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The Chinese company, Huawei, has launched it’s new flagship, the Ascend Mate 8, a year after the launch of the Ascend Mate 7. We have put together a comparison, in terms of hardware specifications, between the two devices in order to see what innovations Huawei has brought after a year of development and for you to decide if is worth getting the new device.

We will start with de display where Huawei has kept the same screen diagonal, 6 inch, and more or less the same display with a few mild improvements. Huawei Ascend Mate 8 has the IPS-NEO LCD, 16m colors same as its predecessor.

When talking about the chipset we can see a bigger difference between the two products. The new flagship has a 2.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A72+1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex A53 while the Ascend Mate 7 has a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7. The new more powerful chipset, and the increase in RAM capacity from 2GB and 3GB option to 3GB and 4GB option, will guarantee the smooth running of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow available on Huawei Ascend Mate 8.

In terms of storage, Huawei has increased the base model memory capacity from 16GB to 32GB for the new flagship and also offers a 128GB option.

The camera on the Mate 7 was not extraordinary, we could safely say that it was a mediocre one when compared with similar devices in its own product range, 13MP front camera with a resolution of 4128×3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash and 5MP front camera. In the next generation Huawei has added a few features in order to catch up with the cameras in its segment of the market, the new Mate 8 has 16MP front camera with a resolution of 4608×3456 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase detection, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and autofocus and a 8MP front camera.

The battery on the new device is slightly smaller, 4000 mAh Li-Po compared with the Mate 7’s 4100 mAh Li-Po battery, but with the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow the battery life is expected to increase despite the decrease in shear battery capacity, in terms of connectivity, the two devices are exactly the same.

With this in mind, the decision to upgrade to Huawei’s latest phone is entirely yours.

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