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.

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.

Blass does mention that both phones will keep the Leica-authorized dual-camera system that’s been rumored and implemented on the Huawei P9, though the hardware will reportedly get one-upped.

We expect an official release on November 3 at an event in Munich, Germany.

Source: VentureBeat

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