Huawei Mate 9 tipped for late 2016 release with Kirin 960, dual 20MP rear cam
Forget one or two flagship phones. Huawei appears to want to break some sort of record, working on a high-end Mate 9 phablet even after recently unveiling the premium P9 and P9 Plus, and gearing up to announce the equally top-notch Honor V8 on May 10.
It’s market flooding at its best, but chances are the P9 duo and yet-to-be-introduced V8 will be all but forgotten by fall anyway, at which point the Huawei Mate 9 should enter the picture to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, LG V11, and iPhone 7 Plus.
As you might suspect, it’s way too early to be certain of anything regarding this massive sequel to the already massive Mate 8 launched back in November 2015. A number of fairly trustworthy sources however hint at a few credible specifications, including a brand new Kirin 960 processor and dual 20 megapixel rear-facing camera.
Both state-of-the-art features would make perfect sense, following in the footsteps of the Kirin 955 SoC and 12MP dual cams of the P9 and P9 Plus. The refreshed homebrewed silicon might rely on ARM’s new 10nm Artemis architecture, touting eight of the world’s best CPU cores, paired with an octa-core GPU as well.
Meanwhile, it’s unclear if Leica branding will again be used on the main snapper, and if perhaps this time around, the German optics specialist shall actually be involved in the manufacturing process. Other possible Huawei Mate 9 specs include a 6-inch Quad HD screen, up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, plus LTE Cat.12 and CDMA support. Wait, so could the phablet head out to US carriers like Verizon and Sprint? Now that would be massive!