The successor to the Huawei Mate 8 has been in the offing for quite a while now. Back in April, analyst Pan Jiutang suggested that a Kirin 960-powered Huawei Mate 9 would make it out of the blocks by the year's end. Indeed, it is still believed that Huawei's HiSilicon subsidiary will take care of the powerful new SoC, with dual 20-megapixel rear-facing cameras also likely to be in tow. Now, we have a few apparent details on the specific configurations.
It is believed that Huawei will roll out three different versions of the Mate 9. There will be two models with 4 GB RAM, with either 64 GB storage for 3399 Yuan ($510) or 128 GB ROM for 3899 Yuan ($585). The fully-loaded model will apparently be furnished with 6 GB RAM and 256 GB of real estate for 4699 Yuan ($705). It should be noted that these supposed prices are only for China, and could vary significantly from region to region.
The new Mate 9 range is likely to include USB Type-C connectivity, while the rear camera duo is likely to be another collaborative effort with optics firm Leica (as illustrated above with the P9). Interestingly, there could be a total of nine different colors on offer, including amber gold, amber gray, ceramic white, champagne gold, mocha gold, silver, pink gold, shiny black and sky gray. It is expected that the Mate 9 will pack the latest Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, with Huawei's Emotion UI 5 running atop.
The latest info also notes of an early November announcement, so we hopefully won't have to wait long to see the Mate 9 in the flesh. Take a look at the leak-based renders below, and let us know if this device is on your radar by dropping us a comment.