Huawei Mate 9 details leak ahead of expected November 3 launch

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THE invitations are out. Huawei has sent out invites to a November 3 event in Munich, Germany, where the company is expected to reveal its beast of a new flagship phone — if rumor mills are to be believed.

The image leaked on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, shown below, reveals the Huawei Mate 9 will have three versions:

  1. a Mate 9 with 6GB RAM + 256GB internal storage, which is available in six color options (black, white, gold, brown, silver, and pink);
  2. a Mate 9 with 4GB RAM + 128GB internal memory, which lacks the black color option in the highest-specced variant; and
  3. a Mate 9 with 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage, which only has three color options.

The 6-inch smartphone will supposedly sell for as low as 3,199 Chinese yuan ($480 or P23,000), and the top model is rumored to be priced at 4,699 Chinese yuan ($700 or P34,000).

A leak supposedly shows some details of the Huawei Mate 9

A leak that supposedly shows some details of the Huawei Mate 9

A purported closeup of the renders lends credence to the rumor that the Huawei Mate 9, just like the P9 and P9 Plus phones that came before it, will be another Huawei-and-Leica dual-camera affair.

The two cameras at the rear apparently have 12-megapixel sensors and 4K video, and the lenses supposedly have an f/2.0 aperture, better than the P9’s f/2.2. Understand that the lesser the number, the wider the aperture — and wider aperture means better ability to isolate the subject from the background (better bokeh).

At the front is an 8-megapixel shooter.

A black Huawei Mate 9

A black Huawei Mate 9

Expect some firsts here.

The Huawei Mate 9 is believed to be the first device to run the company’s own Kirin 960 chip, which is the first to use ARM’s new Cortex-A73 cores. Cortex-A73 promises to be 30 percent more powerful than the A72.

The phone is also said to be the first to showcase Huawei’s EMUI 5, which is already based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Huawei Mate 9 is believed to be the first device to run the company’s own Kirin 960 chip with ARM’s new Cortex-A73 cores. It’s also said to be the first to showcase Huawei’s Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.

Excited? Show some restraint; we still have a little over a month before we get to confirm everything that’s been said about the Mate 9.

MY THOUGHTS: The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus were a hit. Within six weeks of their release in April, Huawei already shipped more than 2.9 million units of the two dual-camera phones. That’s an increase of 130 percent over the P8’s shipments. It’s no wonder the world’s third largest smartphone vendor is extending its partnership with Leica. I have no doubt the Mate 9 will be another fruit of that collaboration.

MY PARTNER RAMON LOPEZ’S TAKE: We can argue over specs all we want, whether the Huawei Mate 9 has enough in its circuitry to outdo, outshoot, and outshine its main rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Truth be told, the Mate 9 is shaping up to be a beast of a phone. But its biggest advantage by far has nothing to do with hardware, or Huawei’s partnership with a company famed for its high-end cameras; it has everything to do with a clean slate. And for consumers who got burned by the Note 7 — both literally and figuratively — that alone may be enough to earn the Mate 9 a serious consideration.

Huawei Mate 8 review by TechnoBuffalo

Main image via Android Central

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 19 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.