The Huawei Mate 8 was launched at the end of last year, and it seems as though the company is now prepping the launch of the Mate 9.
There are plenty of rumors about the new device floating around, and while nothing is official, the Mate 9 is shaping up to be quite an interesting phone. Here’s everything we know about the Huawei Mate 9 so far.
Perhaps the most interesting leak to date is a picture that was posted on Chinese social media website Weibo. The leaker claims that the leak is of the shell of the Mate 9, and while the design could certainly evolve over time, if accurate the shell gives us at least a few details about what to expect from the phone.
For example, the phone seems to have a dual-camera setup — perhaps the one sensor will shoot in color and the other in monochrome, as is the case on the Huawei P9.
Apart from that, the phone features a fairly minimalist look, with a speaker grille on either side of the USB port that’s located on the bottom.
Reports indicate that the specs of the Mate 9 will make the device a worthy successor to the Mate 8. Accompanying the picture leak is a post claiming to show what some of the specs of the phone are. For example, the phone features a 5.9-inch display, which puts it well and truly in phablet territory. That display will have a full HD resolution.
As far as the processor goes, the phone will reportedly feature a Kirin 960, which will be coupled with options for either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Interestingly enough, those specs also line up with an unmarked GFXBench log. If the log is indeed for the Mate 9, the phone will include a 12MP sensor for the rear-facing camera, and an 8MP shooter for the front-facing camera.
So when will we finally get our hands on the new phone? An exact release date has yet to be revealed, however some speculate that the device will make an appearance at IFA in Berlin a few weeks from now. The phone will likely then be available for purchase a few weeks after that.