We're hanging out with Huawei and Honor in Shenzhen (for Honor's 2nd anniversary event) and are now getting our first time in-hand with the Huawei Mate 8, the company's new flagship phone for China. The 6-inch phone is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Huawei's custom EMUI — we'll need more time to dive into that before determining how much it's grown from the issues we've had with previous iterations — on a somewhat confusingly low-resolution 1080p display.
If you've used a Huawei phone of any ilk in the past year or so you'll largely know what to expect. A very metal smartphone of good build quality. The fingerprint sensor is now round but in the usual place. Other than a little extra width on the Mate 8, you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for the Mate 7 or even the smaller Mate S.
This is Huawei's first phone to be powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor as well, and Huawei has high expectations of the power consumption and camera quality because of it.
We've undoubtedly have more on the Mate 8 in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned.