Huawei Mate 8 flagship available in Australia from May 24
Huawei’s top-tier phablet, the Huawei Mate 8 will be launching in Australia in a less than a week, and Huawei Australia has today released pricing and availability details.
Announced earlier this year at CES 2016, the Mate 8 incorporates the best of what Huawei has to offer, including a 6-inch FullHD IPS-NEO display with wider colour gamut than the Ascend Mate7 it replaces, Huawei’s latest HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core chipset, rear fingerprint reader, beefy 4,000mAh battery and 16MP shooter with OIS and an 8MP front camera. Android 6.0 Marshmallow features out of the box, with Huawei’s EmotionUI 4.0 on top.
Locally the Huawei Mate 8 will be offered from $899 in its 32GB ROM and 3GB RAM configuration in space grey only, from Huawei Experience Stores, as well as selected Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and All Phones stores throughout the country. Other markets meanwhile will have access to a 64GB model with 4GB RAM, in moonlight silver, champagne gold and mocha brown. If 32GB storage is limiting, it can be expanded by way of microSD up to 128GB.
Vodafone will also offer the space grey 32GB model with 3GB RAM on plans starting at $15 per month on their $40 Red plan over 24 months.
Pre-orders from 18 June — according to Huawei Australia’s press release — at all 10 of Huawei’s Experience Store in Westfield stores around the country will have the option to snag a free Huawei Band which normally retails for $129, or receive a Huawei TalkBand B2, valued at $149 or $169, depending on colour preference.