As the month of November draws close for the launch of the Huawei Mate 9, recent news can confirm that Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology have certified the existence of the device after it was endorsed on benchmarking site GFXBench.
Apparently, the new Mate 9 will come in two variants as it was found on MHA-TL00 and MHA-AL00 with a codename called ‘Manhattan’, and it is believed that the MHA prefix stands for Manhattan.
According to earlier reports, it can be seen that the new flagship will feature an all metal design with dual cameras on the rear, no mention about Leica yet, but since their partnership was strengthened it would not be a surprise if Leica is given the license to build the camera software.
Possibly, there might be a Laser Focus setup just like the black sensor on the right of the dual camera and a rear placed fingerprint sensor. Another feature is the seven colour variants the phone will sport as it was revealed on Weibo.
The Huawei Mate 9 will come with a 5.9” display having an unsatisfactory resolution of 1080pixels. The flagship device features a 2.6GHz Octa-core HiSilicon Hi3660 chipset with Mali-T880 GPU.
The Hi3660 chipset is what suggests that the phone might be of the new generation, compared to previous models like the Kirin 920 SN Hi3630, 930 SN Hi3635, and Kirin 955 SN Hi3650, so the Hi3660 is likely to be a new higher chipset.
The device will run on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The listing also has it that the Mate 9 will sport a 20MP dual camera with OIS.
So, it looks like the Mate 9 is going to be a powerful flagship. Considering the usual release period, we expect more details to pop out soon.