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HUAWEI Mate 9 leaked in flat and curved-screen variants

The HUAWEI Mate 9 has been leaked in two variants ahead of its November 3 launch, with one version featuring a curved display like the Galaxy Note 7.

Published onOctober 12, 2016

HUAWEI Mate 9 colors

Evan Blass has leaked renders of two variants of the upcoming HUAWEI Mate 9: a flat-screened and dual curved screen version that looks an awful lot like the Galaxy Note 7. While the wrapping will come off the new phone/s on November 3 in Munich, these renders are apparently the real deal and Blass’ sources have confirmed that the previously leaked Mate 9 specs are legit.

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The two devices are codenamed Manhattan, for the flat-screened version with no physical home button, and Long Island for the curved display variant with a Samsung-esque home button. According to Blass, the curved screen version may only be scheduled for a Chinese release, while the flat version will be available worldwide.

The high-end, curved screen version with Daydream VR support may only be scheduled for a Chinese release.

Unfortunately for everyone outside China, Long Island is the high-end variant, with a QHD display and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform. Considering the Galaxy Note 7-sized hole in many U.S. carriers websites, on retailers shelves and in consumers pockets though, HUAWEI would be wise to bring their Note 7, I mean, Mate 9 with a curved screen to the U.S. as quickly as possible.

The specs of the Mate 9 are reported to include a 5.9-inch QHD or Full HD display, 64-bit, octa-core Kirin 960 chipset and a variety of memory option topping out at 6 GB of RAM with 256 GB of on-board storage. The dual Leica camera setup is reported to be on deck too, but with a wider f/2.0 aperture and 20 MP resolution.

Thoughts on the curved-screen Mate 9? Will this be the phone to beat?

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