Blass leaks Long Island project, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro
Update: Evan Blass has tweeted further details about the Huawei Mate 9 and the Mate 9 Pro. The dual-camera system on both of these phones may apparently achieve 4x optical zoom. We also have a maximum price on a “spec’ed out” Pro and that is presumed to be US$1,300.
We’re not sure if Huawei will make the phones available in any form in the US.
Snap (no pun intended): Mate 9/Pro feature 4x optical zoom. But pricing on a spec’ed out Pro is enough to give you a heart attack: $1300.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 23, 2016
Our original story is below.
This is no Manhattan project, but it seems like we’ve just collided with a bombshell related to the Huawei Mate 9. The Chinese manufacturer’s presumed fall flagship smartphone may soon go toe-to-toe with Samsung’s typical efforts with curved glass and denser screen resolution, according to Evan Blass of VentureBeat.
Ironically, “Manhattan” seems to be the internal codename for the Mate 9 while the improved version has reportedly been called “Long Island,” but may be known to us as the Mate 9 Pro.
While both phones will get the HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, 4GB of RAM and storage options between 64GB and 256GB, Huawei has elected to give the 5.9-inch screen of the Mate 9 Pro a resolution of 2560 x 1440. It seems to be a necessary move this year around because the Pro will be the only one of the pair to offer Daydream VR use on Android Nougat. The regular Mate 9 sticks with full HD with the same physical screen size.
We expect an official release on November 3 at an event in Munich, Germany.