In the past couple of years I have reviewed both the Huawei Mate 7 and the Mate 8. The Mate 8 was a beautiful phone and reminded me a lot of the Huawei-made Nexus 6P. The Mate 7 was mid range while the Mate 8 was a better build and nicer looking phone overall. Judging from the renders we have seen leaked so far it seems the Mate 9 is going to continue this progression in the quality of the Mate phones from Huawei.
Overnight Evan Blass has once again done his thing and leaked yet more photos of the Mate 9, adding to those that we have already seen. The renders are less pixelated than the previous leaks and the stylish Mate 9 can be seen with it dual rear Leica-branded camera setup. The render shows a curved edge on the display which Venture Beat have reported as being the “Pro” version of the Mate 9 with a 2K curved display (1080P on the standard version).
From previous leaks we know that the Mate 9 will arrive in various colours and storage options of 256GB paired with 6GB of RAM, 128GB paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB paired with 4GB of RAM. With the standard version sporting a 5.9″ 1080P display, Kirin Octa-Core processor, microSD slot (because 256GB is not enough?) and USB-C. With prices set to be around $600-900 for the standard version it will be interesting to see what the Pro version retails for, assuming we see it here in Australia. The Pro version is aimed to be Daydream VR compatible as well making it a very enticing device.
***UPDATE*** Before this post even went live Evan Blass was at it again tweeting out that the Mate 9 has a 4 x optical zoom and also a possible price for a fully specced Pro version of the Mate 9. At $1300 we can only hope that is the price in Chinese RMB.
Huawei is hosting an event in Germany on November 3 at which the Mate 9 is expected to be announced so hopefully it will all become clear very soon. I for one cannot wait and when Huawei come knocking with review unit(s) I will be the first to stick my hand up to try it, just like I did the last two Mates.