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Mobile World Congress may well be just around the corner in February, but Huawei is taking the time to show a couple of products it has in store ahead of that mobile free-for-all, and the news is good if you like metal.

Shown at the consumer electronics mecca that is CES in Las Vegas, Huawei’s pre-MWC showcase is small, and likely smaller than what we expect the mobile manufacturer will unveil in Spain next month, but it’s still worth a look, especially if you’re into premium looking metallic gadgets.

There are three being shown, and while Huawei wouldn’t confirm exact timings for Australia, a representative for the company did say that Australia was a likely candidate for all of the products.


First up is a new phone, and this one is a sequel to one which has done quite well for the company.

Following on from the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 back in late 2014, Huawei will have a Mate 8 in 2016, with another 6 inch display though this one stretching practically edge to edge, meaning no frame.



The battery will drop a little in size, from 4100mAh to 4000mAh — not a big enough drop to be considered a big loss — while the processor will be made to be a little smaller and yet more grunty which could bring some noticeable improvements.

Cameras will also be better, with a 16 megapixel camera on the back and an 8 megapixel selfie camera up front, while the fingerprint sensor will also get an improvement as Huawei delivers the same sensor found on the Nexus 6P it build for Google.


Oh, and that body is full metal like it was last time, with a look of either gold, silver, black, or something more plum like applied to the package, because the gold from last time might not be your thing.


Another tablet will sport gold, though, with a gold and white 10 inch tablet also on the way, called the MediaPad M2.