Huawei was at the IFA 2016 event where many expected to see the Mate 9 announced, instead, the Chinese tech giant came in with mid-rangers in the shape of Nova and Nova Plus.
Nevertheless, the rumors about the Huawei Mate 9 haven’t died just yet. Even though the official dates are not known, the phone is expected to be unveiled sometime this year. Apparently, there are new details emerging about the flagship, with claims that the phone will take after the Huawei P9 in coming in with Leica-branded dual-lens cameras on the back.
This not the first time news of a dual-lens camera setup for the Huawei Mate 9 is showing up. However, it is the first time that Leica has showed up in the details. As with the Huawei P9, the dual-lens camera has come to so much criticism for the lack of the power and quality that many expected from the optics firm. Whether the same will also be translated to the upcoming Huawei Mate 9 is still unknown, however, the Chinese firm will reportedly come in with more camera features to improve the quality of shots.
If the latest reports are to be believed, the camera of the Huawei Mate 9 will ship with OIS on board. In addition, the snapper will include laser autofocus as well as analog zoom. The P9 came in with Sony-made 12MP rear snappers with f/2.2 aperture, but there was no room for OIS. With this move to include this feature, Huawei should prove to be a force in the smartphone industry. In addition to the Huawei Mate 9, the company is also working on releasing a Huawei Mate S2, which will also come with Leica-branded dual-lens cameras.
Note that this report comes from an unconfirmed source and as such, it is recommended to treat it with a grain of salt. Other rumored specs of the Huawei Mate 9 include a Kirin 960 SoC and a RAM of either 4GB or 6GB. With the latter option, the Mate 9 should end up in the same box as the likes of OnePlus 3, ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe and even the unannounced Xiaomi Note 2.
When it is launched, the Huawei Mate 9 and Mate S2 will be based on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat with the EMUI 5 skin running on top of the stock OS.