Huawei’s next Mate handset, the Mate 9, has been the subject of a few leaks and rumors over the last few weeks, and the rumor mill has now revealed that the device could be officially released on November 8th for the Chinese market. In addition to the release date, the new rumor also has details on the phone’s pricing, which as one would expect from Huawei isn’t as aggressive as smartphones from other Chinese smartphones.
The Huawei Mate 9 will be offered in three variants. One will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which will cost RMB 3,199 (SGD 654) or RMB 3,399 ($505) for the carrier or unlocked variant. The next model has 128GB of storage and the same amount of RAM and will be priced at RMB 3,899 (SGD 797). A 6GB RAM and 256GB storage model also exists and will set consumers back by RMB 4,699 (SGD 960). These prices aren’t actually official at this point, but we will probably see the official price tags hovering around the aforementioned values.
The Mate 9 is expected to feature Huawei’s new Kirin 960 chipset, along with dual rear cameras of 20-megapixel resolution and Leica branding and effects. On the front the phone will have a 6-inch Full HD display, with an 8-megapixel camera for selfies above the screen. The phone will run Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box if benchmarks are to be believed, although knowing how Chinese smartphone makers often stick to older versions of Android, we might just see Android 6.0 at launch. All the hardware will be encased in a metallic body, with a fingerprint sensor on the back.
The Mate 9’s November 8 launch would coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Mate 8. It would also be over a month after LeEco’s new 8GB RAM monster and the Xiaomi Mi 5s have been made official, although all these handsets are likely to be available in the Chinese market around the same time. With a 6-inch screen, the Mate 9 would compete directly with the 6-inch variant of the LeEco Pro 3, but the latter’s 8GB of RAM and more attractive price could put the favor into LeEco’s court.