Huawei has sent out invitations to a press event on November 3, where it says it plans to share “latest innovations and exciting advances”. The event will not be held in China, but will instead take place in Munich, Germany. While the company hasn’t given out any hints, it is being speculated that the star of this event could be the company’s next flagship phablet, the Mate 9.
The Mate 9 is expected to be available in multiple variants, which are going to be priced between $480 and $700. The base variant will apparently come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the top end model is going to boast of 6GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in memory. A mid-tier variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage will be available as well. Apart from memory, the variants will also differ as far as color options go. Reports out of China suggest that buyers will have three colors to choose from for the base variant, while the high-end model will be available in no less than six colors.
The phablet is expected to feature a large 6” display like its predecessor, offering the same 1080 x 1920 Full HD resolution. Under the hood, Mate 9 is likely to be powered by Huawei’s Kirin 960 SoC, which hasn’t officially been announced yet. Similar to the company’s P9 and P9 Plus flagship smartphones from earlier this year, it is rumored that the Mate 9 too will offer a dual camera setup, utilizing dual 20MP sensors with optical image stabilization (OIS) and Leica-branded lenses. On the software side, the phablet is said to ship with the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system, with the company’s EMUI 5 custom user-interface layer on top.