Long Island railroaded: Huawei Mate 9 Pro launches in China

Typically, adding the word “Pro” to a phone’s name indicates that the device exudes of better performance and expanded purpose beyond what a normal version would take on. In Huawei’s case, it had a couple of words it wanted to use first: “Long Island.”

We were told of this first from leakster Evan Blass and now, it’s finally real and we have no use for allusions to New York anymore. The Huawei Mate 9 Pro, the Mate 9‘s younger, but bolder sibling, is now in China.

Some of the features we get include a 5.5-inch quad HD display (as seen on the Porsche Design version of the Mate 9) and a slightly-tweaked Kirin 960 chipset. What remains is the Leica-approved dual-camera setup — a 12-megapixel color sensor and 20-megapixel monochrome sensor — and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor. Top that off with an 8-megapixel selfie camera, Android Nougat and a decent 4,000mAh battery and we’re talking business.

How much business? According to Huawei, it’s ¥4,699 ($686) for a version with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and ¥5,299 ($773) for a Mate 9 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Pre-orders have been turned on for the phone and the Mate 9.

The $1,500 Porsche Design version — or maybe even the “fancy schmancy Mate 9 Pro,” if you look at the specs — doesn’t go up for pre-sales until December 15.

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