The upcoming flagship of the Chinese electronics producer, the Huawei Mate 9 has been previously revealed last month thanks to a few leaks and rumors. However, a newly leaked manual for the smartphone reveals that another new variant will also be released.
The Huawei Mate 9 is set to be officially announced on November 3rd, but this won’t prevent any more leaked info from spreading across the internet. Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it is very likely that Huawei will also release a Mate 9 Pro version codenamed “Long Island” alongside the standard version codenamed “Manhattan.”
As it is customary, the Pro version of Huawei Mate 9 will be a premium device, with certain features unique to that version and a price to match it. According to the leaks, it will come with a curved display similar to pairing offered by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. The recent leaks show the first concrete details about the design and specs of the devices.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro will include a HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC, a standard storage of 64GB expandable up to 256GB, and 4GB/6GB of RAM. Besides the difference in the design of the display of the two versions of the smartphone, the Mate 9 will only offer a 1080p FHD display while the Pro version gets a 1,440 x 2,560 QHD screen. This resolution is implemented in order to maximize the Daydream VR experience. Another difference between the two versions is that only the Pro model will come with Android 7.0 Nougat.
Both versions will have the same camera and photo features, such as the dual-lens shooters included in Huawei P9 but with certain improvements. The cameras will feature a 4x optical zoom. One surprising aspect of the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is the price. As a premium device with top specs and feature, it’s sure to cost more but some customers might feel that $1,300 price tag isn’t worth it. Even more so, when you consider that the Google Pixel XL, iPhone 7 Pro, and the Galaxy S7 Edge are all selling below $800.
It is unclear why the device will cost so much, but there still some time before the actual release of the devices on November 3rd. The company will first launch the phones in Germany after which they will gradually open orders in the coming weeks.
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