As Chinese smartphone makers are trying to expand their reach to international markets, they often sign up big names to promote their brand. We saw Huawei signing the popular Lionel Messi as the global brand ambassador and just recently, Nubia made its move by signing Messi’s equally popular rival, Cristiano Ronaldo. These two footballers are not just highly popular in Europe but also worldwide, which means associating their name with the brand would be a big leap for these companies.
Now that Huawei’s ambassador is Messi, the company has released the Mate 8 Messi Limited Edition model which will be signed by the footballer. This customized version will feature Messi’s signature at the back. Rest of the features of the phone as well as appearance, seem to be similar as the regular model.
However, Huawei has released just 5000 limited edition models, each coming with a unique number etched on the back. So, each limited edition model will feature a number at the back, starting from No. 0000 till No. 5000. This will be the top-end version of the Mate 8 flagship and comes with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. Also, it is priced at 4399 Yuan which comes to around $670. And guess what, it is said that this limited edition model is already sold out in China! Hard luck, if you even thought of getting this Messi signed version.
To recap, the Huawei Mate 8 comes with a 6-inch 1080p display along with the company’s own Kirin 950 octa-core chipset. At the back, the phone features a 16MP rear camera with OIS while up front, there is an 8MP shooter. The phone features a massive 4000mAh battery, a rear placed fingerprint sensor and comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.0 on top.
Although this limited edition doesn’t come with its own theme like that we saw on the FC Barcelona Edition of the OPPO R9, Messi’s signature seems to be enough to get this phone out of stock already. [source]