New images with Huawei’s upcoming phablet, the Mate 9, expected to make its debut during a special event scheduled for November 3, made the rounds online. Of course, it’s obvious that now, since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has been officially discontinued, everybody will start looking for alternatives and the Chinese manufacturer’s device might be a pretty serious option.
Infamous Twitter-based tipster Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, claims that the Huawei Mate 9 will be available in two variants, the main difference between them being the display. To be more specific, one of them will have a curved panel, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
It seems that handset featuring a flat screen goes by the code name Manhattan, while the curved one is called Long Island, rocking a bit more processing power than the former, as well as a QHD resolution.
Even though both Huawei Mate 9 handsets are following the same design line as a lot of other models from the manufacturer’s portfolio, we can’t ignore the resemblances with Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge, like the fingerprint scanner integrated in the physical home button.
Spec-wise, the Mate 9 should feature a Huawei-made Kirin 960 chip under the hood, alongside 6 GB of RAM and up to 256 gigs of internal storage. Since we’re talking about a phablet here, the fact that the display will measure 5.9″ doesn’t come as a surprise!
In terms of camera, we expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back, with 20 MP sensors and f/2.0 aperture, as well as a Leica-certification, something we’ve already seen on the Huawei P9.
The bad news is that the curved-display Huawei Mate 9 might be just a China exclusive, while the…regular display variant will indeed make it to more regions, including the United States. Hopefully, Huawei will rethink this strategy…