It took a great deal of courage for Huawei to dedicate its “expectation-defying” IFA 2016 event to a pair of new mid-range Androids when everyone was expecting at least one Mate-series flagship phone upgrade. But as it turns out, power users may not have long to wait either.
Granted, that was always easy to anticipate, with a relatively reliable Weibo tipster now pinning a “release” date down. You’ll want to circle November 8 in your calendars, although it’s unclear if we’re talking an actual commercial rollout here or merely a provisional formal announcement.
Either way, the Huawei Mate 9 will absolutely be in stores by the end of the month, i.e. a year or so after its predecessor, at least on Chinese shores. The next-gen 6-inch behemoth should bump screen resolution up from Full HD or 1080p to Quad HD, aka 2K, pack an as-yet unreleased Kirin 960 processor that’s Huawei’s own in-house answer to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 silicon, and cap it all off with your choice of 4 or 6GB RAM.
Of course, the latter’s going to cost extra, up to the rough equivalent of $705, to be precise, when coupled with a similarly gargantuan 256GB internal storage. Meanwhile, rumor has it a 4/128 gig Huawei Mate 9 configuration would set you back CNY 3,900 ($585), with the same RAM count and half the ROM purportedly priced at $480 (3,200 Yuan) and up.