Last week we saw Huawei set its sights squarely on the US market with the launch of its official online store and introduction of the Ascend Mate2 for American shoppers. That move was a big one, and this new focus on Western markets could be key to Huawei’s future. The only problem was the Mate2 itself, and while it looks more than capable in some areas, in others there was definitely room for improvement, like the Snapdragon 400 SoC and the presence of a 720p resolution despite the 6.1-inch screen size. Surely Huawei can do a little better, and today we look at what just might be such a higher-end effort, as a new leak arrives to show off the handset known as codename Mulan.
Thanks to previously leaked specs and details from benchmark reports, Mulan is expected to feature a five-inch 1080p display, have a comfortable 3GB of RAM, and run that new Kirin 920 octa-core SoC we saw the company formally unveil just a little earlier this month. Mulan’s also likely to end up with a 13MP main camera, a 5MP front-facer, and as you can pretty plainly see in these pics, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
As for the design, what we see here is relatively unobjectionable; side bezels are neither super-thin nor distractingly large, but we might have preferred to see Huawei ditch the capacitive Android buttons for on-screen options.
The only thing really giving us pause is the date in that screenshot – June 10 was not a Monday this year. Is that on account of something as innocent as the phone’s date being set wrong, or could this be a sign of a sloppy render job? For now, we’re leaning towards the former, as these pics look pretty convincing otherwise. Huawei’s expected go public with Mulan at an event in China next Tuesday.