Leaked photos of the upcoming Mate 9 show two versions of the smartphone. Huawei’s next flagship smartphones will succeed the Huawei P9. Codenamed after New York’s Manhattan and Long Island, one has a standard display, while the other features a curved screen.
For those looking for a big-screen handset to replace their Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Huawei Mate 9 phones might be ideal. Last Tuesday, Samsung confirmed it would permanently stop production of the problematic Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung’s initial recall and exchange program did not work. Customers were able to replace their Note 7 for another. However, the replacement devices still suffered from battery failures and combustion. Several incidents in which Galaxy Note 7 replacements exploded left people injured.
Battling in the courtroom since May 2016, Huawei may have the last laugh over Samsung. Samsung and Huawei, two of the world’s top smartphones manufacturers, have been suing each other for alleged patent rights violation and infringement of intellectual property.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 12, 2016
Long Island and Manhattan rumored specs
Famous phone leaker, Evan Blass, recently revealed both Mate 9 handsets would champion HiSilicon’s latest Kirin 960 chipset. They will also feature 256GB of storage, 6GB of RAM and a 5.9-inch screen.
The main camera should be similar to the Huawei P9, the company’s first-half of the year flagship. The dual-lens and dual-sensor Leica design will come with enhanced lenses and sensors at f/2.0 and 20 megapixels, respectively.
Expected release date
According to Blass, the two Mate 9 models will premiere during Huawei’s event in Munich on November 3. Reportedly, Huawei plans to give the Manhattan phone a global release but will sell the Long Island version exclusively in China.
As a result, Long Island will become one of the first Daydream-ready devices in the Asian country. Regarding the cost, Huawei has not responded to a request for comment. The price could prove a decisive factor.
Many people believed the $449.00 price tag of the Huawei P9 was way too much for its screen resolution and features. The similarly priced Samsung Galaxy S7 was the better choice. Huawei should get the best out Samsung’s moment of weakness with a competitive price.