If you’re after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement and fancying a different brand, then you should know that the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is one of the best alternatives to the now discontinued phablet, even though it’s not launched yet.
The latest rumours claim that the Chinese manufacturer is hosting a special event in Germany, on November 3, where the Mate 9 will be officially introduced, in two variants. Yes, we’re going to see two models, the regular Mate 9, as well as the above-mentioned Pro version, which will sport a curved display.
According to Evan Blass, the handset will have a design very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, rocking a 5.9″ display, with a QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. If the regular version will have just a full HD resolution, the main reason why the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is using QHD is due to its ability to support Google Daydream VR. After all, who wants VR on an almost 6″ panel in ‘just 1080p’?
Moving on, under the hood will be Huawei’s Kirin 960 chipset, with an octa-core configuration and 4 GB of RAM, while the storage will count 64, 128 or 256 GB. Of course we’re very curious about the camera, which is rumoured to be very similar to the one seen on the Huawei P9 flagship, but with two sensors, bumped to 20 MP and still rocking the Leica branding.
The dual setup should consist in a Monochrome and RGB sensor, both of them using the Picture Quality Algorithm, developed by Huawei and Leica.
Finally, let’s not forget that the Huawei Mate 9 Pro is expected to run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, customized with the manufacturer’s own Emotion UI 5.0 skin.
The handset won’t come for cheap, as the rumours are pointing to a final price of around $1,300 for the 256 GB version, which is a lot more than most people are willing to pay for a smartphone.