Celebrity leakster Evan Blass leaked out images of the Huawei Mate 9 quite a while ago, but he has now come up with a new image of the phone, stating that it isn't the Mate 9 but in fact the larger Mate 9 Pro. From what we know so far, the 'Pro' is expected to feature a 6-inch display, twin Leica cameras on its back, up to 256GB of storage with 6GB of RAM, a Kirin 960 processor and a powerful battery. But what Blass says next defines what the phone will be all about.
This is Long Island: Huawei's curved-screen flagship will be dubbed the Mate 9 Pro https://t.co/FIE0f3xf4v pic.twitter.com/dq3TsKrYme— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 22, 2016
This is Long Island: Huawei's curved-screen flagship will be dubbed the Mate 9 Pro https://t.co/FIE0f3xf4v pic.twitter.com/dq3TsKrYme
While talking about the Mate 9 Pro earlier this month, we speculated that the phone may arrive to fill the void left in the phablet market by the unexpected absence of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. However, Evan Blass now says that its most premium model will arrive with a price tag of an eye-watering $1300, an equivalent of £1064. To think about it, the handset may be worth more than a basic Surface Pro 4 tablet, a iPad Pro or two iPhone 7's put together and we wonder what's in it that commands such a price. Blass says that the phone's cameras will feature 4x Optical Zoom, and while it is definitely a great new feature, we wonder if it really makes the Mate 9 Pro twice as pricey as the Galaxy Note 7 and this makes us feel that there's really a lot more to the phone than what meets the eye.
Snap (no pun intended): Mate 9/Pro feature 4x optical zoom. But pricing on a spec'ed out Pro is enough to give you a heart attack: $1300.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 23, 2016
Snap (no pun intended): Mate 9/Pro feature 4x optical zoom. But pricing on a spec'ed out Pro is enough to give you a heart attack: $1300.
Having said this, we really cannot wait for the Mate 9 and the Mate 9 Pro to launch and see what they will be all about. As per existing rumours and leaks, the smaller Mate 9, which we believe could feature a 5.2-inch display, will arrive with a standard flat screen but the larger Mate 9 will feature a screen which curves on both ends, very much like Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 or Galaxy S7 Edge. Huawei also seems to be taking on the iPhone 7 Plus head-on with the upcoming Mate 9. Like the former, the latter will be available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants with 4GB of RAM in the first two and 6GB of RAM in the third variant. The 64GB Mate 9 will be available in three colours, namely Silver, Gold and Black while the 128GB and 256GB variants will also be available in Pink Gold and dark Gold colours aside from the first three.
Would you really pay £1064 for the Huawei mate 9 Pro and if you will, what new features would you like to see in the phone? Let us know through your comments below.