Huawei Mate 9's larger variant leaked

UPDATE: Both models to be unveiled 3 November

UPDATE 25/10/2016: Venturebeat reported details of the second variant of the Huawei Mate 9, likely called the Mate 9 Pro and codenamed Long Island.

The Mate 9 Pro will have a 5.9in display with Huawei's own Kirin 960 with 4GB of RAM and likely to offer storage options from 64GB to 256GB. The Mate 9 Pro will have a much higher resolution than the Full HD Mate 9, with a QHD (1440x2560) display.

Why such a high resolution? Apparently this is to deliver the best Daydream VR experience and only the Pro will sport it and not the base Mate 9. As for the camera, expect a higher-spec version of the dual-lens setup of the popular Huawei P9.

The new phones are due to be launched 3 November, in Munich.

20MP cameras, anyone?

Judging from the renders, the new phone will have a rear placed fingerprint sensor, a dual-cam setup and from the black sensor on the right, Laser Focus as well.

As for its specs, indications are that it will have Huawei's latest Kirin 960 chipset that features Cortex A73 Artemis cores, 20MP dual Leica certified cameras with OIS, and no less than 4GB of RAM. OS-wise, it will most likely be running Android Nougat. The display will be 6in, resolution yet to be confirmed.

There are a few versions for the model, with the base having 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, a high version that has 4GB of RAM but 128GB of storage, and top and monarch versions with 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

It's said that the base colours for the standard version will be silver, grey and gold. The high version will come in rose gold and ceramic white, while the top version will have all the colours mentioned along with another shade - black enamel. From the renders, it looks like there will be another shade of white as well.

Also rumoured in the new phone is an iris scanner - apparently users will be able to choose between that and a standard fingerprint scanner.

Price-wise, the standard version will cost RMB3199 (S$655), the full network version for RMB3399(S$695), the high version for RMB3899(S$795), the top version for RMB4699(S$960) and the monarch version, with a bundled Huawei smartwatch, for RMB7388(S$1510).

Expect the official announcement in November, so we'll see then if all these details are the real deal.

UPDATE: More renders have popped up and these seem to show two variants - one standard, another with curved edges like Samsung's Edge phones. The former is codenamed Manhattan, the latter is going by the moniker Long Island.

The sad bit is that Long Island will not only have higher specs, it might only be sold in China. It might also have QHD resolution, to better support VR. Still, it does seem the Mate 9 looks like a pretty good proposition and worth looking out for.

[Source: GizmoChina]

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