Starting with the Mate 7, Huawei’s tradition to launch new Mate phablets every autumn falls into place this year too, as newly leaked images portray what might be the Mate 9. In fact, Huawei has a press conference schedule for September 1, at IFA in Berlin, where the next-generation of Mate series phablet will likely go official alongside other gadgets (maybe the Huawei Watch 2, now that Qualcomm has outed its 30% smaller chipset built for smart watches).
Now, these alleged photos of the Mate 9 reveal design pattern inheritance from last year model, including top and bottom plasticky covers that imitate metal for better radio signal. However, this time around, it sports a dual camera setup at the back with what it looks like a LASER-based autofocus / heart rate sensor on the sides and a fingerprint reader under the lenses. We are also shown off the bottom of the handset, where a USB Type-C port sits flanked by two speaker grills (would be nice if those are stereo speakers and not fake ones that hide only one).
In terms of hardware specifications, the Huawei Mate 9 is rumoured to feature 5.9-inch Full HD display and pack an in-house developed HiSillicon Kirin 960 processor with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of RAM. The main camera at the back could sport two 12 MP sensors, while at the font we should expect an 8 MP sensor.
Huawei Mate 9 will likely run Android 7.0 (Nougat) when it will go on sale, probably in October or November 2016.
Excited yet, about Huawei’s presence on the floors of IFA 2016 from 2 to 7 September, in Germany?