The Huawei Mate 9 was expected to be made official at the IFA in Berlin earlier this month, but the device was nowhere to be seen during the exhibition. Of course, a few leaks have already given us hints that the Mate 9 is under development, and we are now getting what could be our first look at the 5.9-inch phablet. A teaser image for the device has been posted on Weibo, revealing two of its important features.
The Mate 9 was recently spotted on a benchmark, which revealed that it would be powered by a new version of Huawei’s Kirin SoC. It turns out this SoC could be the Kirin 960, succeeding the Kirin 955 as the company’s currently flagship chip. The teaser image also reveals that Huawei is continuing with using two camera sensors at the back. The iPhone 7 Plus is expected to take dual camera setups into the mainstream, and it looks like Huawei doesn’t want to go back to a single camera setup either. The benchmark info had reported the camera resolution to be 12 megapixels, but the teaser says the Mate 9 will get an upgrade to 20 megapixel sensors. However, the secondary sensor is likely to be of lesser resolution, considering it is used mostly for bokeh effects and increased low-light performance.
Other specs of the Mate 9 are expected to include a Full HD display, 2.6 GHz maximum clock on the processor, 4GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel front camera, and 64GB of internal storage. The Mate 9 is also expected to be among the first smartphones to launch with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, following the recently launched LG V20. There is currently no word on when the device will go official. The Mate 8 will complete a year in November, but based on the frequency of leaks it looks like Huawei might not wait as long to launch the Mate 9. With the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to go on sale soon, putting the Mate 9 on the market as quickly as possible would certainly be in the company’s best interests.
Huawei is also working on a flagship tablet dubbed the Huawei 7P, which could launch alongside the Mate 9.