With Chinese smartphone Huawei maker prepping for its launch of the Mate 9, information is starting to leak about the design and specifications of the successor to the 6.0-inch Mate 8. Of course nothing is official but from what we can tell, the Mate 9 is shaping up to be a phablet worth mentioning in 2016.
Huawei Mate 9 Design
If he most recent image leaks online are accurate, we know the new Mate 9 will include a dual-camera setup. Press renders from Chinese social media site Baidu show a Mate 8 style phablet with a sleek looking camera module. The photos have since been deleted but copies were obtained by Digital Trends.
Another interesting Mate 9 design leak comes from Chinese social media website Weibo that appears to show a prototype of the phone. The poster claims that the leaked photos are of the Mate 9 shell, and while the design could change, if accurate the shell gives us at least a few details about what to expect from the phablet.
The second leak also backs up the dual-camera theory. Additionally, the phone features a fairly minimalist look, with stero speaker grilles on either side of the USB port that’s located on the bottom, most likely USB-C.
Huawei Mate 9 Specs
Looks and feel are good, but we all know its what’s on the inside that counts. We might have got our first taste of hardware after an unknown Huawei smartphone appeared in the GFX Bench database in early August thats believed to be the Huawei Mate 9.
The mystery phablet has a 5.9″ display with 1080p resolution and is powered by a HiSilicon Hi3660 chipset with an octa-core processor and Mali-T880 GPU. The rest of the leaked specs include 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, a 12MP main camera and an 8MP secondary camera. The phablet is expected to ship with Android 7.0 Nougat installed.
Many people were expecting the Mate 9 to launch in September at IFA, after Huawei sent out invites for the event last week. Yet to everyone’s surprise, a company executive recent shot down the rumors, confirming that the Mate 9 would not be launching at the consumer trade show in Berlin.
Those of us who are really eager to see the new 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9 will have to wait two more months, according to the company executive. Reports out of gizmochina indicate that he didn’t reveal any other details about the new device.