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Huawei launches longer-lasting Mate 8 smartphone at CES 2016

Las Vegas—Imagine a smartphone that can keep on working for days without a recharge, and when it does need one, it can be recharged in half an hour for another full day’s use.

Chinese telecommunications-equipment firm Huawei introduced such a smartphone, called Mate 8, during the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 here in the hope that it can help the company overtake Apple Inc. as the world’s second-largest smartphone maker within two years.

Equipped with a 4000mAh high-density battery, the six-inch Mate 8 delivers industry-leading power efficiency, offering more than two days of normal use, Huawei said.

“Is this enough?” asked Kevin Ho, president of the Huawei consumer group’s handset business, during a press conference at CES 2016. “No, not enough!”

The device also has impressive rapid charging technology. “This simply means (that, with) only 30 minutes of charging, you can have one day of use,” Ho said.

In fact, regular users can go without charging their phone for 2.36 days, and heavy users can go without charging for 1.65 days, the company said.

The Mate 8 also features advanced six-layer thermal mechanics, which allows higher heat dissipation, leading to an excellent handling experience and lower power consumption.

Its Android-based system also has many other features, including a long-page screen capture system and the so-called Knuckle Sense Technology, which allows users to take screenshots or capture snippets of a film by double-clicking the screen with a knuckle, as well as omnidirectional recording and directional playback.

The Mate 8 supports global connectivity and more bands—four 2G bands, nine 3G bands and 18 4G bands in 217 countries and regions—which “makes it the perfect device for the global business traveler,” Ho said.

The smartphone will be initially available in 30 countries, including Spain, Germany, France, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico and Australia.

The version with 3 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 32 GB of storage space costs about $647 (about P30,700). The version with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space is priced at about $758 (about P36,000).

It is available in four colors: champagne gold, moonlight silver, space gray and mocha brown.

During the conference, Huawei also launched a new tablet called MediPad M2, and two new versions of smartwatches for ladies, known as HuaweiWatch Jewel and HuaweiWatch Elegant.

Rise in revenue

Huawei also revealed during the conference that its revenue exceeded $20 billion in 2015, a nearly 70-percent increase from 2014.

Additionally, it shipped 108 million smartphones in 2015—a 44-percent increase from the previous year—becoming the leading Chinese smartphone manufacturer to top the 108-million mark.

“Several years ago, we were nothing. Nobody knew Huawei,” Richard Yu, chief executive officer of Huawei’s consumer business group, said of the company’s dramatic increase in the global market share of smartphones.

“(Now,) every year, every month, we increase our market share. I do believe that within two years or next year, we have a chance to be (the) No. 2 (smartphone maker),” he added.

According to figures from market-research firm GfK, cited by Yu at the conference, Samsung and Apple are still the top two smartphone brands, holding 28.3 percent and 11.8 percent of the market, respectively, in September. Huawei came in third with 9.7 percentPNA/XINHUA

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