While Samsung is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the exploding Galaxy Note 7, news out of China suggests that Huawei’s latest Mate 9 could deal the Korean flagship another potentially fatal blow when it drops November 8th, sporting an iris scanner and 6GB RAM.
We’ve seen a few leaks already that suggest the Huawei Mate 9 is going to be a powerful 6-inch phablet, and the news just keeps getting better. Latest indications from MyDrivers tells us that the upcoming Mate 9 will come in four versions, with the high end “Monarch” variant boasting 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage .
Built-in iris recognition coupled with fingerprint scanner was a big selling point for the Galaxy Note 7, making it one of the most secure smartphones on the market. If rumors hold true, it looks like we will see the same functionality with the Mate 9.
Looking to raise the bar even further, the upcoming flagship from Huawei will also sport a pair of 20-Megapixel rear shooters with optical image stabilization right above the rear mounted finger scanner, but we don’t have any info yet on sensor size or lens speed.
Other versions in the lineup will include the Standard and Carrier Editions with 4GB RAM and 64 GB storage, and the “high version” with 4GB of ram and 128GB of internal storage space. The Mate 9 family is expected to be fueled by Huawei’s latest generation HiSilicon Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC, with the entire packaged wrapped in an all-aluminum body.
Design leaks made their way to Chinese social media website Weibo earlier this month that appear to show a prototype of the phone. If the posts are accurate the shell gives us at least a few details about what to expect from the phablet design wise, like the dual speaker grills shown on the bottom of the device that hint towards some potentially killer audio.
The Huawei Mate 9 is rumored to become available in nine color variants, Amber Gold, Amber Gray, Ceramic White, Champagne Gold, Enamel Gloss Black, Mocha Gold, Moonlight Silver, Rose Gold and Sky Gray. Android 7.0 is expected to ship out of the box, with Hawaii’s Emotion UI (EMUI) 5 running on top. USB Type-C is also likely to be included.
Many people were expecting the Mate 9 to launch in September at IFA, yet to everyone’s surprise, a company executive shot down the rumors in an interview earlier this month, confirming that the Mate 9 would not be launching at the consumer trade show in Berlin. He later said we could expect the device in November and the most recent leaks from China suggest Huawei will be launching the Mate 9 on November 8.
When it comes to pricing, the Mate 9 is reportedly starting at 3199 Yuan ($479) for the Standard edition with the full and high versions going for 3399 Yuan ($509) and 3899 Yuan ($584), respectively. To get the whole enchilada, the Monarch version will reportedly run you 4699 Yuan ($704), which is considerably cheaper than the Note 7 at 5666 Yuan ($850).