for the 4GB RAM +64GB version. But no dates for launch are confirmed yet. The phone might cost more after the excise duty on imported smartphones, which is 12.5% in India, is added.

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